Archive for October, 2013

MISERIA’S CHORALE nearing completion

Posted in News on October 31, 2013 by Christian
MISERIA'S CHORALE, coming soon from Forgotten Tomb Press.

Coming soon…

Bruce Memblatt’s story, “Destruction: A Plague Story” has been accepted for MISERIA’S CHORALE, which will also feature my short story, “Becoming the Beast”.

Memblatt is the author of the short story collection, THE DARK JAR, and his work as appeared in such HORROR ZINE anthologies as TWICE THE TERROR, WHAT FEARS BECOME, and SHADOW MASTERS.

MISERIA’S CHORALE will also feature stories from the following writing award-winners and finalists: Peter Crowther, Lucy Taylor, Todd Keisling, Anna Taborska, K. Trap Jones, Christopher David Rosales, Christina Murphy, B.T. Joy, and James S. Dorr.

Here is a look at the table of contents:

The following titles have been accepted, but not yet placed in the table of contents:

Forgotten Tomb Press will release the anthology soon in eBook and paperback formats via Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, Smashwords.com, and other selected outlets.

Park Ridge Journal: Authors Add To Aura of ‘Horrorfest’

Posted in News on October 31, 2013 by Christian

Read about Sunday’s LOSING TOUCH reading event at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in this week’s edition of the PARK RIDGE JOURNAL:

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LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

The event featured a selection from LOSING TOUCH, Denise Fleischer reading from her latest novel, DEADLY RESERVATIONS, music from Scott Fischer of Fischer’s Flicker, and an art display featuring sculptures and paintings from Adam Nardi.

The next LOSING TOUCH reading event is scheduled for November 15th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bad Grammar Theater hosted by Powell’s Bookstore University Village near the Roosevelt shopping corridor and just off the Dan Ryan Expressway. Parking is available for $2 at a nearby garage or in metered spaces on the street.

Bad Grammar Theater to host LOSING TOUCH reading

Posted in News on October 29, 2013 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

Everybody loves to hear a story–read to them–whether its listening to an audio book in the car, to a school librarian while sitting in a semicircle of kids, or to your mom or dad with the covers pulled up to your chin.

So, if you’re a human being, you’ll want to circle November 15th on your calendar. I’ll be reading from LOSING TOUCH at Bad Grammar Theater, presented by Powell’s Bookstore University Village in the Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago.

The reading takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with readings on the half hour and hour.  In its “Cure for Boredom” feature, CBS 2 Chicago says Bad Grammar Theater is “a nice place to go if you both want to talk to your friends and hear some good stories.” The event is free, and you can come or go as you please.

Powell’s Bookstore University Village is on Halsted Street just south of Roosevelt Road, a block and a half west of the Dan Ryan Expressway.

HorrorFest at Iannelli Studios pops the cork on Halloween 2013

Posted in News on October 27, 2013 by Christian
I need me some glasses like this.

I need me some glasses like this.

If the Kalo Foundation’s Homegrown Horrorfest at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge is any kind of a lead-in, this year’s Halloween is going to be epic. A tear the roof off type.

Journal & Topics lifestyle editor Denise Fleischer read a selection from her novel, DEADLY RESERVATIONS,  Adam Nardi’s sculptures and paintings brought new angles and perspectives to horror, and Scott Fischer of Fischer’s Flicker hit all the right notes during his performances (including a cover of Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” featuring George Kikos on recorder!).

I also read from LOSING TOUCH, met some friends old and new, and enjoyed some hot cider and popcorn. Weather was great, too. It was just a beautiful day to come out to what is a crown jewel of Park Ridge’s cultural heritage.

Yep, I went to college. Lindsey can confirm this documented fact.

Yep, I went to college. Lindsey can confirm this documented fact.

Arcuri’s and Ingold’s titles in MISERIA’S CHORALE announced

Posted in News on October 26, 2013 by Christian
MISERIA'S CHORALE, coming soon from Forgotten Tomb Press.

Coming soon from Forgotten Tomb Press.

Forgotten Tomb Press has revealed the titles of its latest (and possibly last) additions to the table of contents for MISERIA’S CHORALE

Meghan Arcuri, who wrote “Inevitable” in CHIRAL MAD, is contributing the short story “Choosing my Confession”.

Jon Ingold’s “Cracks”, which previously appeared in BLACK STATIC #28, will also be gracing the anthology. “Cracks” will make you think twice about those chigger bites on your arms.

Ingold has also written a number of plays, short stories, and novels, such as FLAWS and JAZZ IN 3/4 TIME.

Here is the current table of contents (Ingold’s and Arcuri’s titles have yet to be added):

Forgotten Tomb Press will release the anthology soon in eBook and paperback formats via Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, Smashwords.com, and other selected outlets.

A final (?) pair added to MISERIA’S CHORALE

Posted in News on October 25, 2013 by Christian
MISERIA'S CHORALE, coming soon from Forgotten Tomb Press.

Coming soon from Forgotten Tomb Press.

Editor David Nell has added two more names to the list of contributors to MISERIA’S CHORALE, which will be featuring my short story, “Becoming the Beast.”

The latest (and possibly final) new authors are Meghan Arcuri, who contributed “Inevitable” to CHIRAL MAD, and Jon Ingold, a British author of interactive fiction and co-founder of inkle, a company that makes interactive stories.

