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Barrington Area Library hosts THE BLACKENING OF FLESH signing

Posted in News on April 21, 2017 by Christian

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH comes to the northwest suburbs this weekend with the third annual Barrington Author Fair hosted by the Barrington Area Library.

The past won’t stay buried.

I’ll be signing copies of my sophomore novel about a high school senior who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, and I’ll be joined by over 30 authors in the meeting room:

  • Nathalie Aguila (LIV: A CCB GIRL PUBLICATION) Children’s
  • Paul Alan (REBEL LEXIS) Science Fiction
  • Joan Wester Anderson (WHERE ANGELS WALK) Nonfiction
  • T.D. Arkenberg (NONE SHALL SLEEP) Contemporary Fiction
  • Donald J. Bingle (FORCED CONVERSION) Military Science Fiction
  • Dellen Blackmon (PLAN B: MEN IN RELATIONAL CRISIS) Family and Relationships
  • Dyllis Braithwaite (OH, I LOVE WHAT YOU’RE WEARING!) Nonfiction
  • Deanna Cabinian (ONE NIGHT) Young Adult
  • Orlando Ceaser (I WAKE UP WANTING YOU) Poetry
  • Dennis F. Depcik (WOULDN’T IT BE SOMETHING) Biography
  • Lance Erlick (XENOGENIC: FIRST CONTACT) Science Fiction
  • Kathi Frelk (KATHI’S COOKIE CHRONICLES) Cookbook
  • Pauline Gruber (THE GIRL AND THE GARGOYLE) YA Paranormal Romance
  • Virginia and Bob Hanson (JOURNEY HOME) Historical Adventure Drama
  • Elizabeth Harmon (HEATING IT UP: A RED HOT RUSSIANS NOVELLA) Contemporary Romance
  • Julie Kendrick (A FATAL DEVELOPMENT) Cozy Mystery
  • Bob and Yasmin Kinton (CASEY THE COW) Children’s
  • Trudy Kleckner (PAPER AIRPLAINES) Poetry
  • Vanessa M. Knight (THE MAKEUP TEST) Romance
  • Diane P. Kostick (CHRONICLES OF BARRINGTON) Local History
  • Chris Lindberg (DEVIL IN THE DARK) Thriller
  • Catherine Chifflot Nealey (ART & CHAKRAS) Coloring Book
  • James Proebstle (UNINTENTED CONSEQUENCES) Nonfiction
  • Laura Quinn (PUNK CHARMING) Romance
  • Susan Schulhof (FUN4BABIES) Parenting
  • Rembert Stokes (FROM GOD TO DNA) Nonfiction
  • Jen Vakharia (THE ROOKERY) Picture Book
  • Patricia Shinn Wojtowicz and Christine Petersen Streed (RELATIVE DISENCHANTMENT) Literary Fiction
  • Donn Ziebell (GORKY, RUSSIA) Travel Memoir

How much is admission, you ask? Don’t be silly. It’s free, and a bargain at twice the price, because you get nearly 20 more authors in the Zimmerman room. Yes, you totally do:

  • Patricia M. McClure (LOSING A HERO TO ALZHEIMER’S: THE STORY OF PEARL) Aging and Relationships
  • Cynthia Ripley Miller (ON THE EDGE OF SUNRISE) Romantic Historical Fiction
  • Dawn Napier (STAR PACK) Science Fiction
  • Molly Page (100 THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO BEFORE YOU DIE) Nonfiction Travel
  • Melissa Mae Palmer (MY SECRETS OF SURVIVORSHIP – WE SOLVED THE MYSTERY!) Health and Inspiration
  • Marsha Portnoy (AFTER TONO’S PARTY) Fiction
  • Georgann Prochaska (THE CASE OF THE HOUND WHO DIDN’T STAY) Mystery
  • T.S. Rhodes (PIRATES OF THE GOLDEN AGE) Nonfiction
  • Patrick Rizio (LACOST: THE EVOLUTION OF JASON) Science Fiction
  • Kimberley Schumacher (MY LETTERS TO AMY) Fiction
  • Gerry and Janet Souter (THE CONSTITUTION) Historical Nonfiction
  • Thomas J.J. Starr (VIRTUAL VENGEANCE) Adventure Fiction
  • CJ Warrant (FORGETTING JANE) Dark Romantic Thriller
  • Jeffrey Westhoff (THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) YA Spy Thriller

It’s all part of “Barrington Books Week” and runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington, packing horror, sci-fi, thriller, and mystery into two short hours with popular genres like romance, adventure, and contemporary lit alongside history, memoirs, travel, and poetry. You do not want to miss this.

