Archive for November, 2012

C.V. Hunt reviews FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND

Posted in Book Reviews on November 14, 2012 by Christian

Author C.V. Hunt, who has written ENDLESSLY, LEGACY, PHANTOM, DANSE MACABRE, HAND RAMBLINGS, and HOW TO KILL YOURSELF, reviews FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND which includes my short story, “The Plagiarist’s Wireless.”

There’s always this difficult task when it comes to reviewing an anthology. Specifically, one that doesn’t belong to a single author, but to plethora of authors scattered across different – but relevant – genres. I always find a couple I really enjoy and wish they were full length novels. Some of them I feel didn’t have the correct length the author needed to tell the story. Then there are others I might not have read under other circumstances.

The reading list within FORTUNE is the following:

  • “A Friend in Paga” by Brent Michael Kelley
  • “The Bottom Line” by Kurt Fawver
  • “The Plagiarist’s Wireless” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “Down the Pan” by Phil Hickes
  • “Trabajando Alegre” by Wednesday Lee Friday
  • “Things They Took from Luke” by Garrett Cook
  • “The Rules” by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi
  • “The Second Vault” by Andrew G. Dombalagian
  • “Best Laid Plans” by Lydia Ondrusek and John Jasper Owens
  • “Hungry” by Eric J. Guignard
  • “Twisted Words” by Andrew M. Stockton
  • “Storbeck’s Gold” by Cory J. Herndon

The best way to rate this collection is with a 4 star review. There were three stories that stood out to me as being my favorites…

Read the rest of the review here.

ZOMBIE JESUS is in my hands

Posted in News on November 13, 2012 by Christian

My copy of Dark Moon Books’ ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES has arrived! And I could NOT be more stoked.

ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, now available at Amazon.com.

Between writing it and doing the edits, I’ve probably read my own “Sic Semper Versipellis” a couple of dozen times, but now, for the first time, I get to read all the other contributors stories, brought together by the trained hand of editor Max Booth III:

  • “Damned” by Cody Langille
  • “The Hunger Beneath the Sea” by T. Fox Dunham
  • “Saving Cloud-Girl” by Eric J. Hildeman
  • “Culture Sculptor” by Charlie Fish
  • “Partners” by Ian Welke
  • “The Hopeful Doctor” by E.F. Schraeder
  • Sic Semper Versipellis” by Christian A. Larsen (this is the one that I’ve read a whole bunch of times)
  • “Auction” by James Hoch
  • “The Darwin Line” by James Ciscell
  • “Victoria, Victoria” by K.M. Indovina
  • “Those That Knock” by Morgen Knight
  • “The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos “Stevie” Georgiou” by Kevin James Breaux
  • “Avoid Seeing a Mouse” by James Dorr
  • “The Golgotha Fight Song” by Barrie Darke
  • “Legends” by Kristopher Triana

And the best part is, ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES is available, like RIGHT NOW, at Amazon.com. So click here to pick up a copy, and when you’re done reading it, be sure to leave a review.

Jay Wilburn reviews ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES

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

Jay Wilburn, who’s debut novel, LOOSE ENDS, was released by Hazardous Press last month, has reviewed ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing:

Jay Wilburn says my ZOMBIE JESUS story, “Sic Semper Versipellis” exceeded his expectations.

Max Booth III had a subtle touch in his selections and placement for this anthology. I rarely focus on the editor when reviewing anthologies, but I believe Booth has shown great insight and finesse in his construction of this anthology. It is not so much that the stories follow an exact theme or even an exact tone. This anthology has a spirit or a “bone level” connection that is not apparent on the surface. There is level of storytelling in each of these tales that brings this anthology to a height beyond its apparent potential.

Wilburn, who beta read my upcoming novel, LOSING TOUCH a few months ago, has some kind words for my ZOMBIE JESUS tale, “Sic Semper Versipellis“:

Christian A. Larsen is an author to watch. I have read a number of his short stories and even an early draft of a novel. Some of his greatest works of short fiction involve a powerful infusion of history. I was excited to read his contribution. “Sic Semper Versipellis” exceeded my expectations again. It is a good mystery and it is well-ended.

Read the entire review here. Buy ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES here.

