Archive for December, 2012

Buy FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, get an ebook free!

Posted in News on December 17, 2012 by Christian
FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, part of Omnium Gatherum's buy a paperback, get an ebook free deal!

FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, part of Omnium Gatherum’s buy a paperback, get an ebook free deal!

You have a week left to finish up that holiday shopping, and Omnium Gatherum, publishers of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, is making it extraordinarily easy for you. Now through Christmas Eve (December 24th, just like always), anyone who buys a paperback copy of any Omnium Gatherum title receives a free ebook.

So you can buy a paperback copy of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND (which features my short story, “The Plagiarist’s Wireless”) for a friend, and keep an ebook copy for yourself. Or you can buy FORTUNE in paperback, and choose another OG title such as CHUGGIE AND THE DESECRATION OF STAGWATER by Brent Michael Kelley as your ebook. Or go with a paperback of DEATH TO THE BROTHERS GRIMM or DETRITUS, and get an ebook edition of FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND.

Look, I’m not a mathematician, but there’s a bunch of different combos you can hit with an offer like this from Omnium Gatherum. With 16 eligible books from which to choose, you can go nuts, get some holiday shopping done, and get something for yourself in the process. I’ll certainly never tell.

Click here to visit Omnium Gatherum online and get started.

Goodreads review compares “724” to work of Roald Dahl

Posted in Book Reviews, News on December 16, 2012 by Christian

Goodreads most popular U.S. reviewer, Karen Brissette, has posted a critique of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, including my short story, “724,” which she compares to the work of Roald Dahl, saying “it had a good, tiptoeing build and then ended with a quiet lonely horror.”

Karen Brissette says "724" is "very well-constructed" in her Goodreads review.

Karen Brissette says “724” is “very well-constructed” in her Goodreads review.

I have read another book of short stories! And like many multi-author anthologies, there were hits and misses for me, but since everyone is a snowflake and my hit could be your miss, if you like that brand of horror that verges on the ineffable, this would be a great collection for you to read.

In the introduction, which serves as a mission statement for the collection and the publisher itself, the claim is made that this is a collection of “dark, resonant fiction.” and that they gravitate toward “the evocative and unsettling.” and that is all true. some of them remind me of Roald Dahl, when he is doing his dark adult stuff and not his dark kids’ stuff. And some of it just went over my head.

Read the rest of the review here.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing reviews FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on December 15, 2012 by Christian

Jay Wilburn has written a review of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, including my short story, “724,” for Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, describing the anthology as “full of moments of spectacular greatness.”

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

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

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS is an anthology of dark fiction with West Pigeon Press. The structure of the book is focused around the stories and the authors telling them. This mission in the publication by West Pigeon comes through clearly in several ways.

The anthology is described as genre defying. This phrase is thrown around so often now that “genre defying” should be its own genre with a little placard on the shelves in the brick-and-mortar bookstores. Here I’ll grant that this anthology has thoroughly earned the distinction it claims.

The tone of the complete experience in reading these stories is dark and emotionally deep. There are many cityscapes, isolated characters, and human explorations. The themes of life and death, health and disease, or loss and pain are important in many of the stories. Each story begins with power and mind-capturing details. Even the stories that were not my favorites were mesmerizing in the scope and art of the tellings.

There are stories in this anthology that I will read again and I have no time in my life to be reading anything twice.

As the title implies, these stories attempt to pull away the thin barrier between us and the face of things we might prefer to keep hidden.

If you are a reader that is desperate to understand all the hidden details of a story, I would recommend reading the Post-scripts and Author Bios at the end of the anthology. I’m sure there are authors from this table of contents that you will want to read more of their work. There are some insights as well that can create better understanding of the more elusive tales.

Christian A. Larsen leads off the anthology which does not surprise me…

Read the rest of the review here.

FOR ALL ETERNITY, in time for the holidays!

