Archive for December, 2015

Pre-order: 44 LIES BY 22 AUTHORS for a great January read!

Posted in News on December 29, 2015 by Christian
Now available to pre-order for Kindle.

Now available to pre-order for Kindle.

It’s finally, really, almost here … 44 LIES BY 22 AUTHORS: A FLOURISH OF FLASH FROM THE FABULOUS FIBBERS AT POST MORTEM PRESS, available now for pre-order at Amazon.com.

Right now, it’s just the Kindle edition, but rumor has it–and I have this on good authority–there’ll be a paperback, pretty soon, too.

But you can’t always believe what you hear, even with the normally trustworthy Eric Beebe serving as editor … and editor-in-chief.

You can believe this, though: no matter which format works best for you, you’ll get to sample some terrific writing, each piece coming in at about a thousand words or less:

  • Eric Beebe – “All Authors Lie (and Some Editors, Too)”
  • J. David Anderson – “Retirement” & “Happy Birthday”
  • Paul Anderson – ” Passive” & “Lead into Gold”
  • David Bernard – “A Ghoul’s Gotta Eat”, “After Midnight in the Dairy Case”, & “Attack of the Vampire Slayer”
  • Max Booth III – “Like Something Died” & “Kurt Cobain Murdered My Father”
  • C. Bryan Brown – “A Vision in Red” & “Legacy”
  • Kenneth W. Cain – “Adaptable” & “The Hunted”
  • Brad Carter – “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Shooter” & “The Legend of Johnny Kudzu”
  • Kyle Dickerson – “Notice” & “Rag Dol”
  • Emma Ennis – “Surrogate”, “The Lady of the Hills”, “Lullaby”, & “Inside Job”
  • Robert Essig – “Moonlight Sonata”, “Names in the Sidewalk”, & “Meeting the Quota”
  • Teel James Glen – “Knight Before Christmas” & “Mama-San”
  • Scott Goudsward – “Winter Wonderland” & “Valentine”
  • K.T. Jayne – “Unionized Freaks” & “They Taste Better with Ketchup”
  • Tally Johnson – “Four Parts of a Prologue for a Novel Not Yet Written” & The Phantom Rider of the Confederacy”
  • M.F. Korn – “Golly Mister, Will You Sign My Laundry List?” & “They Speak Creole French at Those Places”
  • Christian A. Larsen – “Chief Chatzahoaken” & “The Lightning Makes a Stop”
  • Michael Matula – “Mausoleum Monster” & “Copperleaf Road”
  • Josef Matulich – “Foot in the Door”, “Stalker”, “Ukai”
  • Jessica McHugh – “To the Willow”, “Shipwrecked”, & “The D-Word”
  • P. Andrew Miller – “Fifty Shades of Day” & “Troll Hunting”
  • Georgina Morales – “The Beast” & “Memento Mori”
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – “One Too Many” & “Behind the Door”
  • g. Elmer Munson – “Therapy 124″ & “A Man in a Room”
  • Andrew Nienaber – “Colchis, Connecticut” & “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”
  • Cynthia Pelayo – “Funeral Print”
  • Nelson W. Pyles – “Regards, Eleanor” & “The Trouble with Unicorns”
  • Patrick Scalisi – “Missing Bicycles” & “Residual”
  • Rob Smales – “Spreewald Dreams” & “Was it Good for You, Baby?”
  • Tim Waggoner – “The Good Neighbor” & “A Face in the Crowd”

It’s coming January 26, but why wait? Click here to pre-order now, and when January 26 rolls around, your future self will be thanking the now you. I swear. It’s true.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, now available to order from Post Mortem Press.
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George Clayton Johnson (July 10, 1929 – December 25, 2015)

Posted in News on December 25, 2015 by Christian

It’s late Christmas night as I’m writing this. My 17th 18th as a married man (I’ll take of my shoes next time to count), our 13th in our house, eleventh as parents, and my fifth as a published writer … a(n a)vocation I owe in no small part to The Twilight Zone and to a writer named George Clayton Johnson. He died today, just before three my time, and while I never knew him personally, never had the chance to share words, he inspired me. Johnson leaves the world today a little better understood and a whole helluva lot more entertained thanks to his work.

Ernest Truex as Charles Whitley in "Kick the Can".

Ernest Truex as Charles Whitley in “Kick the Can”.

I used to watch The Twilight Zone when I was in grade school, early grade school, on those summer nights where you left the windows open just to let the night breathe. It was on WGN. Channel 9. And when John Drury signed off, I knew I was in for something a little bit dangerous. “Kick the Can” was set on a night like that, warm but not hot, and the wind was just a gentle reminder that weather was a thing. That’s the episode about the retirees who sneak out of the rest home to remember what being young felt like, and stranger, more wonderful things happen. It was also pretty well handled in The Twilight Zone movie. George Clayton Johnson wrote that story.

The script takes some liberties with the source material, but still...

The script takes some liberties with the source material, but still…

He also co-wrote the novel Logan’s Run with William F. Nolan. Logan’s Run was one of the earliest sci-fi memories that I have. I caught the movie adaptation on TV in the late 70s or very early 80s during the post-Star Wars sci-fi boom, and I loved how dangerous it felt–how unfair and totally rational that method for population control was. It made me feel powerless, and angry. It made me feel challenged, but … alive.

Logan’s Run was among the first, but not the first sci-fi memory I have. That distinction probably goes to Star Trek, which I remember watching on weekend afternoons with my parents and brother, a hot slice of pizza and a Coke in hand. Did you know that Johnson wrote the first episode of Star Trek that ever aired? “The Man Trap“. The earliest collective memory the world has of Star Trek, and we owe it to Johnson.

Johnson on set with actress Gladys Cooper ("Nothing in the Dark")

Johnson on set with actress Gladys Cooper (“Nothing in the Dark”)

But it was in the Twilight Zone where I knew him best, and his best episode, in my opinion, was “Nothing in the Dark“, where the old woman refuses to let anyone into her condemned tenement because she’s afraid it’s Death coming to take her away. That episode has such an elegiac beauty, it sucks the menace right out of our own mortality. It was somehow scary and reassuring, not in an asked-and-answered give and take, but at the same time but on different strings, part of a chord. Working together.

The magic of Season is a real thing. It’s the most liminal time of the year. ‘This’ world … ‘that’ world. You get the sense they’re all the pretty much the same place. So it’s fitting, I guess, that Johnson, a writer I admired since before I could remember, crossed into that final frontier tonight, slipped into another dimension … in a manner of speaking, and he re-newed. But he’s not all that far away, and we can enjoy who he was through his work, whether we meet him at a full gallop in a world where sandmen keep the balance, seeking out new life forms and new civilizations, or just leaning by that signpost up ahead, the next stop … not the last stop.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, now available from Post Mortem Press.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH ebook now available for pre-order

Posted in News on December 15, 2015 by Christian

The sun sets at the crack of dawn this time of year, but if you want to be really dark, pre-order THE BLACKENING OF FLESH for Kindle at Amazon, and brother, the sun may never rise again.

My sophomore effort with Post Mortem Press is coming soon in paperback … but you can reserve your ebook copy right now and it’ll be right there on your e-reader in February like Christmas came back for seconds:

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.

And it couldn’t be on Amazon without a cover, could it? Here’s a first look at the cover art from Eric Beebe, with an assist from Kenneth W. Cain, author of THESE TRESPASSES:

Now available to pre-order for Kindle.

The Blackening of Flesh, now available to pre-order for Kindle.

Pre-order the ebook today. Your future self will totally thank you for it. Or, if your future self prefers good old-fashioned ink and paper … the trade paperback is coming very soon 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.