Archive for November, 2012

Reader review lauds FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on November 30, 2012 by Christian

The first reader review of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS was posted November 29th at, and “D. Miller” apparently loves the anthology, which was recently released by West Pigeon Press.

"724" is "one of the most interesting concepts for a story in years..."

“724” is “one of the most interesting concepts for a story in years…”

It’s not often you read a horror short story and think “I’ve Never read anything like this before.” Well, that will change once you get your paws on FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS. One of the most interesting concepts for a story in years greets you at the get-go with “724” by Christian Larsen. Saying anything about it would ruin it, but it’s of the “award-winning” type. “Bless You” by C. Bryan Brown is an uncomfortable, dread-soaked and intelligent read; you know what’s coming and why, but how does it all end? As far as sheer evil, the vile and perfect “A Coat That Fell” by Michael Wehunt is like a bloody brick slapped upside a hungover head. You’ll sweat and taste the palpable fear on the haunting “The Chopping Block” by Doug Murano as well. Although these aren’t the biggest names in horror today, there’s a good chance some of them will be tomorrow.

Buy FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS via today, and when you’re done reading, please be sure to write a review and let everyone know which stories you liked the best, or even what didn’t work for you. It doesn’t have to be long–just a few sentences–but reviews really do make a difference to the writer.

Horror World reviews CHIRAL MAD

Posted in Book Reviews, News on November 29, 2012 by Christian

In a recent Facebook exchange, Jack Ketchum, the man whom Stephen King once called “the scariest guy in America, told me: “Keep writin’, Chris.” It started with Ketchum quoting my CHIRAL MAD contribution, “Mirror Moments” on his Facebook page, so now I know he’s read my stuff, which is quite a thrill.

Ketchum himself contributed the short story, “Amid the Walking Wounded,” to the anthology which is now available for $15 at Proceeds go toward Down’s syndrome charities, but don’t buy it just because it’s for a good cause. Buy it because its great work for a great cause.

Brian Sammons had some nice things to say about CHIRAL MAD in his review at HORROR WORLD. He started off recommending that you buy the anthology. Stressed the point, in fact, and described all the stories, including “Mirror Moments,” as “well-written.”

He singled out some big names for kudos, like Ketchum, Gary Braunbeck, and Gary McMahon, as well as some terrific emerging talent, such as R.B. Payne, A.A. Garrison, and editor Michael Bailey, who also designed the cover which you can see below in the contributor-autographed poster version:

I want this for my room.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, you should buy CHIRAL MAD.

Kirkus reviews CHIRAL MAD

Posted in Book Reviews, News on November 27, 2012 by Christian

KIRKUS REVIEWS, America’s premiere book review magazine, calls CHIRAL MAD “a compilation of entertaining, if often disturbing, stories” in its examination of the horror anthology published here on November 26, 2012.

CHIRAL MAD features 28 writers, such as Jack Ketchum, Gary Braunbeck, Gene O’Neill, Gary McMahon, Gord Rollo, and Jeff Strand, but, as the KIRKUS review says “they are all ultimately dissimilar—because madness affects everyone differently.”

  1. White Pills – Ian Shoebridge
  2. Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers – Gord Rollo
  3. The Perfection of Symmetry – Andrew Hook
  4. Some Pictures in an Album – Gary McMahon
  5. Five Adjectives – Monica J. O’Rourke
  6. Enchanted Combustion – Amanda Ottino
  7. There are Embers – Chris Hertz
  8. Brighter Her Aura Grows – David Hearn
  9. Underwater – Barry Jay Kaplan
  10. Inevitable – Meghan Arcuri
  11. Experiments in an Isolation Tank – Eric J. Guignard
  12. Need – Gary Braunbeck
  13. Not the Child – Julie Stipes
  14. The White Quetzal – Gene O’Neill
  15. Send Your End – Patrick Lacey
  16. Mirror Moments – Christian A. Larsen
  17. Alderway – Patrick O’Neill
  18. Sigil – P. Gardner Goldsmith
  19. The Persistence of Vision – Jon Michael Kelley
  20. The Bad Season – A.A. Garrison
  21. Storm of Lightning – Aaron J. French
  22. Cubicle Farm – R.B. Payne
  23. A Flawed Fantasy – Jeff Strand
  24. The Apologies – Erik T. Johnson
  25. The Shoe Tree – Pat. R. Steiner
  26. Gaia Ungaia – John Palisano
  27. Amid the Walking Wounded – Jack Ketchum
  28. Underwater Ferris Wheel – Michael Bailey

CHIRAL MAD is now available for $15 through Published by Written Backwards, all profits from the anthology go directly to Down’s syndrome charities. It would make a perfect holiday gift for that reader you pulled in the Secret Santa drawing. You know it would.

