Archive for November, 2014

2014 Chicago Paranormal Festival Award Winners

Posted in News on November 30, 2014 by Christian
Directed by Ben Wydeven.

Written and directed by Ben Wydeven.

The best part of my day at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival was seeing some of the movies. I saw all of “Stage 3” (Randy Lee Beasley), “Insane” (Adam O’Brien), “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby), and “A Hot Summer Chill” (Ben Wydeven), and parts of “The Place Where You Live” (Alexis Van Hurkman) and also BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas). My only disappointment was not seeing all of all of them.

Beyond that, I can’t say which ones were my favorites, because I really did very much enjoy all the movies I saw. But there were first-, second-, and third-place awards in the feature and short film categories, which I can report as a matter of record:

Short Films

  1. “Le Passage” (Fabien Montagner)
  2. “Insane” (Adam O’Brien)
  3. “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby)

Feature Films

  1. BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas)
  2. THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE (Aaron Cadieux)
  3. TRUE CRIME PARANORMAL: FREETOWN (Rachel Hoffman)

Not only were a bunch of terrific independent films watched that day, but filmgoers and event attendees helped collect a bunch of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for the holiday season. And it all went in a coffin!

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Breaking Fate Entertainment’s next film festival, the Indie Horror Film Festival, will be held the weekend of March 21st and 22nd at Schurz High School in Chicago.

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.

CPFF spotlight: “The Place Where You Live”

Posted in News on November 30, 2014 by Christian
"The Place Where You Live" screens today at the CPFF.

“The Place Where You Live” screens today at the CPFF.

What are ghosts if not creatures existing with one foot in two different dimensions? What happens when our counterpart, our exact double, from another dimension wants something of ours that they’ve lost? In the short “The Place Where You Live“, written and directed by Alexis Van Hurkman, the latter question is asked and answered.

Nina Ashton (Dawn Krosnowski), a professor of physics, is confronted by her own theories when she’s abducted by her counterpart from an alternate dimension — in which her husband (John Bruce) has died.

Replaced by her doppelgänger, Nina struggles to rebuild the machine which will reopen the gateway between worlds, in order to regain the life that should be hers.

“The Place Where You Live” screens today during the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival at Schurz High School. Doors open at 9:30, and the last film begins screening at 5:10.

Admission is just $10 at the door, or you can donate a new, unwrapped toy or two non-perishable food items for free admission. Come visit the vendor room, where I’ll be signing copies of the anthologies FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS and SO IT GOES, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

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.

CPFF spotlight: “Insane”

Posted in News on November 29, 2014 by Christian
Screening tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest.

Screening tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest.

Films begin screening at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival. Doors open at Schurz High School on the corner of North Milwaukee and West Addison at 9:30 a.m., so get there early for the good seats. What am I saying? They’re all good seats.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the “feature film” and “short film” categories. The short film block starts at 2:45 p.m. and includes “Insane“, about a director (Andrew Fleming) who is scouting a shoot in an abandoned psychiatric hospital and accidentally stirs the ghost of a vengeful spirit. Directed by Adam O’Brien, INSANE was inspired by events that happened in a West Virginia sanitarium during the roaring 20s.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door, or you can donate a new, unopened toy and/or two non-perishable food items for admission to this all-day event, including a dozen films and access to the vendors’ room, where I’ll be signing copies of BLEED, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

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.

CPFF spotlight: TRUE CRIME PARANORMAL

Posted in News on November 29, 2014 by Christian

For one harrowing year in the late 80s the New Bedford Highway Killer murdered at least nine women in southeast Massachusetts. The killer has never been identified, but in the feature-length documentary TRUE CRIME PARANORMAL: FREETOWN, ghost hunters Rachel Hoffman and Tina Storer use paranormal evidence to attempt to track down the person responsible for these deaths.

Who was the New Bedford Hwy Killer?

Who was the New Bedford Hwy Killer?

