Archive for March, 2013

Buy SO IT GOES at Amazon.com

Posted in News on March 31, 2013 by Christian
SO IT GOES, now available at Amazon.com.

SO IT GOES, now available at Amazon.com.

Happy Easter, everybody, and just look what the bunny brought! SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT, featuring my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth,” is now available in paperback and eBook formats from Amazon.com.

Perpetual Motion Publishing Machine says Vonnegut “was a man who pushed his imagination off a cliff and followed it for the whole drop; a man who was able to write the most cynical material, yet make you die of laughter at the same time.”

And if you’re not familiar with his work, neither was he. Check out his appearance in Rodney Dangerfield’s 1986 feature, BACK TO SCHOOL:

The anthology blends satire, gallows humor, and science fiction in the tradition of Vonnegut works such as CAT’S CRADLE (1963), SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE (1969), and BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (1973).

Here’s a look at the table of contents:

  • “The Grand Tour” by Frank Roger
  • “Saving God” by Jay Wilburn
  • “How to Succeed in Academia” by K. A. Laity
  • “Critical Thinking Skills” by James W. Hritz
  • “The Unhappy Accident or Feelin’ Fine” by T. Fox Dunham
  • “The Truth” by Jonathan Balog
  • “You’re Toast” by E.E. King
  • “The Joke’s on You” by Philip Simondet
  • “It Takes Four to Tango” by Mike Sheedy
  • “The Policy” by Thomas Messina
  • “Riding” by Aric Zair
  • “Corrective Action (or Illegal Discharge Legally Charged)” by Tony Wayne Brown
  • “Dead Girls, Dying Girls” by James Dorr
  • “Modern Science Has Yet to Find a Cure” by Michael Lee Smith 
  • “The Fountain of Relative Youth” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “My Best Friend is a Robot” by Brady Gerber
  • “Fido” by James Wymore
  • “Responsibility is Key” by Rachael Durbin
  • “Megastar Hopper” by Sue Lange
  • “Dog. Girl. Armless Karaoke Maniac.” by Joseph McKinley
  • “Nedserd” by Eli Wilde
  • “A Tribute to Ernest Glipp” by C. M. Chapman

It addition, to buying the book via Amazon.com, you can also visit the book’s official website to read personal essays written by some of the contributors via the “Essays” link, and if you’d like to write something about Mr. Vonnegut for publication on the site, email Perpetual Motion Publishing Machine at pmmpublishing@gmail.com.

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS drinking, reading events

Posted in News on March 25, 2013 by Christian

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3, including my short story, “Thirteen Seconds”, will officially debut April 5th with a launch party at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa.

The event will feature readings from contributing authors and art displays by the anthology’s illustrators, as well as horror trivia and prizes, and of course, refreshments.

In addition,The Pilot House in Kingston, Ontario is hosting a party on April 10, and Toronto-area readers should attend the official festivities on April 27 at Augusta House in the Kensington Market.

"Thirteen Seconds" to feature in POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3.

“Thirteen Seconds” to feature in POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3.

Some of the titles in the table of contents include “Bone” by Kera Willis, “What They Wore” by Kyle Hemmings, “Request Stop” by Frank Roger, “What Happens in Vegas” by Karen Robiscoe, “Empty Spots” by Carly Berg, “Carl and Monty’s Prairie Wager” by James Moran, “The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair” by Ralph Robert Moore, “Obstruction” by Kriscinda Everitt, and “I’m Almost You” by Stephen McQuiggan.

Other contributing authors include: Jason Philip Wierzba, David Newson, Canice Caskey, Alyssa Cooper, Patrick Roscoe, Alexander Gonzalez, Michael Kelly, Lucas Dawes, and Maj Ikle.

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 is edited by Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad, and copy edited by Ranylt Richildis, with layout and design by Danny Lalonde. Visit the official PstD page by clicking here.

COMING SOON blog hop

Posted in News on March 20, 2013 by Christian

Welcome to my stop on the ‘Coming Soon’ blog hop–the perfect place to find out what’s next on my agenda, and to find out a little bit more about my writing. Maybe this is the first time you’ve even heard about me. If that’s the case, then this ‘blog hop’ is doing it’s job–introducing interested readers to new writers.

Before I go any further, I want to thank my fellow writer, Alyssa Cooper, for inviting me to answer the following questions about my current projects, the writing process, and best of all, what gives me the skeevies.

  1. What are you working on right now? I finished my first novel, LOSING TOUCH, in July, and spent the next few months starting and abandoning a series of novels. The one I’m working on now, though, THE GOOD OF EVIL, I think has legs. It’s about a drifter with amnesia who inhales people’s life force to survive.
  2. How does is differ from other works in its genre? It’s a horror novel, to be sure, much less science-fiction-y than LOSING TOUCH. What makes it different is that the main character is the monster, and yet, the monsters are all around him. It definitely asks the reader to re-evaluate his or her idea of good and evil.
  3. What experiences have influenced you? I’m an extreme centrist. There’s always three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth. This past election season (like all election seasons), people were so damned sure they were right on both sides of the aisle. In my experience, the surer someone sounds, the less they know. THE GOOD OF EVIL is a novel about perception. Most of the time, and I’m talking about the stuff people argue about, good and evil are simply labels we apply based on our own prejudices.
  4. Why do you write what you do? I thought about coming up with some high-minded answer here, like fear is the most basic human emotion or some such shit, but the truth is I write what I do because I don’t have a choice. The stories decide what they are. I don’t. 
  5. How does your writing process work? No prewriting before and very little editing after. Open a file and go, go, go. Like I referenced in my answer to number 4, the stories decide what they are, I don’t.
  6. What is the hardest part about writing? Editing. I really can’t go back with a critical eye. I truly suck at that.
  7. What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet? Screenwriting. Short stories, novels, movies–it’s all storytelling. I do appreciate the lyricism of the written word, but it’s no more holy than a beautifully composed shot.  
  8. Who are the authors you most admire? I’m not going to say the obvious ones, because that always looks like you’re trying to attach yourself to their popularity, but suffice to say I do like a lot of popular, best-selling authors. Some of the ones you might not know include: Frederick Pohl, Susie Moloney, Thomas Steinbeck, Earl Hamner … there’s a million of them. If I mention them anywhere on this site, they ‘re worth checking out.
  9. Who are new authors to watch out for? Other than the authors linked in this post (see Alyssa and below), I really enjoy the work of Shaun Meeks, Aaron J. French, Rose Blackthorn, Max Booth III, A.A. Garrison, T. Fox Dunham … I could go on and on. Like I said in the previous answer, if I mention them anywhere on my website, you should read them.
  10. What scares you? Zombies, sharks, and idiots. And idiot zombie sharks are the worst.

