Archive for July, 2012

Cover art for NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REAP

Posted in News on July 14, 2012 by Christian

My story, “Fugue State,” will be a part of the upcoming anthology, NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REAP from Sirens Call Publications. As one might well imagine from the story title, the main character awakens with no idea who or where he is. But not knowing is only half of his problem.

I’ve just gotten a look at the cover art, and it feels like the the design was selected specifically for my story, but I’m sure that the other stories, which I haven’t had an opportunity to read yet, are just as perfect a fit–and that gives me something to look forward to … the finding out.

Each story in NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO REAP, edited by Gloria Bobrowicz, is about a reaping. Someone, in some way, will have made off with something that did not belong to them. The real question in “Fugue State” is whether our John Doe is the victim or the perpetrator of the reaping.

The eighth commandment; thou shalt not steal. But everyone covets something that isn’t theirs…

Now I Lay Me Down To Reap…

In this anthology, there will be no happy endings…

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Fangoria Magazine reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 10, 2012 by Christian

John Porter reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE (featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod”) for Fangoria Magazine:

A Feast of Frights is a very satisfying anthology.”

First things first: if you’re reading this, you may well already be a fan of The Horror Zine–and if you’re not, buy A Feast of Frights, and you will become one very quickly. It’s staff has an impeccable reputation for selecting the best short fiction, poetry, and artwork from established writers as well as relative newcomers. Their only criterion is excellence, and it shows in this compilation.

Crammed into 473 pages are 34 stories, eight interviews, a slew of poems and some very cool illustrations. Add an additional three tales by the editors, and you’ve got enough reading material to last for weeks. Or only days, if you get hooked the way you likely will.

Collections like this tend to contain a few good stories, some that are not so bad, and one or two dogs–but there isn’t a canine in this bunch. It’s like a greatest-hits album by your favorite band: Each story is amazing in its own right, and once you get started, you don’t want to put the book down. Some of the established authors include Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Tom Piccirilli, Ed Gorman, Jeff Strand and Joe McKinney, yet as good as these masters are, what’s most exciting are the offerings by…

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Probably pointless rant

Posted in News, Observations & Musings on July 8, 2012 by Christian

I used to use this font when I was in high school.

I have a science fiction story that I like that has almost made it into a couple of decently high-profile magazines, but has missed the cut for one reason or another (shortlisted but rejected, the market folded, etc.). So I sent out a couple of weeks ago to a fledgling market, thinking, “why not give this place a chance?” especially since submitting to new markets is a great way to meet writers, editors, and publishers that I wouldn’t otherwise know.

They had some pretty specific format guidelines, but I long ago decided against custom-tailoring every submission to every market, because it just got to be too much to keep track of. Besides, I’ve been accepted by a couple of pretty nice markets who actually requested I reformat my work after my initial submission (owing to saving a .doc as an .rtf and getting garbled nonsense–which would be reason enough for me to just flat out reject it–which they never did). So I didn’t bother putting my submission for this fledgling market into Courier. I haven’t used Courier since I graduated from high school in 1993, and I’m not sure anyone else does anymore, either. It’s the kind of requirement a new editor establishes because it makes them look like an old-school editor. Or a complete newb.

Anyway, I got a fairly long form rejection letter today that took forever to get to the point. And the point was this: they didn’t even read it because it was in Lucinda Console.

Oh. My. Goodness.

And so I will never submit to these Courier Nazis ever again. These are people I don’t want to know.

ADDENDUM: I realize this probably makes me seem like a self-important crank. I suppose on some level that I am. I’ve received rejections from all kinds of publishers, big and small–but this one just absolutely rubbed me the wrong way.

She Never Slept: A FEAST OF FRIGHTS is “brilliant and terrifying”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 6, 2012 by Christian

Heather Royston reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE for She Never Slept, calling the anthology (which includes my contribution, “Clawed Sod”) both “brilliant and terrifying.”

5 out of 5 tentacles for A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

After having read (and loved) The Horror Zine’s previous collection What Fears Become, I was incredibly excited to get my paws on their new book, A Feast Of Frights. From the moment I saw the amazing cover art I was sure that this was going to be another marvelous collection.

A Feast of Frights begins with a foreword from Ramsey Campbell, which both amped me up and scared me. He had written a masterful review of the book himself and I frankly had no idea then (nor do I now) have any idea how to match him. I humbly acknowledge that I can’t, but I will try to convey my feelings on the subject as best I can.

The book is structured much like its predecessor, stories first then poetry with the art intermingling through the pages, with “The Editors Corner” as the finale. New to this collection was a series of interviews and articles by people from the various industries that embrace the love of terror.

Before reviewing any of the pieces individually, I would like to touch on…

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Ink Babes Press releases BLEEDING INK

Posted in News on July 5, 2012 by Christian

Read my short story, “Club 27” in the freshly-released ebook anthology from Ink Babes Press, BLEEDING INK, available now at Smashwords.com.

My story, “Club 27,” deals with the concept that so many artists, from Robert Johnson to Amy Winehouse (in addition to a number of performance and visual artists) have died at the age of 27. It is not so much an explanation of the phenomena as it is an exploration.

In BLEEDING INK, editors Lisa Forget, Patricia Hollett and Tammy Crosby have compiled 60 stories from nearly 40 authors, (not to mention poetry) all touching on the paranormal, the supernatural, the dark and the twisted in one way or another.