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 Barrington Author Fair

Posted in News on March 22, 2017 by Christian

The Barrington Author Fair returns to 505 N. Northwest Highway on April 22nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where I’ll be signing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. The third annual author fair will offer readers unique selections of compelling horror, science-fiction, and fantasy, as well as adventure, romance, thrillers and more for readers of all ages.


The past won’t stay buried.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is about a high school graduate who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, and they’re planning more than a heist or a haunting. I’ll also be signing short story anthologies such as GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and QUALIA NOUS, which also features a tale by Stephen King.

The Barrington Author Fair on April 22 is just part of a the Barrington-Area Library‘s week-long literary festival from Friday, April 21 through Saturday April 29, featuring authors with local appeal across multiple genres, exclusive events, and even a workshop on bookbinding with April Sheridan.

Admission to the author fair is free and refreshments will be served.

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.


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…

The Grim Reader


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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Get $10 off book purchases over $25 this weekend at Amazon

Posted in News on November 26, 2016 by Christian

amazon-faviconSales, sales everywhere, and all the budgets shrank. If you’re like me this time of year, all these Black Friday sales mean you’re spending way more money than you’re used to, so you don’t have any money to spend on yourself. If you’re a reader (and why would you be here if you weren’t), Amazon’s got a book sale going on that could help you with your holiday shopping list, or maybe just help you with your reading list.

Now through November 28, 2016 at 12:59am CST, Amazon is offering $10 off print book purchases of $25 or more when you enter “HOLIDAYBOOK” in the “Gift cards & promotional codes” field at checkout. I’m going to quickly plug my novels, because THE BLACKENING OF FLESH and LOSING TOUCH together, at regular price, would cost you $32 at But now you can get both for $22. There. That didn’t feel dirty at all.

Now stop reading this and get back to shopping.

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 the SE WI Festival of Books

Posted in News on November 2, 2016 by Christian

More than 60 writers are coming to this year’s Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, and I’ll be there, too, with copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH in tow. This Saturday, come to UW-Waukesha from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a whole day chock-full of art, expression,  and letters as the university celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with current and retired faculty and alumni gathered for this special event. In other words: if you’re a fan of books and storytelling, you should definitely be there.


The day starts at 9:00 a.m. with a breakfast session with bestselling novelist Jane Hamilton and hosted by former festival keynote speaker Kathie Giorgio. Then, enjoy the rest of the day by taking in panel discussions, enjoying an original cabaret inspired by TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, or appreciating the works of Shorewood High School’s AP art students. And don’t forget the Writer’s Marketplace. That’s where I’ll be hunkered down for most of the day, signing copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH.

In THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, Jared Dix, a freshly-minted high school graduate who’s happy just to be free of the social anxiety high school brought, finds out that his house has a dark past. Half a century earlier, it was used as a rum-running station for a Capone rival. Blood was shed, and bodies were buried. But now, in the summer of 1984, the skeletons are  coming out of the closet, and when Jared learns the truth about what’s happening to his family, he knows he’s the only one who can stop it.

Horror enthusiast Justin Hamelin will be signing copies of his short story collection, THE DARKEST CORNER, in the Writer’s Marketplace, too. Hamelin is also a notable non-fiction writer, having won a 2016 Rondo Hatton Award for his essay, “Remembering Christopher Lee” published in RAVENOUS MONSTER MAGAZINE. The Rondos honor the legacy of Rondo Hatton, who parlayed his unique facial structure into starring roles in THE PEARL OF DEATH (1944), HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946), and THE BRUTE MAN (1946).

Brought to you, in part, by All Writers Workplace, Books & Company-Oconomowoc, BMO Harris Bank, Century Fence Company, Country Springs Hotel, Greater Waukesha Literacy, Holiday Inn-Pewaukee, Literacy for All, Meli Bar & Restaurant, Waukesha Reads! and Waukesha State Bank, the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books happens Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha at 1500 N. University Drive. Admission and parking are free, but bring a few bucks for books. You’ll be glad you did.

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

Halloween hits Harp & Fiddle … a night early

Posted in News on October 31, 2016 by Christian

Happy Halloween, everybody! Too bad it falls on a Monday, but I know I had fun this past weekend. I joined authors John Everson and Cynthia Pelayo for “Halloween Eve” at The Harp and Fiddle in Park Ridge, where we each read from our spookiest works. Afterward, there was the Cubs game (#aroldischapmanforpresident). But, on with the reading…


The crowd looks on as Cynthia Pelayo reads from THE MISSING.


John Everson reading “The Pumpkin Man”.




Cynthia Pelayo, John Everson, and me at The Harp and Fiddle in Park Ridge

I hope you had as great a time as I did. (The Cubs win certainly helped.) Whether you were able to make it out last night or not, I hope you have a horrific terrific Halloween!

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