Archive for November, 2012

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 Amazon.com, with an eBook edition soon to come and features the work of Jack Ketchum, Gord Rollo, Gary Braunbeck, and many, many more.

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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 Amazon.com 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, Hellnotes.com 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.

Huh?

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…

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’…