Archive for March, 2013

CHIRAL MAD named finalist for Book of the Year

Posted in News on March 12, 2013 by Christian
CHIRAL MAD, nominated for ForeWord Review's Horror Book of 2012.

CHIRAL MAD, nominated for ForeWord Review’s Horror Book of 2012.

ForeWord Reviews has announced that CHIRAL MAD, featuring my story, “Mirror Moments”, is a finalist for the 2012 Horror Book of the Year award. Created to highlight the year’s most distinguished books from independent publishers, the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards will be determined by a panel of 60 booksellers and librarians.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, will be announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, Friday, June 28th, 6pm at The Pop Top Stage. The winners of the two Editor’s Choice Prizes will be awarded $1,500 each. ForeWord’s Independent Publisher of the Year will also be announced.

Edited by Michael Bailey with a foreword by Tom Monteleone, CHIRAL MAD features the following short stories:

Published by Written Backwards, CHIRAL MAD has raised over $4,000 for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.

Buy autographed copies of ZIPPERED FLESH 2

Posted in News on March 11, 2013 by Christian

Delaware-area readers, Editor Weldon Burge has signed and will be selling the autographed paperback edition of ZIPPERED FLESH 2, featuring my short story, “The Little Things”, during his appearance at the Third Annual Authors & Audiences Day, hosted by the Kent County Public Library on April 20th.

Burge will also be selling autographed copies of Smart Rhino Publications’ anthologies ZIPPERED FLESH: TALES OF BODY ENHANCEMENTS GONE BAD and UNCOMMON ASSASSINS, and BROKEN: STORIES OF DAMAGED PSYCHES, a short story collection.

The paperback editions of ZIPPERED FLESH and ZIPPERED FLESH 2.

Buy the autographed paperback editions of ZIPPERED FLESH and ZIPPERED FLESH 2 at Authors & Audiences, in Dover, DE.

More than 20 other local writers will be attending, representing many genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. This year, New York Times best-selling fantasy author Maria V. Snyder will be giving a presentation at 2:00.

The Third Annual Authors & Audiences Day at the Kent County Public Library is scheduled for 1:00-3:30 on Saturday afternoon, April 20th. Come and learn more about the writing process, or chat with writers and browse the books they have available.

100 days to LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on March 10, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, with a foreword by Piers Anthony, coming June 2013 from Post Mortem Press.

LOSING TOUCH, with a foreword by Piers Anthony, coming June 2013 from Post Mortem Press.

My novel, LOSING TOUCH, will officially debut in exactly 100 days, with special pre-release availability at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans, and advance reviews are already coming in. Jeani Rector, founder and editor-in-chief of The Horror Zine, says it’s “an exciting adventure that travels at a lightning-quick pace through doppelgängers and quantum tunneling.”

Gene O’Neill, who’s novella, THE BLUE HERON, made the final ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards® in the long fiction category says LOSING TOUCH “has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure.”

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 Barker, Joe Hill, Harlan Ellison, Johnathan Maberry, F. Paul Wilson, and Jack Ketchum.

Get your drink on with POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3!

Posted in News on March 8, 2013 by Christian
POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 coming in April 5.

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 coming in April 5.

Two more launch parties have been finalized to celebrate the release of POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3, including my short story, “Thirteen Seconds.” In addition to the party on April 5 at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa, 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.

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.

More POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 launch parties in the works

Posted in News on March 6, 2013 by Christian

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3, featuring my short story “Thirteen Seconds”, is almost here. Editor Sean Moreland is in the process of organizing several launch parties, including the one at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa on April 5, which I announced here. There are also a couple of Ontario launch parties shaping up during April and May in Kingston and Toronto.

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 coming in April 5.

POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 coming in April 5.

The following is what’s known about the table contents, including a complete list of contributors and a number of story titles.

  • Carly Berg (“Empty Spots”)
  • Alyssa Cooper
  • Lucas Dawes
  • Kriscinda Lee Everitt (“Obstruction”)
  • Alexander Gonzalez
  • Kyle Hemmings (“What They Wore”)
  • Maj Ikle
  • Michael Kelly
  • Christian A. Larsen (“Thirteen Seconds”)
  • Stephen McQuiggan (“I’m Almost You”)
  • Ralph Robert Moore (“The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair”)
  • James K. Moran (“Carl and Monty’s Prairie Wager”)
  • David Newsom
  • Karen Robiscoe (“What Happens in Vegas”)
  • Frank Roger (“Request Stop”)
  • Patrick Roscoe
  • Jason Philip Wierzba
  • Kera Willis (“Bone”)

In another month, we’ll know the order and all the titles, and if you’re in Ontario, make plans to attend one of the launch parties, which 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.

I Heart Reading doesn’t heart “724”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 5, 2013 by Christian

Young adult novelist Majanka Verstraete reviewed FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS (West Pigeon Press), including my story, “724”, for her website, I Heart Reading.

Reviewer Majanka Verstraete is "looking forward to what West Pigeon Press decides to publish next."

After reading FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, reviewer Majanka Verstraete is “looking forward to what West Pigeon Press decides to publish next.”

While Verstraete liked the anthology, it turns out she didn’t really much care for my story (possible spoilers ahead):

This story was all right, but nothing special. It reminded me too much of Benjamin Button. I know it’s not the same, but I’ve read about this concept a lot of times before. Someone who can age at will, or changes from baby to eighty plus years old in a day. The way it was executed wasn’t that special or thought-provoking either. The main character lacked personality. Her reaction the first time she saw the signs something was up – namely, ignoring it and thinking she’d imagined it – didn’t strike me as believable. Her relationship with Owen was absurd, not because of what he was, but because they barely knew each other. Linnie didn’t ask entirely enough questions.

Verstraete may not have liked my story, but her review  included much-deserved praise for the following authors for their contributions to FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPSDoug Murano, B.V. Lawson, Nick Medina, Paul L. Bates, Lydia Peever, Samuel Minier, A.A. Garrison, and Joshua Clark Orkin.

But don’t take Verstraete’s word for it. Read FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS for yourself, and leave your own review at Amazon.com.

Pre-order SO IT GOES today!

Posted in News on March 5, 2013 by Christian

SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT, featuring my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth”, is now available to pre-order from Perpetual Motion Publishing Machine.

SO IT GOES, now available to pre-order from PMMP.

SO IT GOES, now available to pre-order from PMMP.

The anthology will blend 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 contributing authors:

  • “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 preordering at the book’s official website, you can also 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.