Archive for July, 2013

More Barnes & Noble readers weigh in on SHADOW MASTERS

Posted in News on July 18, 2013 by Christian

A week ago, I posted several excerpts on my blog from a few of the reader reviews of SHADOW MASTERS at BarnesandNoble.com. Well, now there are more, and here’s just a sampling…

On July 13, “SMankey” wrote:

"SMankey" probably meant to say "don't skim."

“SMankey” probably meant to say “don’t skim.”

Other than [“The Thing That Was Not There” by James Marlow, “Red Velvet” by Shaun Meeks, and “The End of the Trail” by Bentley Little], there are a few others you have to read–in case you’re one of those skimming people:

“The Unknown” by Chris Castle, “The Hung Preacher” by Scott Nicholson, “‘Come Down to the Store, Minerva'” by Earl Hamner, “Wet Birds” by Elizabeth Massie, “The People Eaters” by Christian A. Larsen, “The Cellar” by Tim Jeffreys and “Flame of Freedom” by Aaron J. French.

These ones are all amazing in their own way and can’t be missed.

On July 13, “JKLovecraft” wrote:

LOSING TOUCH, now available at BN.com.

LOSING TOUCH, also now available at BarnesandNoble.com.

[After buying SHADOW MASTERS to read Bentley Little and Shaun Meeks] I am now a huge fan of Christian A. Larsen, whom I read the work of in a few other anthologies and now just bought his novel, LOSING TOUCH. This guy can write!

There are also great stories by James Marlow, Aaron J. French, Earl Hamner, Yvonne Navarro and a vivid little story by Tim Jeffreys.

All in all this one is an amazing collection that gives you a wide variety of styles and creeps. Go get it now!

Other contributing authors to SHADOW MASTERS include: Garrett Rowlan, Matthew Wilson, Larry GreenRick McQuistonMelanie TemBruce MemblattDevon CareyCarl BarkerMichael Thomas-Knight, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Dominick Nole, Jonathan Chapman, Ronald MalfiChristopher HivnerLisa MortonJ.M. CozzoliChristopher NadeauJeff BenningtonWilliam RasmussenJ.G. FahertyLance ZarimbaDavid LandrumJeani Rector, and Dean Wild. Maybe you recognize some of those names and maybe some you don’t, but each of their stories alone are worth the cover price.

Edited by Jeani Rector and Dean Wild, SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books) is a product of THE HORROR ZINE, a monthly e-zine that publishes new issues the first of every month.

bonemonkey reviews ZIPPERED FLESH 2

Posted in Book Reviews on July 17, 2013 by Christian
ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

Zippered Flesh 2

Weldon Burge, Editor

Smart Rhino Publications

ISBN: 978-0984787647

February, 2013; $14.95 PB

Reviewed by “bonemonkey”

The second book in this gruesome collection picks up where the first book left off … plenty of vile and nasty stories where events usually take a turn for the painful, and generally things do not end well. I’d say that it starts off stronger than the first book, with two of my favourites in the collection to get the old ball rolling.

In the first, a bodybuilder crosses way over the line of just how far he is willing to go in order to pile on a few more pounds. A nice story which keeps you guessing, as the tables turn towards a shift in power. The second story is verging on perfect. When fantasy becomes reality, thing are not always guaranteed to go according to plan, and sometimes the only way to find this out is the hard way. Great story which stays within the realms of possibility while at the same time goes so far out there and beyond.

Other stories which I really liked were “Skin Deep” (all parents of a teenager should read this), “We’re All Mad Here” (we’ve all seen them, people who try to look like their pets–anyone considered how the pets feel about all this?), “Babydaddy” (male pregnancy with a malignant twist), and lastly “Clockwork” (people that spend lots of time in a shed are always up to no good).

