Archive for September, 2013

First public reading of LOSING TOUCH selections

Posted in News on September 30, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

The Tamale Hut Café has officially announced my LOSING TOUCH reading event on their reading series blog. Of course, I’ll be signing copies of my book, but even if you already have a copy, you can enjoy a delicious meal hear me stumble through my own prose. (I am promising myself I will practice beforehand.)

If you can find Brookfield Zoo (what proud Chicagoan can’t–Tropic World Africa rules!), you can find the Tamale Hut Café. Just take 1st Avenue to Cermak. The Tamale Hut Café is about 300 yards east of 1st on the south side of Cermak.

Centerstage.net says the Tamale Hut Café’s tamales “are made fresh daily, stuffed with hunks of pork or chicken, and double-wrapped in thick cornhusks to retain their heat and flavor. Vegetarians may choose between the bean or cheese varieties, and sweet tamales with bits of coconut and pineapple make a great dessert.”

Hellnotes‘ Michael Collings says of LOSING TOUCH that “Larsen has done an admirable job in reversing the Superhero motif, revealing the pitfalls and the potential dangers when a normal, average man find himself able to do unusual, extraordinary things but lacks any kind of instructional handbook or moral guidelines in making decisions. He handles the transitions from comic to tragic well, making Morgan’s systematic fall and final restoration a single, smooth, polished narrative.”

So, tamales + signed copies of LOSING TOUCH + the first public reading + you = awesome times. Don’t screw up my equation.

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THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 spotlight on William F. Nolan

Posted in News on September 27, 2013 by Christian

My story, “It Has Teeth”, will appear in the upcoming THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, edited by Carson Buckingham. I am humbled to appear in this collection featuring some of horror’s best new talent, as well as some of the most accomplished names in the genre–names like Joe McKinney (FLESH EATERS), Mort Castle (NEW MOON ON THE WATER), and William F. Nolan (LOGAN’S RUN).

Nolan’s contribution, “Ceremony”, is about a contract killer stuck in a New England village who falls victim to a strange yearly rite. It is one of literally hundreds of pieces Nolan has written during his long and storied career, which began with a short piece called “The Immortal Ones: a Satire” in 1952. Novels, screenplays, poetry and non-fiction–William F. Nolan has done it all.

And he’s just one of the writers who contributed to THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, due October 15 via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here is the complete table of contents:

THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013

THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, edited by Carson Buckingham

The Horror Society is a community of authors, artists, screen writers, filmmakers, actors, editors, publishers, and musicians who work and contribute to the universe of horror.

The stories in BLEED are “personal and evocative”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on September 26, 2013 by Christian

Amazon.com reader J. Worthen has posted a review of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, which features my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”:

BLEED, now available at Amazon.com.

BLEED, now available at Amazon.com.

Reading BLEED left me terrified and moved more than I should admit. The book is a collection of short stories and poems collected to fight children’s cancer. It is a book of horror. And hope.

The tome begins with “True Horror”, an essay by Lori Michelle, describing what she went through when her son was diagnosed with cancer. It is a moving essay and if it were all there were in the book, I’d have thought my money well spent. But BLEED is filled with words by some the best new and rising stars in horror fiction, all lending their pens to this noble and honorable cause.

I won’t lie. I cried often while reading these stories. Not the usual effect of a horror anthology, I’ll grant you, but with each contribution I found the themes of childhood threatened resonating like weeping thunder in my father’s heart.

The styles are varied, the voices clear and strong, the stories personal and evocative. Even if it was not for such a good cause, I’d give this anthology the highest rating I could – such is the collection. Knowing it is a weapon in the war on children’s cancer, I wish only I could give it more stars.

This is the perfect anthology autumn evenings – great stories for a great cause. Buy it, give it, keep it by your bed.

Echoing Max Booth III, I too hope this anthology punches cancer right in the balls.

Each of the contributing writers lines up to take their best shot with the following essays and stories:

But no matter the quality of the story, we need you to buy and read this book to take a chunk out of childhood cancer. Proceeds from the sale of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE will be donated to the National Children’s Cancer Society.

BLEED features “tales of fantastic horror”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on September 25, 2013 by Christian

Amazon reader Scott Pratt has posted a review of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, which features my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”:

BLEED, now available at Amazon.com.

BLEED, now available at Amazon.com.

