Archive for April, 2014

Five titles added to QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on April 30, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

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

Richard Thomas has announced that his story, “The Jenny Store”, will be a part of the upcoming science-fiction anthology from Written Backwards, QUALIA NOUS, along with other recent inclusions from Gene O’Neill, Emily Cataneo, and Marge Simon.

Thomas, author of the novel TRANSUBSTANTIATE, edited the THE NEW BLACK, a neo-noir anthology featuring short horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and grotesque stories.

O’Neill, who’s novella THE BLUE HERON won a Bram Stoker Award in June for superior achievement in long fiction, contributes “The Shaking Man” to the table of contents. Editor Michael Bailey says of O’Neill: “This guy never disappoints”, so get ready for it.

Boston-area journalist Emily Cataneo‘s “The Rondelium Girl of Rue Marseilles” has also been accepted for publication in QUALIA NOUS. Given her history, it could be about “winter, bones, female friendships, the Victorian occult or super-anxious characters.”

And finally, Marge Simon, co-author of the poetry collection DANGEROUS DREAMS, who has one multiple awards for her poetry, has written “Shutdown” and “Tomorrow’s Femme” for QUALIA NOUS, which will also feature my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”.

Here is the working table of contents:

Michael Bailey, who is helming the project, says he “will be opening Pandora’s box in the next few weeks with upcoming announcements. This book is going to rock psy/phi!”

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.

 

Barnes & Noble summer writers day to include LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on April 28, 2014 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH, now available at Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Barnes & Noble.

Mark you calendars, bibliophiles! Barnes & Noble in Racine is hosting a Summer Writer’s Day August 16th, and I’ll be there signing copies of LOSING TOUCH. I’ll be participating in the authors’ panel, the workshop, and the open house, and if you’re not there, too, well, I’ll just be sad.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with picture book story time as children’s authors present their titles and interact with the kiddos and their parents. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the authors will take part in a question and answer session moderated by the emcee, Ann Marie Pilot. There will be an interactive writing workshop from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., you’ll be able to mingle with the authors, pick their brains, and pick up personalized copies of their latest books.

2014 Lovey Award-winner J. Michael Major will be among the participating novelists. His ONE MAN’S CASTLE won the Lovey for ‘best first novel’ at the Love is Murder conference in Chicago. Watch this space as more authors are confirmed in the coming weeks.

Support Mitchell Middle School at B&N

Posted in News on April 24, 2014 by Christian

Barnes & Noble in Racine is hosting a book fair at the store this Saturday, and LOSING TOUCH has nothing to do with it. Nope, not a thing. The book fair will benefit Mitchell Middle School in Racine, which sustained severe fire damage on February 27th.

Come to the Racine Barnes & Noble this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. to do a little shopping and enjoy the festivities, including story time with the Pillsbury Doughboy (JoBe Cerny), Jack & Jill Jazz Hour, and an appearance by the Racine Police Department’s Canine Unit.

Here’s the complete itinerary:

  • 9:00 a.m. Story time with retired teacher Gail Navatrial
  • 10:00 a.m. JoBe Cerny (the Pillsbury Doughboy) will be in the store!
  • 10:00 a.m. Story time with author Norma Lundstrom (THE CHUBBY GIRL)
  • 11:00 a.m. Mitchell Drill Team with Geri Bodi
  • 11:45 a.m. Mitchell Middle School’s Muscial with John Schuessler
  • 12:00 p.m. Mitchell Middle School Choir with Jamie Hollenberger
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch with Mitchell Staff
  • 1:00 p.m. Pep Rally with Principal Soren Gajewski
  • 2:00 p.m. Story time with the Pillsbury Doughboy with JoBe Cerny
  • 3:00 p.m. Racine Police Department’s Canine Unit
  • 4:00 p.m. Jack and Jill Jazz Hour with Jill Jensen and Jack Grassel
  • 7:00 p.m. My Favorite Teacher Celebration with Noah Chartrand and Mr. Jay Rattle
  • 8:00 p.m. Piece from Park High School’s Musical with Mr. Jay Rattle
LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

While you’re there, shop the items allocated for wish lists for the teachers. These teachers are asking for specific items that will be used in the classroom. They lost all of their materials, and are asking for people like you to pick up a copy of THE GIVER, or a Judy Blume title, so that can be used for their students. When you walk in, you will see the boxes lined up (with the names of the teachers on them), so you know exactly where to go, and if you wanted to pick up a copy of LOSING TOUCH, check out their science-fiction section. Because it’s right there.