Visit THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE & CHIRAL MAD publishers at AnthoCon this weekend

Posted in News on November 9, 2012 by Christian

Two of my publishers are attending AnthoCon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire this weekend: Post Mortem Press, publishers of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and Written Backwards, which released CHIRAL MAD last month. The convention runs through Sunday at the Portsmouth Holiday Inn, 300 Woodbury Avenue.

Eric Beebe will not only have the entire Post Mortem catalog for sale, including THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE (featuring Joe Hill’s “Scheherazade’s Typewriter” and my own “The Talent’s in the Bones”), he will be listening to pitches on Saturday at noon. Bring your best dark fiction and select non-fiction ideas for possible publication in 2013 with this rising small press.

CHIRAL MAD available at AnthoCon this weekend.

Written Backward’s Michael Bailey is bringing CHIRAL MAD, including Jack Ketchum’s “Amid the Walking Wounded” and my “Mirror Moments, for its official debut this weekend at AnthoCon. There will be a reading/signing event scheduled, and complimentary copies will be handed out to the first 50 to check in. If you miss out, copies are available for $15, with profits going to Down’s syndrome charities.

I will not be able to attend, unfortunately, but if at all possible, I recommend that you do. It’s a weekend full of readings, panel discussions, signings, and art demonstrations with bestselling authors and award-winning artists. And you never know what kind of goodies you’ll find in the dealer room. Just sayin’…

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 adds “Piper” to TOC

Posted in News on November 8, 2012 by Christian

Weldon Burge, editor of ZIPPERED FLESH 2: MORE TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD (Smart Rhino), has accepted another story for the anthology: “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” coauthored by David Benton and W.D. Gagliani. That makes twenty-one stories so far, including my contribution, “The Little Things.”

Here is the updated table of contents:

  • “The Modern Adonis” by Bryan Hall
  • “Taut” by Shaun Meeks
  • “Skin Deep” by Carson Buckingham
  • “The Sun-Snake” by Christine Morgan
  • “Knowledge” by Kate Monroe
  • “Prosthetics” by Daniel I. Russell
  • “After Darque” by M.L. Roos
  • “The Affair of the Jade Dragon” by Rick Hudson
  • “The Future of Flesh” by J.M. Reinbold
  • “We’re All Mad Here” by E.A. Black
  • “Seeds” by L.L. Soares
  • “Perfection” by Doug Blakeslee
  • “Underneath” by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • “The Perfect Size” by A.P. Sessler
  • “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” by David Benton & W.D. Gagliani
  • “BabyDaddy” by Jonathan Templar
  • “The Little Things” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “Clockwork” by Shaun Jeffrey
  • “Luscious” by Jezzy Wolfe
  • “Rapture” by Charles Colyott
  • “Primal Tongue” by Michael Bailey

According to the publisher, there’s room for five or six more stories which will come from the already-closed submission pile. Plans are to release ZIPPERED FLESH 2 in early 2013 as a paperback and eBook through Amazon.com.

“The Little Things,” part of ZIPPERED FLESH 2, coming early 2013!

Buy FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS at Amazon.com today!

Posted in News on November 7, 2012 by Christian

My short story, “724,” is now available as part of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS in paperback and eBook from Amazon.com. The anthology of dark fiction features fifteen tales of rich, thought-provoking horror. Before my inclusion in the book, I hadn’t heard of most of these emerging authors. I’m glad that I have now:

  • “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

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS runs the gamut of style and subject matter, but all evince the influence of such legendary horror writers as Clive Barker, T.E.D. Klein, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Richard Matheson. I am proud to be a part of this collection, and hope that you enjoy reading these new discoveries as much as I did.

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, now available in paperback and eBook from Amazon.com.

“The Little Things” to feature in ZIPPERED FLESH 2

Posted in News on November 6, 2012 by Christian

My short story, “The Little Things,” has been accepted for the upcoming ZIPPERED FLESH 2: MORE TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD edited by Weldon Burge. Like its predecessor, ZIPPERED FLESH 2 will be an anthology of “disturbing imagery, bloody violence, and freakish body augmentations.”

