Archive for May, 2013

“One Bottle, No Label” to feature in SHIFTERS

Posted in News on May 24, 2013 by Christian

Think shapeshifting is limited to the work of Lon Chaney, Jr. and Taylor Lautner? Then get ready to bite into something … different. Or let it bite into you. Hazardous Press has accepted my short story, “One Bottle, No Label” for its upcoming charity anthology, SHIFTERS.

Here is a look at the cover art by Glenn Chadbourne:

SHIFTERS (Hazardous Press) to feature "One Bottle, No Label"

SHIFTERS (Hazardous Press) to feature “One Bottle, No Label”

Also to be featured in SHIFTERSDavid Wellington, author of the Monster Island zombie trilogy, the Laura Caxton vampire series, and the Frostbite werewolf novels.

Edited by Robert Helmbrecht, the werewolf-and-so-much-more anthology will benefit the American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue Team, which provides disaster response services for pets and domestic animals.

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Cover unveiled for SHADOW MASTERS

Posted in News on May 23, 2013 by Christian

Coming Monday from Imajin Books, publishers of WHAT FEARS BECOME, the latest anthology from The Horror ZineSHADOW MASTERS, featuring my short story, “The People Eaters”.

Here is a first look at the cover art by Ryan Doan:

Shadow Masters (front)

Fear casts a long shadow, and shadows take many shapes…

From award-winning editor, Jeani Rector, who brought you the terrifying anthology, WHAT FEARS BECOME, comes a wicked brew of spine-tingling fiction. Featuring never before published works from best-selling authors such s Bentley Little, Yvonne Navarro, Scott Nicholson, Melanie Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Earl Hamner, Simon Clark, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Morton, Jeff Bennington, JG Faherty and many others, this chilling collection of works also includes a foreword from Joe R. Lansdale.

From classic horror and exciting suspense to Twilight Zone-type speculative fiction with twisted endings, SHADOW MASTERS: An Anthology from The Horror Zine delves into the darkest corners of our nightmares and delivers the shivers.

Shadow Masters (full)

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:

Here’s what some of horror’s biggest names are saying about LOSING TOUCH:

  • “Veteran editor Jeani Rector delivers the scares again … and her amazing stable of writers have got all the proof you’ll ever need that the genre remains vital and compelling.”

– Joe McKinney, author of The Savage Dead

  • “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 … these people are twisted!”

– Susie Moloney, author of The Thirteen

  • “When you’re stuck in a crypt with only a flashlight and one thing to read, make damn sure it’s your copy of Shadow Masters. Presenting stories from veterans of their craft, Shadow Masters is another winner for Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine.

–  Charles P. Zaglanis, Editor in Chief of White Cat Publications LLC

  • “Chock-full of wonderfully horrific stories from noted authors as well as talented unknowns.”

–  John Russo, co-writer of the original film Night of the Living Dead 

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).

CHIRAL MAD wins 2013 Int’l Book Award for fiction anthologies

Posted in News on May 21, 2013 by Christian
CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.com.

CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.com.

USA Book News has announced that CHIRAL MAD, featuring my short story, “Mirror Moments”, has won the 2013 International Book Award for best fiction anthology.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded over 1000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Keen says of the awards: “The 2013 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world.”

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. Buy your copy here and be sure to leave a review.

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).