When I was given the opportunity to read BLEED, I knew that the handpicked talent within would tell me tales of fantastic horror. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. What I did not expect was to read a heartfelt essay by Lori Michelle, telling us one of the most horrific tales possible, a real life horror experience. I will not lie, the raw and intimate truth that was shared brought tears to my eyes, as well as an inventory of my blessing that my children are healthy. I knew that BLEED’S proceeds would benefit children with cancer, and I knew that each story would hold some sort of representation of the horrific disease, what I did not know was that the book would have such a profound affect on me while reading. The opening essay by Lori Michelle set the stage perfectly for what was to come, and I found myself searching each story for the cancerous evils within. With each story I read, I found myself thinking of my own children, and how devastating it would be to find out that they might have some form of cancer. Those thoughts made this book scarier than I could ever imagine.

BLEED is not your normal, run-of-the-mill horror anthology, instead it is a dose of hard-hitting reality disguised as a horror anthology. I strongly recommend this book to any horror fan, it will not only scare you, but also give a sense of satisfaction knowing that your money will also help benefit a child stricken with cancer.

With stories from authors like Bentley Little, Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Rick Hautala, Mort Castle, Gene O’Neill, Tim Waggoner, James Dorr, and Benjamin Kane Ethridge, you know you’re in for a helluva read. Here’s the complete table of contents:

Proceeds from the sale of BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE will be donated to the National Children’s Cancer Society.

Shock Totem reviews CHIRAL MAD

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

John Boden reviewed CHIRAL MAD at Shock Totem back in June, and I realize now that I’ve never posted it on my website.

CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.com.

CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.com.

“Chirality” is, by definition, an object or system that does not match up to its mirror image. Hands are a common example of this. And we all know “mad” to mean insane or mentally ill. The two words that title this brilliant anthology basically tell you that these tales of varying madness and insanities will not be like anything you’ve read before. More than a title, it is a promise and one that is delivered upon.

The twenty-eight stories that make up CHIRAL MAD are all quite good. I will not go into all of them but will touch on my favorites…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t read CHIRAL MAD yet, pick up a copy at Amazon.com and enjoy the following stories:

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

THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 expected Oct. 15

Posted in News on September 22, 2013 by Christian
THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013

Coming soon to Amazon & B&N.

The release date for THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, featuring my short story, “It Has Teeth”, has been moved up from Halloween to October 15th and will be available as a trade paperback and ebook via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among other outlets.

Edited by Carson Buckingham, THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY will feature an impressive roster of writers, including William F. Nolan (LOGAN’S RUN), Joe McKinney (FLESH EATERS), L.L. Soares (LIFE RAGE), Mort Castle (NEW MOON ON THE WATER) and 2013 Igor Award-winner Doug Lamoreux (THE MELTING DEAD).

Here is the finalized table of contents:

The Horror Society is a community of authors, artists, screen writers, filmmakers, actors, editors, publishers, and musicians who work and contribute to the universe of horror.

WHAT FEARS BECOMES entertains “deepest fears hidden in the corners of the psyche”

Posted in Book Reviews on September 20, 2013 by Christian

Canadian book reviewer Betty Gelean wrote a review of WHAT FEARS BECOME for her review site a couple of years ago, but I just discovered it today:

WHAT FEARS BECOME, now available at Amazon.com.

WHAT FEARS BECOME, now available at Amazon.com.

What a variety of short stories! All of them within the horror or paranormal genres, every story completely different. This great collection comes from some newer authors, and several well-known authors. Jeani Rector has collected from among the best of the contributions of stories, poems and artwork from The Horror Zine. Some are just plain scary, some are psychological, some feature ghosts, monsters, werewolves, vampires, all the favourite demons of our nightmares and stories to be told around a campfire or at Hallowe’en. An anthology to bring shivers and have us listening to bumps in the night. Some even come with a bit of humour… ghoulish humour.

Reviewing an anthology is always somewhat difficult. Do I review them individually? Group them? Authors have contributed over 30 short stories, 18 poets contributing one or more poems each and 9 artists contributing. I think I will just say that this book will entertain the deepest fears hidden in the corners of the psyche. Great tales to tweak the imagination, make us feel something is watching, digging into our souls, acquainting us all with WHAT FEARS BECOME. Is your heart pounding and your spine tingling yet?

This was the first anthology in which my work had ever been published, and looking at the table of contents, you can probably guess how excited I was when I got this acceptance:

The Horror Zine followed up WHAT FEARS BECOME with A FEAST OF FRIGHTS in 2012 and this year’s SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books).