Archive for July, 2017

Lake County Authorfest lineup announced

Posted in News on July 9, 2017 by Christian

Mysteries and mayhem. Supernatural chillers and super-science thrillers. Something for the kids. Young adult fiction and fiction for grownups. Travel. Memoirs. Food for the soul. Food for the stomach. Live music, too. In other words: you’ll find something for everyone at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest on August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.


Brought to you by This Old Book in Grayslake, Lake County Authorfest will feature more than 35 authors at this family-friendly and admission-free event:

New to the event this year is the Youth Creative Writing Contest for kids ages 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners in each category win a $50 This Old Book gift certificate and an Authorfest goodie bag. Pieces should be no longer than 2,000 words and the deadline to enter is July 24th. Click here for more information.

A portion of the proceeds go toward the Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan, which seeks to restore the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan Road where Bradbury spent his formative years and (some would argue), the Greentown of DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER had its genesis.


There it is … less than 20 miles from my front door.

But come August 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., your destination isn’t Waukegan–it’s 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach for the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest. Have something to eat, listen to live music, get your kids’ faces painted, and don’t forget to pick up a couple of new books while you’re there!

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

2017 Lake County Authorfest to host THE BLACKENING OF FLESH book signing

Posted in News on July 5, 2017 by Christian

Pick up a signed copy of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH at the 2nd annual Lake County Authorfest in Round Lake Beach on Saturday, August 5th. In THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, Jared Dix graduates high school to find out his suburban Chicago home is haunted by five Prohibition-Era gangsters, and with the event taking place in the heart of the Lake County suburbs, a return visit seemed like a natural fit.


The past won’t stay buried.

I signed copies of my books at the 1st annual Lake County Authorfest last summer, too, but this year’s event sponsored by This Old Book in Grayslake promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a raffle, a scavenger hunt, live music by The Gardiner Jazz Combo, children’s book readings, free face paintings for the kids, and a chance to participate in a community art project hosted by the Grayslake Art Alliance.

This year’s event will also feature a youth creative writing contest with children writing for one of three age categories: 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Pieces should be no more than 2,000 words and can be on any subject. Three finalists will be chosen from each age category and featured at a special booth at Authorfest on August 5th. Winners from each category will win a $50 gift certificate to This Old Book in Grayslake and an Authorfest goodie bag. Click here to submit. The deadline to enter is July 24th.

The 2nd annual Lake County Authorfest will take place at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center at 2007 Civic Center Way (behind Meijer) on Saturday, August 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, and a portion of the proceeds go to support the proposed Ray Bradbury Museum in Waukegan, Illinois, so drop a few bucks, pick up a new read or two from one of the more than 35 participating authors, and support a great cause.

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

July issue of THE HORROR ZINE features “The Gloaming Hour”

Posted in News on July 1, 2017 by Christian

Jeani Rector’s THE HORROR ZINE celebrates eight years of unsettling, chilling, and downright terrifying with the July 2017 issue, which features fiction from the magazine’s entire staff, including Jeani herself.


THE HORROR ZINE celebrates a double-Olympiad of weird and terrifying with the July 2017 issue.

My story, “The Gloaming Hour“, is set in another person’s childhood with another person’s great-great-aunt, but the similarities to my own are uncanny:

All the grown-ups were still outside playing softball in the field between the house and the apple trees, but night was on its way.  The sun dipped below the horizon, brushing the upper atmosphere with its farewell rays, sending dim but sufficient light fluttering into the earthbound sky as Kevin walked back to the house, trying not to cry. And he knew he’d better not.  He made a serious bid at being a big person when he told his mom and dad he would clean up the scrape on his forearm himself after that ill-advised slide into second base.

The screen door slammed shut behind him, and it surprised him. The screen door at his house always closed with a nearly-silent whoosh, but everything here was a relic of another time. Aunt Ann’s house was furnished in pre-Depression era furniture, from before Uncle Lloyd lost his Buick dealership when the stock market crashed.  It was a strange mixture of high-end walnut and weekend-home wicker. Aunt Ann was sitting in the chair under the buck’s head, her cheek almost touching the glass grape beads of the pull chain on the lamp next to the chair.  Kevin could barely see in the half-light, and he wondered for a minute if he should turn on the lamp.  She might be sleeping. Or…

“Should I get the iodine?” asked Aunt Ann, pointing at the blood on Kevin’s arm.  The knuckles on her hand looked like marbles under her skin.

“What’s iodine?”

“Good heavens!” she said, dropping her stockinged feet off the hassock. “Help me up and we’ll take care of that scratch. I remember what it was like to be ten, even if it was 82 years ago. You’ll need some iodine, and you’ll need my help.”

The bathroom looked like something out of that Honeymooners show Kevin’s grandpa liked to watch. He knew that show was old, shot in the black and white days. There was a rust stain the color of a skid mark running from the stunted little faucet into the drain—a drain that had a cracked rubber stopper to plug it. There was also hot and cold handles, which seemed like an awful lot of extra work to get the temperature just where you wanted it…

Click here to read the rest of the story for free, and while you’re visiting THE HORROR ZINE, be sure to read stories from the other staffers, including Kindle Coordinator Bruce Memblatt’s, Assistant Editor Dean H. Wild’s, and of course, Editor Jeani Rector’s.

This month’s anniversary issue of THE HORROR ZINE also features fiction by Liz McAdams, Jonathan Chapman, and Aspen deLainey; poetry from Teresa Frazee, John Frazee, Charles Gramlich, and Denny E. Marshall; and art from Claudia Gironi and Unearthly Demagogue, as well as oddments of the strange and creepy variety you have to read (and see) for yourself.

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