Posted in News on December 13, 2012 by Christian

FOR ALL ETERNITY: TALES OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, featuring my short story, “The Corpse Road,” is now available in paperback via Amazon.com. Edited by A. W. Gifford and Jennifer L. Gifford, FOR ALL ETERNITY brings together the worst character traits known to humankind in the following short pieces:

  • "The Corpse Road" is now available in FOR ALL ETERNITY.

    “The Corpse Road” is now available in FOR ALL ETERNITY.

    Introduction – Jennifer L. Gifford

  • A Fragment of Shadow – Renee Carter Hall
  • Zion – Michael Beers
  • Hearts of Gold – Die Booth
  • Lecherous – Marten Hoyle
  • The Corpse Road – Christian A. Larsen
  • Deadweight – Ken MacGregor
  • Mauschwitz – Brandon French

A prideful stance. A lying tongue. Hands that spill innocent blood. A heart that plots evil. Bodies engaging in ungodly mischief. Being a witness of deceit. Sowing discord for folly and fun. Superbia. Avaritia. Luxuria. Invidia. Gula. Ira. Acedia. The Seven Deadly Sins.

Unspeakable Gibberer reviews FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on December 12, 2012 by Christian

Unspeakable Gibberer has posted a review of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, which features one of my short stories.  In his/her/its review, the Gibberer said “I was impressed with the opening story by Christian A. Larsen, “724,” which certainly puts the reader in the mood, and is just how a West Pigeon Press anthology should start, with a big “WTF!?” moment.”

Unspeakable Gibberer says my story, "724," is impressive "with a big “WTF!?” moment."

Unspeakable Gibberer says my story, “724,” is impressive “with a big “WTF!?” moment.”

Once again the folks over at West Pigeon Press are out to strip you of your hopes and sanity with a brand new anthology. That’s right, those who released unto the world, J.R. Hamantaschen’s YOU SHALL NEVER KNOW SECURITY now bring us a new dark tome. FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, is yet another brilliant flame in a dark hall that West Pigeon Press is building. 15 unfiltered short tales that deserve the title of “resonant, unbridled dark fiction,” and make the reader say, “I’ve never read anything like that.” Each one of these stories impacted me in some way, whether it was out of fear or discomfort. It is important to understand when reading these stories, that you don’t judge the literature necessarily by the words on the page, but the mood they put you in.

Not all of the stories are great, and some definitely outshine others, but something that I will admit is every story at some point made me uneasy, or left me feeling freaked out. A couple on my favorites list include…

Read the rest of the review here, then pick up a copy and review the anthology here.

Great last minute gift ideas for under $5

Posted in Observations & Musings on December 12, 2012 by Christian
FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, available now as an e-book for just $2.99.

FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, available now as an e-book for just $2.99.

Give an e-book this holiday season. Amazon makes it ridiculously easy. You don’t have to pay for shipping, and you don’t need to wait for your gift to head all the way across the country. All you have to do is click on “give as a gift” button and type in the recipient’s email address. Blam. Instant present.

Even if the person to whom you’re gifting doesn’t have a Kindle, there are free apps available to read those formats on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad, Android Tablet, Windows PC or Mac platforms.

Might I suggest from the following horror anthologies for that reader on your list?

So make it easy on yourself, your schedule, and your budget. Heck, you don’t even need to wrap an e-book. You win!

Teaser cover for THE DARKNESS WITHIN

Posted in News on December 11, 2012 by Christian
Prelim artwork for THE DARKNESS WITHIN

Prelim artwork for THE DARKNESS WITHIN, coming soon from Indigo Mosaic Publishing

Indigo Mosaic has released a teaser cover thumbnail (pictured right) for it’s THE DARKNESS WITHIN, featuring my short story, “Doppel-Änger.”

Other contributing authors include Marcel Admiraal, author of the short story collection BENEATH DARK WATERS, Damien Keith, author of the novel SHADOW OF THE CITY, Jenni Wiltz, author of THE ROMANOV LEGACY, and Linda Adams, author of “Six Bullets.”