Now that you know a little bit about me and my work, click the links below to read the blogs of three of my fellow writers, who will be joining me on the ‘Coming Soon’ blog tour next Wednesday:

HORRIFIC HISTORY expected April 19

Posted in News on March 19, 2013 by Christian

Robert Helmbrecht, editor of HORRIFIC HISTORY, has announced that the anthology, which features my short story, “Skin of Blue and Grey”, is expected to be released April 19.

Helmbrecht is using original artwork for the cover by a talented young artist named Luke Spooner. You can see more of his work at his website, www.carrionhouse.com.

Cover art for HORRIFIC HISTORY, expected April 19 from Hazardous Press.

Cover art for HORRIFIC HISTORY, expected April 19 from Hazardous Press.

Here is the complete table of contents:

While the release date is somewhat later than originally anticipated, the extra time allowed Helmbrecht to include more stories that show us the true horrific story behind historical events, like zombies in the Civil War, vampires in Renaissance Italy, shapeshifters in the ancient Far East, and aliens, demons, and spirits throughout history.

Black Static reviews A FEAST OF FRIGHTS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 18, 2013 by Christian

Black Static Magazine has reviewed A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, which includes my short story, “Clawed Sod”, calling the anthology of stories, poetry, and artwork a “fine publication and one where the fiction is worth the price of admission alone.”

The "overall standard is middling to high" with A FEAST OF FRIGHTS.

The “overall standard is middling to high” with A FEAST OF FRIGHTS.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE (The Horror Zine Books pb, 473pp $16.99) is the offspring of editor Jeani Rector’s website The Horror Zine, and contains a selection of all that the site has to offer and more. It’s a substantial volume, with not just fiction but a varied array of content arranged in themed sections. Regrettably there are no notes to differentiate between original material and that reprised from the website, though a flying visit has confirmed at least some of the stories are viewable online, so if you want a quick taste of what this volume has to offer point your browser at thehorrorzine.com.

After a foreword by Ramsey Campbell, we get straight into the thick of things with a mammoth fiction section containing thirty four stories, an agreeable mix of new voices and seasoned professionals…

Subscribe to Black Static by clicking here. And be sure to buy A FEAST OF FRIGHTS here and leave your own review.

Elizabeth Massie lauds LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on March 13, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, coming this June from Post Mortem Press.

LOSING TOUCH, coming this June from Post Mortem Press.

Horror luminary and two-time Bram Stoker Award®-winning author Elizabeth Massie says she “really enjoyed LOSING TOUCH,” my upcoming novel about a suburban husband and father who starts phasing through matter.

Massie won her first Bram Stoker Award® for the novelette “Stephen” and another Stoker followed two years later for her novel SINEATER. Her new zombie novel, DESPER HOLLOW, will be published by Apex Books in June in limited edition hard cover, trade paperback, and e-book formats. Massie’s upcoming HELL GATE, a chilling new historical horror novel, will follow in September from DarkFuse.

Of LOSING TOUCH, Massie says that for “anyone ever wishing for a superpower, this book will punch you in the face and ask, ‘Really, you idiot?’ At once frightening, touching, and all-too-human, LOSING TOUCH is a unique gem of a read.”

New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony graciously contributed a foreword for the novel, which will be published by Post Mortem Press in June. With over 50 books in print since opening in 2010, Post Mortem has published the works of such authors as Clive BarkerJoe HillHarlan EllisonJohnathan MaberryF. Paul Wilson, and Jack Ketchum.

Read “Sight Unseen” in THE GLASS COIN

Posted in News on March 12, 2013 by Christian

For the first time in what seems like forever, I have a story that is free, online, with no downloading necessary. And it’s a quick story fix, checking in at just under a thousand words. Click here to read “Sight Unseen” at THE GLASS COIN.

Read "Sight Unseen" at THE GLASS COIN.

Read “Sight Unseen” at THE GLASS COIN.

Jackie, who had slipped on a pair of dog training gloves, shook the cage, and stirred from the emptiness the panicked screech of a rhesus macaque.  The straw flattened and flew, the rope swung, and the bars even pinched together as if squeezed by small, invisible hands.

Arthur sucked his teeth. “How did you do that?  Hidden speakers?  Animatronics?”  But he didn’t really believe that a gag that simple would be worth the trouble, especially from a true scientist like Jackie.

“Invisibility,” breathed Jackie, as if it were the true name of God.  “Not some bullshit cloaking meta-material, but honest-to-goodness invisibility—on a biological level.  I’ve done it with frogs, mice and monkeys already.”

THE GLASS COIN is a weekly eZine of short works, publishing fiction, essays, prose, articles, visual art, videos and audio tracks that are less than 1000 words or five minutes in length.