Archive for July, 2014

Final story title revealed for QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on July 31, 2014 by Christian
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

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

All the stories have been selected for QUALIA NOUS, including “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, and the final entry is Gary A. Braunbeck’s novelette “No Fixed Address”. The ink isn’t even dry yet, but it’s a done deal and that’s a good thing because the the formatting is underway, with a release expected before the end of the summer.

Braunbeck won the 2013 Bram Stoker Award® for Long Fiction with “The Great Pity”, which appears in CHIRAL MAD 2, published by Written Backwards. He had previously won six other Stoker Awards® for “Duty” (2003), “We Now Pause for Station Identification” (2005), DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN (2006), 5 STROKES TO MIDNIGHT (2007), “Afterward, There Will Be a Hallway” (2007) and TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS (2010).

Edited by Bram Stoker Award® finalist Michael Bailey, QUALIA NOUS will pack quite a punch. Just look at the table of contents:

A release date is coming soon, but Bailey says QUALIA NOUS should be released in “August if we’re lucky”. Keep watching this space for updates.

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.

Weldon Burge and I talk LOSING TOUCH in the August issue of SUSPENSE

Posted in News on July 31, 2014 by Christian

I finally made the cover of a magazine! Or my name did, at least. In the August issue of SUSPENSEWeldon Burge, editor of the anthology GREEN TSUNAMI, author of the collection BROKEN: STORIES OF DAMAGED PSYCHES, and founder of Smart Rhino Publications, asked me about LOSING TOUCH, my writing process, and what inspires me:

Suspense_Magazine_August_2014_Cover_Online-424x550Since it was published last year, Chris Larsen’s first novel, “Losing Touch,” won several awards and rave reviews. The horror/sci-fi novel focuses on a typical beleaguered husband/father, Morgan Dunsmore, who is not only watching his life dissolve around him, but is also losing physical tangibility. Being able to “phase” through solid matter sounds like a superhuman ability, but for Morgan it proves to be more horrific than heroic.

Chris has also written numerous short stories for anthologies and other publications. I had the pleasure of working with him on his story “The Little Things” for the “Zippered Flesh 2” anthology. I recently managed to catch up with Chris and used the opportunity to talk with him about his book, his writing, and his future…

Click here to purchase SUSPENSE. The August issue features fiction from Bill Butler, Alison Gaylin, Amy M. Reade, Bruce Olivas, Wendy Corsi Staub, Gary Kriss, Marcus Sakey, and Camilla Läckberg, plus reviews, artwork, and features about the horror, suspense, mystery and thriller genres that you don’t want to miss! And there’s my name, right on the cover.

Next stop? Centerfold.

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.

Contributors & titles announced for 44 LIES BY 22 AUTHORS

Posted in News on July 30, 2014 by Christian

If you’ve been to the Post Mortem Press website in the last while or two, you may have noticed a book cover there, just teasing the hell out of you:

Do you see? Those pants are literally on fire.

Do you see this? Those pants are literally on fire.

Well, now I can tell you that Post Mortem Press will be releasing its upcoming flash fiction horror anthology: 44 LIES BY 22 AUTHORS … sometime, I guess.

I would tell you a release date, but who’d believe me? I’m one of the liars in the book. Told two of ’em in “Chief Chatzahoaken” and “The Lightning Makes a Stop”, and now I know who the others will be … and the labels of their libel:

  • Eric Beebe – “All Authors Lie (and Some Editors, Too)”
  • J. David Anderson – “Retirement” & “Happy Birthday”
  • Paul Anderson – ” Passive” & “Lead into Gold”
  • David Bernard – “A Ghoul’s Gotta Eat”, “After Midnight in the Dairy Case”, & “Attack of the Vampire Slayer”
  • Max Booth III – “Like Something Died” & Kurt Cobain Murdered My Father”
  • C. Bryan Brown – “A Vision in Red” & “Legacy”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Adaptable” & “The Hunted”
  • Brad Carter – “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Shooter” & “The Legend of Johnny Kudzu”
  • Kyle Dickerson – “Notice” & “Rag Dol”
  • Emma Ennis – “Surrogate”, “The Lady of the Hills”, “Lullaby”, & “Inside Job”
  • Robert Essig – “Moonlight Sonata”, “Names in the Sidewalk”, & “Meeting the Quota”
  • Teel James Glen – “Knight Before Christmas” & “Mama-San”
  • Scott Goudsward – “Winter Wonderland” & “Valentine”
  • K.T. Jayne – “Unionized Freaks” & “They Taste Better with Ketchup”
  • Tally Johnson – “Four Parts of a Prologue for a Novel Not Yet Written” & The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy”
  • M.F. Korn – “Golly Mister, Will You Sign My Laundry List?” & “They Speak Creole French at Those Places”
  • Christian A. Larsen – “Chief Chatzahoaken” & “The Lightning Makes a Stop”
  • Michael Matula – “Mausoleum Monster” & “Copperleaf Road”
  • Josef Matulich – “Foot in the Door”, “Stalker”, “Ukai”
  • Jessica McHugh – “To the Willow”, “Shipwrecked”, & “The D-Word”
  • P. Andrew Miller – “Fifty Shades of Day” & “Troll Hunting”
  • Georgina Morales – “The Beast” & “Memento Mori”
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – “One Too Many” & “Behind the Door”
  • g. Elmer Munson – “Therapy 124” & “A Man in a Room”
  • Andrew Nienaber – “Colchis, Connecticut” & “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
  • Cynthia Pelayo – “Funeral Print”
  • Nelson W. Pyles – “Regards, Eleanor” & “The Trouble with Unicorns”
  • Patrick Scalisi – “Missing Bicycles” & “Residual”
  • Rob Smales – “Spreewald Dreams” & “Was it Good for You, Baby?”
  • Tim Waggoner – “The Good Neighbor” & “A Face in the Crowd”

I realize that’s actually 30 authors (including the introduction by Beebe) … and quite a few more than 44 stories, but it does say there right on the cover that we have trouble telling the truth, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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.

