Archive for April, 2012

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!

 

NO REST FOR THE WICKED table of contents #horror #anthology

Posted in News on April 10, 2012 by Christian

No Rest for the Wicked (Rainstorm Press), featuring my short story, “The Gloaming Hour,”  is expected to drop at Amazon.com on April 29th. The joy of anthologies, however, is reading stories from authors you’ve never read before. The following is the table of contents, featuring morsels of horror served up by an array of underexposed talent:

  1. Stephanie’s Birthday by Jeffery Ryan Long
  2. Cold Comfort by Gill Hoffs
  3. Lost Soul by Wendy L. Schmidt
  4. The Lives that Magda Made by Jason Tudor
  5. The Haunting House by Peter Damien
  6. The Fruits of Labor by Caitlin Whitaker
  7. The Bird Jar by Liz Dolan
  8. The Gloaming Hour by Christian A. Larsen
  9. Double Fantasy by Lynn Mackenzie
  10. Necklace by Cynthia Witherspoon
  11. Unlocked by Jennifer Caddell
  12. Air Trackers by David Pointer
  13. Mirror Mirror by Jesse Petersen
  14. She Sells Seashells by Tammy Branom
  15. Tom Tom by Nicky Peacock
  16. Coulrophobia by Terri Coop
  17. Portrait with the Lazy Eye by Jay Sizemore
  18. Rod’s Little Blue Wagon by Andrea Allison
  19. A Face in the Clouds by Tammy Branom
  20. Sunshine Sisters Move Home by Nancy Cole Silverman
  21. Arkie Studebaker’s Very Bad Day by Stephen Barber
  22. Floater by David Pointer
  23. Bone Black by Michael Gray Baughan

“The Gloaming Hour,” is based on a piece of family lore in which my atheist great-great-grandfather told his family that if there was anything on the other side of death, he would be sure to let them know somehow. After he died, his cuckoo clock stopped working, and no one could figure out why, because there was nothing wrong with it. That family legend was the seed. I changed things around and horrified them up a bit. Read for yourself when No Rest for the Wicked is released later this month as a paperback and Kindle edition ebook.

Three weeks from NO REST FOR THE WICKED #norestforthewicked #horror #anthology

Posted in News on April 9, 2012 by Christian

On the official No Rest for the Wicked Facebook page, editor Stacey Graham estimates an arrival date of about April 29 for the upcoming anthology from Rainstorm Press, which features my short story, “The Gloaming Hour.”

So that means two things: 1.) prepare yourself for the arrival of the paperback and Kindle editions of No Rest for the Wicked in about three weeks, and B.) No Rest for the Wicked has a Facebook page. Not only does it give you the opportunity to follow the latest news about the anthology and contributors such as Jason Tudor, Jeffrey Long, and Gill Hoffs, but you even have a chance to win a free copy of the book.

Here’s the deal: If you have an object you think is haunted, post a video on the No Rest for the Wicked timeline to introduce the item and have a chance at winning a free copy of the book in May. It’s that simple!

The stories are compiled and editing has wrapped up. In a matter of weeks, you’ll have it in your hands: an anthology possessed of haunted objects so creepy, so skeevy, you’ll want to read it with the lights on. No Rest for the Wicked, coming soon from Rainstorm Press.

Looka what the Easter Bunny left me!

Posted in News on April 8, 2012 by Christian

Cyrusfiction Productions has released a new, extended edit of the book trailer for A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine, which features my short story, “Clawed Sod,” about a revenant looking to correct a grave wrong from his. Among the tweaks and updates, the trailer gives a complete table of contents.

So enjoy your chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks while you’re watching the book trailer again because it’s what the Easter Bunny wants you to do, and you don’t want to piss this guy off:

Read “The Talent’s in the Bones” in THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE #horror #shortstories @joe_hill @PMPressBooks

Posted in News on April 4, 2012 by Christian

Post Mortem Press has accepted my short story, “The Talent’s in the Bones,” for publication in its upcoming anthology, The Ghost IS the Machine, edited by Patrick Scalisi. The book will also feature a story from Bram Stoker Award winning and New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill.

As you can surmise from the title, The Ghost IS the Machine is about contraptions possessed by the supernatural. There’s going to be a strong steampunk streak running through it, although my story isn’t really steampunk. It’s more plain creepy, and maybe a little bloody. But it’s modern day (or close enough) without any mechanical computers or steam-powered cars. That’s okay, though, because after all, “a great story about a haunted machine transcends the calendar” (as the publisher itself says right there on its own page so you can’t argue with me).

Formed in Cincinnati, OH in late 2010 by Eric Beebe, the mission of Post Mortem Press is to bridge the gap between self-publishing and the big corporate publishing house, but that doesn’t mean they don’t publish big names. Aside from Joe Hill, Post Mortem has also published accomplished authors such as Jack Ketchum, Lucky McKee, Jonathan Maberry, Jessica McHugh, F. Paul Wilson, and Clive Barker. And pretty soon, me. Nice.

NO REST FOR THE WICKED #horror #anthology update

Posted in News on April 4, 2012 by Christian

The final edits are in for No Rest for the Wicked, due next month from Rainstorm Press. The upcoming horror anthology will feature ghost stories, including my own “The Gloaming Hour,” all dealing with haunted objects.

Short stories, flash fiction and poetry, each spilling the chilling and sometimes gory details of what happened after a haunted object enters the scene. Editor Stacey Graham is putting the finishing touches on the introduction, so No Rest for the Wicked is right on schedule for its May release in paperback and Kindle formats.

Book trailer for A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in News on April 3, 2012 by Christian

A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine, featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod,” is expected to drop next month. Anticipated, even. If you’re not stoked yet for this anthology, featuring short stories, poetry, and artwork from some real modern masters, then check out the book trailer, released on YouTube today.

Special thanks to Cyrus Wraith Walker for putting together the trailer. If you’re looking for video production for anything, visit CyrusFiction Productions at www.cyruswraithwalker.com. Additional thanks to Black Park Music for use of the song, “Last Night The Devil.”

A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine is in the final stages of production, and will be available this spring. Look for it at Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, or wherever ebooks and trade paperbacks are sold.