Archive for April, 2013

HORRIFIC HISTORY available as eBook

Posted in News on April 29, 2013 by Christian
HORRIFIC HISTORY cover art by Luke Spooner.

HORRIFIC HISTORY cover art by Luke Spooner.

HORRIFIC HISTORY, featuring my story, “Skin of Blue and Grey”, is now available as a Kindle eBook from Amazon.com.

What really sank the Titanic?

Why do we really celebrate Thanksgiving?

Did someone really raise the dead 2,000 years ago?

Evil has lurked behind the scenes since the dawn of time. Read the story behind the stories, and you’ll never look at history the same way again.

Edited by Robert Helmbrecht with original cover art by Luke Spooner, HORRIFIC HISTORY, also available in trade paperback, features the following alternate history horror stories:

Pick up a copy at Amazon.com or in trade paperback at the The World Horror Convention in New Orleans June 13-16. You’ll be able to buy signed copies at the Hazardous Press dealer table right next to the booth for Post Mortem Press which will be selling copies of my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony.

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POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 event tonight at Augusta House

Posted in News on April 27, 2013 by Christian
Be a part of the POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 launch event at Augusta House.

Be a part of the POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 launch event at Augusta House.

Toronto-area readers, come to Augusta House in the Kensington Market tonight to celebrate the release of POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3, including my short story, “Thirteen Seconds”.

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.

Previous PStD3 events include launch parties earlier this month at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa, where Lydia Peever read “Thirteen Seconds” for the assembled audience, and The Pilot House in Kingston, Ontario.

Here is the complete table of contents:

  • “Thirteen Seconds” by Christian A. Larsen
  • “Absolution” by Michael Kelly
  • “The Drawer” by Alyssa Cooper
  • “The One Who Always Gets to Sit in a Chair” by Ralph Robert Moore
  • “Priority: Murder Kill” by Jason Philip Wierzba
  • “Filmy Residue” by Lucas Dawes
  • “What Happens in Vegas” by Karen Robiscoe
  • “Request Stop” by Frank Roger
  • “Carl and Monty’s Prairie Wager” by James K. Moran
  • “What They Wore” by Kyle Hemmings
  • “Lines, the Goa” by David Newson
  • “Empty Spots” by Carly Berg
  • “Shade Creeper” by Alexander Gonzalez
  • “The Obstruction” by Kriscinda Everitt
  • “I’m Almost You” by Stephen McQuiggan
  • “New God” by Maj Ikle
  • “Bone” by Kera Willis
  • “The Palm at the End of the Mind” by Patrick Roscoe

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.

Pick up HORRIFIC HISTORY at Amazon.com

Posted in News on April 26, 2013 by Christian
HORRIFIC HISTORY cover art by Luke Spooner.

HORRIFIC HISTORY cover art by Luke Spooner.

My story, “Skin of Blue and Grey”, is now available at Amazon.com as part of HORRIFIC HISTORY from Hazardous Press.

Edited by Robert Helmbrecht, HORRIFIC HISTORY tells the 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.

The cover art by Luke Spooner (pictured right) gives you a glimpse of the kind of horror you’ll find in the book’s pages:

Here is the complete table of contents:

In addition to its availability at Amazon.com, HORRIFIC HISTORY will also be available at The World Horror Convention in New Orleans, June 13-16 at the Hotel Monteleone. Hazardous Press will have a booth next to Post Mortem Press, which will be selling copies of my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony.

Amazing Stories reviews ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 24, 2013 by Christian

Matt Mitrovich has written a review for AMAZING STORIES of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, which features my short story, “Sic Semper Versipellis” and says he “found all the stories to be quite satisfying”.

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

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

Horror and alternate history are difficult genres to mash up. You just don’t see them together very often and despite my firm belief in the adaptability of alternate history, it is rare when you see an author effectively combine horror and alternate history tropes into a compelling read. When it is usually tried we are presented with a dystopia (any Axis victory scenario will do) or some Lovecraftian inspired tale (i.e. “A Colder War” by Charles Stross or “The Beast of the Bosporus” by Matthew Quinn). The ability, however, to convey sheer terror to the reader while asking them to accept a counterfactual setting, may be too much for their suspension of disbelief to handle.

