News-Sun: Ex-Grayslake North teacher pursues writing career

Beth Kramer profiles the anthology A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine and my short fiction, “Clawed Sod,” in the Lake County News-Sun. The book is now available in paperback through

GRAYSLAKE — Christian Larsen left his job teaching English at Grayslake North High School to pursue a writing career. The decision has paid off.

One of his short stories was published in an anthology this month. Another of his short stories is slated for publication in another anthology this summer. He has also had several of his science fiction, horror and dark fantasy stories published in print and online.

“It was an extraordinarily difficult decision to leave teaching,” Larsen, now of Kenosha, Wis., said. “I needed to put my eggs in one basket and motivate myself to do it. Otherwise, I would always be playing at (writing). I wanted it as a vocation.”

He worked as a radio DJ for a rock station for seven years. He went to night classes to become certified as a teacher and worked at Grayslake North from 2009 to 2011.

He said his wife was supportive of his decision. He started writing, networking and sending out inquiries. Online horror magazine, The Horror Zine, publishes an anthology every year.

Its most recent anthology, A Feast of Frights from Horror Zine, was released this month and includes Larsen’s story titled “Clawed Sod.”

Larsen described his style as “weird science fiction” with horrific elements such as …

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