Holiday sale for A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in News on November 23, 2012 by Christian

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, on sale now through December 8th at

The Horror Zine has slashed the Kindle price for A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, including my short story, “Clawed Sod,” now until December 8th at Regularly priced at $4.99, the ebook edition of the horror anthology is now just $2.99, and the paperback edition is also on sale at a reduced price for a limited time only by clicking here.

With a table of contents boasts short fiction from Simon Clark, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale, Joe McKinney,  Susie Moloney, Tom Piccirilli, Jeff Strand, and others, A FEAST OF FRIGHTS has garnered some rave reviews from the critics:

  • “With A FEAST OF FRIGHTS we have another strong collection of material from The Horror Zine.” — Dread Central
  • A FEAST OF FRIGHTS is “a collection of amazing pieces, each one brilliant and terrifying.” — She Never Slept
  • “Each story is amazing in its own right, and once you get started, you don’t want to put the book down.” — Fangoria Magazine

And now, you can buy A FEAST OF FRIGHTS through at a lower price point than ever before. But hurry, the sale ends December 8th.

Buy THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now 25% off!

Posted in News on November 21, 2012 by Christian

Post Mortem Press has lowered the price of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE and 15 other titles just in time for the holiday shopping season. Click here to find the perfect gift from Post Mortem Press while supporting independent writers like:

  • J. David Anderson (“The Voice in the Box”)
  • Anton Cancre (“Interchangeable Parts”)
  • Kenneth W. Cain (“Rebirth”)
  • Gloria Weber (“Eternal Service”)
  • Joe Hill (“Scheherazade’s Typewriter”)
  • Christian A. Larsen (“The Talent’s in the Bones”)
  • Rose Blackthorn (“Eidiss”)
  • Jonathan Templar (“Love the Ride”)
  • Doug MacKensie (“The Iron Prophet”)
  • Eric J. Guignard (“The Ghost of Ozzie Hobbs”)
  • Kristopher Triana (“Video Express”)
  • Matthew Alan Hughes (“Bad Toys”)
  • Rob Smales (“Photo Finish”)
  • Jay Wilburn (“Watch”)
  • Alexis A. Hunter (“Afterimage”)

And that’s just the contributors to THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE. Sixteen of Post Mortem’s most popular books are now on sale at the publisher’s website, some as low at $5 each, with a simple flat rate shipping charge for US addresses, no matter how many you buy.

Books make an excellent gift and all orders are shipped within two business days. Orders placed through Post Mortem Press before December 10th should arrive before Christmas without issue.

Click on the image below to visit Post Mortem Press and get some holiday shopping done today…

Michael C. Keith’s SAD BOY coming in December

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

Michael C. Keith’s SAD BOY, coming December 2012 from Big Table Publishing.

Last October, I reviewed HOAG’S OBJECT, a sci-fi/horror short story collection by Michael C. Keith. In my critique, I said Keith mixed “healthy doses of dark fiction, dark humor, and triumphant moments so that whatever your tastes, there is sure to be something to your liking…”

Now I see that Big Table Publishing is about to release Keith’s new collection of speculative fiction, SAD BOY, which I expect to be just as enjoyable, given his previous work and the early buzz. Writer Kathleen Kelley Reardon (THE SECRET HANDSHAKE, SHADOW CAMPUS) says “Keith’s skillful writing is as rare as it is superb.” Robert Scotellaro, author of MEASURING THE DISTANCE and THE NIGHT SINGS, says SAD BOY is “a deft and clear-eyed amalgam of love and longing.”

Look for SAD BOY from Michael C. Keith on Amazon in time for Christmas, and get ready to enjoy a well-written and literate collection. A rare treat indeed.

Win an advance copy of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS

Posted in News on November 18, 2012 by Christian

Goodreads has a chance for U.S. readers to win a free copy of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, featuring my short story, “724.” West Pigeon Press will pick five winners from the entries received here before the deadline on November 23rd.

