Archive for November, 2014

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.

Meeting Svengoolie at the Chicago Ghost Con

Posted in News on November 22, 2014 by Christian

Thanks to everybody who came out to the Chicago Ghost Conference today at Schurz High School. I signed some books, like QUALIA NOUS, CHIRAL MAD, and LOST IN THE WITCHING HOUR (I did particularly well with that one) … and while I deeply appreciate each and every sale, one new reader in particular walked out of there with a copy of LOSING TOUCH that I’ll never, ever forget:

Rubber chicken? Check. LOSING TOUCH? Check.

Rubber chicken? Check. LOSING TOUCH? Check.

I started watching Svengoolie in 1979 when he was the “son” of the original “Sven”, Jerry G. Bishop, who originated the character as the host of Screaming Yellow Theater from 1970-1973. Rich Koz revived the act in 1979 as the “Son of Svengoolie” and hosted the program until 1986 when it was canceled by the newly-created Fox Network (c’mon Fox–you had one job: to not cancel Svengoolie!)

By then I had absorbed years of corny jokes, schlocky sketches, and groan-inducing song parodies–and I loved every single minute of it. It wasn’t until I was in college, maybe, that I realized that there was nothing inherently funny about the city of Berwyn, or block after block of its brick, two-story bungalows. (My kids, who watch with me now, probably don’t even realize that Berwyn is a real place.)

The kids love their new Svengoolie shirts.

The kids love their new Svengoolie shirts.

Weigel Broadcasting brought the show back in 1994, when the “son” became the Sven in name and in fact. Then, in 2011, Sven went national on the MeTV network, and the rest is history. But every time I watch that show–with my kids–I’m watching it all over again with my mom on Saturday afternoons. And now good ole’ Sven has a copy of LOSING TOUCH to go with his greasepaint mustache and rubber chicken.

Pick up THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, LOSING TOUCH at Chicago Ghost Con

Posted in News on November 21, 2014 by Christian
THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now available at Amazon.com.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now available at Amazon.com.

If you can make it to Chicago this weekend, you really should make plans to attend the Chicago Ghost Conference at Carl Schurz High School, where I’ll be selling copies of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, QUALIA NOUS, and LOSING TOUCH in the vendor’s room tomorrow. But don’t wait on Saturday, because the fun starts tonight.

Tickets for the Friday through Sunday event are just $50, and include Jay Warren’s silent film accompaniment, “30 Odd Minutes” live, and the magic of Vince Wilson tonight, all main stage and library speakers, meet-and-greet experts and celebrities, Parapalooza Saturday night, and an appearance by Chicago TV icon Svengoolie on Sunday.

Fellow Post Mortem Press author Cynthia Pelayo will also be floating around at the conference, so if you’re lucky enough to pick up a copy of her novel, SANTA MUERTE, you can get that signed, too.

The Chicago Ghost Conference is also asking that you donate to the food and toy drive. Please bring non-perishable food and toiletry donations for the Catholic Charities food drive, or a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Bring ten items of any cost and get a free ticket to any future Chicago Hauntings regular tour. Not a bad deal for a good deed.

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.

Talking LOSING TOUCH, SHRIEKS & SHIVERS tonight on Shriek Speak Radio

Posted in News on November 19, 2014 by Christian
Reserve your hardcover copy today!

Reserve your hardcover copy today!

Tonight at 10:00 CST, I’ll be joining Jason R. Davis and Anita Nicole Brown on the Shriek Speak Radio podcast, and I’ll be talking LOSING TOUCH, QUALIA NOUS, and the upcoming anthology from The Horror Zine, SHRIEKS & SHIVERS.

LOSING TOUCH, my novel about an out-of-work suburban husband and father who finds he can walk through walls, features a foreword by NY Times-bestselling author Piers AnthonyQUALIA NOUS is a sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Michael Bailey, featuring a short story by Stephen King, as well as my own, “Cataldo’s Copy”. And coming January 6th from Post Mortem Press, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, edited by The Horror Zine‘s Jeani Rector with my story, “Center Stage Sideshow” nestled between the covers. Reserve your hardcover copy by contributing to the SHRIEKS & SHIVERS Kickstarter campaign.