Here’s the bloody breakdown:

  1. The Night Belongs to Me — by Krista Walsh
  2. Dead Alien — by Jack Horne
  3. A Vain Bit of Beauty — by Ron Koppelberger
  4. The Three Steps — by Anna Sykora
  5. Crimson And Black — by April Avalon
  6. Blood Harvest — by Patricia Hollett
  7. Buried Secrets — by DewRina Lee
  8. The Beast Howls In Your Veins – By Alejandra Taylor
  9. The Pool Party – By Tammy Crosby
  10. The Evil Eye — by Ron Koppelberger
  11. Watcher — by Corinne Lambert Murphy
  12. You Know Your Writer’s Soul Cannot Resist — by Lisa Forget
  13. Hangman’s Woods — by Colin F. Barnes
  14. Her Familiar — by Anna Sykora
  15. Last Call — by Phil Temples
  16. Black Morsels — by Suzanne Sykora
  17. The Heart – By Lizzie Shelley
  18. Green With Envy — by Lisa Forget
  19. The Balance — by Frank A. Scurry
  20. I Am A — by Sally A. Wolf
  21. Forever My Valentine — by Patricia Hollett
  22. You Are Not My Child — by Madeline Barr
  23. Something Into Nothing — by Rick McQuiston
  24. The Hunger Baby — by Devon Carey
  25. A Cat in Hell’s Chance — by Nathan J.D.L Rowark
  26. For the Love of Grace — by Lisa Forget
  27. Trestlewood Estates — by Ward Webb
  28. The Reasons Why — by Patricia Hollett
  29. Enter 2012 — by Tammy Crosby
  30. For a Bit of Good Luck — by Philip Roberts
  31. Friday’s Child is Doomed to Misfortune — by Lisa Forget
  32. Bad Baby — by Nicky Peacock
  33. Demon Retired — by John Grey
  34. Little Miss Sanguine — by HORNS
  35. Spells Worms and Fishing Gloves — by Patricia Hollett
  36. First Meal — by Gary Hewitt
  37. Home Among Gossamer Stars — by A. J. Huffman
  38. Initiation — by Lisa Forget
  39. Control Room Agenda Denied — by David S. Pointer
  40. Rob Pernell’s Tale — by Robert Lee Frazier
  41. Scraps — by Tammy Crosby
  42. Through the Eyes of Him — by Christian Riley
  43. Drizzle (a Haiku) — by Martin Cohen
  44. Retention — by Jason Heitkamper
  45. They Bleed Ink — by Patricia Hollett
  46. Demon In His Soul — by David Perlmutter
  47. Old Man Winter — by Lisa Forget
  48. By Full Moon’s Light — by J.A. Campbell
  49. The Devil’s Daughter — by Sally A. Wolf
  50. Blood and Ecstasy — by Lisa Forget
  51. Deal With The Devil — by Maxwell Zwain
  52. Deliciously Dark Christmas — by Patricia Hollett
  53. A Perfect Match — by Michael C. Keith
  54. Next-of-Kin — by Lisa Forget
  55. Scratch — by Jay Faulkner
  56. Club 27 — by Christian A. Larsen
  57. The Lake — by Patricia Hollett
  58. The Cat’s Meow — by Tammy Crosby
  59. Roses for the Devil — by J.A. Campbell
  60. Your Bodies Lie Over the Ocean — by Gareth Wilson

NO REST FOR THE WICKED now available in paperback

Posted in News on July 5, 2012 by Christian

NO REST FOR THE WICKED, featuring my short story, “The Gloaming Hour,” is now available in paperback from Rainstorm Press via Amazon.com. The anthology is a themed collection of chilling stories about objects discovered, passed down, and encountered that haven’t quite been let go by their previous owners.

Here is the Amazon.com product description:

Now available at Amazon.com.

Some things are better left forgotten. Hidden away in drawers or locked in closets where memories can’t escape and torture the living yet some do. Some…escape.

Haunted objects tease the mind with dark thoughts, exposing the residue of a life imprinted on itself and now in the hands of another.

No Rest for the Wicked tells the stories of these possessed possessions and cautions the reader to think twice before pulling out their wallet for a great deal on an old crib.

Rainstorm Press has also published NO REST FOR THE WICKED as a Kindle ebook, so no matter how you read, pick up a copy today before you hit that neighborhood garage sale. It might save your life.

Dread Central calls A FEAST OF FRIGHTS “another strong collection”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 4, 2012 by Christian

Mr. Dark reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, featuring my short story, “Clawed Sod,” for Dread Central:

Jeani Rector’s The Horror Zine returns with another collection of stories, articles, poetry, and artwork in A Feast of Frights. Their previous compilation, What Fears Become (review here), was a very solid collection with some flaws. I’m glad to say that this collection is better, even if some of the flaws do remain.

The biggest improvement is in the stories. It’s very hard to find a short story collection that doesn’t have some clunkers, but this one is solid throughout. There’s not a bad or misplaced tale in the book. As before, Rector has chosen well-know writers such as Graham Masterton and Joe R. Lansdale and mixed in new or lesser-known authors, focusing on the quality of the work rather than the strength of the name. It’s a wise choice because some of the best stories are from…

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