Archive for March, 2014

LOSING TOUCH “includes a few surprises that I never saw coming”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 31, 2014 by Christian

Long and Short Reviews has written a four-star review of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony:

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

It isn’t easy to adjust to a superpower that appears out of nowhere. This is even more true when the upside of having it seems to be overshadowed by the drawbacks.

What Morgan needs more than anything in life is a break. His emotional and financial troubles are explained in such excruciating detail that it almost felt like a memoir at times instead of a fictional story. The strained but loving relationship between Morgan and his wife only solidified my desire to know what what happens to them next. He has been with her for so many years that this reader learned more about his personality and character flaws from their interactions than I did from his inner monologue.

A little too much time was spent focusing on the main character’s adjustment to his newfound ability. While the first few scenes are well-written, Morgan’s shock lingers just past the point of believability. Had this section of the book been a little shorter it easily would have earned a much higher rating as the plot quickly picks up speed once he begins to play around with his powers.

With that being said, the pacing in the rest of this book is excellent. The creeping dread I felt as I anticipated what would happen next kept me engrossed in the plot. I figured out some plot twists ahead of time, but Mr. Larsen includes a few surprises that I never saw coming. I don’t know if he has any plans to write a sequel, but there is definitely room to revisit these characters if he chooses to do so. This reader would be very interested in hearing more from Morgan in the future.

The horror and science fiction elements in LOSING TOUCH are sneaky. This is a tale that slowly creeps up and only reveals its sharp teeth at the last possible moment. For this reason it’s a great choice for anyone who is new to either genre and would like a small taste of what they have to offer.

Pick up a copy of LOSING TOUCH today in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats, available from Post Mortem Press.

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Pre-order OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS today!

Posted in News on March 30, 2014 by Christian
Coming May 1st from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

Coming May 1st from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

It’s been a year in the making, and now it’s almost here … OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS, just a few weeks away from its May 1st release, and you can pre-order it now from Crowded Quarantine Press in hardcover or paperback.

OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS features 23 erotic horror stories by some of the most, ahem, titillating authors in the genre, each accompanied by its own original artwork by Chris Taggart. I’m proud to say that my own “She Never Says No” has a place in this anthology.

Edited by Adam Millard and Zoë-Ray Millard, OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS features a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winning author Lucy Taylor and the following tales, guaranteed to “seduce and horrify you in equal measure”:

Between your choice of hardbound or paperback covers, you’ll find tales of sex-bots, cosmic goddesses, and crazed lovers. Twenty-three authors are waiting to seduce you with tales so hot and erotic, so macabre and chilling, you’ll want to sleep alone.

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.

“Every horror fan should read” ZIPPERED FLESH 2

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 29, 2014 by Christian
ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now on sale at Amazon.com.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2, now on sale at Amazon.com.

The positive reviews keep coming for the body modification horror anthology ZIPPERED FLESH 2, which features my short story, “The Little Things”. Amazon reviewer Belynda Spruill says ZIPPERED FLESH 2 “is a truly awesome book for horror fans everywhere. I loved both volumes. They should definitely make a few more!”

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 features two 2013 Bram Stoker Award® nominated short stories: “The Hunger Artist” by Lisa Mannetti and “Primal Tongue” by Michael Bailey. These stories are competing against “Snapshot” by Patrick Freivald, “Night Train to Paris” by David Gerrold, “Code 666” by Michael Reaves, and John Palisano’s “The Geminis” which appears in CHIRAL MAD 2, edited by Bailey. The winner will be announced on May 10th at the 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet held during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

Edited by Weldon BurgeZIPPERED FLESH 2 features the following contributions:

Find out more about Smart Rhino, the publisher of ZIPPERED FLESH 2, by clicking here.

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.

QUALIA NOUS to include stories by Little, Hagelslag

Posted in News on March 28, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

“Cataldo’s Copy” to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

Bram Stoker Award® nominee Michael Bailey has announced the selection of two more stories for the upcoming horror/sci-fi anthology from Written Backwards, QUALIA NOUS, which will include my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”.