TRUE CRIME PARANORMAL: FREETOWN is just one of a dozen films screening tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest. Just $10 at the door gets you in for every single feature, short, and documentary, as well as access to the vendors’ room, where I’ll be signing copies of the anthologies QUALIA NOUS and LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, as well as my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

The Chicago Paranormal Film Festival begins at 9:30 tomorrow morning at Carl Schurz High School, and the last movie starts at 5:10. Buy your $10 tickets at the door, or donate a new, unwrapped toy or two non-perishable food items for free admission to this all-day event full of movies, books, exhibits, and more.

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.

Order THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, LOSING TOUCH at convention pricing

Posted in News on November 28, 2014 by Christian
THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now on sale at postmortem-press.com.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now on sale at postmortem-press.com.

Post Mortem Press is offering deep discounts for you holiday shoppers out there, and whether you’re doing the Black Friday thing or not, that’s pretty much everybody, unless you’re some kind of *ssh*l*. (Wanna buy a vowel?)

Order one book at an already reduced “convention” price and get a second for just $10, or in some cases, even less. And did I even mention that there’s free shipping to U.S. addresses? Because there totally is.

Buy TOXICITY by Max Booth III for $15, get SATURDAY NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by Brad Carter for $10. Buy all three books in THE SAGA OF I cycle by Kenneth W. Cain for just $25. Buy the anthology THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE for $12, get my novel, LOSING TOUCH, for $10.

To take advantage of this limited-time only, special convention pricing, click here. Available titles are grouped in special pricing categories. Pick your category and be sure to list what books you want in the comments section at checkout. If you want a different combination than the ones provided, email Post Mortem Press.

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.

Buy A FEAST OF FRIGHTS for less than $10

Posted in News on November 28, 2014 by Christian
A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, now on sale for less than $10.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, now on sale for less than $10.

At 474 pages, A FEAST OF FRIGHTS is the biggest of the Horror Zine’s anthologies. Jeani Rector has edited a tome worthy of any horror fan’s bookshelf, including fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork that you don’t want to miss, and now, for a limited time only, you can order it from Amazon.com for less than ten bucks!

Still on the fence?

World Fantasy Award-, British-Fantasy Award-, and Bram Stoker Award®-winner Ramsey Campbell, penned the foreword to the anthology that Bentley Little, author of the Bram Stoker Award®-winning novel THE REVELATION, calls “amazing stuff”. That’s less than ten bucks for this and more:

Buy it now at Amazon.com and use the promo code “HOLIDAY30” when you check out for the extra 30% off. Terms and conditions may apply.

If you enjoy A FEAST OF FRIGHTS as much as I think you will, you should also consider WHAT FEARS BECOMESHADOW MASTERS, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming January 6th from Post Mortem Press in ebook, paperback, and via Kickstarter, limited-edition hardcover.

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.

CPFF spotlight: “A Dawning Darkness”

Posted in News on November 28, 2014 by Christian
Screening this Sunday at Schurz High School.

Screening this Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

While you’re out doorbusting today, pick up an extra toy and use that to get into the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival at Schurz High School on Sunday. It’s a dozen films–features, shorts, and documentaries, and tickets are just $10 at the door, but if you bring a unwrapped, unopened toy or two non-perishable food items, and you get in for free!

The festival starts at 9:30, and the last feature rolls at 5:10, so come on out for the whole dang day, or just come out for part of it, and catch independent films like “A Dawning Darkness”, written and directed by Jeffery B. Palmer.

In “A Dawning Darkness”, a widowed palm reader (Sheilah Morrison), tormented by wrathful spirits and dark dreams, must fight back to save her soul from hell:

In addition to the movies, festival attendees can also meet special guests like award-winning FX artist Joe Mistretta from 4 Finger Fx Studios, learn more about one of the area’s most haunted locations with The Path to Bachelor’s Grove exhibit, and shop the vendors’ room, where I’ll be signing QUALIA NOUSLOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony.

This all-day event at Schurz High School is just $10 or a donation of a new toy or two non-perishable food items, and after the holiday weekend you’re having, you deserve this.

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.

