Archive for January, 2014

OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS expected May 1

Posted in News on January 29, 2014 by Christian
Coming May 1st from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

Coming May 1st from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

Crowded Quarantine Publications has provided a tentative release date of May 1, 2014 for it’s upcoming erotic horror anthology, OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS, which will feature my short story, “She Never Says No.”

What will I be getting myself into with this book, you ask? Think the likes of David Cronenberg and Lars Von Trier; of Clive Barker and H.R. Geiger.

Edited by Adam Millard, OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS will feature twenty-three stories that will “seduce and disgust you in equal measure.”

Bram Stoker award-winning author Lucy Taylor has written the introduction, and her tale, “Prenuptials” will also feature.

Here is the complete table of contents:

Each of the above stories will be accompanied by an illustration from the amazingly talented Chris Taggart when OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS is released this May in ebook and hardcover formats.

SHADOW MASTERS is now just $5.00 CAD!

Posted in News on January 26, 2014 by Christian
SHADOW MASTERS, now on sale at Amazon.ca.

SHADOW MASTERS, now on sale at Amazon.ca.

Canadian readers, SHADOW MASTERS, which features my short story, “The People Eaters,” is now on sale at Amazon.ca for just $5.00 … in paperback. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, now’s your chance to save some scratch!

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.”

If you haven’t read SHADOW MASTERS yet, you’re missing the following terrifying tales (as well as a foreword by Joe R. Lansdale):

Click here to buy SHADOW MASTERS, or to leave your own review.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

MISERIA’S CHORALE is “a discerning collection of stories”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 23, 2014 by Christian

Amazon reader “Book Fan 2008” has posted a review of MISERIA’S CHORALE, an anthology which features my short story, “Becoming the Beast”:

There are many anthologies available on Amazon, and all of various quality. This is a discerning collection of stories, many intelligent, odd, and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the dystopian sci-fi piece by R.W.W. Greene, “A Feeble Gleam of Stars.” It was smart and engaging, and despite its furturistic lexicon, it was quite accessible. Bravo to the editor!

Edited by David Nell, MISERIA’S CHORALE is a truly international anthology, featuring talent from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

MISERIA'S CHORALE, now available at Amazon.

MISERIA’S CHORALE, now available at Amazon.

In this anthology from Forgotten Tomb Press, you’ll enjoy 48 of the world’s most frightening and unique voices in modern horror:

Click here to buy MISERIA’S CHORALE, or to leave your own review.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

Another 5-star review for SHADOW MASTERS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 22, 2014 by Christian
SHADOW MASTERS, now available at Amazon.

SHADOW MASTERS, now available at Amazon.

Amazon reader William F. Albright has written a five-star review of SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE

Edited by Jeani Rector, winner of the 2013 Preditors & Editors™ Award for “Best Magazine/e-zine Editor”, SHADOW MASTERS  includes my short story, “The People Eaters”.

Albright says there are “some great stories here. Some I kinda guessed how it would end, but all of them were well-written.”

As a follow-up, he says he’ll be “looking for” WHAT FEARS BECOME, the Horror Zine’s 2011 anthology, which features my story “Bast”, first runner-up in the 2011 Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll for “Best Horror Short Story”.

If you haven’t read SHADOW MASTERS yet, here are all the reasons why you should:

Click here to buy SHADOW MASTERS, or to leave your own review.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

Kindle edition of LOSING TOUCH now on sale!

Posted in News on January 19, 2014 by Christian
Kindle edition now on sale for just $3.99!

Read LOSING TOUCH on your Kindle for just $3.99!

To celebrate LOSING TOUCH winning “best horror novel” in the 2013 Preditors & Editors™ readers’ poll, Post Mortem Press has reduced the Kindle price to $3.99 … but only for a limited time.

Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of SINEATER and DESPER HOLLOW says that “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.”

Nick Lupo WOLF CYCLE creator W.D. Gagliani says LOSING TOUCH 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.”

Gene O’Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of THE BLUE HERON, says LOSING TOUCH has “has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel.”

Don’t miss out on LOSING TOUCH for Kindle at this terrific sale price, and if you’re in the Chicago area the second weekend in February, pick up a signed copy at CapriCon 34 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling.

DARK LIGHT III is “excellent”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 18, 2014 by Christian
DARK LIGHT III now at Amazon.

DARK LIGHT III now at Amazon.

Amazon reader “Scarlett” has posted a four-star review of the anthology DARK LIGHT III from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, which features my short story, “Harby’s Last Stand”.

She says “this book is excellent for the reader who likes their dark tales just a little gray. In other words, these stories are cool but not horrific.”

DARK LIGHT III also features “Miriam” by Shaun Meeks, which took second place in this year’s Preditors & Editors™ Readers poll.

