Archive for September, 2013

TOC for THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 revealed

Posted in News on September 16, 2013 by Christian
THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013

THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013

The Horror Society is slated to release its first annual “best of” anthology on October 31 entitled THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, which will include my short story, “It Has Teeth”.

More importantly, it will feature 28 terrifying tales written by some of the industry’s most talented writers, and a few writers that will probably be new to you, including the 2013 Horror Society Igor Award-winner Doug Lamoreux.

Edited by Carson Buckingham, THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 will also feature Bram Stoker Award winners, best-selling authors, and conquerors of Hollywood and beyond…

Here is the finalized table of contents:

I will post information soon about purchasing THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 at http://www.exlibrislarsen.com.

Pre-order SHADOW MASTERS on Kobo and Nook

Posted in News on September 14, 2013 by Christian
Pre-order SHADOW MASTERS for Kobo or Nook.

Pre-order SHADOW MASTERS for Kobo or Nook.

SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE is now available to preorder for Kobo and Nook devices. Buy the book at the special sale price of  $2.99, and you’ll receive it on your device after it’s release on October 15.

It will also be available on iTunes shortly—for pre-orders as well, same dates. I didn’t even know iTunes sold ebooks, which I admit fairly shamefacedly, because, well … professional interest and everything. I guess iTunes has been selling books for quite a while now.
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If you haven’t picked up SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE (because for some reason you’re not really into paperbacks and Kindles, of course), here’s what you’re missing:

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

LOSING TOUCH at the Cincinnati Comic Expo

Posted in News on September 13, 2013 by Christian
Buy LOSING TOUCH this weekend at the Duke Energy Center.

Buy LOSING TOUCH this weekend at the Duke Energy Center.

Come pick up your signed copy of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, this weekend at the Cincinnati Comic Expo at the Duke Energy Center.

I’ll be signing copies of my debut novel, as well as the Pat Scalisi-edited anthology THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, in which my short story “The Talent’s in the Bones” appears.

I’ll be joined at the Post Mortem Press table this weekend by Steve Wellington, author of PRACTICE TO DECEIVE, and Brian Dobbins, author of JASMINE’S TALE and its 2013 sequel, WITCH’S CARTEL.

Aside from all the books, art, pop culture memorabilia and cosplay fun (not to mention LEGO building courses, art classes, and face painting for the kids), the Cincinnati Comic Expo will be wall to wall celebrities, including Billy Boyd (THE LORD OF THE RINGS),  Ricou Browning (THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON), Nicholas Brendon, (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Craig Parker (SPARTACUS), Marina Sirtis (STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION), and Richard Keil, who played “Jaws” in two James Bond films, “Mr. Larson” in HAPPY GILMORE, and the Kanamit ambassador in THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode “To Serve Man”.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 stories “hit you and hit you hard”

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

Barnes & Noble reader “Faithful85”, has posted a review of the body modification anthology ZIPPERED FLESH 2, edited by Weldon Burge and published by Smart Rhino Publications:

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

What a great anthology. I read some of the first one, but never finished it, though I intend to after this one. I picked this up a few days ago and tore through it. The book starts off strong with a crazy story by Bryan Hall called ‘The Modern Adonis’. It was strange and pretty nasty. Speaking of nasty, the next one was Shaun Meeks‘ ‘Taut’ and this was by far the best in here. Very realistic and made me squirm quite a bit. ‘The Hunger Artist’ [by Lisa Mannetti] was good and strange, flipped back and forth through time and kept me curious as to what would come next. The next stand out was M.L. Roos‘s ‘After Darque’ which is all about obsession and worked so well. L.L. Soares‘ ‘Seeds’, Doug Blakeslee‘s ‘Perfection’, Kealan Patrick Burke‘s ‘Underneath’ and Christian A. Larsen‘s ‘The Little Things’ are all stand outs here. With imagination and truly horrific ideas, the writers hit you and hit you hard. And just as the book started strong, it ends strong with the second best story here, Michael Bailey‘s ‘Primal Tongue’ where being in the wrong place at the wrong time and wanting to read make for a terrifying situation. There isn’t a single unlikable story in here. The editor went out of his way to line up some major talent and this is a must have.

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):

If you enjoy these stories, please show your appreciation by leaving a review at AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads, or your blog. Each and every contributor would appreciate the hell out of it.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2: “get it ASAP”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on September 9, 2013 by Christian

Barnes & Noble reader “RickardsWhite” has posted a review of ZIPPERED FLESH 2 (Smart Rhino Publications), edited by Weldon Burge:

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now available at Amazon.com.

This is one of the best multi-authored anthologies I have read this year. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I bought it, but by the time I was done I was pretty smitten and told my friends that I know love horror to get it ASAP. I think there was a story or two that didn’t quite grab me, but they were still enjoyable. There is a good mix of straight horror, realistic horror, sci-fi horror, humorous horror and ones that have a touch of the bizarre. I really loved Rick Hudson‘s apt twist on the Sherlock Holmes history and Michael Bailey has made me want to read more of his work with his great sci-fi horror story “Primal Tongue”. Christian A. Larsen brings a subtle yet effective story with “The Little Things” and Jonathan Templar had me laughing and wincing with “Baby Daddy”. Lisa Mannetti brings a haunting tale called “The Hunger Artist” while Bryan Hall blew me away with his insane “The Modern Adonis”. Christine Morgan brings some amazing visuals with “The Sun-Snake” and M.L. Roos‘ “After Darque” is a strange tale of underground clubs. And when it is all said and done, I know I will never forget L.L. Soares‘ “Seeds” which is creepy and well written, nor will I forget what I think was the the best of them all, Shaun Meeks‘ “Taut”.  The realism, the squirm factor and the end stayed with me so much that I re-read the story after I finished the book.

