Archive for March, 2012

A Touch of The Twilight Zone in A Feast of Frights

Posted in News on March 16, 2012 by Christian
Twilight Zone writer Earl Hamner, Jr. has written an essay about his career, with special focus on The Twilight Zone, for the upcoming anthology A Feast of Frights From The Horror Zine. His piece is a fascinating look at the early days of television, as well as a career that includes not only The Twilight Zone, but also The WaltonsFalcon Crest, the animated Charlotte’s Web feature, and a number of novels and short stories, one of which, “Pets,” appears in the March edition of The Horror Zine.
Hamner contributed eight scripts to the original run of The Twilight Zone (more than anyone except Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and Rod Serling himself), including:
A Feast of Frights from the Horror Zine will be published this spring, and available through online retailers of digital and print books, including Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. In addition to Hamner’s essay, the book will also feature short fiction from Simon Clark, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Susie Moloney, Ed Gorman, Tom Piccirilli and others, as well as my own contribution, “Clawed Sod,” which is the story of a revenant looking to make things right from his own grave.

What’s up, Canada? Where’s the love?

Posted in News on March 15, 2012 by Christian

So WordPress has this new feature that lets you track the number of people who’ve visited your site from different countries around the world. Here are the top dozen nations from where I’ve had visitors since the feature was launched, listed from most popular to least:

  1. United States
  2. Malaysia
  3. Chile
  4. Canada
  5. Malta
  6. Hungary
  7. Sweden
  8. Russian Federation
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Belgium
  11. France
  12. United Kingdom

My question is, “What’s up, Canada?” because, while fourth is pretty good (and Mexico didn’t even make the list) apparently you don’t like me as much as Malaysia or Chile, and then there’s the U.K. way down at the bottom of the list, which seems weird, because I’ve been published in British magazines, and appeared in anthologies with Brits, as well.

I think I might have been better off not knowing these rankings, because now I’m up late trying to make sense of them.

“The Rights of the Infected” has the luck of the Irish!

Posted in News on March 14, 2012 by Christian

Read my short story, “The Rights of the Infected,” when Thadd Presley Presents: Murder goes on sale at Amazon.com this Saturday in both digital and paper formats. Check your calendar. This Saturday is March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day–it’s not just for, ahem, parades (?) any more!

St. Patrick’s Day is now for murder, too. Thadd Presley Presents: Murder features twenty-three tales of murder and mayhem, some with fantastical or science-fiction bents, and some with terror as straight as a razor. My tale, “The Rights of the Infected,” puts a new perspective on what a zombie virus could really do, not to people running from a horde, but to a person running away from people.

Thadd Presley Presents: Murder was edited by Weston Kincade and the cover (see below) was designed by Simon Critchell.

Graham Masterton: One Hungry Writer

Posted in News on March 13, 2012 by Christian

I’m a fan of anthology horror series. I’m a fan of Terence Stamp (“Kneel before Zod, Jor-El!”). And I’m a fan of Graham Masterton. You can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a relatively little-known horror series (at least I hadn’t heard of it before Netflix suggested it, so it was little-known to me) called The Hunger, starring Terence Stamp as the host with not one, not two, but three episodes based on short stories by Graham Masterton.

The Hunger ran for two seasons on Showtime between 1997 and 2000. And my favorite episode (so far–I haven’t watched them all) is “The Secret of Shih-Tan,” based on Masterton’s short story of the same name, in which a gourmet chef is offered a boatload of money to make a meal from a legendary cook book.

Graham Masterton is just one of the authors represented in the upcoming anthology, A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine. His contribution, “What the Dark Does,” is a previously unpublished short story written especially for A Feast of Frights.  Other writing luminaries contributing to the book include Simon Clark, Tom Piccirilli, Susie Moloney, Ramsey Campbell, and Joe R. Lansdale. Oh, and my story, “Clawed Sod,” will also appear. Look for A Feast of Frights this spring at Amazon.com and Smashwords.com or wherever paperbacks and ebooks are sold.

Joe Lansdale: Master of Horror

Posted in News on March 12, 2012 by Christian

Remember Mick Garris’s Masters of Horror series? It ran on Showtime for 26 episodes between 2005 and 2007. I really miss that show. Some of the episodes weren’t so hot, but there were definitely high points, like adaptations of Raccoona Sheldon’s “The Screwfly Solution,” Ambrose Bierce’s “The Damned Thing,” Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat,” Richard Matheson’s “Dance of the Dead,” and Joe R. Lansdale’s “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road.”