If you haven’t read DARK LIGHT III, here are all the reasons why you should:

Click here to buy DARK LIGHT III, or to leave your own review.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

2013 Preditors & Editors™ horror award winners

Posted in News on January 16, 2014 by Christian

After three weeks of polling readers, Preditors & Editors™ has announced its annual literary awards, and LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, has taken first place in the horror novel category:

1. LOSING TOUCH by Christian A. Larsen (Post Mortem Press)
2. HAUNTING OF INGERSULL PENITENTIARY by Victoria Roder (Muse It Up Publishing)
3. THE BLACK LAND by MJ Wesolowski (Blood Bound Books)
4. SILENT FATHOMS by Tamara A. Lowery (Gypsy Shadow Publishing)
5. DEMONS, DOLLS & MILKSHAKES by Nelson W. Pyles (Post Mortem Press)
6. SHADOW LORD by Tony-Paul de Vissage (Double Dragon Publishing)
7. DYING DAYS 3 by Armand Rosamilia (Rymfire Books)
8. WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DARKNESS by Monica J. O’Rourke (Sinister Grin Press)
8. JACKSON AND EVA: VAMPIRE THERAPY by Shebat Legion (Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing)
10. MAN IN THE WALL by Ben Larken (Gypsy Shadow Publishing)

(More past the jump…)

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon in paperback & Kindle.

Since you’re visiting my website, you’d probably also like to know who finished in the top-10 in the horror short story category (interesting side note that “Taut” and “Skin Deep” both appear in ZIPPERED FLESH 2, an anthology in which my own “The Little Things” appears):

1. “Waterless” by Rose Blackthorn, appearing in BUZZY MAG (Buzzy Multimedia)
2. “Taut” by Shaun Meeks, appearing in ZIPPERED FLESH 2 (Smart Rhino Press)
3. “9 Vials of Blood” by John B. Rosenman (Chase Enterprises Publishing)
4. “Fish To Die For” by Keith Milstead (J. Ellington Ashton Press)
5. “Game of Straws Origins” by SB Knight (Knight Stalker Press)
6. “The Testament of Charlie Fairweather” by Stephen M. DeBock (Gypsy Shadow Publishing)
7. “What the Butler Didn’t See…” by Teel James Glenn, appearing in FICTION VORTEX (Fiction Vortex)
8. “Skin Deep” by Carson Buckingham, appearing in ZIPPERED FLESH 2, Smart Rhino Press
9. “Ophie and the Undertaker” by Shebat Legion, appearing in DREAMERS IN HELL (Perseid Press)
10. “Loneliness Makes the Loudest Noise” by Monica J. O’Rourke, appearing in EULOGIES II: TALES FROM THE CELLAR (HW Press)

Shaun Meeks also placed second in the steampunk short story category with “Miriam”, which appears in DARK LIGHT III from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. My story, “Harby’s Last Stand”, also appears.

Lastly, a tip of the cap goes out to Jeani Rector. Her THE HORROR ZINE placed first (for the second year in a row) in the fiction magazine category, and Rector herself took the top spot among magazine editors.

The Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll is one of the oldest awards of its kind, annually honoring print & electronic publications since 1997.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

CHIRAL MAD is “a win in every way”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 16, 2014 by Christian

Another reader review has popped up on Amazon.com for CHIRAL MAD, a psychological horror anthology from Written Backwards which features my short story, “Mirror Moments”. Charlotte Vale writes:

CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.

CHIRAL MAD, now available at Amazon.

As the introduction warns, readers who try to apply logic to this book will go away with their heads spinning. With reason stripped away, the reader is left with perception. And each of the unique and compelling stories in this anthology left a distinct impression on my senses.

Stories, such as “Experiments in an Isolation Tank” by Eric J. Guignard, left me gasping and wheezing while helplessness pulled me down, keeping me trapped in an endless nightmare. While stories such as Monica J. O’Rourke‘s “Five Adjectives,” had me struggling between shame and disgust until a rage began to build – only to be extinguished by frustration. It finally left me with the conflicting desires to vomit and to laugh (albeit ruefully). A sign that both of these stories hit their marks with precision.

Other stories, such as “Inevitable” by Meghan Arcuri and “A Flawed Fantasy” by Jeff Strand, were equal parts funny and awful (the storylines, not the writing). It’s a skilled writer who can make you laugh despite yourself and still pack a punch. Both did this superbly.

“Some Pictures in an Album” by Gary McMahon was a page-turner that had my mind reeling while I tried to unravel the mystery. Similarly, “Enchanted Combustion” by Amanda Ottino turned the tables on me with a twist that shed new light on the characters of the story.