John R. Little has contributed a time travel story called “Second Chance” and Peter Hagelslag’s long fiction piece, “Lead Me to Multiplicity”, will also feature.

Little won a Bram Stoker Award® for MIRANDA, and has also authored THE MEMORY TREE, PLACEHOLDERS, and the short story “Tommy’s Christmas”, later chosen by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr, and Martin Greenberg to appear in 100 GREAT FANTASY SHORT STORIES.

Hagelslag lives in the Russian Federation and works for an offshore company in the Black Sea. He’s placed short fiction in APEX DIGEST, THE JOURNAL OF PULSE POUNDING NARRATIVES (VOL. 2), and NEW WRITINGS OF THE FANTASTIC.

Here is the working table of contents for QUALIA NOUS (ordered alpha by author):

I haven’t read the other stories, but according to Bailey, QUALIA NOUS “is shaping up nicely” and features “awesome stuff!”

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.

BLEED is “to the point”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 26, 2014 by Christian
Support the National Children's Cancer Society with BLEED.

Support the National Children’s Cancer Society with BLEED.

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, even in this day-and-age of thumbnail internet cataloging. Pat from Orange, Texas wrote in his Amazon review that he was a “happy customer” after buying and reading BLEED, an anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing that benefits the National Children’s Cancer Society.

Pat wrote that with BLEED, which features my short story, “The Funeral Portrait”, “what you see is what you get. I am not much into reading anthologies, but this one caught my eye. I am a sucker for cover art, and this cover reminded me of something you would see in an indie horror film, and I love me some b-movie horror. And having seen that in the cover, that [is] what I got. Happy customer.”

Edited by Lori Michelle, BLEED features the following stories, poems, and essays:

Support the The National Children’s Cancer Society by picking up a paperbackKindle, or Nook edition of BLEED, and be sure 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.

Cover matter teaser to OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS

Posted in News on March 23, 2014 by Christian

I just got my very first glimpse at the dust jacket for OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS, which will feature my short story, “She Never Says No” nestled snugly within its 468 pages when it’s released.

Coming this spring from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

Coming this spring from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

The French don’t call orgasms “the little death” for no reason. La Petite Mort-the post-orgasmic state of unconsciousness that some people have following a sexual experience.

But what if that “little death” became more permanent? What if, in the throes of passion, you suddenly realized your lover was not, in fact, human? What if one of the games you played to spice up your love-life went horribly wrong?

What if you realized you were having sex with the Devil himself?

Between these pages you will find tales of sex-bots, cosmic goddesses, and crazed lovers.

Twenty-three authors are waiting to seduce you with tales so hot and erotic, so macabre and chilling, you’ll pray you are sleeping alone tonight.

A stunning illustration by Chris Taggart will accompany each story:

OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS, expected this spring from Crowded Quarantine Publications, is compiled and edited by Adam Millard & Zoe-Ray Millard.

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.

Monteleone, Steiner stories added to QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on March 22, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

“Cataldo’s Copy” to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

Written Backwards has accepted two more stories for its upcoming sci-fi/horror anthology, QUALIA NOUS, which will also feature my own “Cataldo’s Copy”. Editor Michael Bailey’s latest selections are “Kilroy Wasn’t There” by Pat R. Steiner and “Good and Faithful Servant” by Thomas F. Monteleone.

Monteleone, a four-time Bram Stoker Award® winner, is the author of THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, winner of The New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award, has edited five editions of the BORDERLANDS anthology series, penned “The Cutty Black Sow” for TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, and is a regular contributor to CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE.

Pat R. Steiner is the author of “The Shoe Tree” (CHIRAL MAD), “Original Skin” (COVER OF DARKNESS), “Road Kill Counting Book” (FOUR IN THE HOLE), the 2011 novella, THE WHITE HART, and the 2014 novel, ENLARGE YOUR TENTACLES, OVERNIGHT!.

Previous acceptances for QUALIA NOUS include “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman Tanveer Malik and “In the Nothing-Space, I Am What You Made Me” by Paul Anderson, editor-in-chief of the Post Mortem Press print magazine, JAMAIS VU: THE JOURNAL OF STRANGE AMONG THE FAMILIAR.