The stories are:

  1. “The Modern Adonis” by Bryan Hall – A bodybuilder must make sacrifices in order to achieve the perfect weight. (9/10)
  2. “Taut” by Shaun Meeks – A woman is dangerously hooked on an idea which leaves her hanging. (10/10)
  3. “The Hunger Artist” by Lisa Mannetti – An old lady chews over an ordeal she and her sister had many years ago. (7/10)
  4. “Skin Deep” by Carson Buckingham – A young girl is willing to use every trick in the book to achieve the perfect face. (9/10)
  5. “The Sun-Snake” by Christine Morgan – A boy wins the honour of becoming a God, but it also has a sting in it’s tail. (8/10)
  6. “Knowledge” by Kate Monroe – A man undergoes an operation to get perfect vision, but he hadn’t forseen the side effects. (8/10)
  7. “Prosthetics” by Daniel I. Russell – An appointment doesn’t go to plan, when a doctor is not being quite herself. (7/10)
  8. “After Darque” by M.L. Roos – An undercover detective begins to lose himself (piece by piece) while on his latest job.  (7/10)
  9. “The Affair of the Jade Dragon” by Rick Hudson – While gangland killings sweep the city, a detective struggles to trust his inner voice.  (7/10)
  10. “The Future of Flesh” by J.M. Reinbold – A man takes the chance to improve his appearance, but the doctor has yeti another idea. (8/10)
  11. “We’re All Mad Here” by E.A. Black – When a woman makes changes to get closer to her pets, she wishes that she had a get out claws. (9/10)
  12. “Seeds” by L.L. Soares – A man has no choice but to grow to like his work. (7/10)
  13. “Perfection” by Doug Blakeslee – When an experiment gets out of control, a man is sent in to terminate it. (7/10)
  14. “Underneath” by Kealan Patrick Burke – A boy is forced into going on a hot date, but finds that appearances can be deceptive. (8/10)
  15. “The Perfect Size” by A.P. Sessler – A man goes abroad to meet his new wife, but she is not quite what he was expecting. (8/10)
  16. “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” by David Benton & W.D. Gagliani – A doctor has a rather odd mental addiction which he needs to get out of his system.  (7/10)
  17. “BabyDaddy” by Jonathan Templar – A father to be wants to experience pregnancy for himself.  (9/10)
  18. “The Little Things” by Christian A. Larsen – An experiment to cure cancer results in something much worse. (7/10)
  19. “Clockwork” by Shaun Jeffrey – A deaf boy’s skill in giving the local wildlife a new lease of life soon winds up in subjects closer to home. (9/10)
  20. “Luscious” by Jezzy Wolfe – A tanning salon owner has a special treatment for anyone threatening to put him in the spotlight. (8/10)
  21. “Rapture” by Charles Colyott – An ex-horror film icon finds that making the final cut is vital. (7/10)
  22. “Primal Tongue” by Michael Bailey – A burning desire to break the language barrier leads to trouble for a tourist. (7/10)

Plenty of flesh for your money here, not every story will suit everyone … but most will. Painful reading (in a good way).

– bonemonkey (via Amazon.co.uk)

Tamale Hut Café to host LOSING TOUCH reading

Posted in News on July 16, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

Reading in public recalls something of my days teaching high school English and even turning on the mic in a radio studio, but I haven’t read in front of a crowd in … a while. So I am super excited to announce that I will be the featured reader at the Tamale Hut Café in North Riverside on Saturday, October 12.

I will be selling signed copies of LOSING TOUCH at the event, but if you already have a copy, that’s okay … this will still be an awesome fun event. I have a couple of passages that I’m thinking about reading, but if you have a suggestion, please let me know.

Anyway, please plan on joining me on October 12 at Tamale Hut Café, 8300 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside. The reading will begin at 7 p.m., and an open mic will follow. As with all the monthly events at The Tamale Hut Café, it’s a B.Y.O.B. night, and food and drink will be available for purchase as well. Hope to see you there!

Come for LOSING TOUCH ... stay for the tamales!

Come for LOSING TOUCH … stay for the tamales!

NovelTea Bookstore a terrific LOSING TOUCH host

Posted in News on July 15, 2013 by Christian

I had an awesome time over the weekend at NovelTea Bookstore in Kenosha, signing copies of LOSING TOUCH. Saturday was the perfect day to be selling books outside on a shaded sidewalk, not just because the weather cooperated, but because it was all a part of downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturdays, which (as you can probably tell) happens on the second Saturday of each summer month–sales, events, specials … you name it.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, with a foreword by Piers Anthony, now available at Amazon.com.

