Archive for April, 2013

Where to buy POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3

Posted in News on April 13, 2013 by Christian
Own POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3.

Own POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3.

Missed the POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 launch event earlier this month at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa? That’s where Lydia Peever read my story, “Thirteen Seconds“, for the assembled audience.

Maybe you weren’t at The Pilot House in Kingston, Ontario, the night it hosted a POSTSCRIPTS celebration? Food, drinks, games, and stories abounded that night. (But don’t feel bad—I missed it, too.)

Never fear—there’s another launch event scheduled for April 27th at Augusta House in Toronto, and if that’s not in your neck of the woods, then pick up a copy direct from the publisher.

Copies are $10 (Canadian) each, and shipping rates (regular surface parcel, in bubble-wrap envelopes) are as follows:

  • $5 for 1 book, $8 for 2 books for Canadian and US orders
  • $15 shipping/handling for 1 or 2 books for UK orders
  • $12 shipping/handling for 1 or 2 books for Australian orders

For other international orders, please email a query first so the publisher can check on shipping costs.

You can also find copies of the shelves at these fine Ontario booksellers:

Pick up a copy for your friend, or for yourself. Read it a little at a time, or all at once—however you enjoy these stories is up to you:

  • “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.

Pustule Oozings reviews THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 12, 2013 by Christian

Writing for Pustule Oozings, Laura Langford has penned a guest review of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, which features my short story, “The Talent’s in the Bones.”

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.

First, this is a great read – very entertaining throughout as a collection of short ghost stories. Some of these are extremely well written, draw the reader in, and deliver a chilling blow that is effective and spooky. Sadly, most of these (with the exception of two) have no similarity to the Steampunk genre greater than the use of some form of device or machine. If you are hoping to find work reminiscent of H.G. Wells (with haunted time machine) you’ll probably be disappointed. Most of the writer’s featured are horror writers and there is little incorporation of Industrial age steam powered or gear and cog style alternate technology. If you like a good ghost story and aren’t too picky about the use of the term “Steampunk”, this anthology is well worth reading…

Read the rest of the review here. Order THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, edited by Patrick Scalisi, in paperback or ebook from Amazon.com, or in limited edition hardcover directly from Post Mortem Press.

Director Justin McConnell cheers LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on April 11, 2013 by Christian
The Aberdeen Tap to host the launch event for LOSING TOUCH.

The Aberdeen Tap to host the launch event for LOSING TOUCH.

Justin McConnell, director and screenwriter of THE ETERNAL starring Michael Biehn, Anchor Bay Entertainment’s THE COLLAPSED, and the recently released documentary SKULL WORLD, has previewed my upcoming novel, LOSING TOUCH, and he has good things to say about what he read.

McConnell says the book, which will feature a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is a “fun, dark, refreshingly-original science fiction tale that never loses sight of what is most important: character.”

McConnell adds that, “among all the highs and lows that come with Morgan’s growing (super?) power, Larsen has a lot to say about the human condition, and the pressure-filled tightrope walk that is adult life with a young family. Don’t let this one slip through your fingers! (Unless you share Morgan’s affliction).”

LOSING TOUCH will be released June 25 in paperback and Kindle eBook formats, with special “street” availability at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans June 13-16, and at the Chicago launch event at the Aberdeen Tap on June 23.

Buy FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS at sale price

Posted in News on April 10, 2013 by Christian

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, featuring my short story, “724”, is now on sale at Amazon.com in paperback for $7.00 and Kindle ebook for just 99¢.

The anthology’s new price is a celebration of West Pigeon Press‘s invitation to NecronomiCon in Providence, Rhode Island, August 22-25, and if you don’t own your own copy of the book yet, here’s what you’re missing:

  1. “724” by Christian A. Larsen
  2. “The Chopping Block” by Doug Murano
  3. “The Persistence of Frondu” by Yarrow Paisley
  4. “Bless You” by C. Bryan Brown
  5. “A Coat that Fell” by Michael Wehunt
  6. “The City Underneath” by Robin Wyatt Dunn
  7. “Beside Still Waters” by B.V. Lawson
  8. “The Condition She’s In” by Nick Medina
  9. “St. Mollusks” by Paul L. Bates
  10. “Thicker Than” by Lydia Peever
  11. “The Third List” by Samuel Minier
  12. “Nothing Bad Has Ever Happened Here” by A.A. Garrison
  13. “Oh Abel, Oh Absalom” by J.R. Hamantaschen
  14. “Misery Don’t Wait on Me” by Joshua Clark Orkin
  15. “Still Life” by Michael Trudeau

Here’s what reviewers are saying about FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS and my story, “724”:

  • “‘724’ gives us a scenario we’ve read before but delivered in a very strong way.”

