Archive for May, 2013

Look at what arrived today

Posted in News on May 20, 2013 by Christian

Remember that scene in BACK TO THE FUTURE when Marty returns to 1985 and his parents are, well, not cool, but closer to cool? George has found success as a writer, and Marty arrives just in time to see his dad rip open a box full of advance copies of his novel. Well, I had that moment today.

A Match Made in Space by George McFly

A Match Made in Space by George McFly

And so did the boys.

The boys had different reactions to posing with my book. I guess I can't blame them.

The boys had different reactions to posing with my book. I guess I can’t blame them.

LOSING TOUCH, with a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is a real, honest-to-goodness book now. Not an idea in my head, not a digital file in a random stage of completion, but a real book available for pre-order via Amazon.com and everything.

Copies will ship beginning June 25, but you can pick up a copy even earlier at Post Mortem Press table during the World Horror Convention June 13-16.

I will also have copies at The Aberdeen Tap in Chicago from 1-4 on June 23 and Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th from 11-1.

If you’re anywhere near those places on those dates, I’m looking forward to seeing you there. If not, I’m working on more appearances later this summer, and hope you can make it to one of them.

LOSING TOUCH, now available to pre-order

Posted in News on May 15, 2013 by Christian

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is now available for pre-order via Amazon.com.

Copies will ship beginning June 25, but you can pick up a copy even earlier at Post Mortem Press table during the World Horror Convention June 13-16.

I will also have copies at The Aberdeen Tap in Chicago from 1-4 on June 23 and Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th from 11-1.

LOSING TOUCH, now available to preorder at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available to preorder at Amazon.com.

Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach–a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. Complicated by his wife’s recent back surgery, Morgan tries to protect his wife and kids from his anxieties, not to mention their financial burdens, but that just pushes them away even further.

And in the middle of it all, he starts to lose his tangibility.

He may be able to walk through walls, but that ability comes with a price. He has to learn not just how to control it, but how to use it without anyone finding out, not even his family. He doesn’t want to become a circus freak or government test subject while providing for his wife and kids, but there doesn’t seem to be any honest work for a man who can secretly phase through solid matter. The temptations, on the other hand–the temptations are endless, and when he succumbs to the first, the rest begin to fall like dominoes…

Many thanks to Gary McCluskey for the cover art,  Felicia A. Sullivan for copy editing out my grammar errors and idiosyncrasies, and to my publisher, Eric Beebe, for making it all happen.

Final cover art for LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on May 14, 2013 by Christian

Post Mortem Press has unveiled the final cover art for my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a cover blurb by W.D. Gagliani. Gary McCluskey, who provided cover art for Gina Rinalli’s DAYS LONG DEAD, by Luke Keiosk’s THE GREENWICH MEMOIRS, and Everett Bell’s THEY COME AT MIDNIGHT, also painted Morgan Dunsmore’s disintegrating face.

LOSING TOUCH cover art by Gary McCluskey.

LOSING TOUCH cover art by Gary McCluskey.

Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach–a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. Complicated by his wife’s recent back surgery, Morgan tries to protect his wife and kids from his anxieties, not to mention their financial burdens, but that just pushes them away even further.

And in the middle of it all, he starts to lose his tangibility.

He may be able to walk through walls, but that ability comes with a price. He has to learn not just how to control it, but how to use it without anyone finding out, not even his family. He doesn’t want to become a circus freak or government test subject while providing for his wife and kids, but there doesn’t seem to be any honest work for a man who can secretly phase through solid matter. The temptations, on the other hand–the temptations are endless, and when he succumbs to the first, the rest begin to fall like dominoes…

Here’s what some of my horror colleagues are saying about LOSING TOUCH:

  • “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.”

– Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of SINEATER, DESPER HOLLOW, and HELL GATE

  • “A fun, dark, refreshingly-original science fiction tale that never loses sight of what is most important: character. 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).”

Justin McConnell, writer & director of THE ETERNAL and THE COLLAPSED

  • LOSING TOUCH is an exciting adventure that travels at a lightning-quick pace through doppelgangers and quantum tunneling. What happens when a normal family man has the ability to thrust his hands through solid objects? Larsen has delivered an original, impressive debut. Don’t miss it.”

