Archive for March, 2015

Run, don’t walk, to The Dead Walk Fest

Posted in News on March 27, 2015 by Christian

Tomorrow and Sunday, the dead walk at Schurz High School in Chicago. I’ll be there signing copies of LOSING TOUCH, the anthology SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, featuring my zombie short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”, and the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated anthology QUALIA NOUS, featuring my story “Cataldo’s Copy” and “The Jaunt” by Stephen King.

You’ll want to come for the vendor’s room–and stay for the movies, like the zom-com CHIP AND BERNIE’S ZOMANCE, a buddy-comedy featuring Tim Conway (“McHale’s Navy”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, “Dorf”) about a reality tv show set during the zombie apocalypse, screening tomorrow at 4:00:

Or if you like your zombie movies gritty and dark, there’s DEAD WEIGHT, an independent feature film set and shot in Central Wisconsin by Oshkosh natives Adam Bartlett and John Pata, screening tomorrow at 7:00:

Wrapping up the film festival on Sunday is CHRYSALIS, screening at 6:00. In CHRYSALIS, a weaponized virus turns most of humanity into mindless cannibals who destroy civilization and hunt down the survivors:

1779924_662468783866944_8898726023684927380_nAnd those are just some of the movies screening this weekend at The Dead Walk Fest hosted by Schurz High School. Tickets are just $15 at the door for two full days of movies, memorabilia, books, and of course, the zombie walk on Sunday, so get your best zombie getup and be part of the fun.

If you need some tips, special-effects master Joe Mistretta will also be holding a separately-ticketed workshop on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. called “How to Spill Blood”. If you love gore, you will not want to miss this session.

I’ll be sharing a table this weekend with Burial Day Books, publishers of GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION, featuring a story by THE WALKING DEAD novelist Jay Bonansinga.

Hope to 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.
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Are there dragons in Camelot?

Posted in News on March 16, 2015 by Christian
First edition cover of Piers Anthony's A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON.

First edition cover. Classic.

A couple of years ago, after getting a few short stories published, I was sitting across the table from one of my favorite human beings on the planet, and he said to me: “What’s next?” I told him probably a novel, and that became LOSING TOUCHA SPELL FOR CHAMELEON author Piers Anthony wrote a foreword for my book, which went on to win a couple of nice awards.

With three more manuscripts on my hard drive in various stages of completion, that conversation with my friend keeps echoing back. ‘What’s next?’ And I think the answer is screenwriting. It has to be screenwriting. You can tell stories in just about any medium, but screenwriting—that’s a dragon I really have to slay. For a Midwest boy, though, Hollywood can seem as unattainable as Camelot.

When I was given the chance to attend Sherwood Oaks Film School’s two-day spring seminar, I thought it would be a great opportunity to be the awkward kid at his first high school party, trying to look fascinated by a potted plant while everyone else was talking and dancing. But that wasn’t how it went down at all.

There I was, in Beverly Hills of all places (sadly, the zip was 90211, but I’m more DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS than I am BEVERLY HILLS 90210, anyway), meeting agents and managers who are always on the lookout for new talent to represent. (Hey! I’m a writer. Looking to rep-re-sent!) And suddenly, the universe didn’t seem quite as big as it did a week ago.

David Bartlett (PULP FICTION) moderated Day One, and helped us with our own introductions and pitches with the first guest, producer/director James Ganiere. We also visited with Jeffrey Thal of Ensemble Management, agent David Warden, manager Darryl Marshak, manager Cynthia Campos-Greenberg, and David Fieman of Accelerate Entertainment.

The Dude abides.

The Dude abides.

Screenwriter/producer Scott Richter moderated Day Two, which included visits from attorney and talent agent Lloyd Robinson, manager Brandon Cobb, agent Steve Rabineau, screenwriter Micky Levy, manager David Kanter, attorney Gordon Firemark, agents Sheryl Peterson and Debbie Deuble-Hall of APA Talent and Literary, manager Marilyn Atlas, and producer Jeff Dowd. You might think you don’t know who Dowd is, but if you’ve seen THE BIG LEBOWSKI, you definitely know “The Dude”, who is based on Dowd, right down to his affinity for White Russians.

The creatives, decision-makers, and gate-keepers were fascinating, but my classmates were just as interesting. It was fun for a horror writer like me to cross-pollinate (I mean that in the least-gross way possible) with comedians, thriller writers, and dramatists like Joe Cook, writer, director, and producer of “Class Act”; voice actor Chris Murphy (“Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time“); HEROES camera operator John Rhode; Derrick Warfel, co-producer of LALEH (DRIVE); and Shervin Youssefian, director of CROSSROAD.

The energy in the room was palpable.

Christine Owens did a terrific job putting agents and managers together with fresh faces in writing (my face is fresh—under the beard). Going to Sherwood Oaks was like taking a graduate-level crash course in navigating the film business: intense, engaging, and enlightening.

What will it all come to? Like the NFL draft, you can’t really grade it out until a year or two later, but I had a great time, met a lot of interesting people, and maybe, just maybe, I made a connection or two at Sherwood Oaks Film School that’ll click—long term. I certainly couldn’t have done that sitting home, and if I don’t eventually get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I’ll just have to take the one I found here:

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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.

Kenosha News: “He’s Not Scared of Writing”

Posted in News on March 2, 2015 by Christian

In response to QUALIA NOUS receiving a Bram Stoker Award® nomination for superior achievement in an anthology, the Kenosha News has published a feature on my career so far, which includes my contributions to QUALIA NOUS and SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, as well as my novel, LOSING TOUCH:

Me (rear) with three of my works (front row).

Photo courtesy of Christine A. Verstraete (Kenosha News).

Kenosha author Christian A. Larsen has been a teacher and a broadcaster. Now he can say he’s the author of a short story in a Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology.

Larsen’s short story, “Cataldo’s Copy,” is among the 30 stories published in the anthology “Qualia Nous” that was recently nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology by the Horror Writers Association.

The anthology also includes “The Jaunt” by Stephen King and “A New Man” by “Logan’s Run” author William F. Nolan. It is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Winners will be announced May 9 at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.

Call it the Oscar for horror writers; previous winners include Joyce Carol Oates, JK Rowling and King and others.

“It’s the award for horror authors,” said the 40-year-old Larsen.

His first novel, “Losing Touch,” is the story of a man who tries to improve his life with his ability to walk through walls and includes a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony

Click here to read the rest of the article by reporter Christine Verstraete. And if you don’t have copies of QUALIA NOUS, SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, or LOSING TOUCH yet, come see me at The Dead Walk Fest at Schurz High School in Chicago on March 28th and 29th, or the Spring Authors’ Day at Barnes & Noble in Racine on April 4th.

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.