Archive for February, 2015

Pick up SHRIEKS & SHIVERS at The Dead Walk Fest

Posted in News on February 28, 2015 by Christian

1779924_662468783866944_8898726023684927380_nHey, Chicago horror fans … get a load of The Dead Walk Fest on March 28th and 29th at Schurz High School. I’ll be signing copies of my novel, LOSING TOUCH, the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated anthology QUALIA NOUS, and SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, featuring my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”, which touches on the undead motif of the event.

Burial Day Books, publishers of the Gothic Blue Book series, will also have a presence, and will be selling copies of GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION, featuring a story by THE WALKING DEAD novelist Jay Bonansinga.

In addition to the vendor’s room, you’ll be able to enjoy all the films, the zombie walk inside the building, the zombie costume contest, and the makeup effects workshop presented by Joe Mistretta. Saturday and Sunday passes are $7.00, weekend passes are $12.00, and the workshop is just $20.00. The zombie walk and costume contest on Sunday are included in the price of admission.

Here is the schedule of films for each day:

Saturday

Sunday

Click here for tickets to The Dead Walk Fest, presented by Breaking Fate Entertainment, and I’ll see you March 28th and 29th at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue 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.
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QUALIA NOUS nominated for Bram Stoker Award®

Posted in News on February 23, 2015 by Christian
QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Michael Bailey and featuring my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”, has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in an anthology.

My story is just one of many, including “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, which leads off the table of contents.

In addition to the antho nod, two stories in QUALIA NOUS have been singled out for superior achievement in short fiction: “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman Tanveer Malik and “Ruminations” by Rena Mason.

Here is the entire table of contents:

The Bram Stoker Award® winners will be announced May 9th at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.

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.

Barnes & Noble Spring Author’s Day coming April 4

Posted in News on February 15, 2015 by Christian
Featuring the work of David Benton and W.D. Gagliani.

Featuring the work of David Benton and W.D. Gagliani.

Barnes & Noble in Racine is hosting its sixth Spring Author’s Day on April 4th, and I’ll be among the panelists during the horror and genre fiction authors’ discussion from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Childrens’ authors will open the event from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, including Karen Franco (JACOB’S HOOP), Linda Hocutt (WHERE’S CHARLIE?), Norma Lundstrom (ALL FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL), Rachel McNamara (MISTER E. CATERPILLAR), and Jennifer Nitz (RUBIX RUCKUS REUBENSTEIN TAKES HIMSELF ON A HIKE).

The horror and genre fiction authors’ discussion is next, featuring Dave Benton (X FILES: TRUST NO ONE), Bridget Birdsall (DOUBLE EXPOSURE), JoBe Cerny (TAYLOR STREET FILE OF RED CIN), W.D. Gagliani (WOLF’S TRAP), Bernice Willims (CHILD OF THE HEART), G.J. Wise (SPIRITWOOD), and me (LOSING TOUCH).

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., local interest and history authors take the stage, including Laurel Bragstad (IN THE COMFORT OF SHADOWS), Marcie Eanes (SENSUAL SOUNDS), George Fennell (RACINE, WISCONSIN), Carol Schaufel (BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND YOU), and Barbara & Ken Wardius (WISCONSIN LIGHTHOUSES).

Theology becomes the focus from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with authors Anita Meyer (THE PRIMORDIAL LANGUAGE), Alice Stacionis (THE JOURNEY TO NOW AND BEYOND), and Darlene, Junia, Rodney, Sheryl & Titus Waldner (HUTTERITES: OUR STORY OF FREEDOM) taking the stage.

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., mingle and chat with the authors during the open house, and maybe pick up a signed copy of a book or two that piques your interest. Barnes & Noble in Racine brings writers and readers together on Saturday, April 4th, so if you’re a reader, you don’t want to miss 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.

“Get your fix” of horror with SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on February 3, 2015 by Christian

Fangoria has published a nice review of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, written by PATRICK actress and horror aficionado Camilla Jackson. The latest anthology edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine features my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”:

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Horror Zine founder and editor, Jeani Rector has masterfully put together a collection of spine-chilling and macabre tales in her third installment of anthologies, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE. The bite-sized short stories showcase Rector’s flair as not just an editor, but for seeking out the best in known and up and coming talent in the horror fiction genre in her third offering from THE HORROR ZINE. And although a new publisher is on board for this anthology (Post Mortem Press) the novel still follows the same solid format as the two previous compilations.

Bentley Little (THE REVELATION) gives deserved praise for Rector and her series of anthologies in his foreword that additionally conveys his sadness that this may be the last anthology in the series, concluding that SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS could potentially attain collectors item status, featuring stories from the likes of the next Stephen Kings and Clive Barkers. In John Russo’s (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) preface, ‘A Word About Zombies’, Russo muses on certain Zombie characteristics that took shape in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as well as the careful thought and consideration that was put into their fabled idiosyncratic quirks.

Like a sommelier of horror fiction, Rector has placed 31 authors at an equable level, fusing emerging writers with notable scribes such as William F. Nolan, Rena Mason, Elizabeth Massie and Joe McKinney, making this not only diverse in styles, but with the choice of anti-hero stretching from the typical zombie to utterly imaginative and unforeseen takes on the malefactor. Some examples include a ruthless tapeworm, supernatural sideshow freaks…

Read the rest of Jackson’s review here, so you can be sure you’re getting an excellent book … which you totally are. SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is now available from Post Mortem Press in Kindlepaperback, and hardcover editions. Why not pick up a copy and 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.