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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

Bringing Gerald’s Game to life and the challenges of filmmaking: a discussion with Mike Flanagan

Posted in News on May 17, 2017 by Christian

Cool read for King fans…

Of the mountains of terrors that have come from Stephen King’s catalog, Gerald’s Game had been widely regarded as the book least likely to receive a film adaptation.  Not because it isn’t worthy of a silver-screen or television series project, but because there is so much that goes on in the book that was considered impossible to properly show in a film – mainly the fact that the almost the entire book is told within the confines of a single bedroom.  It’s a challenge most filmmakers would grimace at, but not Mike Flanagan.  From Absentia to Oculus to Hush to Ouija: Origin of Evil, Flanagan is no stranger to uphill battles and he’s always enjoyed the trip to the peak.

Anyone who has read the book can see why it would be such a difficult source material to adapt into a screenplay.  Carla Gugino said it was one of…

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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
  • Jason Hill (RED CHANNELS: THE BIBLE OF BLACKLISTING) Media History
  • 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
  • Claudia M. Lenart (SEASONS OF JOY: EVERYDAY IS FOR OUTDOOR PLAY) Picture Book
  • 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:

  • Margie Macak (THROUGH THE WOODS MY SHIP HAS SAILS) Memoir
  • 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
  • Dr. Shakuntala Rajagopal (SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS, MY PILGRIMAGE TO MAA GANGA) Memoir
  • 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
  • Amy Wagner (THE IMPOLITE CONSTRUCTION SITE) Children’s
  • 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.

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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.

Alternate cover concept/promo image for THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in Observations & Musings on February 5, 2017 by Christian

Pat R. Steiner has created two more brilliant pieces of art inspired by my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, now available in paperback and Kindle from Post Mortem Press.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is about a high school graduate whose suburban home is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters who are desperate to escape the house where they were executed 54 years earlier.

First is an alternate cover, which has a certain Gastby-esque quality to it (at least, that’s what it brought to mind for me):

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Meyer Wolfsheim would be proud.

And next, Steiner provided our first real look at Monica, one of the people still alive who knows about the sinister history of Jared’s house:

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You can also just make out Wendy O. Williams on her Plasmatics T-shirt.

Click here to check out more of Pat’s artwork (and for links to his writing, too)–you’ll be glad you did. Maybe it’ll inspire you to create your own artwork or stories, which could set off a chain reaction of art inspiring art. Let the next domino fall.

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