Scheuerman, Shoebridge join QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on April 23, 2014 by Christian

 

"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

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

Ashlee Scheuerman (co-author of THE DAMNING MOTHS) and Ian Shoebridge (author of “The White Pills” in CHIRAL MAD) are the latest contributors to QUALIA NOUS, the upcoming science-fiction/horror anthology from Written Backwards. The project, set to feature my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”, is being helmed by Bram Stoker Award® nominee Michael Bailey.

Scheuerman, who’s story “Dyscrasia” will feature, lives in Western Australia with her husband and collaborator, Ty. Her short story, “Harvest”, appears in the award winning post-apocalypic horror anthology, SURVIVING THE END (Dark Prints Press).

Shoebridge, contributor of “Psychic Shock”, hails from Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. His writing credits include “A Guide to Surviving Malabar” (WHERE ARE WE GOING?), “Adrift” (SUBTLE EDEN), “The Day the World Lost Gravity” (SF WAXES PHILOSOPHICAL), and “Happiness” (BOUND FOR EVIL).

Here is the working table of contents ordered alpha-by-author:

Coming later this year from Written Backwards, QUALIA NOUS, edited by Bram Stoker Award® nominee Michael Bailey.

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.

‘The Outer Artist’ blogs about LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on April 14, 2014 by Christian

Michelle Finkler, who blogs at ‘The Outer Artist‘, bought a copy of LOSING TOUCH at the Pop-Up Book Fair in Oak Park on Sunday and she wrote about her thoughts in her post entitled ‘My finds from an indie book fair’:

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

When I chatted with local author Christian A. Larsen about his first book LOSING TOUCH, he described it as a story of a man who is down on his luck. And while he’s coping with his various life issues, he discovers he is able to walk through walls. I told Christian that his book description reminded me of THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger, and he said he loves that book and that LOSING TOUCH is similar in that it’s not exactly sci-fi but has a fantasy element to it. If you’re drawn to these kinds of stories, I would also recommend reading the short story “Bibi from Jupiter” by Tessa Mellas. It’s about a girl who goes to college and finds out her roommate is an alien. I read it in NARRATIVE MAGAZINE last year and totally loved it.

Read about Finkler’s book shopping experience at the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park by clicking here, and if you’re looking for a book shopping experience of your own, click here for LOSING TOUCH in paperback, here for Kindle, and here for the Nook edition.

LOSING TOUCH, Hemingway Museum get on grand

Posted in News on April 13, 2014 by Christian
Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Pop-Up Book Fair yesterday at the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park. I met some readers and signed a number of copies of LOSING TOUCH and CHIRAL MAD, a psychological horror anthology edited by Michael Bailey.

I got to hang out with some local literati, including Gerardo Pelayo at Burial Day Books (thanks for the change, man!), David David Katzman, author of the experimental novel A GREATER MONSTER (think ALICE IN WONDERLAND if it were written by William S. Burroughs), and William Hazelgrove, who wrote THE PITCHER about a washed-up baseball star who teaches a prodigy how to pitch.

If you missed the Pop-Up Book Fair, rumor has it that Curbside Splendor Publishing will be hosting another one later in the year at an as-yet undisclosed location. In the meantime, the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park is open seven days a week (except major holidays) and houses a number of exhibits and artifacts, including Hemingway’s childhood diary and the letter from Agnes von Kurowsky (the inspiration for Catherine Barkley in A FAREWELL TO ARMS) breaking their engagement in March 1919.

LOSING TOUCH signing tomorrow at Oak Park Book Fair

Posted in News on April 11, 2014 by Christian
Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Psst. You. Yeah, you. If you don’t have a signed copy of LOSING TOUCH, tomorrow’s your best chance for a while. I’ll be personalizing copies of my novel at the Ernest Hemingway Museum in Oak Park at the Pop-Up Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, presented by Curbside Splendor Publishing826CHI, the Oak Park Library, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation.

