Archive for January, 2017

Brilliant new marketing image for THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in Observations & Musings on January 29, 2017 by Christian

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, my sophomore novel from Post Mortem Press about a high school graduate in 1984 who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, has been out for about a year now, but every now and then something makes it new to me all over again: an enthusiastic purchase at a pop con or a lit fest, a thoughtful review (even a sentence or two is nice!), or a fresh piece of artwork inspired by the book, like this one by author and illustrator Pat R. Steiner:

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I love it.

In addition to his art portfolio, Steiner is also the author of “The Shoe Tree” in CHIRAL MAD, and “Kilroy Wasn’t There” from QUALIA NOUS and his brand-new horror collection, BETA SLEEPWEAR AND OTHER NIGHTMARES. Check out his stuff. Maybe leave a review?

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

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH comes to Elgin Literary Festival

Posted in News on January 15, 2017 by Christian

The third annual Elgin Literary Festival book signing returns to the Hemmens Cultural Center on January 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where I’ll be signing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. But it’s more than a book signing. Fest-goers will also enjoy panel discussions, lectures, and children’s activities.

The festival begins at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Rehearsal Room of the Hemmens Cultural Center with a panel discussion entitled “Harry Potter and the Eternal Franchise” with panelists Karly Kirkpatrick, Bart Scott, Elizabeth Melvin, and Melissa Franic. Panels and discussions continue until 10:30 that evening.

On Saturday, enjoy the “The World of Publishing” presentation by Sourcebooks vice president and editorial director Todd Stock on the Exhibit Hall stage or the “Master the Author Autobiography” panel with Elizabeth Melvin, Liliana Escobedo, and Melissa Franic in the Green Room. Both sessions run from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Then, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., shop the exhibit hall for that next great find. Participating authors and featured speakers will be personalizing copies of their latest, and I’ll be signing copies of my novels THE BLACKENING OF FLESH and LOSING TOUCH, as well as anthologies with my name shuffled into the table of contents.

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The past won’t stay buried.

Panels and presentations continue until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, including “Confessions of a Successful Novelist” by Sara Donati and Rosnia Lippi, a “Writers’ Tales” panel discussion with Callista Buchen, Pat Verducci, Christopher Castellani, Sara Donati and Karly Kirkpatrick, and “The Art of Perspective” with Christopher Castellani.

And those are just the afternoon events on the Exhibit Hall stage. Click here for a full program of events, and make plans to stop by for some or all of this free two-day event sponsored by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Hemmens Cultural Center, Bravo Magazine, and Side Street Studio Arts.

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

Book review: 44 Lies by 22 Liars – Flash fiction from Post Mortem Press

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 6, 2017 by Christian

This antho is kind of a sleeper, so it’s really nice to read a review like this…

Grim Reader Reviews

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Your mileage will definitely vary with this collection of flash fiction from Post Mortem Press. I almost gave up on this book. I was deep into two novels at the time and decided to read the odd flash piece as a break. It didn’t really work for me so I left it alone until I’d finished the other books. I am sure glad that I did. I went through the book initially reading the pieces by writers who I enjoy reading and some of these stories were great then read the rest of the collection and found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

One of the real standouts is Jessica McHugh’s ‘The D-Word’. It’s a short piece about a service robot and was one of the most original in the collection, gave me a little bit of the feels too and Robert Essig also impressed with ‘Names on the Sidewalk’…

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