I’m sure we’ll be talking about plenty of other stuff, too, like where in the hell stories come from, what scares me, and how the writing process is like snowflakes. So. Very. Cold. Find out tonight at 10:00 CST by clicking here and listening in.

Update: Click here to listen to show. There were some technical issues, so skip to about 10 minutes in. I join the show at approximately the 13 minute mark.

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.

A sneak peek: seven lines from THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in Observations & Musings on November 15, 2014 by Christian
Now available from Post Mortem Press.

Now available from Post Mortem Press.

Fellow writer Brian Dobbins, author of JASMINE’S TALE, WITCH’S CARTEL, and CORRYVILLE, has tagged me in the “7-7-7 Challenge” in which the tagged author posts lines seven through fourteen of page seven in his or her current work in progress.

If you’re not cheating, these lines taken out of context might not do anything for you, so there’s a little bit of risk, putting yourself out there. Which is part of the fun.

My current work is a novel, tentatively titled THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. It’s about a teenager who finds out that a crew of mobsters were brutally murdered in his basement fifty-four years earlier, and the fallout from those murders are still echoing in the house.

But hey, why tell you when my seven-line blurb practically sets it up all by itself?

“Yeah, there were a whole bunch of gangs in Chicago back then, not just the Outfit. O’Banions, Gennas, O’Donnells—it was like the Wild West except with tommy guns instead of six guns,” said Monica. “The Cerutti Gang was one of them. And one day, they were just erased. I’m pretty sure they were gunned down in a barn on Hollander when it was all farmland. Gunned down, and buried in the cornfield, but real deep so no one would find them.”

“How do you know this?”

“I told you, I wrote a paper.

So there you go–the premise in a nutshell. And that’s all you get, for now, unless some enterprising horror author decides to start the “6-6-6 Challenge”–then you might get a little blurb from the previous page. Oh hell, here it is, anyway:

But it was a big route, almost too much for him to handle, and even though it was early June, when the summer days were lengthening their stride like night and winter were the stuff of fiction, Jeremy was still riding to his last stop while the cicadas were rolling in the gloaming, like a boxer begging for a swing from the moon. He knocked the kickstand down on the front walk in front of the porch and he clamored up the steps, rolling the top of the bag in the knuckles of one hand, and ringing the doorbell with the other. 

He sniffed.

The door squeaked and he stiffened.

There was a girl there, a year or two younger than him, or maybe two or three older.

So now it’s time to tag my fellow writers, who are, of course, under no obligation to participate: Max Booth III, Richard Thomas, Andrew Nienaber, Michael Matula, Shaun MeeksChris Verstraete, and Michael Bailey. Have at it, gang. Or not. Whatever is cool…

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.

Reserve your *hardcover* copy of SHRIEKS & SHIVERS

Posted in News on November 10, 2014 by Christian
Reserve your hardcover copy today!

Reserve your hardcover copy today!

Hardcovers are like vinyl records … they’re just a better experience than their electronic counterparts. That’s why I’m so stoked about reading SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE this winter … in hardcover, and now I’ve got the goods on how you can reserve your very own copy.

From now until December 9, Post Mortem Press is running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of the anthology. One of the premiums is SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS … in hardcover, and once the campaign’s over, so goes your chance to bring home this extremely limited edition.

Edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is worth the investment, with 33 chilling stories from bestsellers, award-winners, and Hollywood legends:

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 hits shelves on January 6th in Kindle, paperback, and–of course–hardcover … from 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.

Trailer and release date for SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS

Posted in News on November 9, 2014 by Christian

Epiphany. The Twelfth Day of Christmas. January 6th. That’s when SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is coming from Post Mortem Press, and if you don’t think that’s particularly seasonal, then you don’t know what horror fans look for in their stockings hung by the fire with care.

You can pre-order the Kindle edition from Amazon right now, with paperback and hardcover editions on the way, too. Edited by The Horror Zine’s Jeani Rector, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS may be, pound for pound, the scariest anthology of 2015:

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 arrives January 6th in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover from 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.