— John Boden, Shock Totem

  • “This book is sure to terrify, perplex, entertain, and captivate dark fiction lovers of all tastes and preferences.”

—Samantha Moore, One Title Reviews

  • “‘724’ has fascinating characters. It is a different take on aging and death. Larsen establishes good economic logic for why the characters do what they do. He takes the story to a bold ending.”

—Jay Wilburn, Perpetual Motion Machine

  • “At a time when the literary community has seen a resurgence of interest and respect for all things gothic, FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, a newly published anthology of short fiction by West Pigeon Press, is a rather refreshing read.”

— Brandon J. Fiedor, Triangle Arts & Entertainment

  • “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

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.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, get it at Amazon.com today, because you never know when the price will go back up. And when you’re done reading, be sure to leave your own review.

Leave a review for SO IT GOES, now available!

Posted in Observations & Musings on April 8, 2013 by Christian
SO IT GOES, now available from PMMP.

SO IT GOES, now available from PMMP.

SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT, featuring my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth”, is now available to order via Amazon.com, and whoa, what a list of contributors: Frank Roger, Jay WilburnK. A. LaityJames W. HritzT. Fox DunhamJonathan BalogE.E. King, Philip Simondet, Mike Sheedy, Thomas Messina, Aric ZairTony Wayne BrownJames DorrMichael Lee SmithChristian A. LarsenBrady GerberJames Wymore, Rachael Durbin, Sue Lange, Joseph McKinley, Eli Wilde, and C. M. Chapman.

I and everyone involved would love to hear what you think. Consider this a formal appeal for your review. If you’re looking for an idea of how to write one, the following is adapted from an assignment given by Kurt Vonnegut to his students in his “Form of Fiction” course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop:

I invite you to read the twenty-two tales in SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT (Max Booth III, editor, 2013, Perpetual Motion Publishing Machine, $14.95 in paperback, $2.99 in digital). Read them for pleasure and satisfaction, beginning each as though, only seven minutes before, you had swallowed two ounces of very good booze. “Except ye be as little children …”

Then reproduce the table of contents of the book, omitting the page numbers, and substituting for each number a grade from A to F. The grades should be childishly selfish and impudent measures of your own joy or lack of it. I don’t care what grades you give. I do insist that you like some stories better than others.

Proceed next to the hallucination that you are a minor but useful editor on a good literary magazine not connected with a university. Take three stories that please you most and three that please you least, six in all, and pretend that they have been offered for publication. Write a few sentences on each to be submitted to a wise, respected, witty and world-weary superior and post it at Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, a review site, Facebook, or as a ‘reply’ to this blog post.

Do not do so as an academic critic, nor as a person drunk on art, nor as a barbarian in the literary market place. Do so as a sensitive person who has a few practical hunches about how stories can succeed or fail. Praise or damn as you please, but do so rather flatly, pragmatically, with cunning attention to annoying or gratifying details. Be yourself. Be unique. Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows.

Any review would be awesome, whether you want to follow those instructions or not. But if you do follow Vonnegut’s framework, I’m a big boy. If my story falls in the bottom three category, I can take it. I’ll take it with tears, but I’ll take it.

UPDATE: Editor Max Booth III has some extra incentive for you to participate: 

Sounds fun, right? Well here’s where we up the stakes: anyone who participates in this challenge will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on July 1st. So do make sure, that if you do involve yourself in this project, that you email us at pmmpublishing@gmail.com so your name doesn’t slip through the cracks!

DARK LIGHT III expected soon

Posted in News on April 7, 2013 by Christian

DARK LIGHT III, featuring my story, “Harby’s Last Stand”, is expected by April 30 from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The anthology, edited by S.J. Davis, is the follow up to DARK LIGHT II, which was released on March 10. And get a load of the cover art by Rue for Vivid Designs:

DARK LIGHT III to feature "Harby's Last Stand."

DARK LIGHT III from CHBB Publishing to feature “Harby’s Last Stand.”