Jeani Rector, editor of THE HORROR ZINE and author of PESTILENCE: A MEDIEVAL TALE OF PLAGUE

  • “It’s been said there are amateur writers and unpublished and unknown pro writers. Larsen’s writing was unknown to me. But after reading LOSING TOUCH I can recommend his work without reservation. He is indeed a solid pro. The novel has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel. Then you, like me, will watch for his byline.”

– Gene O’Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of TASTE OF TENDERLOIN and DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY AND OTHER STORIES

  • “Christian A. Larsen’s LOSING TOUCH is a near-perfect blend of the hyperreal and the surreal, turning the microscope on everyman Morgan Dunsmore, an unemployed copywriter and family man who is forced to confront the black hole of his own inadequacy and his inability to provide for wife and sons. Suddenly afflicted with a strange super-power that allows him to phase through solid objects, he may have found the answer to all his problems—or he may have found his own undoing. For Morgan’s journey is an uncomfortable ride through conscience and subconscious, simultaneously humorous and tragic, ultimately offering the chance for a redemption we all hope we might have. Reminiscent of Michael Louis Calvillo’s best work, LOSING TOUCH is a morality tale that flirts with Horror’s “Bizarro” sub-genre without losing either control or its protagonist’s humanity. Larsen’s novel is a winner not because it shocks or goes for the gross-out (even though it touches on subjects we don’t often see), but because it will make you think—and feel—human.”

– W.D. Gagliani, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of WOLF’S TRAP and SAVAGE NIGHTS

  • “Phase through LOSING TOUCH and materialize on the other side having absorbed something marvelous. From the opening scene to conclusion, Larsen writes with an expert hand and keeps you immersed in a novel reminiscent to early King. The special power in this case is quantum tunneling, or “phasing” and the subject matter is handled with honest realism, pulling you directly through the page.”

– Michael Bailey, multi award-winning author of PALINDROME HANNAH, PHOENIX ROSE, PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON, and editor of CHIRAL MAD

  • “If a good fairy grants you a wish, don’t wish to walk through walls. But if you like occasional grimy realism in a sometimes hard-hitting story, here it is.”

– Piers Anthony, author of the NY Times bestselling Xanth series

LOSING TOUCH will be available on Amazon.com starting June 25, but you can pick up a copy ahead of that date at Post Mortem Press table during the World Horror Convention June 13-16, and at the Chicago launch event at The Aberdeen Tap from 1-4 on June 23. Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will also be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th between 11-1.

Two weeks to SHADOW MASTERS

Posted in News on May 13, 2013 by Christian
Susie Moloney says she "couldn't stop" reading SHADOW MASTERS.

Susie Moloney says she “couldn’t stop” reading SHADOW MASTERS.

Coming May 27 from Imajin Books, SHADOW MASTERS, featuring my short story, “The People Eaters”.

Susie Moloney, who won the 2012 Michael Van Rooy Memorial Award for her novel THE THIRTEEN, says reading the first half of the book “was like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop! Didn’t bother pacing myself through the second half, either. Some old favorites in here, like Bentley Little, Christian Larsen, and Elizabeth Massie. I was also blown away by some new discoveries for me, like Yvonne Navarro and Melanie Tem.”

Edited by Jeani Rector and assisted by Dean Wild, SHADOW MASTERS will feature a lineup of all-new, never-before-published stories, with a foreword by Joe R. Lansdale:

The Horror Zine publishes online editions of the magazine every month, with fiction, poetry, art and essays on and about the horror genre. In addition, there have been four previously published books under The Horror Zine banner: AND NOW THE NIGHTMARE BEGINS (2009), TWICE THE TERROR (2010), WHAT FEARS BECOME (2011), and A FEAST OF FRIGHTS (2012).

W.D. Gagliani says LOSING TOUCH “is a winner”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 10, 2013 by Christian

W.D. Gagliani, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of north woods noir novels WOLF’S TRAP and SAVAGE NIGHTS, has previewed LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, and he really enjoyed what he read:

LOSING TOUCH, coming June 25 to Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, coming June 25 to Amazon.com.