Here is a work-in-progress table of contents:

  • “The Modern Adonis” by Bryan Hall
  • “Taut” by Shaun Meeks
  • “Skin Deep” by Carson Buckingham
  • “The Sun-Snake” by Christine Morgan
  • “Knowledge” by Kate Monroe
  • “Prosthetics” by Daniel I. Russell
  • “After Darque” by M.L. Roos
  • “The Affair of the Jade Dragon” by Rick Hudson
  • “We’re All Mad Here” by E.A. Black
  • “Underneath” by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • “BabyDaddy” by Jonathan Templar
  • “Clockwork” by Shaun Jeffrey
  • “Luscious” by Jezzy Wolfe
  • “The Perfect Size” by A.P. Sessler
  • “Seeds” by L.L. Soares
  • “Primal Tongue” by Michael Bailey
  • “The Future of Flesh” by J.M. Reinbold
  • “Perfection” by Doug Blakeslee
  • “The Little Things” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “Rapture” by Charles Colyott

The cover was designed by Scott Medina and created by Shelley Everett Bergen:

Chilling tales by some of the best horror writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and maybe even a little skittish during the day).

Here’s what people are saying about the first edition of ZIPPERED FLESH:

  • Zippered Flesh is an anthology of twenty tales of body enhancements gone wrong—and not “gone wrong” like Joan Rivers or Sly Stallone—we’re talking a birthday party in the cemetery degree of ‘gone wrong.'” – Shroud Magazine Book Reviews
  • “There are some real highpoints in this collection.” – This is Horror
  • Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad gives you an eye-opening, jaw-dropping view of some pretty gruesome experimentation.” – Hellnotes

ZOMBIE JESUS now available from Amazon

Posted in News on November 5, 2012 by Christian

Buy your copy of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, featuring my short story, “Sic Semper Versipellis,” from Amazon.com. The publisher’s product description refers to several stories, including my own:

What if John Wilkes Booth had a good reason for killing Lincoln? A reason kept secret to protect the innocent; a reason so sinister that it would turn your hair white as light. What if Jack the Ripper was the protagonist of his life story, and he was only trying to save the world from the apocalypse? What if there was an agency somewhere out there, responsible for the death of every single celebrity? What if the Titanic wasn’t just carrying the living? What if there was more than just lava that erupted from Mount St. Helens? What if, what if, WHAT IF!? With stories by Cody R. Langille, T. Fox Dunham, Eric J. Hildeman, Charlie Fish, Ian Welke, E.F. Schraeder, Christian A. Larsen, James Hoch, James Ciscell, K.M. Indovina, Morgen Knight, Kevin James Breaux, James S. Dorr, Barrie Darke and Kristopher Triana.

The super-awesome cover also refers to several stories, but not mine. Still, it’s a pretty awesome cover, and I’m sure the stories are all awesome, so kudos to them!

“Sic Semper Versipellis” now available in ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES at Amazon.com.

Thecontest to win a free copy of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES is still going on at the Zombie Jesus Blog–all you have to do is leave a comment on any of the posts and you will be entered into the raffle (deadline to make a comment is November 20th).

FOR ALL ETERNITY slated for November 16 debut

Posted in News on November 4, 2012 by Christian

FOR ALL ETERNITY: TALES OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, featuring my short story, “The Corpse Road,” is tentatively scheduled for a November 16th release, which coincides with the publisher, Dark Opus Press, appearing at Chicago Days of the Dead at the Schaumburg Marriott, presumably with copies in tow.

Lita Ford will be attending Chicago Days of the Dead Nov. 16-18.

Other attendees at this year’s Chicago Days of the Dead include original KISS drummer Peter Criss, actor Keith David (THE THING, THEY LIVE, CORALINE), rock goddess Lita Ford, a reunion of the original cast of FRIGHT NIGHT and many, many more.

The table of contents will contain just seven stories in alphabetical order of sin: Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth and Wrath. That puts “The Corpse Road” in the fifth slot.

If you can’t make it to Days of the Dead November 16th-18th, you can pick up a paperback copy of FOR ALL ETERNITY, edited by A.W. Gifford and Jennifer L. Gifford, from Amazon.com, or your choice of paperback or eBook from Bete Noire Magazine.