Archive for May, 2014

Gap model, Warner Bros. recording artist, owns LOSING TOUCH

Posted in News on May 16, 2014 by Christian

The world is getting smaller every day. I just found out that someone who picked up a copy of LOSING TOUCH almost a year ago has one of those faces–that’s plastered all over billboards across North America. Warner Bros. recording artist Andra Day owns a copy of my book.

Andra Day featured in Gap's #summertime campaign

Andra Day featured in the Gap’s #summerloves campaign

Yep, not only is Day on Gap billboards, bus shelters, and stores in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and San Francisco, she also has an album coming out later this year from Warner Brothers, including the single “Coolin In The Streets“, featuring one Ziggy Marley.

And this is what Day had to say about LOSING TOUCH:

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Now I just need to find out what she thought of it…

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OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS “will get your heart racing and your temperature rising”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 15, 2014 by Christian

Goodreads reviewer Dave Granger has written a five-star review of OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS, an erotic horror anthology from Crowded Quarantine featuring my short story, “She Never Says No”:

Now available in hardcover and paperback.

Now available in hardcover and paperback.

Finally had some time to sit and write this review.

OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS is the first book I have ever picked up by Crowded Quarantine, and if this is any kind of example of what they put out, it won’t be the last. First off, the book itself is great quality and has some great artwork on the cover and at the beginning of each story (by Chris Taggart). This is a nice touch.

Now on to the stories.

It’s not often that I read horror erotica, but it seems like every time I do it’s either hit or miss. Many of the past anthologies I have tried have one or two good stories, and the rest fall flat. That’s not the case here. I took a chance with this one as I knew a handful of the writers involved and the editor as well and was sure it’d be good. I wasn’t. There isn’t a single story in here that I didn’t enjoy immensely, not one that I wouldn’t read again.

Of course, there were highlights for me in this one, stories I would read again and have told friends they have to check out. The first on that list is Graham Masteron‘s “Camelot”, which, if you are a fan of this master, you can’t miss. Others in this book that really stand out were Lucy Taylor‘s “Prenuptials”, Shaun Meeks‘ “Date Night”, Christian A. Larsen‘s “She Never Says No”, Stacey Turner‘s “Martin”, Taylor Grant‘s “Mask” and of course, Aaron J. French‘s “The Devil: A Love Story”.

This is a great book with some true horror and more than one moment that will get your heart racing and your temperature rising. Highly recommended.

Edited by Adam Millard and Zoë-Ray Millard, OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS scares and seduces in each of the following 23 tales:

Order your copy of OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS, featuring a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winning author Lucy Taylor, in hardcover, paperback, or Kindle.

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.

 

Everson added to QUALIA NOUS lineup

Posted in News on May 15, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

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

Editor Michael Bailey has accepted a story entitled “Voyuer” from Bram Stoker Award®-winner John Everson for the upcoming anthology, QUALIA NOUS, which will also feature my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”. Everson wrote the story over the last month, finished it last weekend, and was notified yesterday of his acceptance.

Everson is the author of seven novels and six short fiction collections, all focusing on horror and the supernatural. COVENANT won a Bram Stoker Award® in 2004 for superior achievement in a first novel, and and bestselling author Jonathan Maberry says Everson’s latest novel, VIOLET EYES, is a combination of “Michael Crichton” sci-fi and “Stephen King” horror–the same kind of literary “mash-up” that will be offered in QUALIA NOUS.

Here is the updated list of works already accepted:

Edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominee Michael BaileyQUALIA NOUS will be available later this year in paperback from Written Backwards.

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 adds Stoker® nominee, winner to lineup

Posted in News on May 13, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

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

Newly-minted 2013 Bram Stoker Award®-winner Rena Mason and 2013 Bram Stoker Award®-nominee Patrick Freivald have each contributed stories to QUALIA NOUS, which will also feature my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”.

Mason, who wrote “Ruminations” for the upcoming sci-fi/horror anthology from Written Backwards, won the Stoker® on Saturday in Portland for superior achievement in a first novel (THE EVOLUTIONIST).