Christian A. Larsen’s LOSING TOUCH is a near-perfect blend of the hyperreal and the surreal, turning the microscope on everyman Morgan Dunsmore, an unemployed copywriter and family man who is forced to confront the black hole of his own inadequacy and his inability to provide for wife and sons. Suddenly afflicted with a strange super-power that allows him to phase through solid objects, he may have found the answer to all his problems—or he may have found his own undoing. For Morgan’s journey is an uncomfortable ride through conscience and subconscious, simultaneously humorous and tragic, ultimately offering the chance for a redemption we all hope we might have. Reminiscent of Michael Louis Calvillo’s best work, LOSING TOUCH is a morality tale that flirts with Horror’s “Bizarro” sub-genre without losing either control or its protagonist’s humanity. Larsen’s novel is a winner not because it shocks or goes for the gross-out (even though it touches on subjects we don’t often see), but because it will make you think—and feel—human.

Post Mortem Press will be releasing LOSING TOUCH June 25 via Amazon.com, but there will be several opportunities to acquire a copy before that date. Pick up a copy at Post Mortem Press table during the World Horror Convention June 13-16, and at the Chicago launch event at The Aberdeen Tap from 1-4 on June 23. Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will also be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th between 11-1, and several other signings are in the works for the summer and fall in Illinois and Wisconsin. Check back often for news about upcoming events.

Michael Bailey recommends LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on May 9, 2013 by Christian

LOSING TOUCH, coming next month from Post Mortem Press, is garnering more favorable buzz. Michael Bailey, multi award-winning author of PALINDROME HANNAH, PHOENIX ROSE, PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON, and editor of CHIRAL MAD read an advance copy and had this to say:

Phase through LOSING TOUCH and materialize on the other side having absorbed something marvelous. From the opening scene to conclusion, Larsen writes with an expert hand and keeps you immersed in a novel reminiscent to early King. The special power in this case is quantum tunneling, or “phasing” and the subject matter is handled with honest realism, pulling you directly through the page.

LOSING TOUCH cover art by Gary McCluskey.

LOSING TOUCH cover art by Gary McCluskey.

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, will be released on Amazon.com on June 25, with special “street” availability at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans June 13-15, and the Chicago launch event at The Aberdeen Tap between 1-4 on June 23. Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will also be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th between 11-1.

The final edits are in, thanks to some stellar work by Felicia A. Sullivan, and while there may be a few more behind-the-scenes tasks to complete, LOSING TOUCH should be about press ready.

CHIRAL MAD shortlisted for Hoffer Book Award

Posted in News on May 7, 2013 by Christian
CHIRAL MAD, short listed for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award for Books.

CHIRAL MAD, short listed for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award for Books.

CHIRAL MAD, including my short story “Mirror Moments”, has been shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award for Books, which was established in 2001 to promote writing of “significant merit”. Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) wrote THE TRUE BELIEVER (1951) and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom just before his death in 1983.

The Eric Hoffer Award for Books includes all genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Last year’s winner of the grand prize was TOO SHY FOR SHOW-AND-TELL (Picture Window Books) by Beth Bracken and illustrated by Jennifer Bell.

Edited by Michael Bailey with a foreword by Tom MonteleoneCHIRAL MAD features the following short stories:

Published by Written Backwards, CHIRAL MAD is a charity anthology that has raised thousands of dollars for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance.

LOSING TOUCH signing event in Woodstock

Posted in News on May 5, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, coming June 25 from Post Mortem Press.

LOSING TOUCH, coming June 25 from Post Mortem Press.

Come to Read Between the Lynes Bookstore in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th between 11-1, for the McHenry County launch event for LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony.

Post Mortem Press will be releasing the book on Amazon.com on June 25, with special “street” availability at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans June 13-15, and the Chicago signing event at The Aberdeen Tap between 1-4 on June 23.