Christian A. Larsen‘s “Mirror Moments” reminded me of Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” not in tone but in the feelings that it evoked. That in between age when you are too light and young to be grounded but too heavy and old to be completely free fills the pages of this story. The main character is smart and observant but can’t quite grasp the bigger (scarier) world. Yet circumstances force him to make decisions that may have a lasting impact. The author successfully achieved a sinister tone that fit the story well.

Ian Shoebridge‘s “White Pills” was filled with chilling moments as the protagonist switches from a reporter like account of other people’s experiences to disturbing experiences of his own. This story was set up well and led down a dark, recognizable road.

“Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers” by Gord Rollo was as suspenseful and bleak as it was cathartic and delightful. Very impressive.

And, finally, “The Underwater Ferris Wheel” by Michael Bailey had my mother’s heart in my throat and my hands sweating as I learned about each of the main characters and the sadness and loss that binds them. I appreciate that the author took a mature and complex character development approach to this story rather than simply exploiting fears common to all parents and children. In the end, the reader is left with a beautiful story that speaks to the power of all human relationships.

The purchase of this book was a win in every way. The money I spent went to a deserving charity. Skilled writers had an opportunity to show off their talents. And I was encouraged to feel a number of gratifying sensations, especially the feeling of being a little less alone, for 374 pages.

Click here to pick up a paperback copy of CHIRAL MAD, or to leave your own review of the following:

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

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

I’m the bad penny in this equation

Posted in Observations & Musings on January 12, 2014 by Christian

The new year is twelve days old, but I guess I’m still in that year-in-review mode. After my interview for VOMIT METAL BLAH, I started thinking about writers that keep turning up in the same places I do.

Or our stories, anyway.

I’m not really sure what my larger point is here, but these are the writers, and if you haven’t already, you should check out their work, past, present, and future, because there’s a ton of talent on this list:

  1. Michael Bailey (editor of the anthology CHIRAL MAD 2)
  2. Rose Blackthorn (author of “Black Bird” appearing in THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013)
  3. James S. Dorr (author of the collection THE TEARS OF ISIS)
  4. T. Fox Dunham (author of the novel THE STREET MARTYR)
  5. Aaron J. French (author of “The Order” appearing in DREAMING IN DARKNESS)
  6. A.A. Garrison (author of the collection THE LONG SHORT STORY)
  7. Eric J. Guignard (editor of the anthology AFTER DEATH…)
  8. Tim Jeffreys (author of “King of a Distant Star” appearing in MISERIA’S CHORALE)
  9. Elizabeth Massie (author of the novel DESPER HOLLOW)
  10. Joe McKinney (author of the novel THE SAVAGE DEAD)
  11. Shaun Meeks (co-author of the collection BROTHER’S ILK)
  12. Bruce Memblatt (author of “Nameless” appearing in STRANGER THAN LIFE: A POST MORTEM)
  13. Adam Millard (author of “The Incongruous Mr. Marwick” appearing in FRESH FEAR)
  14. Christopher Nadeau (author of the novel KAIJU)
  15. Scott Nicholson (author of the novel MCFALL)
  16. Gene O’Neill (author of the collection DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY)
  17. Jeani Rector (editor of the anthology SHADOW MASTERS)
  18. L.L. Soares (author of “Seeds” appearing in ZIPPERED FLESH 2)
  19. Jay Wilburn (author of the novel TIME EATERS)
  20. Dean H. Wild (author of “Foundlings” appearing in SHADOW MASTERS)

So … that’s pretty much it. Pick a short story, collection, or novel from the list above, and enjoy. Then let people know you enjoyed it.

That is all.

CapriCon 34 to host LOSING TOUCH signing

Posted in News on January 10, 2014 by Christian
Not going to be there? Pick up a copy at Amazon.

Can’t be there? Pick up a copy at Amazon.

Chicagoland’s annual winter science-fiction and fantasy extravaganza will have a little ‘extra’ in its vaganza this year. I’ll be personalizing copies of my novel, LOSING TOUCH, at CapriCon 34, February 6-9 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling.

Joining me at the author table will be Michael Matula (TRY NOT TO BURN) and Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and we’ll be signing copies of various horror, fantasy, and science-fiction anthologies in which our work appears, too.

I don’t think anyone out there can say that they already have them all, so you’ll want to come to this and get yours.

Founded in 1981, CapriCon promotes science-fiction and fantasy as literary genres, and this year’s theme is “The 4th Dimension”. Apart from the authors’ table in the dealers’ room, CapriCon 34 will feature the following guests:

magnitudeAdmission for the four day event is $55 until January 22 and $70 thereafter.

You can’t find a better deal with a convention of this magnitude. Music, dance, gaming, art, fans, pros, and plenty of merch!

Register online here, and I’ll see you there with my Sharpie and a copy of LOSING TOUCH just for you.