Freivald’s SPECIAL DEAD was a finalist for superior achievement in a young adult novel, a field which included UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia, PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters, and Saturday’s winner, DOG DAYS by Joe McKinney. Freivald’s short story, “Twelve Kilos” will now appear in QUALIA NOUS.

Here is the current table of contents, ordered by alpha:

Edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominee Michael Bailey, QUALIA NOUS will be available later this year in paperback from Written Backwards.

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.

DARK LIGHT III is “a good read and a good scare”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 12, 2014 by Christian
DARK LIGHT III now at Amazon.

DARK LIGHT III now at Amazon.

Amazon reader “lgw0066” (not his or her real name … unless the reviewer is a robot) has written a five-star review of the anthology DARK LIGHT III from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, which features my short story, “Harby’s Last Stand”. The reviewer says DARK LIGHT III is an “excellent collection of stories. It works well with the two previous anthologies for books one and two. I recommend that anyone who likes a good read and a good scare will enjoy this collection. If there is a book four, it will be on my wish list.”

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.

It’s Twilight Zone Day … today!

Posted in News on May 11, 2014 by Christian

For some reason … it’s Twilight Zone Day today. The show premiered October October 2, 1959, and the show’s creator, Rod Serling, was neither born nor died on May 11th. Only one episode originally aired on this date (in 1962): “Young Man’s Fancy” written by Richard Matheson.

Season 1 title card for THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Season 1 title card for THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

But since when does there have to be a specific reason to celebrate THE TWILIGHT ZONE? It’s the greatest show in broadcast television history, generating such timeless classics as:

  • “A Stop at Willoughby” by Rod Serling
  • “Time Enough at Last” by Rod Serling (based on a short story by Lyn Venable)
  • “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” by Rod Serling
  • “Eye of the Beholder” by Rod Serling
  • “The Obsolete Man” by by Rod Serling
  • “Five Characters in Search of an Exit” by Rod Serling (based on a short story by Marvin Petal)
  • “To Serve Man” by Rod Serling (based on a short story by Damon Knight)
  • “It’s a Good Life” by Rod Serling (based on a short story by Jerome Bixby)
  • “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” by Richard Matheson
  • “Living Doll” by Charles Beaumont

That’s a whole lot of Rod Serling, but he didn’t do it alone-not by a long shot. When THE TWILIGHT ZONE won it’s second Emmy, Serling singled out Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, and George Clayton Johnson as the “gremlins” responsible for crafting the series’ stories, and said, holding up the award: “Come on over, fellas, and we’ll carve it up like a turkey.”

Other notable contributors include National Medal of Arts-award winner Ray Bradbury, STAR TREK: TOS scribe Jerry Sohl, and THE WALTONS and FALCON CREST creator Earl Hamner, who wrote eight episodes for the series, and also contributed “Come Down to the Store, Minerva!” to SHADOW MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE, which is probably more in line with your expectations if you’re a TWILIGHT ZONE fan.

But however you choose to celebrate (watching your favorite episode tonight at twilight, playing the pinball game, or leafing through archived issues of the magazine), May 11th is the day to do it … for some reason.

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.

Links to all the 2013 Bram Stoker Award® winners

Posted in News on May 11, 2014 by Christian
Gary Braunbeck's "The Great Pity" won the "long fiction" award.

Gary Braunbeck’s “The Great Pity” won the “long fiction” award.

The envelopes have all been opened, and we have our 2013 Bram Stoker Award® winners. The awards banquet was held last night at the DoubleTree Hilton in Portland, Oregon, and I correctly predicted six of the eleven winners in my blog post on Friday.

There were no ties (I said there would be one), and while I’m sorry that all the nominees couldn’t win, its still a fantastic achievement just to be a finalist, and you should try to read all the nominated works.

But you came here to find out who the winners are for superior achievement in each of the categories.

Here they are, with links to the works and author pages:

The following awards were also presented:

Congratulations to all the winners, but this is not “the achievement”. The achievement comes when a new reader picks up a book and finds something true or beautiful inside–even with horror. And that’s where you come in. You may be years removed from high school, but I think you have your summer reading assignment now.

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.