Archive for November, 2015

Save big on books with the Holiday Grab Bag Sale from Post Mortem Press!

Posted in News on November 27, 2015 by Christian
Available now in paperback and ebook formats.

Available now in paperback and ebook formats.

Got a reader on your holiday shopping list? Enjoy reading yourself? Of course you do! Post Mortem Press, publishers of my upcoming novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, as well as my debut, LOSING TOUCH, are offering book bundles a steep discounts with its Holiday Grab Bag Sale, and, AND … you’ll get free shipping, too! So get something for a friend and yourself this holiday shopping season.

Three to four books in every bundle, anywhere in the U.S. for just $30. Even less for middle grade titles!

Extreme horror fan? There’s the “Over the Top” bundle. Into the fantastic amid the mundane? Get the “Urban Fantasy” bundle. There’s bundles for thrillers, bundles for mysteries, sci-fi, horror … something for everybody, and the best part is:

You. Save. Money.

But don’t wait on this. Order by December 14 for delivery by Christmas. Free delivery by Christmas. Yes, purveyors of dark fiction love the holidays, too.

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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Coming in 2016: THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in News on November 25, 2015 by Christian

I’ve signed the contract, and it’s official … I have something new to be thankful for on this, the eve of another Thanksgiving. I have a new novel coming out next year.

Post Mortem Press, publisher of SHRIEKS & SHIVERS (“Center Stage Sideshow”), THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE (“The Talent’s in the Bones) and my first novel, LOSING TOUCH, will be releasing my next novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, sometime during 2016.

It’s June 1984. Jared Dix just graduated from Brickton High School, where he never fit in and never had any friends. He doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life, but is content, in his first summer of freedom, to be a delivery boy for Isringhausen’s Pharmacy.

Then he meets Monica, a slightly older college girl who is fascinated with his house because of its dark history.

Fifty-four years earlier, the Dix house was the site of a grisly massacre in which the Capone Gang wiped out the Cerutti Mob, a rival in the bootlegging game. It was a crime unknown to the history books until Monica puts the pieces together for a college paper. She never saw the inside of the house, though, until she meets Jared, who lets her in.

But then Jared’s brother, sister, and parents start acting not themselves, and strange bruises emerge on their skin that don’t look like bruises at all. It is then that Jared finds that a bloody chapter of local history is creeping into the present, and its up to him to make sure it doesn’t go any further.

J. Michael Major, Lovey Award-winning author of ONE MAN’S CASTLE says: “THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is a masterful blend of ghost story, gangster tale, and coming of age story all wrapped within a frightening, surreal cocoon of horror.”

I hope you feel the same way. THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is coming. I always say: “don’t wish your life away”, but right now, from where I’m sitting? 2016 can’t come fast enough.

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.

5 more horrifying flicks for Thanksgiving

Posted in Observations & Musings on November 6, 2015 by Christian

There aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving-themed movies out there outside the Wikipedia-curated standbys like Home Sweet Home (1981), Alien Abduction (1998), and ThanksKilling (2009), but if you widen the circle a little to include feasting, pilgrims, or or the most pilgrimy of crimes, witchcraft, you’ve got some sleepers to chill you after you eat some hot food.

BLOOD FREAK (1972)

“A Dracula on drugs!”

A Viet Nam vet is turned into a turkey-headed vampire with a lust for hippy blood. It’s like so many Thanksgivings at my house … you don’t even know!

PUMPKINHEAD (1988)

“All Hell’s broken loose.”

A revenge monster? With the head … of a pumpkin? My advice is to double up on the turkey and stuffing and this year and take a pass on the pie. Bonus ‘Lance Henriksen’ points for this one.

THE CRUCIBLE (1996)

“Arthur Miller’s timeless tale of truth on trial.”

Puritans? Check. Witch trials? Check. The horror in this one is more sociological than most popular horror stories, but it’s scarier because the moral panic in it actually happened, and it could happen again at any time.

SEANCE (2006)

“5 college kids, one ghostly killer… you do the math.”

It’s the story of some college kids who college kid their way into a vengeful ghost’s crosshairs. Scary, yes, and it gets massive bonus points for being explicitly set over Thanksgiving weekend.

DEAD SUSHI (2012)

“The sushi bites back!”

Silly and gross. But who among you haven’t wondered what it’s like to be the food instead of the one eating it? This is one to have Tom Turkey watch the night before he gets the axe.

And if you’ve seen those, click here for five more Thanksgiving-appropriate horror movies, because Chicago at Green Bay? It’s going to be a slaughter.

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.