Archive for April, 2012

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

Posted in News on April 20, 2012 by Christian

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 Amazon.com.

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 …

Read the rest of the article here.

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Tales of the Talisman reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 19, 2012 by Christian

Shawn Oetzel reviews What Fears Become, including my short story, “Bast,” in the upcoming edition of Tales of the Talisman:

What Fears Become is the latest anthology from The Horror Zine. It is a mixed bag of short stories, poetry, and art all in the horror and dark fiction genres. Edited by Jeani Rector, What Fears Become features pieces from new and well-known writers including such vaunted authors as Piers Anthony.

What I liked about the anthologies The Horror Zine is publishing is they do not conform to simply one media for horror. The inclusion of poetry and art adds another dimension and gives readers a new outlet to get their horror fix. Ms. Rector has an eye for talent which shows with the pieces she includes in her anthologies and What Fears Become is another good example of this.

For me the hardest part about reviewing anthologies is subjectivity. What stories I like or dislike could be completely different from someone else. With that being said my favorite short fiction piece was…

Read the rest of the review in Tales of the Talisman — Volume 7, Issue 4, available here this spring.

Park Ridge J&T: Horror ‘zine features PR native

Posted in News on April 18, 2012 by Christian

The Park Ridge Journal & Topics profiles A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine and my contribution, “Clawed Sod,” on page 5D of this week’s P’ZAZZ section. The anthology is now available in paperback through Amazon.com.

BLEEDING INK antho to host “Club 27”

Posted in News on April 17, 2012 by Christian

My short story, “Club 27,” has been accepted by Bleeding Ink, and will be published in its upcoming ebook anthology. It is a story about fame and talent, and how troubled even the most successful, the most worshipped musicians are. From the editors:

Bleeding Ink – a Collection of Dark Tales will thrill you, confound you, and have you sitting at the edge of your seat. While some stories will leave you breathless, some will leave you in bloody stitches and others will scare you half-to-death. This compilation of paranormal, supernatural, dark and twisted works penned by some of today’s most talented and witty writers will have you looking over your shoulder and turning off all the lights.

“Club 27” is a quieter story, however, and really does none of these things as much as it does all of them–but subtly. I’m not solid on a release date yet, but I’ll pass that along in this space when I find out.

Black Petals reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 16, 2012 by Christian

The current issue of Black Petals Magazine reviews What Fears Become, featuring my short story, “Bast,” which placed second in last year’s Preditors & Editors™ readers poll for best short horror fiction. A.M. Stickel writes:

The HORROR ZINE (under Jeani Rector’s editorship) has done it again, offering us another tentacle-woven tapestry of tales, WHAT FEARS BECOME. This is a must read for horror fans.

Among Simon Clark’s unique words, his masterful “A Small Matter of Life and Death” foreword bookends a veritable smorgasbord of scary. 31 new and known authors are featured in the collection, plus work by 9 artists and 18 poets. (Dennis Bagwell, Chris Hivner, Alec Kowalczyk, and Nathan Rowark may be poets familiar to BP’s readers.)

With plenty of weirdness to go around…

Read the rest of the review here.

Read “The Dying Drones” at Ray Gun Revival

Posted in News on April 15, 2012 by Christian

If you’re a fan of X Minus One, Galaxy Magazine or any golden or silver age science fiction, you will love Ray Gun Revival. It’s an online magazine dedicated to bringing back the science fiction of yesteryear, and it’s current issue features my short story, “The Dying Drones.”

I remember watching Twilight Zone episodes spinning stories about humankind’s first, furtive steps into outer space–episodes like “Where is Everybody?,” “And When the Sky Was Opened,” and “The Parallel,” each guessing what kind of bizarre, unthought-of dangers were waiting for us beyond the exosphere.

Now that we’ve not only been to space, but lived there and visited the moon, we have a tendency to view those episodes and their fears as quaint, but the theme is current. It will always be current and, at the risk of punning, universal. We still really don’t know anything about what’s out there, Hubble Space telescope or no.

The Dying Drones” lays a new danger at our feet, suggesting that even the anti-social need company in space. For reasons we never even realized.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS now available on Amazon.com

Posted in News on April 14, 2012 by Christian

A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine, featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod,” is now available in paperback on Amazon.com.  Jeani Rector, editor of the anthology and The Horror Zine, and Dean H. Wild, our assistant editor, have put in countless hours to make this the best collection of horrifying stories possible. And it’s paid off, if I do say so myself. There’s a murderer’s row of terrifying tales, poems, essays, and artwork waiting between the covers. Just get a load of the table of contents:

  • SCRATCHINGS by Matt Leyshon
  • GHOST PIT by Simon Clark
  • THE SOLDIER by Shaun Meeks
  • WHAT THE DARK DOES by Graham Masterton
  • PROPER PAYMENTS by Philip Roberts
  • INCIDENT ON AND OFF A MOUNTAIN ROAD by Joe R. Lansdale
  • CIGARETTES AND CICADAS by David M. Buhajla
  • GERM WARFARE by Eric J. Guignard
  • MOUTHPIECE by Mike Goddard
  • FILMLAND by Stewart Horn
  • CLAWED SOD by Christian A. Larsen
  • SKELF by John Forth
  • HOMECOMING by Scott Nicholson
  • EVE OF ALL HALLOWS by Brian G. Murray
  • THE LOST SHEEP by Jason Reynolds
  • SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  • BLEEDER by Paul Edwards
  • THE NIGHT VISITOR by Joe McKinney
  • ALWAYS SAY TREAT by Christopher Nadeau
  • THE AUDIT by Susie Moloney
  • MIDNIGHT PASSAGE by M. C. Shelby
  • THE FAVORITES by Chris Castle
  • IMPRESSIVE INSTANTS by David A. Hernandez
  • HUSKS AND FORMLESS RUINS by Tom Piccirilli
  • MASKS by Taylor Grant
  • CORN by K. A. Opperman
  • SCREAM QUEEN by Ed Gorman
  • REACHING OUT by Christian Riley
  • ME AND MY SHADOW by Sandra Crook
  • LITTLE GIRL LOST by Trevor Denyer
  • THE STORY OF MY FIRST KISS by Jeff Strand
  • THE DEAD WALL by Michael Wolf
  • SPICY THAI NOODLE by Alva J. Roberts
  • THE TIDE CLOCK by James Strauss

From the Special Pages:
Articles and Interviews

  • John Gilmore
  • Graham Masterton
  • Deborah LeBlanc
  • Earl Hamner
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • Kasey Lansdale
  • Tim Lebbon
  • Paul Dale Roberts

Poetry

  • G. O. Clark
  • Dennis Bagwell
  • Ian Hunter
  • Dylan Wesley Gray
  • Jorge Baldomero Valdes Jr.
  • Andrea Laham
  • Benjamin Blake
  • Elise R. Hopkins

About the Artists

  • Ignacio Bernácer Alpera
  • Ester Durães
  • John Frazee
  • Larkin
  • Lauren Nash
  • Paula McDonald
  • John Richards

The Editor’s Corner

  • THE GOLEM by Jeani Rector
  • A GHOST IN THE HOUSE by Jeani Rector
  • THE BOND by Dean H. Wild

So pick up your paperback copy of A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine from Amazon.com today, and get ready for one helluva ride!