You’ll enjoy the work of these emerging authors:

  • “724” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “The Chopping Block” by Doug Murano
  • “The Persistence of Frondu” by Yarrow Paisley
  • “Bless You” by C. Bryan Brown
  • “A Coat that Fell” by Michael Wehunt
  • “The City Underneath” by Robin Wyatt Dunn
  • “Beside Still Waters” by B.V. Lawson
  • “The Condition She’s In” by Nick Medina
  • “St. Mollusks” by Paul L. Bates
  • “Thicker Than” by Lydia Peever
  • “The Third List” by Samuel Minier
  • “Nothing Bad Has Ever Happened Here” by A.A. Garrison
  • “Oh Abel, Oh Absalom” by J.R. Hamantaschen
  • “Misery Don’t Wait on Me” by Joshua Clark Orkin
  • “Still Life” by Michael Trudeau

While you aren’t required to review FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS if you win a copy, the editors at West Pigeon Press are asking that you do–it’s why they’re giving the books away in the first place. Besides, readers who post reviews on Goodreads are more likely to win advance copies of other books in the future.

If you already bought FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS at, then let us know there what you thought.

Enter to win an advance copy of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS at

CHIRAL MAD named ‘finalist’ by USA Book News

Posted in News on November 17, 2012 by Christian

USA Book News has announced that CHIRAL MAD, which includes my short story, “Mirror Moments,” was a top-three finisher for the year’s best fiction anthology. The book also placed for best fiction cover design.

CHIRAL MAD placed in the top three in the fiction anthology and fiction cover categories.

According to President and CEO of USA Book News Jeffrey Keen, there were more than 1500 entries in 100 award categories covering print, eBooks, and audio books. Titles published in 2011 and 2012 were eligible.

CHIRAL MAD is now available in paperback at, with an eBook edition soon to come and features the work of Jack Ketchum, Gord Rollo, Gary Braunbeck, and many, many more.

FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND giveaway at LibraryThing

Posted in News on November 16, 2012 by Christian

Ebook review copies of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, featuring my short story, “The Plagiarist’s Wireless,” are available for giveaway to members of LibraryThing through December 13th. To request your copy, click here and scroll down until you see this cover:

Complimentary copies of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND are now available at LibraryThing for review.

If you prefer an ink-and-paper copy, FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND is available in paperback from with next day shipping available under most circumstances, so it’d be almost as fast as downloading it to your Kindle. Almost.

Whichever format you’d like, when you’re done reading, please leave a review wherever you got the book. Good, bad, or indifferent–it doesn’t matter. But leaving a review does.

Hellnotes reviews CHIRAL MAD

Posted in Book Reviews on November 15, 2012 by Christian

Since 1995, has provided horror genre news and information several times a day for free. Critic David Searles has written a review of CHIRAL MAD, which includes my short story, “Mirror Moments.”

“Every contribution is well written and literate…”

In his introduction to editor Michael Bailey’s Chiral Mad, an anthology of psychological horror, Thomas Monteleone tries his best to explain the book’s theme by defining “chiral” as a chemical term describing asymmetric molecules.


It’s possible to finish this enjoyable and often-brilliant short story anthology with no clear understanding of its title or theme except for a vague sense that you’re dealing with realities much like our own but composed of molecules that are just a tick lacking in symmetry. Life as we know it is just a bit … askew.

For instance, there’s R.B. Payne’s “Cubicle Farm,” wherein a poor wretch of a call center drudge has one of those days at work, but it’s without apparent end.

In Monica J. O’Rourke’s deceptively simple “Five Adjectives,” a second-grader reveals a little more than even she thinks she knows about the character of her father when asked to write a 350-word essay.

And in Gary McMahon’s “Some Pictures in an Album,” the ultimate tale of paranoid creepiness, a man sees himself as a child in a collection of family photographs of which he has no memory. In many of the shots, he’s standing in the vicinity of a mysterious door he doesn’t recall ever having seen before.

Chiral Mad’s list of contributors includes such horror A-listers as Jack Ketchum, Gary Braunbeck, Gord Rollo and…

Read the rest of the review here. Buy CHIRAL MAD here. And then leave your own review…