Celebrate Halloween Eve at The Harp and Fiddle with THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

You’re too old to trick or treat, and maybe too old to fit into that sexy cat costume, too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Halloween in style. Or at least, Halloween Eve. Come to The Harp and Fiddle in Park Ridge on Sunday, October 30th, and hear some scary storytelling from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. before Philly visits Dallas on the national gridiron. It’s like candy for adults!

I’ll be reading from my ghosts and gangsters novel THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, which was inspired by a Park Ridge murder investigation and is partially set in a fictionalized version of Scharringhausen’s Pharmacy, which, wouldn’t you know it, used to be housed at 110 Main Street–the same address as The Harp and Fiddle. It’s more Guinness than Luden’s Cough Drops these days, but the building is a special, special place.


If you already have THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, right on! I’ll also be personalizing hardcopies of my debut novel, LOSING TOUCH, which also features key scenes set in all-but-the-name Park Ridge. (Go Brickton High! Home of the Harriers!). I’ll also be signing the anthologies GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated QUALIA NOUS, including a story by me and one by Stephen King.


Now available from Post Mortem Press.

I’ll be joined by Burial Day Books owner and manager Cynthia Pelayo, who edits the GOTHIC BLUE BOOK series with her husband and partner, Gerardo. Cynthia is also the author of the short story collection LOTERIA, as well as the International Latino Book Award-winning title SANTA MUERTE and its 2016 sequel, THE MISSING. Pelayo’s stories are also set in the Chicago area, so you could be hearing a lot of local flavor while you’re enjoying a pint.

(They come in pints?)

Halloween is for the kids. Make October 30th for you. Come out to The Harp and Fiddle at 110 Main Street in Park Ridge for some terrifying tale-spinning from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and stay for the football game at 7:30. They’ve got 24 ice-cold beers on tap and big-screen TVs in pretty much every direction, but the west lounge will be quiet as the grave … at least while we’re reading, right?

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

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