Archive for June, 2015

Pick up LOSING TOUCH at GRASP

Posted in News on June 13, 2015 by Christian
Coming June 27-28 to Grand Rapids.

Coming June 27-28 to Grand Rapids.

Hey, Michiganders … I’m making my first “official” visit to the Mitten State on June 27-28. I’ll be signing copies of LOSING TOUCH at the GRASP Comic Expo in Grand Rapids along with fellow Post Mortem Press authors Joe Williams (JUSTIFY THE THRILL), Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and C. Bryan Brown (THEY ARE AMONG US).

GRASP stands for “Grand Rapids Alternative Small Press” but there will be loads of big talent on hand, including comic book writers, creators, and artists, and if you want to jump start a career in the business, there will be plenty of seminars and presentations to help you take the first step … or that next step.

The GRASP Comic Expo runs the weekend of June 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets are just $15 for a two-day pass, or $10 for either Saturday or Sunday. Kids ages 5-12 are five bucks a day, and under five are free.

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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Five things I learned at Printer’s Row Lit Fest

Posted in News, Observations & Musings on June 6, 2015 by Christian
Pick it up in person, or pick it up online!

Pick it up in person, or pick it up online!

Had a fantastic “Day One” at Printer’s Row Lit Fest with fellow Post Mortem Press authors C. Bryan Brown (THEY ARE AMONG US), Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and Michael Matula (SECOND CHANCE), but being there a third time reminded me that these types of events are like fingerprints: incriminating.

Damningly, damningly incriminating.

But it wasn’t all embarrassment and culpability. I sold a few copies of my novel LOSING TOUCH, as well as the anthologies THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, both of which include stories of mine.

Also, I learned several important life lessons. Five to be exact:

  1. There was once a cereal called ‘Yummy Mummy’. Wikipedia tells me that this is British slang for rich, young moms who are also good cooks, but in 1987, General Mills thought that sugar-starved American kids would also like to eat desiccated corpse-themed cereal.

    Dear God.

    Dear God.

  2. Orange juice just tastes better when Pelayo pours it. I don’t know what her secret is, but boyo, all that vitamin C had me feeling pretty good for a while. So good, in fact, that I had to sit down before gravity took the choice out of my hands.
  3. Downtown parking lots have “event” rates that are much higher, but not as clearly posted. This is Chicago, and something I should have already known. It’s like getting kicked in the groin, though. Super painful, but you forget how bad it is until the next time.
  4. The Jedi mind trick does not work on prospective buyers. Not only is this tactic super ineffective, but I’m told that waving your hand in a stranger’s face while quietly intoning: “You will buy these books, now,” is considered somewhat rude. Friggin’ Toydarians.

    Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real.

    Republic credits will do fine.

  5. You should never “mention” your publisher’s wife on Facebook while you’re known to be visiting a public restroom. Just trying to be efficient, wiping a few social network tasks off my mental white board, you know?

When I got back to the table, I had some ‘splainin’ to do, but I have been assured that all is forgiven… just like I have forgiven the Post Mortem Printer’s Row vets who were too busy being in other states to attend this year: Brian Dobbins (WITCH’S CARTEL), Josef Matulich (POWER TOOLS IN THE SACRED GROVE), and some guy named Max Booth III (TOXICITY).

No thoughts were stolen in the taking of this photograph.

No thoughts were stolen in the taking of this photograph. That I know of…

See you tomorrow at 531 South Dearborn for day two of Printer’s Row Lit Fest. What new and wonderful things will we learn together?

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.

Printer’s Row and LOSING TOUCH touched on during HSF podcast

Posted in News on June 5, 2015 by Christian

Jason R. Davis, author of CAUGHT IN THE WEB, has launched a new podcast called HSF Fiction, part of Shriek Speak Radio, and he was nice enough to make me his first guest. Visit this link to Listen to “Episode 1” (100% Jar Jar Binks-free) by clicking the play button under the written introduction.

Now available in paperback and e-book formats.

Now available in paperback and e-book formats.

“HSF” stands for “horror, science-fiction, and fantasy”, and Jason and I talked about all three, especially (but not exclusively) in conjunction with my novel, LOSING TOUCH, which combines those genres. We also discussed the anthologies QUALIA NOUS, a 2014 Bram Stoker Award® finalist, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, available now from Post Mortem Press.

We also more than mentioned Printer’s Row Lit Fest, which happens tomorrow and Sunday at and around West Polk and South Dearborn in Chicago. Jason will be there at the FoF Publishing table, signing copies of HATCHED and CAUGHT IN THE WEB. I’ll be at the Post Mortem Press table, personalizing copies of LOSING TOUCH and the anthology THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE.

While you’re there, enjoy music, food, and fun, including the panel discussion with Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), M.E. May (PURGED) and J. Michael Major (ONE MAN’S CASTLE) called “How to Write Serial Killers” in the Mystery Writers of America tent from 3-4 on Saturday. I am assuming it won’t be about how to correspond with people in prison, but you never know.

You never know what you’re gonna get at Printer’s Row Lit Fest, so in that way, it’s very much like a box of chocolates. Delicious, readable chocolates that you probably shouldn’t eat, unless you find a chocolatier selling little edible books, which would be kind of weird and cool, and I suppose, entirely possible.

So, in summation, listen to the podcast, and then come to Printer’s Row in Chicago this weekend. If you can find the Harold Washington Library, you can find the lit fest. We’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.