CPFF spotlight: THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE

Posted in News on November 27, 2014 by Christian
Screening Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

Screening this Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

Massachusetts was the site of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 after Squanto, a native living with the Wampanoag tribe, taught the pilgrims how not to die so easily. Half a century later, during King Philip’s War, European colonists returned the favor by killing Wampanoag chief King Philip, mutilating his body, and sending his wampum belt to England, where it was promptly lost.

Researchers say a retaliatory curse may be a primary reason that an area known as the Bridgewater Triangle in southeast Massachusetts is, to this day, littered with sightings of UFOs, poltergeists, giant snakes, thunderbirds, and bigfoots (bigfeet?), as well as the mutilated remains of cattle and other livestock.

THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE, a documentary screening this Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival at Schurz High School, explores and documents the phenomena and history of the region. THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE, written by Aaron Cadieux and directed by Cadieux and Manny Famolare, is just one of a dozen films screening at the festival on Sunday.

Tickets to this all-day event are a mere $10 at the door, and include access to the vendor’s room, where I will be signing copies of the anthologies QUALIA NOUS and  LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, as well as my novel, LOSING TOUCH. Burial Day Books (LOTERIAGOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV) and Breaking Fate Pubishing (HATCHEDDEADHEAD MILES) will also be selling books.

Yep, just $10 gets you a dozen movies and a day full of vendor shopping … OR … if you donate one new toy and/or two non-perishable food items, your admission will be waived by the organizers. It’s a great way to help those in need this holiday season, and a great way to treat yourself to a day full of movies and vendor goodies.

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.

CPFF spotlight: The Heebie-Jeebies

Posted in News on November 26, 2014 by Christian
Click the link to watch the trailer.

Click the image to watch the trailer.

It’s the night before Thanksgiving … time to be grateful that you’ve never read “The Heebie-Jeebies” to your kids, because you never know what’s hiding under your bed, just waiting to take you away.

In Todd Slawsby’s “The Heebie-Jeebies“, a child asks his mother to read from a book about creatures who live under kids’ beds … and snatch them away forever. It’s just one of the many movies screening Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

This Sunday, a $10 admission nets you a dozen spooky movies–features, shorts, and even a few documentaries among them. It starts at 9:30 at Schurz High School (3601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago) and the last feature starts at 5:10.

In between the flicks, check out the vendors’ room, where I’ll be personalizing the anthologies QUALIA NOUS and LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, as well as my novel LOSING TOUCH. Other book vendors include Breaking Fate Publishing (HATCHED, DEADHEAD MILES) and Burial Day Books (LOTERIA, GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV).

I’ll see you there!

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.

Black Friday deals on BLEED, SO IT GOES

Posted in News on November 26, 2014 by Christian
Use promo code BLACK14 for 20% off.

Use promo code BLACK14 for 20% off through the PMMP web store.

Now through Saturday only, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing is having a Black Friday sale on all titles you purchase through their web store. That means that now through the end of the week, when you use promo code BLACK14, you can save 20% on the paperback and eBook editions of some terrific novels, poetry, and anthologies like BLEED and SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT.

My story, “The Funeral Portrait”, features in BLEED, an anthology of 45 horror stories from award-winning authors edited by Lori Michelle, the proceeds of which benefit the National Children’s Cancer Society.

And that’s just one of the books you can save on.

Save with Black Friday pricing on SO IT GOES.

Save with Black Friday pricing on SO IT GOES.

SO IT GOES, edited by Max Booth III, includes my own, “The Fountain of Relative Youth”. It and the rest of the stories are just dripping with Vonnegut-style satire, so if you were at all a fan of his work (even if it was just his cameo in BACK TO SCHOOL), you should pick this book up. Now. While it’s on sale.

And the best part is … you can shop from home on your computer, so you don’t have to risk an elbow to the chin while you’re scooping up the deals. At least on Perpetual Motion Machine books. If you’re looking to save some scratch on big screen TV, I can’t help you there. Wear a helmet, maybe?

No, that wouldn’t work.

It wouldn’t protect your chin.

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.