NovelTea Bookstore is Kenosha’s only general interest independent bookstore, and they have a great selection of new and used books. Chains and online retailers are awesome, especially for buying ebooks, but nothing beats browsing in an independent bookstore like NovelTea. You’ll always find something unexpected waiting for you.

The next LOSING TOUCH signing event is set for August 2-4 at ConTamination DEFCON 4 in St. Louis. I’ll be there all three days with my publisher, Post Mortem Press. If you’re near St. Louis that weekend, I’ll be looking for you…

BLEED charity anthology to feature horror greats

Posted in News on July 14, 2013 by Christian
BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing has released the titles and authors for its upcoming charity anthology, BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, which will include my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”.

I wrote “The Funeral Portrait” after looking through a gallery of post-mortem portraits, which was fairly common in the early days of photography.

Forty-five total authors contributed to the anthology, including some bestselling and award-winning writers, guaranteeing that the table of contents will be packed with terrifying stories, insightful essays, and evocative poems … all where the monster represents cancer:

Table of Contents:

Short Stories

Essays

Poems

  • “Leukemia is Fookin’ Stoopid” by Anna DeVine
  • “Where the Wild Welo Waits” by John Hawkhead
  • “Impossible is Nothing” by Jack Ivey
  • “Bumper Car Bandit” by David Pointer
  • “Wounded Star” by David Pointer

The order has not been finalized, but it’s pretty safe to say that Lori Michelle’s introduction will go at the beginning. After that is anybody’s guess, but each story is worth the price of admission, especially since all profits will go toward helping children who have cancer.

The release is expected in September, coinciding with Children’s Cancer Month.

LOSING TOUCH signing in Kenosha today

Posted in News on July 13, 2013 by Christian
Get your signed copy of LOSING TOUCH today at NovelTea Bookstore.

Get your signed copy of LOSING TOUCH today at NovelTea Bookstore.

Kenosha, Racine, and Lake County readers, today’s the day to pick up your personalized copy of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony. I’ll be signing copies today from 2 to 5 p.m at NovelTea Bookstore, Kenosha’s only general interest independent bookstore.

The signing is part of downtown Kenosha’s Second Saturday event featuring promotions and sales, exclusive dining specials, live entertainment, and family activities at participating vendors.

You’ll find NovelTea Bookstore at 5700 6th Avenue in Downtown Kenosha, three blocks east of Sheridan Road and a block south of the Kenosha trolley line. Their regular business hours are:

  • Tue – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

But today, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m., I’ll be there signing copies of LOSING TOUCH, and some select anthologies as well.

Reader reviews for SHADOW MASTERS at Barnes & Noble

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 11, 2013 by Christian

Barnes & Noble readers are weighing in on SHADOW MASTERS, the latest anthology from THE HORROR ZINE featuring a terrifying array of stories from a host of horror masters. But don’t take my word for it, take theirs…

On June 28, “JPete” wrote:

"The People Eaters" a favorite in SHADOW MASTERS.

“The People Eaters” a favorite in SHADOW MASTERS.

This anthology has something for everyone, but for true horror fans, you will not find a single flat note here. 

Some of my favorites would have to be Shaun Meeks’ “Red Velvet”, Bentley Little’s “End of the Trail”, Christian A. Larsen’s “The People Eaters”, Lisa Morton’s “Red Ink”, and Ronald Malfi’s “The Housewarming”.

I would just say they are all my favorites, but these ones in particular stood out.

Some continued to creep on long after I was done with them (thank you for those images Mr. Meeks and Mr. Larsen!). This one is a must!

On June 30, “HELLbeNT” wrote:

I read [Shaun Meeks’s] story in [A FEAST OF FRIGHTS] and this one is even better. Once I finished it, I went out and picked up a bunch of stuff he is in. He is now in my list of top ten favorite writers, as is Christian A. Larsen. I just picked up his first novel, LOSING TOUCH, and hope it is as good as his short fiction. His story in here, “The People Eaters”, is not to be missed.

On June 30, “dog_earred_reader” wrote:

LOSING TOUCH now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH now available at Amazon.com.