For you lit lovers out there, it’s the can’t-miss event of the spring, and it’s absolutely free if you register online beforehand. To register, click here. Otherwise, it’s $8.00 at the door, but still totally worth it, with Burial Day Books and more than 40 independent Chicago publishers on hand for this event with books to sell, authors signing, and family and children’s programming provided by 826CHI. Come out for an afternoon of readings, writing, and the following author panels:

  • Comics conversation with Chris Ware and Hillary L. Chute, presented by 57th Street Books from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • The Fictional Ernest Hemingway, presented by Don Evans of Chicago Literary Hall of Fame from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • People and Places that Influenced Ernest Hemingway, presented by author Nancy Sindelar from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for the after party at the Oak Park Public Library and enjoy author readings, live music, and, ahem, refreshments. Confirmed authors include Bill Hillman (THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD), Susan Lanier (THE GAME WE PLAY), and Daniela Olszewska (CITIZEN J).

OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS now available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

Posted in News on April 8, 2014 by Christian
The very first paperback of OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS.

The very first paperback of OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS from Crowded Quarantine Publications.

OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS, an erotic horror anthology coming May 1st in hardcover from Crowded Quarantine Publications, is now available in paperback from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. The Kindle edition will follow in mid-May, complete with all 23 illustrations by Chris Taggart.

As the cover matter suggests, 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?

These are the kinds of questions asked in OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS.

Edited by Adam Millard and Zoë-Ray Millard, the anthology features a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winning author Lucy Taylor and equal measures of horror and erotica in each of the following 23 tales:

Pre-order your copy of OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS today in hardcover from Crowded Quarantine Publications by clicking here, or buy the paperback, now available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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.

LOSING TOUCH wins DRAWA® for first novel

Posted in News on April 6, 2014 by Christian

drawaThe first annual Written Backwards Awards®, known colloquially as the DRAWA (“award” spelled backwards) have been, ahem, awarded for 2013 … and LOSING TOUCH has won for superior achievement in a first novel.

The 2013 DRAWAs were read, recommended, short-listed and nominated by a judge, jury, and executioner of one: Written Backwards founder Michael Bailey, editor of CHIRAL MAD, CHIRAL MAD 2, and the upcoming QUALIA NOUS.

Bailey, who’s short story, “Primal Tongue” (ZIPPERED FLESH 2) earned him a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® nomination, has chosen the following winners (and categories):

In addition to the kudos listed above, Bailey has also given out DRAWAs® for presence, inspiration, and voice to writers whose body of works have contributed mightily to the writing (and reading) community in the categories listed below:

A complete set of rules (read: rationale) and explanations can be found by visiting the Written Backwards website. You might not agree with them, but you have to admit … the rules are pretty airtight.

BLEED “taps into that dark, universal fear that lives inside of every human”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 5, 2014 by Christian

Dorothea Brooke has written a five-star review of BLEED, a charity anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing benefiting the National Children’s Cancer Society:

Support the National Children's Cancer Society with BLEED.

Support the National Children’s Cancer Society with BLEED.

If you’re bored by the torture porn of modern day horror movies and you’ve reread your favorites until you’ve committed them to memory, do yourself a favor and read this anthology. It’s fresh. It’s intimate. It challenges you to consider what you value most. It taps into that dark, universal fear that lives inside of every human. It forces you to recall the depth and breadth of your emotions.

If you have experienced the real-life horror of watching helplessly and exhaustedly while a loved one suffered or you have been the one to drop through a black hole of despair or you simply want to know that someone else has seen your demons, you will find what you are looking for in these pages.

I faced my terror and found my solace in:

When you’ve finished reading your favorite stories from this anthology, go hug your sons and daughters; kiss your parents and grandparents; send a note to your close friends and anyone else you love. And know that you are not alone.

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

Support the fight against childhood cancer by picking up a copy of BLEED in paperbackKindle, or Nook today.

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.