The editor of this anthology, Weldon Burge did an amazing job and I look forward to seeing what else he puts together and hope it has the same flavors.

What were your favorites? If you haven’t read ZIPPERED FLESH 2 yet, here’s what you’re missing:

If you enjoy these stories, please show your appreciation by leaving a review at AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads, or your blog. If you didn’t enjoy them, then do the same.

SHADOW MASTERS “is full of win”

Posted in Book Reviews on September 8, 2013 by Christian

Barnes & Noble reader “Faithful85” has posted a review of SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE, featuring my short story, “The People Eaters”:

Pick up your copy of SHADOW MASTERS at Amazon.com.

Pick up your copy of SHADOW MASTERS at Amazon.com.

I have read some of the other Horror Zine anthologies and also read most of the things they have online. When I saw this come out, I had to grab a copy. The first few stories in here grab hold of you and let you know just what you are about to get into. I won’t go into too much detail on the huge amount of stories in here, but I will cover my favorites. This book is full of win, but I have to say the ones I mention are the ones that hit the creep factor button in me. Remember that fear is personal and you should read it and judge for yourself the ones you like best.

The book starts strong and ends strong. Both James Marlow‘s story, ‘The Thing That Was Not There’ and Aaron J. French‘s ‘Flame of Freedom’ get you on all the right levels. Bentley Little brings a quiet yet creepy story called the ‘End of the Trail’, and Elizabeth Massie and Scott Nicholson are as good as ever with their stories. Ronald Malfi, a writer I only learned about a year or so ago, brings a great story called ‘The Housewarming’, while people new to me like Christopher Nadeau, William Rasmussen and Lisa Morton have turned me into fans. Jeani Rector, the editor, also hits a homerun with one of her two offerings called ‘Re-Animated’ and shows that she is as good as a writer as she is an editor. But the top three stories in this one, in my humble little opinion, have to be Shaun Meeks‘ ‘Red Velvet’, Christian A. Larsen‘s ‘The People Eaters’ and Tim Jeffreys‘s ‘The Cellar’. These three writers are still newish too me, yet I have been seeing their names more and more. And each story I read that this trio has put out has been better than the last. I particularly like Shaun Meeks’ story for the sheer strangeness of it. It skates along that thin line of bizarro without crossing over to the absurd.

Overall, there isn’t a single story in here I wouldn’t read again. Highly recommend it.

But don’t take Faithful85’s word for it. Pick up a copy of SHADOW MASTERS, featuring a foreword by Joe R. Lansdale and decide for yourself which stories deserve the highest praise:

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

Buy BLEED for Kindle, support cancer charity

Posted in News on September 5, 2013 by Christian
BLEED, now available as a Kindle ebook.

BLEED, now available as a Kindle ebook.

BLEED: A BOOK OF HOPE, featuring my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”, is now available for Kindle at Amazon.com for just $3.99. The paperback edition will follow later this month from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

In her five-star review published in Matt Molgaard’s HORROR NOVEL REVIEWS, Paula Limbaugh says: “there are 45 stories, essays, and poems included in this collection.  All are fantastic reads, none are disappointing.”

Would you expect any less, with contributors such as Bentley Little, Rick Hautala, Joe McKinney, Mort Castle, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Tim Waggoner, Gene O’Neill, and William F. Nolan?

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.

He was a giant

Posted in News, Observations & Musings on September 3, 2013 by Christian
Frederik Pohl (1919 – 2013)

Frederik Pohl (1919 – 2013)

Last August, I contacted a fellow suburban Chicagoan about contributing to a project on which I was working. He thanked me for taking the time to contact him, and asked for a little in return while he considered.

While he later said he was honored that I would think of him for the project, he ultimately declined, citing his heavy workload. That man’s name was Frederik Pohl, and he died yesterday.

I discovered Pohl’s work through the old time radio program, X MINUS ONE.  He wrote the following stories that were later adapted into the episodes: “Tunnel Under the World“, “The Map Makers“, “The Haunted Corpse“, and “Target One“.

His 1952 novel THE SPACE MERCHANTS, co-written by C.M. Kornbluth, was dramatized for CBS Radio Workshop in two parts, available here and here. He wrote a sequel in 1984 entitled THE MERCHANTS’ WAR.

AMAZING STORIES published his first short story, “Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna” in 1937 and his last novel, ALL THE LIVES HE LED, hit bookshelves in 2011. He was also a prolific essayist and blogger at THE WAY THE FUTURE BLOGS

Under his editorial leadership, IF Magazine won three straight Hugo Awards for the year’s best professional magazine, and he also edited the much-celebrated GALAXY Magazine.

GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl

GATEWAY by Frederik Pohl

His 1977 release GATEWAY won the Hugo, the Locus, the Nebula, and the Campbell awards for the year’s best novel. In 1979, his novel JEM won the U.S. National Book Award for Science Fiction.

Pohl won the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award in 1993 from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and five years later, he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

His writing career spanned three quarters of a century, most of which was about things that hadn’t happened yet.

Of his prescience, he said: “You can’t really predict the future. All you can do is invent it.”

Thank you, Mr. Pohl, for showing us the way.