Here’s what some of my horror colleagues are saying about LOSING TOUCH:

  • “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.”
– Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of SINEATERDESPER HOLLOW, and HELL GATE
  • “A fun, dark, refreshingly-original science fiction tale that never loses sight of what is most important: character. 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).”
Justin McConnell, writer & director of THE ETERNAL and THE COLLAPSED
  • LOSING TOUCH is an exciting adventure that travels at a lightning-quick pace through doppelgangers and quantum tunneling. What happens when a normal family man has the ability to thrust his hands through solid objects? Larsen has delivered an original, impressive debut. Don’t miss it.”
Jeani Rector, editor of THE HORROR ZINE and author of PESTILENCE: A MEDIEVAL TALE OF PLAGUE
  • “It’s been said there are amateur writers and unpublished and unknown pro writers. Larsen’s writing was unknown to me. But after reading LOSING TOUCH I can recommend his work without reservation. He is indeed a solid pro. The novel has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel. Then you, like me, will watch for his byline.”
– Gene O’Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of TASTE OF TENDERLOIN and DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY AND OTHER STORIES

We are the final phase of editing, and I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Felicia A. Sullivan for cleaning up my prose, especially since I sent my edits back to her and lost a bunch of formatting in the process (sorry!). Thank you, too, to Gary McCluskey for the spectacular cover art. (I did not screw up any of his work.)

Free download of ZIPPERED FLESH 2

Posted in News on May 3, 2013 by Christian
ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

Today and tomorrow only, Smart Rhino Publications is making available for free download the Kindle edition of ZIPPERED FLESH 2, featuring my short story, “The Little Things.”

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 features 22 tales by some of the best horror writers today, and the diversity in style is evident throughout.

Steroids from Hell. Horrendous piercings. Bizarre brain modifications. Obscene amputations. Facial reconstruction. Self-mutilation. Implants.

Chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and skittish during the day):

Click here to download the free Kindle edition of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 from Smart Rhino Publications. If you enjoy the stories, please show your appreciation by leaving a brief review on the book’s Amazon page. The Rhino would be eternally grateful, and so would I!

FEAR THE ABYSS eBook now $2.99

Posted in News on May 1, 2013 by Christian
FEAR THE ABYSS, from the publisher of LOSING TOUCH.

FEAR THE ABYSS, from the publisher of LOSING TOUCH.

Post Mortem Press, publisher of my upcoming novel, LOSING TOUCH, is offering the eBook edition of FEAR THE ABYSS for just $2.99 this month only.

Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN’S CODE and FLESH & BONE says “FEAR THE ABYSS brings the shocks, one disturbing jolt after another. These are tales from the bleeding edge of modern horror fiction. Highly recommended.”

Download it now, while it’s on sale, and read it again and again on your Kindle while you’re traveling this summer.

FEAR THE ABYSS features short horror from Harlan Ellison, Jack Ketchum, Gary Braunbeck, Michael Arnszen, Tim Waggoner, Lawrence Connolly, Jeyn Roberts, and more, but that’s not all you get.

Here’s the complete table of contents:

  • “Cutting the Cord” by Joseph Williams
  • “Extraction” by Jessica McHugh
  • “Amid the Walking Wounded” by Jack Ketchum
  • “A Box of Candy” by Nelson W. Pyles
  • “That Which Does Not Kill You” by Matt Moore
  • “Human Caverns” by Lawrence C. Connolly
  • “The American” by S.C. Hayden
  • “What’s Left Behind” by C. Bryan Brown
  • “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • “Neptune Dreams” by Rose Blackthorn
  • “Broken Promises” by Jamie Lackey
  • “The Great Ocean of Truth” by Tim Waggoner
  • “Graphic Violence Equalizer” by Michael A. Arnzen
  • “Parasite” by Kenneth W. Cain
  • “If Thine Eye Offend Thee” by Thomas Malafarina
  • “Seeing” by Harlan Ellison
  • “A Nice Town with Very Clean Streets” by Paul Anderson
  • “The Nostalgiac” by Robert Essig
  • “Life After Dead” by Jeyn Roberts
  • “Andrew and the Better Mouse Trap” by KT Jayne
  • “They Still Sing Beautifully” by Brad Carter
  • “What We Found” by Andrew Nienaber

You can also pick up a copy of FEAR THE ABYSS in trade paperback for under $14 at Amazon.com, or at the World Horror Convention June 13-16 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, where LOSING TOUCH will also be making its debut at the Post Mortem Press booth. The Chicago launch event for LOSING TOUCH is set for June 23 from 1-4 at The Aberdeen Tap in Chicago’s River West neighborhood.