Lansdale’s chestnut tells the story of a young woman matches wits with a deformed and sadistic serial killer on and off–you guessed it–a remote mountain road. If you are tired of the same old serial killer tropes, this story shatters them. In fact, I remember watching this episode with my wife and calling out the predictable turns that I’d seen in a thousand slasher stories, but they didn’t come. Lansdale turns the genre on its head and, in the best possible way, reinvents the wheel.

I am proud to say that “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” is one of the many stories included in the upcoming anthology, A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine, coming this spring from–you guessed it–The Horror Zine. Other noteworthy scribes include Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Graham Masterton, Susie Moloney, Tom Piccirilli, and Ed Gorman–each a master of horror in his or her own right. I am so proud to have my short story, “Clawed Sod” appearing in the same book as theirs.

More information on A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in News on March 10, 2012 by Christian

A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine will be hitting bookshelves (both traditional and electronic) very, very soon. This spring soon. A matter of weeks soon, most likely. I’ll be able to tighten up that date for you even sooner. Also, here is a sneak peek at the artwork for both the front and back covers:

Horror fiction author, editor, critic and lifetime President of the British Fantasy Society Ramsey Campbell has written the forward and had this to say about my contribution, “Clawed Sod”: Christian A. Larsen has another graveyard story for us! The dead are restless here for a different reason—they have many, after all. Look for it on Amazon.com, etc., next month, and in the meantime, if you haven’t read The Horror Zine’s 2011 anthology, What Fears Become, that should get you through the wait.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS to feature “Clawed Sod”

Posted in News on March 8, 2012 by Christian

The Horror Zine is releasing an anthology in 2012 entitled A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, featuring my short story about the undead called “Clawed Sod.” My contribution isn’t so much a zombie story as it is a revenant story. They’re both reanimated corpses, but zombies are brought back from death as mindless automatons, whereas revenants have a very specific agenda–righting a wrong they suffered (or committed) in life. “Clawed Sod” is very much a revenant story.

There are a number of notable writers represented in A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, including Simon Clark, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Scott Nicholson, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Joe McKinney, Susie Moloney, Tom Piccirilli, Ed Gorman, Trevor Denyer, and Jeff Strand. In addition, the book will feature essays from John Gilmore, Deborah LeBlanc, Earl Hamner, Kasey Lansdale and Tim Lebbon, and a foreword from horror great Ramsey Campbell. Add in some brilliant poetry and artwork, and you have an anthology any horror fan should run toward screaming (while everyone else is running away doing the same).

West Pigeon Press Anthology details

Posted in News on March 7, 2012 by Christian

Perpetual youth has its price.

My story, “724,” will be appearing alongside a dozen other authors in the upcoming dark fiction anthology from West Pigeon Press. (And yes, that makes 13 stories–a very unlucky number unless you’re talking about dark fiction.)

It will not simply be an amalgam of clever fiction which relies on twist endings to make the stories worthwhile. While there may be unexpected endings, the editor promises the anthology will linger long after you’ve set it down and turned off the lights. I hope you find that’s the case for not just “724,” but for all thirteen stories.

I have not seen the table of contents or read any of the other contributions beyond my own, but I do know the anthology will feature genre fiction, though it will not necessarily be limited to horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. As the editor has said, there may even be fiction with no fantastical elements whatsoever.

“724,” however, does have fantastical elements. It has to do with the aging process and is definitely NOT about the fountain of youth. Sci-fi? Maybe. Fantasy? Probably. Dark fiction. Oh, most certainly.

West Pigeon Press to publish “724”

Posted in News on March 4, 2012 by Christian

Last summer, I was eating a snack with my 5-year-old, and he asked me if he would always be a little boy. I told him ‘no’ and then he asked if he would always be a grown-up when he grows up. I wanted to answer ‘sometimes’ because frankly, I’m not always a grown-up, even though I’m getting gray hair, so I gave him the simple answer, but the conversation grew into a short story about the aging process called “724.”

West Pigeon Press, which published J.R. Hamantaschen’s You Shall Never Know Security in 2011, has picked up “724” to appear in a yet-untitled dark fiction anthology tentatively scheduled for release this spring. I’m as eager to see my own story in print as I am to read the other stories that have been accepted. According to their editorial statement, they’re collecting work reminiscent of Clive Barker, T.E.D. Klein, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Richard Matheson.

According to my acceptance letter, the anthology will be available in print and ebook formats in May or June. I’ll keep you posted as we approach that time of year, which isn’t that far off, despite the two or three inches of snow screaming otherwise on my lawn.