To be published next month by Forgotten Tomb Press, MISERIA’S CHORALE will feature authors from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, South Africa, the Philippines, and Australia.

The titles of Arcuri’s and Ingold’s stories have not been officially announced, but here is the rest of the nearly-complete table of contents:

Forgotten Tomb Press will release the anthology soon in eBook and paperback formats via Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, Smashwords.com, and other selected outlets.

Read “Bleed Through” in TRUE DARK

Posted in News on October 24, 2013 by Christian
TRUE DARK, now available from Red Skies Press.

TRUE DARK, now available from Red Skies Press.

Just in time for Halloween, Red Skies Press has released the anthology TRUE DARK, featuring my short story, “Bleed Through”.

Before I started writing in earnest, I worked in radio for 15 years in Illinois and Wisconsin, both on the air and in the producers’ booth.

It was (mostly) a lot of fun, but I had a strange fear I mostly kept buried during my time in the biz. And it was always, always worse whenever I stepped into the studio.

“Bleed Through” is my way of working through my peculiar industry fear.

Edited by Mark Crittenden, TRUE DARK delivers shocking fear and subtle terror with each of the following titles:

Journey into nightmarish landscapes, into the blackest midnight of your fear–into TRUE DARK, 17 tales guaranteed to make you sleep with the light on.

LOSING TOUCH featured on GirlZombieAuthors

Posted in News on October 24, 2013 by Christian

LOSING TOUCH is not about or by girls or zombies, but it’s been featured on the GirlZombieAuthors blog following my appearance at Barnes & Noble in Racine, Wisconsin.

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony

A big congratulations to Christian A. Larsen, whose first novel, LOSING TOUCH, (Post Mortem Press) is catching attention—and includes a foreword by noted author Piers Anthony.

The short story writer-turned novelist describes the book as “Breaking Bad without the meth and with a superpower” and tells the story of a dad who finds he suddenly has the power to walk through walls, also known as “phasing through matter.”

In LOSING TOUCH, Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach-a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. He tries to protect his family 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…

Read the rest of the entry here. It also details the work of the talented authors who participated in Barnes & Noble’s HorrorFest 2013, including John Everson (VIOLET EYES), W. D. Gagliani (WOLF’S TRAP), Linda Godfrey (WEIRD WISCONSIN), Brian Pinkerton (KILLER’S DIARY), and GirlZombieAuthors blogger Christine Verstraete (GIRL Z: MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE).

SHADOW MASTERS is “the very best kind of horror anthology”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on October 23, 2013 by Christian

Amazon reader Warren Schwartz has posted a five-star review of SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE, which features my short story, “The People Eaters”:

SHADOW MASTERS, now available at Amazon.com.

SHADOW MASTERS, now available at Amazon.com.

As a fan of horror, I always look for the very best kind of horror to read. I love anthologies and can sit and read them all day. However, in order for me to do that, they must be the very best kind of horror anthologies, and with SHADOW MASTERS, I have found the very best kind of horror anthology.

I have read the stories, and I must say, they are truly terrifying tales. One of my favorites is “The End Of The Trail” by Bentley Little because it leaves so many questions unanswered, which only makes the story that much more unsettling. I also really enjoyed the first story “The Thing That Was Not There” because it shows that imagination can be deadly if you let it consume you.

I can’t wait to read more stories from the Horror Zine and hope that they can keep giving the world more good quality horror stories for years to come.

Read the complete review here. And if you haven’t read SHADOW MASTERS yet, you’re missing the following terrifying tales (not to mention a pretty awesome foreword by Joe R. Lansdale):

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

BLEED is “scary-as-hell”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on October 22, 2013 by Christian

Amazon reader Jason Norton has written a five-star 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.

How do you feel about cancer? Have you ever really thought about it? Have you, God forbid, had to experience it? If someone asked you to illustrate it or describe it–if someone asked you to put a face on it–what would cancer look like?

Pick up a copy of BLEED, a scary-as-hell charity anthology benefiting kids with cancer, and you’ll get a vivid picture of just how terrifying it can be.

The contributing authors paint a sobering picture of the horror of the disease–perhaps not in the realism of the stories, but in the emotion fueling them. If you are a fan of the macabre, there’s plenty to love: eerie things lurking beyond the surface, zombie cannibalism, murderous plot twists and an underlying sense of creepiness that spans throughout the anthology. Some of the stories build with a ominous foreboding; others hit you with a gut punch out of nowhere allowing no chance for preparation–again, like the disease they personify.

But the scariest elements are found in the authors’ personal stories. The short bios preceding each entry detail their own experiences with cancer. It is in those stories–especially the introductory essay by editor Lori Michelle–that we see the true picture of how terrifyingly brutal the fight against this unseen enemy can be (fangs or tentacles may be easier to deal with). But we cheer just as hard for these real-life characters–these heroes–as the protagonists in the fiction. And their triumphs are better than anything any author can dream up.

Buy a copy of BLEED, enjoy some great stories and help some kids. There’s no way to go wrong here.

Read the entire review here and see if you can match the stories she/he referenced above in the table of contents below:

So, pick up a copy of BLEED because it’s a great cause, but enjoy it for the stories, each guaranteed to creep under your skin.