Archive for March, 2014

THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 has “traditional horror interspersed with a modern flair for fright”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 14, 2014 by Christian

Mary Genevieve Fortier has written an in-depth interview for Hellnotes of THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, an anthology which features my short story, “It Has Teeth”:

Now available via Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Now available via Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

“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 goal of this community is for the individual to share and promote their work by networking with others in the industry to further their careers.” This statement is from the official Facebook page, of The Horror Society. The dedicated mastermind of this tremendously revered group is Scott Goriscak. To promote the works of this diverse group, THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 an anthology, was created – an anthology well worth reading.

An interesting note in the Introduction states, “That to celebrate each country there were no changes in style, grammar and punctuation to favor the style of another.” I liked that. As an avid reader, I found it interesting that each story was not only unique in its creative aspects but transported you, in both period of time and place with the simple turn of a page.

There is a detail that needs mentioning for a select few readers: There are a number of stories within that carry the topic of abuse/molestation. Although horrifying these stories may be, to some this subject may be uncomfortable and definitely unsuitable for those below the age of consent.

As with any anthology, you purchase a book of various authors encountering the “hit or miss” stories that lay within. THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 is no exception. It has a few hits and some misses. I’d say for the most part, it is a hit…

Read the rest of the review here, and if you haven’t already read THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013, here’s the complete table of contents:

Pick up a copy of THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 in paperback or Kindle, and be sure to leave your own review.

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

LOSING TOUCH & spec fic presentation at GNHS

Posted in News on March 14, 2014 by Christian

Grayslake North has invited me to present a workshop called “Writing Speculative Fiction” on April 1 as part of SPARK! Your Imagination Week at the north suburban high school. If you watch closely, I’m mentioned at the 3:20 mark of this very nostalgic promo:

Alright, kids. Put your speculative fiction hats on.

Alright, kids. Put your speculative fiction hats on.

Okay, if you watched the video, you heard the names of all the fabulous talent that will be presenting that day, but I’m too stoked not to mention them again here: musical acts Mutts (“God, Country, Grave“) and Dot Dot Dot (“Smile“); composer Matt Boresi; actor H.B. Ward; juggler Jay Gilligan; dancers and choreographers Cher Schwartz and Megan Licht; members of the Second City improv troupe; and authors Barry Lyga (I HUNT KILLERS), Andy Schmidt (5 DAYS TO DIE), and Catherine Finger (ALABASTER VASES).

Oh, and then there’s me (LOSING TOUCH). Hi.

The event is only for students, but I’ll be doing a very public book signing at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park on Saturday, April 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an after party at the Oak Park Public Library. (Hey, everybody! Party at the library!)

LOSING TOUCH “is as real a portrait of a superhero’s origin story as you’re likely to get”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 13, 2014 by Christian

Amazon reader “whiskey finder” (from Camp Crystal Lake, naturally) has written a nice, five-star review of my debut novel, LOSING TOUCH, which features a foreword by Piers Anthony:

Now available in paperback and eBook formats.

Now available in paperback and eBook formats.

If I had to spit out an elevator pitch for this book, it’d be this: it’s a superhero origin story if Philip K. Dick and Richard Matheson had crafted one. It’s equal parts science fiction, urban fantasy, and social commentary, as concerned with the moral implications of superpower as it is with the whiz-bang abilities the power confers.

The plot centers on Morgan Dunsmore, a modern day everyman. Unemployed, buried by debt, and teetering on the edge of total despair, he is slogging through another disappointing season by his beloved Chicago Bears. But then he has a revelation (which, like so many great revelations, comes to him while sitting on the toilet): he can phase in and out of the solid state of matter. In short, Morgan finds that he has the ability to walk through walls. Rather than this ability bringing on a quick answer to his predicament, it just presents another set of problems. Like, he can’t go through walls fully clothed. And he can’t seem to keep his food and drink from leaking right out. Even sex becomes a complicated mess. And that’s before Morgan can even master his abilities enough to give into the myriad temptations they bring.

It seems that being a hero requires more than just having a superpower, and that sometimes holding onto what is most precious in life—love and family–is a task on par with saving the world.

Christian A. Larsen’s novel, LOSING TOUCH, is as real a portrait of a superhero’s origin story as you’re likely to get. It’s an absorbing book, one that is sometimes full of pathos and sometimes full of humor, but is always entertaining. And it’s a great deal more interesting than the exploits of some smiling fascist in tight pants crusading for justice. This is a good one.

Pick up a copy of LOSING TOUCH (Post Mortem Press) in your choice of paperback, Kindle, or Nook, and be sure to leave your own review. Authors gobble that stuff up like carp do spit.

SHADOW MASTERS is for “anyone that is a real fan of horror”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 11, 2014 by Christian

Barnes & Noble reader “Just-In” has posted a five-star review of SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE, which includes my short story, “The People Eaters”:

SHADOW MASTERS, now on sale at Barnes & Noble.

