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LOSING TOUCH “slowly creeps up and only reveals its sharp teeth at the last possible moment.”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 3, 2018 by Christian

The SAN FRANCISCO REVIEW OF BOOKS has posted a positive review of my debut novel, LOSING TOUCH, published by Post Mortem Press:


Hold on tight.

It isn’t easy to adjust to a superpower that appears out of nowhere. This is even more true when the upside of having it seems to be overshadowed by the drawbacks.

What Morgan needs more than anything in life is a break. His emotional and financial troubles are explained in such excruciating detail that it almost felt like a memoir at times instead of a fictional story. The strained but loving relationship between Morgan and his wife only solidified my desire to know what what happens to them next. He has been with her for so many years that this reader learned more about his personality and character flaws from their interactions than I did from his inner monologue…

Click here to read the rest of the review. If you’re read the book, I’d love it if you left a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or wherever, really–it could be written on the wall of a restroom, but be sure you have permission first). Same goes for my sophomore novel from Post Mortem Press, THE BLACKENING OF FLESHin which the dead won’t stay buried–and neither will your review. Mwahahahaha!

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


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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THE BLACKENING OF FLESH “works at a high level”

Posted in Book Reviews on November 1, 2016 by Christian

Author Scott Dyson (THE INN, THE CAVE) has reviewed THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, calling it a “great horror story, very tense and original.” Dyson picked the book up at Printer’s Row Lit Festival over the summer, but you don’t have to wait for June because it’s available now in paperback and Kindle. Anyway, here’s what he had to say:


The past won’t stay buried.

Once in a while I read something really interesting and unexpected.  I’ve been getting a bit of reading done recently, having plowed through Stephen King’s END OF WATCH (thumbs up), Harlan Coben’s HOME (also thumbs up), Jim Butcher’s SIDE JOBS (very good), Steve Richer’s THE PRESIDENT KILLED HIS WIFE (good), V.J. Chambers’ THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS (title copying of all of those “Girl on the…” books aside, a really great psychological thriller), and MP McDonald’s MARCH INTO HELL (good and interesting!). Then I read THE BLACKENING OF FLESH by Christian A. Larsen…

Sure, with a cliffhanger like that could head in any direction, but went on to say some very nice things. You can read the rest of the review here. And if you’ve already read THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, I’d love to read your review, too!

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

Joseph Williams: “THE BLACKENING OF FLESH should be in your hands right now”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on May 4, 2016 by Christian

Had a bit of a bad day today. I won’t go into it–we all have them, and then we shake them off, but … it makes it a lot easier to shake off when something nice chases it. And I got that today. Boy howdy.

Joseph Williams, author of BUNYAN UNDEAD and the Blues Traveler-authorized collection JUSTIFY THE THRILL had some pretty nice things to say about my new ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH:

Chris Larsen is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. If you’ve visited this site before and read my review of his debut novel LOSING TOUCH, you know that I’ve been a fan of his work for a while now, but as a reader, you never know whether or not that enjoyment will carry over to the writer’s sophomore effort. Sometimes, the nuances of a particular author’s style that are successful in one book may be intolerable in another. Sometimes, an author voicing a different sort of character than he or she had in the earlier work can expose a one-dimensional aspect to his or her writing. Well, I’m happy to report that in Chris Larsen’s latest release, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, that’s not the case. In fact, quite the contrary. You can all exhale now (especially you, Chris).


The past won’t stay buried.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH tells the tale of newly graduated high-school outcast Jared Dix. While running a delivery for the local drug store, Jared meets Monica: an aloof college girl who immediately becomes the subject of his infatuation. Monica informs him of his house’s sordid past (which she discovered while writing a research paper about the Cerutti gang) and the two strike up a friendship of convenience…with Jared holding out hope for a little more than just friendship. Soon enough, however, Jared’s interest in his home’s history morphs from a convenient icebreaker with an attractive girl to a matter of life and death as one by one his loved ones are possessed by the ghosts of Capone-era gangsters.

