Archive for May, 2012

She Never Slept reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 26, 2012 by Christian

Heather Royston reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME, including my short story, “Bast,” for the sci-fi, strange tale, horror website, She Never Slept:

Heather Royston: “What Fears Become is absolutely the best anthology I have ever read.”

What Fears Become is a collection of stories, poetry, and art gathered from the archives of “The Horror Zine” web site. Being a horror fan, I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of it before. I vowed to check out the web site as soon as I was done with this review.

The book opens with an amazing foreword by Simon Clark, in which he weaves a story about the necessity of telling stories for survival. It’s a perfect beginning for a book like this. He goes on to describe exactly why The Horror Zine is amazing (which just increased my desire to check out the site) and why Jeani Rector is a genius. He also lists why some of the authors contained within are amazing and deserve a place in this book. After having read Mr. Clark’s intro, I have to say I’m in complete agreement. Here is something I haven’t said yet in a review: every story in this book is fantastic. I’m going to say it again for emphasis:

Every. Story. In. This. Book. Is. Fantastic.

I have yet to read (in my life, not just in a position as a reviewer) an anthology, whether it be by one author or many, that I loved each and every story contained within, but What Fears Become has knocked me for a loop. I wish I could go on about all of them but I will point out a few…

Read the rest of the review here.

Update on THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE

Posted in News on May 23, 2012 by Christian

The Ghost IS the Machine, featuring “The Talent’s in the Bones,” expected July 2012.

The table of contents for The Ghost IS the Machine, featuring my short story, “The Talent’s in the Bones,” is almost set, and that’s the first major (and probably biggest) hurdle toward publication. Other contributors at this point include Jay Wilburn, J. David Anderson, J.C. Hemphill, Matthew Hughes, Rose Blackthorn, and Joe Hill, who collaborated with his father, Stephen King, on Throttle, a tribute to Richard Matheson.

Publisher Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press is targeting the end of July for an official release date, but if you’re attending Confluence the weekend of July 27-29 in Pittsburgh, you just might get your hands on a copy just a wee bit earlier. No guarantees at this point. Just tantalizing possibilities.

Check back for further updates on release information, and be sure to ‘like’ the official The Ghost IS the Machine Facebook page to receive updates in your news feed about publication details as they become available.

ALIEN SKY Anthology Update

Posted in News on May 17, 2012 by Christian

Justin Nicholes, editor of the upcoming ALIEN SKY anthology which will include my short story, “Freestone,” has given me the anticipated trajectory of the book’s publication:

  1. MAY: selecting stories from among submissions and work with writers on any tightening of the work.
  2. JUNE: gathering updated stories and author information; putting stories together into one document.
  3. JULY: submitting the document and author information to Another Sky Press for formatting.
  4. PUBLICATION: From July on, mostly the anthology will be in the hands of the press people. The folks there will format the anthology as well as work with a cover artist.

I have been assured that a late 2012 or early 2013 publication date looks likely. Keep an eye on this space for editorial blurbs, cover art, and any other news about ALIEN SKY as it becomes available.

First reader review of TALES FROM THE RIVER at Amazon.com

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 14, 2012 by Christian

Amazon.com user Jamie posted a review of Tales from the River (Vol. 1) on Mother’s Day and gave it four out of five stars, calling it “true Gothic” and “a great read!”

“Crybaby Bridge” cited as a standout selection in Tales from the River (Vol. 1) from Dark River Press.

Positives: These are tales in the true Gothic sense of the word. There was very little violence, and many of the stories focused on a more subtle, powerful fear factor! I loved the non-fiction pieces as well. A few standouts: Robbie Anderson’s shapeshifter/Native American tale “Antizi,” Christian A. Larsen’s ghost tale “Crybaby Bridge,” Trevor Deyner’s zombie-like “The Grey Folks,” and Dawn Napier’s “In the Library” that made me see books in a very different way!

Negatives: I’m not much of a fan of poetry, and there was a lengthy section of it. One or two stories could have used some serious editing as they were far too long. They lost my attention due to length. Two were simply confusing and I had no idea what was going on!

Summary: Heavy on the good stuff… a great read! Pick this one up!

Buy your Kindle edition of Tales from the River (Vol. 1) today for just $2.99, or borrow it for free with Amazon Prime. Then leave your own review.

New ‘Works’ page at exlibrislarsen.com

Posted in News on May 13, 2012 by Christian

I’ve just added a ‘Works‘ page, listing everything I’ve ever had published and below it, everything that’s been accepted so far. The ‘Online Fiction’ menu on the righthand side of your screen was always meant to be just the highlights, an evolving handful of selections, but there are plenty of stories on the ‘Works’ page that I’m very proud of. I’ve linked each of the bibliographic entries to the stories themselves or places to buy them if they’re not posted for free online. A few are out of print, but I’m always looking for new homes for these stories, so sooner or later, you’ll probably see the links go ‘live’ again. So if you’re up late and bored, read a story. If you’re at work and bored, read a story. If you need a break from whatever, read a story. Most of them are free, and just a click away.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS now available internationally

Posted in News on May 12, 2012 by Christian

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, featuring “Clawed Sod,” is now available internationally.

International readers can now order A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod,” through Amazon’s European family of websitesAmazon.ca in Canada, and Amazon.co.jp in Japan.

That’s great news for fans in their native countries who will now be able to order the anthology featuring international writers such as Ramsey Campbell, Matt Leyshon, Simon Clark, Shaun Meeks, Graham Masterton, Stewart Horn, Brian G. Murray, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Susie Moloney, Chris Castle, Sandra Crook, and Trevor Denyer.

The mission of The Horror Zine is to support the continued growth of the horror genre by featuring the work of emerging writers, poets, and artists alongside that of established talents. A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE also includes contributions from Joe R. Lansdale, Tom Piccirilli, Ed Gorman, and Earl Hamner, Jr.

Of course, American readers can still order A FEAST OF FRIGHTS in trade paperback or Kindle ebook formats from Amazon.com. (I’m still waiting to find out why fans of the book in China can’t order it through Amazon.cn, but I think that’s a blog post for another day…)

The Fright Site reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 11, 2012 by Christian

Fright Site writer Adam Groves reviews What Fears Become:

Fright.com: WHAT FEARS BECOME is only surpassed by A FEAST OF FRIGHTS in Horror Zine library.

The third and thus far strongest anthology of stories, poetry and artwork culled from The Horror Zine. As with [And Now the Nightmare Begins and Twice the Terror], the contributors are a mixture of well known names and first timers. There’s also an admiring introduction by the renowned British horror scribe Simon Clark.

In the fiction selections animals are a favorite topic, as evinced by “Bast” by Christian A. Larsen and the jaw-dropping “Dogleg” by Bentley Little, about, respectively, a cat who steals the breath (and thus the life) of a grieving man’s grandmother, and a girl who loses a leg and has dog’s leg grafted onto its place. Of a similar hue is “Lost Things” by the fantasy novelist Piers Anthony, featuring telepathic guide dogs and cats.

I also got a kick out of…

Read the rest of the review here.