Archive for November, 2014

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.
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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.

CPFF spotlight: GHOST TAPES

Posted in News on November 25, 2014 by Christian

You like documentaries? You like ghosts? Well, buddy … have I got just the thing for you: a documentary on the paranormal called GHOST TAPES: A DOCUMENTARY ON THE PARANORMAL. Written and directed by Luke Millett, the documentary explores the visual evidence of supernatural and paranormal phenomena.

No rods. No orbs. No vortexes. Just lots of creepy caught on film.

Where can you watch said film? This Sunday, at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival. The all-day event is a mere $10, and gets you in to see a dozen features, shorts, and, of course, documentaries like GHOST TAPES:

Screening this Sunday.

Screening this Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

Between movies, make sure you stop by the vendor’s room for movie memorabilia, posters, toys, games, and of course, books. Cynthia Pelayo, author of the short story collection LOTERIA and the novel SANTA MUERTE will be there signing books, and I’m going to be personalizing copies of the anthologies QUALIA NOUS and LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, as well as my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

It’s this Sunday at Schurz High School on Milwaukee in Chicago. Once you’re done suffering through your uncle’s take on the Ferguson riots, had turkey leftovers twice, broken a tooth for a Black Friday doorbuster, and skidded down the roof trying to put up Christmas lights, you owe it to yourself to come to this, and it’ll only cost you $10 for the whole dang day. So … I’ll see you there.

CPFF Spotlight: “A Hot Summer Chill”

Posted in News on November 25, 2014 by Christian

Thanksgiving weekend is just a couple of days away–and that means stuffing yourself (with stuffing) and maybe doing some competitive shopping, if that’s your thing. Why not wind up the weekend with a day full of independent paranormal, supernatural, and science-fiction movies at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival this Sunday at Schurz High School?

Admission is only $10 (about the cost of a single movie ticket) for a day full of features, shorts, and documentaries, like “A Hot Summer Chill“, directed by Ben Wydeven, based on characters from his novel, DROWNING DEMONS:

Watch it Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

Watch it Sunday at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival.

“A Hot Summer Chill” is a short supernatural thriller about an alcoholic spiritual medium who becomes entangled with a family’s poltergeist, and is just one of many films screening Sunday at Schurz High School on Milwaukee in Chicago.

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 NOUS, LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony.

Just $10 for a whole day of fun, and a welcome change of pace from putting up holiday decorations. I hope to see you there!

CPFF Spotlight: BACHELOR’S GROVE

Posted in News on November 24, 2014 by Christian

The Bears square off against the Lions on Thursday, in what’s sure to be a nigh-unwatchable nightmare, so what’s a Chicagoan to do to pass the time on Sunday? Just $10 gets you in for a full day of films at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival, where I’ll be signing copies of QUALIA NOUS, LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR, and LOSING TOUCH.

But I’m just the undercard. A single Hamilton nets you independent features, film shorts, and documentaries spanning the paranormal, supernatural, and sci-fi genres, like BACHELOR’S GROVE, directed by Ricardo Islas:

Screening Sunday at the CPFF.

Just one of the festival entrants.

Inspired by the very real Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery just outside of Midlothian and Oak Forest in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, BACHELOR’S GROVE (Alpha Studios) is about something that happened (or didn’t happen) in the cemetery that turns families and neighbors against each other–violently–in an otherwise close-knit community.

And it’s just one of the movies you can catch at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest at Schurz High School in Chicago this Sunday. Imagine that–a full day of movies for just $10. At that price, you can come by and spend some scratch in the vendor’s room. Hi.

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.

Pick up QUALIA NOUS at Chicago Paranormal Film Festival

Posted in News on November 23, 2014 by Christian

Do you have your copy of QUALIA NOUS yet? I’ll be signing copies at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival at Carl Schurz High School on Sunday, November 30th, and I’ll be bringing copies of LOSING TOUCH, too. And yes, there will be puh-lenty of independent horror films to watch:

Short Films

Feature Films

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King's "The Jaunt".

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”.

So … what exactly are my books doing at a film festival? That’s a very good question. The Chicago Paranormal Film Festival, presented by Breaking Fate Publishing, promotes independent film and entertainment, spanning the paranormal, supernatural, and science-fiction genres. Kinda right there in my wheelhouse.

QUALIA NOUS, edited by Michael Bailey, features a short story by Stephen King, as well as my own, “Cataldo’s Copy”. LOSING TOUCH, my novel about an out-of-work husband and father who finds he can walk through walls, is foreworded by NY Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony.

Tickets to the all-day event are just $10 to enjoy the independent film screenings and shop the vendors’ room. You never know what you’re going to find in either place, which is kind of the charm. So make plans to attend this year’s Chicago Paranormal Film Festival on Sunday, November 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and find something new to scare 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.