Jeani Rector has lined up an amazing array of writers that blow my mind with the sheer talent. […]

I loved the stories by Bentley Little, Lisa Morton, Christopher Nadeau, Ronald Malfi, Simon Clark, Jeani Rector, Christian A. Larsen and so many others.

The book is full of winners and will leave you wanting more.

If you do want more, check out [THE FALL OF NEVER by Ronald Malfi, LOSING TOUCH by Christian A. Larsen, A FEAST OF FRIGHTS ed. by Jeani Rector, AT THE GATES OF MADNESS by Shaun Meeks, and EXORCISING ANGELS by Tim Lebbon and Simon Clark].

Purchase your own copy of SHADOW MASTERS at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and when you finish the last story and set the book (or your e-reader) in your lap for a few quiet moments, be sure to leave your own review. You’ve got a lot of winners from which to choose favorites:

SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books) is a product of THE HORROR ZINE, a monthly e-zine that publishes new issues the first of every month.

Grammy nominee praises LOSING TOUCH

Posted in Book Reviews on July 10, 2013 by Christian

Rob Kleiner, Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer at BMG Chrysalis and superhero devotee, has written a review of LOSING TOUCH, giving it five out of five stars:

LOSING TOUCH now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH now available at Amazon.com.

A sci-fi book about a man with a super power would lead you to believe you’re getting into a comic book style novel.

Not so with LOSING TOUCH.

There’s no villains to be stopped here.What you’re about to read has a more cerebral and realistic interpretation of what it would be like for an average Joe to acquire inhuman powers.

Moral dilemmas, fear of being discovered, and deep soul searching are what becomes of this average Joe. It’s a fresh look at the fun, fantastic, and surreal.

Kleiner writes and produces music with major label and independent artists such as Cee Lo Green, Haley Reinhart, and Quincy Jones. He earned a gold record for co-writing “What Part of Forever”, appearing on the TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE soundtrack.

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is now available at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. You can also pick up an autographed copy this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at NovelTea Bookstore in Kenosha. I’ll see you there!

BLEED to feature “The Funeral Portrait”

Posted in News on July 9, 2013 by Christian
BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

BLEED, coming soon from PMMP Publishing.

My story, “The Funeral Portrait”, will appear the upcoming charity horror anthology, BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

Edited by Lori Michelle, the anthology collects horror stories where the monster represents cancer, and profits from the book will go directly to the Children’s Cancer Fund.

The release is expected in September, coinciding with Children’s Cancer Month.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing also published my short story, “The Fountain of Relative Youth” earlier this year in SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUTSO IT GOES is now available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com.

I met Danny Trejo at Days of the Dead

Posted in News on July 8, 2013 by Christian
Danny "Tortuga" Trejo

Danny “Tortuga” Trejo

I didn’t get a picture, but I swear to all that is good, I met Danny Trejo at Days of the Dead in Indianapolis yesterday. Shook my hand and everything, and I didn’t even void my bowels. Nice guy, too. Fist bumped a seven-year-old kid not two feet away from me.

Sold some copies of LOSING TOUCH and met some really cool people, too, like J. David Anderson, author of A TRAIL IN BLOOD and C. Bryan Brown, who wrote NECROMANCER.

I also got to hang out again with Brian Dobbins, who was signing copies of JASMINE’S TALE at Printer’s Row Lit Fest a couple of weeks ago. Brian’s into some weird stuff.

Brian Dobbins: "It's better than the last skull I ate."

Brian Dobbins: “It’s better than the last skull I ate.”

And in case you’re looking for proof that I hung out with these fine gentlemen, here is photographic evidence:

Me. Brian Dobbins, C. Bryan Brown, & J. David Anderson.

Me, Brian Dobbins, C. Bryan Brown, & J. David Anderson.

Next up for LOSING TOUCH? I will be signing copies this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at NovelTea Bookstore in downtown Kenosha–5700 6th Avenue, to be precise. Here are the store’s regular hours:

  • Tue – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

But on Saturday, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and from 2 to 5 p.m., I’ll be there signing copies of LOSING TOUCH, and maybe a few other surprises, too.