DARK LIGHT III will feature the fine work of, among others, Anna Yeatts, Nicolette Grey, Ericka Kahler, J.R. Roper, Laurie Jenkins, Dene Bebbington, S.J. McMillan, and Shaun Meeks, whose stories have appeared with mine in A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE and ZIPPERED FLESH 2 from Smart Rhino Publications.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 review by The Horror Fiction Review

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

Christine Morgan, who wrote “The Sun Snake” for ZIPPERED FLESH 2, has written a reflection on the first and second installments of the ZIPPERED FLESH franchise for the April edition of The Horror Fiction Review:

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

Basically, I’m a total wuss. A baby when it comes to needles and sharp things; though I’ve watched people get tattoos and nose-piercings, I have to look away when it’s me getting the fingerstick or blood draw. I knew these books would test me, and they definitely did.

Two books. Forty-two stories. Authors ranging from seasoned veterans to promising newcomers. Stories from the distant past to the fantastic future, from the visceral and grotesque to the transcendent and exalted.

And, most of all, so very many endlessly creative ways to alter the flesh! For so many reasons … voluntarily or otherwise … for personal expression or improvement, for art, for religion, for fun, for profit, for science, for savagery … transplants, implants, spare parts, experiments … fetishes and freaks … to elevate us past humanity or revert us to beasts … just about anything you could imagine, and some things you’d wish you couldn’t.

Read the rest of the review here, and if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 at Amazon.com, and read these squirm-inducing tales:

As Morgan says, “take a look at these twisted tales and decide for yourself. May also make a great gift for that rebellious teenager you want to discourage from getting some work done!”

Hear “Thirteen Seconds” at PstD3 launch party

Posted in News on April 4, 2013 by Christian
"Thirteen Seconds" to feature in POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3.

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

Many thanks to Lydia Peever, who has graciously agreed to read my short story, “Thirteen Seconds” at the launch party for POSTSCRIPTS TO DARKNESS 3 tomorrow night at Avant-Garde Bar in Ottawa.

The event will also feature readings from contributors Alyssa Cooper and James K. Moran, as well as art displays by the anthology’s illustrators, horror trivia and prizes, and plenty to drink, naturally. (There will be writers there, after all.)

If you can’t make it tomorrow night, 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.

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.

LOSING TOUCH publisher talks THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE

Posted in News on April 3, 2013 by Christian

Post Mortem Press chief Eric Beebe spoke with Nancy Greene of FEARnet about the publishing business, working with Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, F. Paul Wilson, and PMP anthologies such as THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, which features my story, “The Talent’s in the Bones.”

…our original anthologies we paid royalties only. And I was upfront with that. It’s all about communicating. Being as transparent as I can be. With our latest anthologies, we pay pro-rates to pro writers and semi-pro to others not with bigger publishers. In some cases we pay royalties. Our books THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE and TORN REALITIES – Joe Hill is GHOST and TORN REALITIES is Clive Barker. And with those authors I paid pro-rates and to the others in the anthologies I paid royalties. Most of the authors in GHOST ended up making more money than Joe Hill did. Which to me is amazing! And that book continues to sell well.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, available from Post Mortem Press at Amazon.com.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, including my story, “The Talent’s in the Bones,” available now from Post Mortem Press at Amazon.com.

To read the rest of the interview, click here. And if you haven’t read THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, you’re missing these awesome stories:

Post Mortem Press will be releasing my novel, LOSING TOUCH, on June 25, with special pre-release paperback availability at the World Horror Convention June 13-16 in New Orleans. The Chicago release event is set for Sunday, June 23 at The Aberdeen Tap in the River West Neighborhood.

LOSING TOUCH book tour taking shape

Posted in News on April 2, 2013 by Christian
The Aberdeen Tap to host the launch event for LOSING TOUCH.

The Aberdeen Tap to host the Chicago launch event for LOSING TOUCH.

My novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony, will officially debut on June 25, with “street” availability beginning June 13-16 at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans, and maybe (possibly) a few teaser copies at the Printer’s Row Lit Festival in Chicago June 8-9.

The official Chicago release event is set for the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at The Aberdeen Tap, 440 North Aberdeen Street in Chicago’s River West neighborhood. I’ll be signing copies of the book, but that’s just part of the reason to come out. The Aberdeen Tap menu features homemade mac and cheese squares, custom-crafted banger sandwiches, oven-toasted open-face grinders, and their evolving beer list has scores of domestic and international brews.

There’s nothing like delicious food and drink and a little home-grown literature to help you really enjoy the first weekend of summer in Chicago, so mark June 23rd on your calendar and stay tuned to this space for details!