As with Larsen’s debut novel, LOSING TOUCH, what makes THE BLACKENING OF FLESH work so well is Chris’s writing style. There’s an effortlessness to Larsen’s prose that—simply put—is comfortable for the reader. I wince as I write this because I know this comparison is drawn upon far too often with horror authors nowadays, but Larsen’s writing reminds me of Stephen King in that way. While most comparisons to King are made simply because the book in question has a horror premise that reminds the reviewer of one of King’s works (which is almost impossible to avoid at this point as he’s 60+ books into his career and has used basically every horror plot imaginable), in this case, it’s Larsen’s style specifically that is reminiscent of King’s charm…

Read the rest the review and interview here and then go out and pick up one of Joseph’s books here. He’s a helluva writer in his own right with a fertile imagination that will scare your socks off, and his review came right when I needed it. I guess it’s been a pretty good day after all…

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

Collings: THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is “sheer daring”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on March 31, 2016 by Christian

Michael R. Collings, retired professor of creative writing and literature at Pepperdine University and author of STEPHEN KING IS RICHARD BACHMAN and NAMES AND NAMING IN J.R.R. TOLKIEN’S THE LORD OF THE RINGS, says that THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is “well done and strongly recommended” in his review at


The past won’t stay buried.

Christian A. Larsen’s previous novel, LOSING TOUCH (2013), told the story of a man increasingly unable to keep in contact with his world, physically and otherwise. In THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, Larsen delivers a subtle but important twist on that idea: Jared Dix discovers that he is increasing unable to keep in touch with the world of his psyche, even of his soul.

Larsen introduces his tale within a tale in an “Author’s Note”; after something horrendous happens near us, our first reactions are along the lines of “I never thought it could happen in my hometown.” Yet horrendous things happen everywhere, often to people who outwardly seem normal, well-balanced, essentially sane. There must, he contends, be a “why,” an answer that makes everything understandable; but those answers “are never simple, and sometimes, they aren’t what we think they are at all…”

Read the rest of Collings’s review here. If you haven’t already ordered your copy, I’ll be signing copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH at Concinnity 16 hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday April 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can also pick up your copy at the Association of Writers Bookfair this weekend in Los Angeles at the Post Mortem Press table … or right now at Yeah, do that.

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

FURNACE will chill you, thrill you

Posted in Book Reviews on March 25, 2016 by Christian

The Hummel took a helluva wrong turn.

Joseph Williams’s FURNACE (Severed Press) is like a Sunday brunch buffet for science-fiction and horror fans. It had a little bit of everything-scares, space-travel, and just enough hard science to ground the story in reality, a reality I sincerely hope does not exist.

Here’s the scoop: Navigator Michael Chalmers attempts a shortcut that lands the Rockne Hummel in a spot of space that’s so uncharted, they can’t even see stars. Think about the terror that would engender in you. You’re beyond known space-time, and the only thing in site is a hellscape of a planet known colloquially as “Furnace”.

What Chalmers and the rest of the crew finds there is, well, that’s the rest of the story, told in an epistolary style that makes the experience—and the terror—palpable. Visceral. FURNACE combines all the most thrilling traits of science-fiction and horror, and for fans of either genre, it’s an absolute must-read. I loved it.

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

Review: “Losing Touch reads like Philip K. Dick writing an X-Men origin story.”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 5, 2015 by Christian

I’m a little embarrassed by this. Joseph Williams, author of the novels BUNYAN UNDEADPARIN, and the Blues Traveler-inspired (and authorized) short story collection JUSTIFY THE THRILL, has written one of the most flattering reviews of LOSING TOUCH that I’ve ever read:

Joseph Williams: I fell in love with it instantly.

Joseph Williams: I fell in love with it instantly.

Have you ever read a book so good you were compelled to grab the nearest person, slap him or her across the face like Cary Grant knocking sense into a hysterical dame (the social norms in old movies didn’t age well at all, did they?), and demand they stop whatever they’re doing to read it so you can bask in their inevitable euphoria?

No? Well, I’m doing that to you right now. Don’t mind me. I’ll just be watching from over here, mouthing my favorite passages as you read and occasionally looking over your shoulder to tell you when you’re getting to the good parts. 

Fine. If you’re getting creeped out, I guess I don’t have to do that (my slapping arms aren’t long enough to reach you, anyway), but I hope you’ll at least consider the following earnest appeal:

Buy LOSING TOUCH by Christian A. Larsen. Read it. Squeal with delight. Then buy it again and give it to someone else to enjoy. You’ll be glad that you did, as will starving Chris Larsens across the Midwest.

I’m not prone to hyperbole and I’m aware that overhyping a book can be just as damaging as condemning it, but I can’t help myself in this case. LOSING TOUCH struck a chord with me. It was hilarious, sincere, suspenseful, well-written, and profound. As a writer, it made me jealous. I wasn’t prepared for it at all, which is probably why I’m so excited about it. In more ways than one, the book took me completely by surprise…

Read the rest of the review here, but be forewarned: it’s one of the most in-depth reviews I’ve read in a while, too. And then read some Joseph Williams fiction, too. Four novels and four short story collections, including TIMBERS OF FENNARIO, a short story collection inspired by the Grateful Dead. And yes, the Dead signed off on it, so you know it’s gotta be good!