That brings us to ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, an alternate history horror anthology edited by Max Booth III and published by Dark Moon Books…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t read the book, here’s a look at what you’re missing:

  • “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
  • “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

When you’re finished reading, please leave a review at Amazon.com and help fellow readers decide if they want to give the book a try.

Eric J. Guignard reviews SO IT GOES

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 22, 2013 by Christian

Editor Eric J. Guignard, who’s Dark Moon Books anthology AFTER DEATH has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award®, read SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT. In his review, he says my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth” is “one of the darker pieces in this book, following the sadistic irony of such stories as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’. It made me squirm and had an awesome ending.”

This anthology is a collection of stories that pay tribute to the applauded–if not cherished–author, Kurt Vonnegut. As a matter of full confidentiality, and though I recognize Vonnegut’s name and the subject matter he stood for, I am not intimately familiar with his writing. However, taking each of the stories in this anthology on face value provides a refreshing array of thoughtful philosophies regarding life, religion, and the human condition, all with a dark, playful, or cynical bent…

Read the rest of the review here. If you haven’t read SO IT GOES, you’re missing these terrific stories:

  • “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

When you’re done reading, please leave your own review–any kind of review, but if you’re looking for some structure, check out this idea posted at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s website that might help you get started.

Eric J. Guignard: "The Fountain of Relative Youth" made him squirm "and had an awesome ending."

Eric J. Guignard: “The Fountain of Relative Youth” made him squirm “and had an awesome ending.”

SKULL WORLD review

Posted in Movie Reviews on April 19, 2013 by Christian

One of the nice things about getting to know people in the horror biz, is sometimes you get to go “back stage”, even if it’s only in the digital sense. I was recently given the chance to screen SKULL WORLD, a documentary by Unstable Ground’s Justin McConnell, and brother, you’ve never seen a documentary quite like this:

coverThe truth is stranger than fiction. If you don’t believe me,  watch SKULL WORLD, a documentary by  Justin McConnell about Greg “Skull Man” Sommer, who either never grew  up, or grew up the way we all should–by enjoying life.

Sommer is a balding thirty-something who lifts weights, shreds to  heavy metal, and, while he earns money on the side digging graves, he becomes  perhaps the western hemisphere’s pre-eminent box warrior in which he engages in  combat using hand crafted armor and weapons made out of cardboard. You’ve seen  kids doing this, maybe. But you’ve never seen adults doing it. And Sommer, who  since high school has been donning a rubber skull mask and adopting the moniker  of “Skull Man”, is among the elite.

With SKULL WORLD, the  viewer is given a front-row seat to two years of Sommer’s life, as he explains,  or tries to explain, what

Read the rest of the review at The Horror Zine.

Kenneth W. Cain poses a question

Posted in News on April 18, 2013 by Christian

Kenneth W. Cain, author of DEAD CIVIL WAR (2013, Post Mortem Press, $15.00 in paperback, $4.99 in digital) is hosting a series of one-question interviews on his website, and today, it’s my turn. Cain asked me “When does a character become too real?” and you can read my answer here.

Here is a rundown of the first ten of Cain’s one-question interviews:

Post Mortem Press is taking orders for the hardcover edition of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE.

Post Mortem Press is taking orders for the hardcover edition of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE.

Cain and I both contributed short stories to Post Mortem Press‘s 2012 steampunk-inspired horror anthology, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, which you can order in ebook, paperback, or hardcover formats.

The anthology, edited by Patrick Scalisi, topped the Preditors & Editors™ readers’ poll for best anthology of 2012 and includes “Scheherazade’s Typewriter,” a story from Bram Stoker-award winner Joe Hill and Rob Smales’s “Photo Finish,” which finished first in the poll’s horror short story category.

Post Mortem Press will be releasing my novel, LOSING TOUCH, on June 25, with special “street availability” during the 2013 World Horror Convention incorporating the Bram Stoker Awards® June 13-16 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The Aberdeen Tap in the River West Neighborhood is hosting the Chicago release event on Sunday, June 23.