Have you ever been so angry, so frustrated with impotent rage, that you felt like you might just split in half? Or (maybe) worse, split someone else in half? “Doppel-Änger” explores the bitter end of runaway rage.

THE DARKNESS WITHIN will be available in 2013 as a perfect-bound paperback via Amazon.com.

HORRIFIC HISTORY adds more terrifying tales

Posted in News on December 10, 2012 by Christian
LOOSE ENDS by Jay Wilburn now available in paperback from Hazardous Press.

LOOSE ENDS by Jay Wilburn now available in paperback from Hazardous Press.

Submissions are open until December 31st for HORRIFIC HISTORY, an anthology from Hazardous Press that tell the horrible stories behind historical events. Zombies in the Civil War, vampires in Renaissance Italy, shapeshifters in the ancient Far East, aliens, demons, and spirits throughout history.

Editor Robert Helmbrecht has already begun building the table of contents. My story, “Skin of Blue and Grey” will feature, as will the work of Jay Wilburn, T. Fox Dunham, D. Alexander Ward, Ken MagGregor, and Pete Aldin–with many more to come in the next few weeks.

Hazardous Press is also the publisher of Wilburn’s debut novel LOOSE ENDS, which I reviewed here. Other titles in the Hazardous portfolio include:

  • OCTOBER RAIN by Dylan J. Morgan
  • A QUICK BITE OF FLESH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ZOMBIE FLASH FICTION
  • MORTALS ALL by Bruce Golden
  • THE EVER by Hollis Jay
  • NIGHTSCAPES by Erik VanBezooijen
  • AN AIRSHIP NAMED DESIRE by Katherine McIntyre
  • HIS OWN MAD DEMONS by David A. Riley

DARK LIGHT 3 to feature “Harby’s Last Stand”

Posted in News on December 7, 2012 by Christian

Read my story, “Harby’s Last Stand,” in the DARK LIGHT 3, coming soon from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. DARK LIGHT 2 & 3 continue the DARK LIGHT anthology series, edited by S.J. Davis. The first installment of DARK LIGHT is now available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle eBook formats.

"Harby's Last Stand" to appear in DARK LIGHT 3 from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

“Harby’s Last Stand” to appear in DARK LIGHT 3 in 2013 from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

From the product description of DARK LIGHT 1:

The click of the camera before you die. A demon’s unthinkable task. A childhood game gone horribly wrong. The nagging feeling that someone is watching your every move. A lover, a betrayer. Breakdown. Vengeance. Misplaced trust. Malice. Surprise. How many times will you soothe yourself in the dark hoping for the light? Welcome to a world hidden behind the blinds of reality. This anthology is not for the faint-hearted. The tales inside are guaranteed to rob you of sleep at night and bring you the nightmares you fear. Now, open your eyes and see…

Read DARK LIGHT and watch for DARK LIGHT 2 & 3, coming in 2013 from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.

BFS calls A FEAST OF FRIGHTS a “must for any horror fan”

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

Mario Guslandi has written a review of A FEAST OF FRIGHTS for The British Fantasy Society, calling the anthology, which includes my short story, “Clawed Sod,” a “must for any horror fan.”

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

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

Jeani Rector, the editor of THE HORROR ZINE, must be congratulated for assembling a hefty volume which represents a veritable feast for horror lovers.

The book, foreworded by Ramsey Campbell, includes thirty-seven horror stories both by renowned authors and by comparatively newcomers, the average quality of which is uncommonly good.  To mention and to comment upon all of them would be impossible, thus I will take advantage of my privilege as a reviewer to focus only on what I consider the very best.

To me the highlights of the anthology are…

Read the rest of the review here.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS is now available via Amazon at special holiday pricing, but for a limited time only. Buy the eBook edition for just $2.99 before December 8th and save a couple of bucks on this terrifying anthology. If you don’t have a Kindle, download a free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7 at Amazon.com.