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.

Review: “Genuine gems” lurk in SHRIEKS & SHIVERS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 24, 2015 by Christian

Glenn Dallas of Manhattan Book Review has posted an appraisal of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, the latest anthology from The Horror Zine, which features my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”:

Now available in paperback and Kindle editions.

Now available in paperback and Kindle editions.

A crash tapeworm diet brings unexpected consequences. Horror follows a selfish woman home from the nail salon. Something monstrous haunts the filming of John Carpenter’s THE THING. A heavy rainstorm brings a reckoning for a man who lost his wife. The footsteps of a tragic suicide victim follow a woman. A strange plague tears apart a community. Missing glasses are the least of a man’s worries when an artifact begins affecting him. A Vegas ghost haunts a woman on the eve of her wedding. Social media takes over a man’s life.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS covers horror in all its forms, from creeping slow-burn terror to monsters running wild, from body horror and gross-out scares to tales that delve deep into the psyche and unleash fears that haunt us all…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t read SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS yet, here’s what you’re missing:

Edited by Jeani Rector, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS features a foreword by Bentley Little (THE SUMMONING) while screenwriter, director, and novelist John Russo (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) contributes the introduction. Pick up a paperback or ebook copy for yourself today!

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.

Kirkus: QUALIA NOUS “is of a uniformly high quality”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 1, 2015 by Christian

Kirkus Reviews has published a glowing review of Michael Bailey’s latest anthology from Written Backwards, QUALIA NOUS, which features my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”:

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

In his introduction to this anthology, Bailey grimly ruminates on the nature of the potential immortality of art, even as its creators are condemned to eventual annihilation: “Every author in Qualia Nous will die. Yes, that is blunt, and a horrifying thought, but their words and the worlds they have created will survive (perchance in the infinite).” The liminal space between the infinite and the finite is much on the mind of the writers contained within this volume, including heavy hitters of the genre such as Stephen King, Gene O’Neill, Lucy A. Snyder, Richard Thomas, Jason V. Brock, James Chambers, Pat R. Steiner, and John Everson. With 25 stories, two poems, and four novelettes, the tome is a dense compendium of psychological horror rooted in the realm of hard sci-fi. The anthology offers a particularly literary-minded selection from the genres, with pieces that blend character study and emotionally complex narrative with plot-and-suspense-driven premises…

Read the rest of the review here, and if you’re not totally sold on this anthology, why, then … get a load of this table of contents:

Click here to order a paperback copy of QUALIA NOUS, one of the five nominees for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in an anthology, to be presented May 9th at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.

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.

“Get your fix” of horror with SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on February 3, 2015 by Christian

Fangoria has published a nice review of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, written by PATRICK actress and horror aficionado Camilla Jackson. The latest anthology edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine features my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”:

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Horror Zine founder and editor, Jeani Rector has masterfully put together a collection of spine-chilling and macabre tales in her third installment of anthologies, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE. The bite-sized short stories showcase Rector’s flair as not just an editor, but for seeking out the best in known and up and coming talent in the horror fiction genre in her third offering from THE HORROR ZINE. And although a new publisher is on board for this anthology (Post Mortem Press) the novel still follows the same solid format as the two previous compilations.

Bentley Little (THE REVELATION) gives deserved praise for Rector and her series of anthologies in his foreword that additionally conveys his sadness that this may be the last anthology in the series, concluding that SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS could potentially attain collectors item status, featuring stories from the likes of the next Stephen Kings and Clive Barkers. In John Russo’s (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) preface, ‘A Word About Zombies’, Russo muses on certain Zombie characteristics that took shape in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as well as the careful thought and consideration that was put into their fabled idiosyncratic quirks.

Like a sommelier of horror fiction, Rector has placed 31 authors at an equable level, fusing emerging writers with notable scribes such as William F. Nolan, Rena Mason, Elizabeth Massie and Joe McKinney, making this not only diverse in styles, but with the choice of anti-hero stretching from the typical zombie to utterly imaginative and unforeseen takes on the malefactor. Some examples include a ruthless tapeworm, supernatural sideshow freaks…

Read the rest of Jackson’s review here, so you can be sure you’re getting an excellent book … which you totally are. SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is now available from Post Mortem Press in Kindlepaperback, and hardcover editions. Why not pick up a copy and leave your own review?

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.