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Christian grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois and graduated from Maine South High School in 1993. He has worked as an English teacher, radio personality, newspaper reporter, and a printer's devil, and has been published in A FEAST OF FRIGHTS (The Horror Zine Books), THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE (Post Mortem Press), QUALIA NOUS (Written Backwards), ZIPPERED FLESH 2 (Smart Rhino Publications), BLEED (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS (Crowded Quarantine Publications) and GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V (Burial Day Books).
In LOSING TOUCH, Larsen's debut novel from Post Mortem Press, Morgan Dunsmore, near bankruptcy and desperate to keep his marriage from dying a quiet death, discovers that he can walk through walls. When he tries to use his newfound power to repair his life, he endangers himself and his family in ways he didn't imagine. LOSING TOUCH features a foreword by NY TIMES bestselling author Piers Anthony.
Christian received his bachelor of science in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois and studied secondary English education at National-Louis University. He lives with his wife and two sons in the fictional town of Northport, Illinois. Follow him on Twitter @exlibrislarsen or visit exlibrislarsen.com.
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Miseria’s Chorale, edited by David Nell, is the latest release from Forgotten Tomb Press. It’s a large collection with over forty stories included. Rather than the traditional werewolf/ vampire/ zombie style of horror, the authors in this anthology have instead chosen to look into the darkest depths of the human soul. Eschewing violence and gore, these tales examine the bizarre and horrific. The collection is a great read, and a few of the stories particularly stand out. After reading Jon Michael Kelley’s “The Catacomb Enigma,” you will never see a traveling carnival the same again. “Letters,” by Christina Murphy, is a disturbing story that makes those blue mail boxes on the corner look very sinister. K. Trap Jones gives us a frightening story about gardening gone very wrong in “Red Harvest.” Fred Skolnik’s “The Banquet” captures a bizarre sense of alienation and fear in modern society. The Kindle version that I purchased had a few formatting glitches—spacing/font size issues in particular. In addition, a handful of the stories could have used some more editing to tighten up the narrative/pacing. But overall there are plenty of stories here to keep you up far longer into the night than is safe—enjoy!
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2013
Dy Loveday's tale is classic horror: bent psyches, twisted relationships and a good dose of gore. Cameron Suey uses beautiful prose to document the end of the human race at the hands of a virus (or is it?) as well as the depths of the human survival instinct. Christian Larsen creates a lovely twisted zombie origin story...
...and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Great anthology.
There are many anthologies available on Amazon, and all of various quality. This is a discerning collection of stories, many intelligent, odd, and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the dystopian sci-fi piece by R.W.W. Greene, "A Feeble Gleam of Stars." It was smart and engaging, and despite its furturistic lexicon, it was quite accessible. Bravo to the editor!
3.0 out of 5 starsSome real nuggets in a good value collection
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 29, 2015
This is a large collection of stories, definitely worth acquiring. More successes than failures, with the first three quarters of the collection stronger than the last quarter. Four of them impressed me more than the others. "In Green Remembered", by Christopher Nadeau, is an unusual tale, evocative of memory and loss. "Thrall", by Richard Farren Barber, is a very effective story about a man haunted by unsought images on his camera. "Trauma Children", by Lucy Taylor, is a memorable erotic horror. "Sowing the Seeds", by Bear Weiter, follows a mysterious traveller and describes strange events.