SHADOW MASTERS, now on sale at Barnes & Noble.

SHADOW MASTERS is the third anthology I have read from The Horror Zine and might very well be the best of the bunch. The line up of well known and new names is impressive and full of pure talent. Even though there are a few slower, less-than-my-taste stories in the pack, all in all there is enough in here to make me want to re-read the book again.

Some of the best ones for me where James Marlow‘s “The Thing That Was Not There”, Shaun Meeks‘s “Red Velvet”, Scott Nicholson‘s “The Hung Preacher”, Melanie Tem‘s “The Classmate”, Elizabeth Massie‘s “Wet Birds”, Christian A. Larsen‘s “The People Eaters”, Simon Clark‘s “The Tin House” and Tim Jeffreys‘s “The Cellar”.

think anyone that is a real fan of horror, likes Stephen King, Brian Keene, HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Caitlín R. Kiernan and the likes, is sure to love this anthology. Highly recommend it.

SHADOW MASTERS, edited by Jeani Rector, continues The Horror Zine’s series of annual horror anthologies, and features both established and emerging writers, like:

Click here to buy SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books), or to leave a reader 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.

“There is really something for everyone” in MISERIA’S CHORALE

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 9, 2014 by Christian

A couple of nice reader reviews of MISERIA’S CHORALE, which features my short story, “Becoming the Beast”, have rolled into Barnes & Noble under cover of darkness, so I’m just getting to them now.

In the most recent review, “Just-In” says MISERIA’S CHORALE is a “[g]reat anthology. Loved the stories by Shaun Meeks, Lucy Taylor, Christian A. Larsen, Tim Jeffreys, James Dorr and Anna Taborska.”

MISERIA'S CHORALE, now available in paperback and eBook formats.

MISERIA’S CHORALE, now available in paperback and eBook formats.

“DaGray” goes into even more detail, saying MISERIA’S CHORALE “is an amazing collection of some great writers. While many of them are new to me, there are a few favorites for sure. I have recently become a big fan of reading these anthologies and reading the work of new writers. Some highlights in here were by Lucy Taylor, Shaun Meeks, Jay Wilburn, Anna Taborska, K. Trap Jones, Bruce Memblatt, Aaron J. French, Adam Millard, Peter Crowther and Bear Weiter. With 48 writers and 48 great stories there is really something for everyone. There are slow building stories, and ones that hit you full force with violence and strangeness. Highly recommended.”

Edited by David Nell by the South African publisher Forgotten Tomb Press, MISERIA’S CHORALE is a truly international anthology, featuring authors from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia:

Pick up a copy of MISERIA’S CHORALE in your choice of paperback or Kindle  … 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.

Post Mortem authors signing at Little Rock comic expo

Posted in News on March 8, 2014 by Christian
If you're not in Arkansas, click the image. Do it.

If you’re not in Arkansas, click the image. Do it.

Brad Carter is saving me a seat today at the big kids’ table. Carter, author of (DIS)COMFORT FOOD and THE BIG MAN OF BARLOW, is letting me sign copies of LOSING TOUCH at the Post Mortem Press table, today only, at the River City Comic Expo in Little Rock.

The River City Comic Expo is more than just comics, though. It’s Arkansas’s newest, biggest entertainment convention, with cosplay, art, games, and one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else–like copies of (DIS)COMFORT FOOD, THE BIG MAN OF BARLOW, and LOSING TOUCH with a personal message scrawled by the author right above his barely legible signature.

Other special guests include James O’Barr (THE CROW), Dennis Calero (RAY BRADBURY’S THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES graphic novelization),  Dave White (“Doc Panic“), Kayla Larson (THE WOLF WARRIORS), Tommy B. Smith (PIECES OF CHAOS), and Joshua Daniel Mason (NO MORE SORROW), so if you’re in Arkansas today, you need to be here.

Read “Cataldo’s Copy” in the upcoming QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on March 7, 2014 by Christian

What defines existence? What is true? What is real?

Written Backwards, publisher of the CHIRAL MAD anthologies, has accepted my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy” for the upcoming charity anthology, QUALIA NOUS.

Preliminary cover art for QUALIA NOUS.

Preliminary cover art for QUALIA NOUS.

“Cataldo’s Copy” represents something of a watershed moment in my writing career, in that I dreamed the opening scene. I wasn’t sure at the time whether it was the beginning of the story or the end at the time. When you’ll read it, I think you’ll understand why.

I’m also excited to report that Usman Tanveer Malik‘s “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” and Paul Anderson’s “In the Nothing-Space, I Am What You Made Me” have also been accepted into the anthology.

Editor Michael Bailey appears on the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards® final ballot with his short story, “Primal Tongue”, which features in ZIPPERED FLESH 2. Bailey also edited CHIRAL MAD and CHIRAL MAD 2, the latter of which has two stories nominated for Stokers this year: Gary Braunbeck‘s “The Great Pity” and John Palisano‘s “The Geminis”.