TOC for LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR finalized

Posted in News on July 29, 2014 by Christian

The table of contents is set for the upcoming paranormal anthology from Breaking Fate Publishing, LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, which will feature my short story, “Crybaby Bridge”.

"Crybaby Bridge" to feature in LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR.

“Crybaby Bridge” to feature in LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR.

Editor Kim Young has assembled a roster of talent from the cobwebbed corners of horror fiction and the name of the game is: “ghosts”.

Look for LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, coming August 26th in print and eBook formats and discover a new favorite author … or a new pet dread.

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.

One of the great voices in horror, now silenced

Posted in News on July 28, 2014 by Christian
2-time Bram Stoker Award® nominee Lawrence Santoro.

Two-time Bram Stoker Award® nominee Lawrence Santoro.

Time is a funny thing. You figure you’ll always have more of it until you don’t, like it’s static except in retrospect. But it’s moving all the time, and that brings change. We meet new people, and others are taken from us.

After meeting him last fall at Brendan Detzner‘s Bad Grammar Theater, I always thought I would have the opportunity to get to know Lawrence Santoro better, but he died over the weekend, and even though our lives just grazed each other, my world is an emptier place today.

He read from his episodic contemporary fantasy novel, JUST NORTH OF NOWHERE, and while I can pick up the copy he signed for me that night and read it whenever I want, hearing him read it was a special treat. It was prose, but the way he read it, it was lyrical. Musical.

For me, it was one of the absolute highlights of the evening, and it really should come as no surprise, given his background as a director, producer and actor in theater and television. He was also the host of the Tales to Terrify podcast.

He was such a genuinely friendly person, I can honestly say that his talent was only eclipsed by his grace. If you never met Santoro, I suggest you do so though his work, through which he will live on as long as people read (or listen to) his stories.

Lawrence Santoro, you will be missed.

Jeani Rector: SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is “in the home stretch”

Posted in News on July 27, 2014 by Christian

The Horror Zine founder Jeani Rector says her new anthology, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, is “in the home stretch” and expected in 2015 from Post Mortem Press. The follow-up to 2013’s SHADOW MASTERS will feature my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming soon!

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming soon from the Horror Zine and Post Mortem Press!

With the exception of a few oddments, assistant editor Dean Wild has finished the editing, and the anthology promises to pack a wallop, with some of the most promising up-and-comers mixed among the bestsellers and award-winners.

Graham Masterson, author of THE MANITOU, says “The Horror Zine is the true home of today’s visceral, organic horror, and the stories in SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS reflect the courage and imagination with which Jeani Rector has sustained this genre for the past six years. Be prepared to encounter the grue in gruesome, not only brought to you by some very experienced butchers but by some fearless and inspired new dabblers in blood, entrails and other things too horrifying to mention.”

With a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Bentley Little and an introductory essay by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenwriter John Russo, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS features a lineup of stories sure to terrify:

It’s on its way. Coming in early 2015 … watch for SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, or it’ll sneak up on you, and with all the scares inside, you don’t need this one surprising you.

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.

Download body horror stories at sharply reduced prices

Posted in News on July 21, 2014 by Christian
Buy ZF2 right now … before the price goes up!

Buy ZF2 right now … before the price goes up!

Smart Rhino Publications is holding a Kindle Countdown Summer Sale this week only, and ZIPPERED FLESH 2, featuring my story, “The Little Things” is available through Thursday at substantially reduced prices as part of the offering.

Steroids from Hell. Horrendous piercings. Bizarre brain modifications. Obscene amputations. Facial reconstruction. Self-mutilation. Implants. Chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and skittish during the day). The Kindle Countdown Summer Sale starts cheap and works its way back up to regular price on Thursday, so get in on this … like, right now.

Other Smart Rhino titles include: GREEN TSUNAMI (Laura Cooney & L.L. Soares), SOMEONE WICKED (eds. J.M. Reinbold & Weldon Burge), UNCOMMON ASSASSINS (ed. Weldon Burge), and the first installment of the ZIPPERED FLESH anthology series.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 also features a pair of Bram Stoker Award®-nominated short stories, including Lisa Mannetti’s “The Hunger Artist” and Michael Bailey’s “Primal Tongue”, both of which were finalists for the 2013 award in the short fiction category. Here’s everything you get with ZIPPERED FLESH 2, on a sliding scale of savings:

The sale ends on Thursday, but don’t wait on this. With Smart Rhino Publications’ Kindle Countdown Summer Sale, the sooner you buy, the more you save.

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.