The Blackening of Flesh
What happens when you find out the house you grew up in is a private graveyard? Jared Dix is an awkward high school graduate who makes his first friend in a college student named Monica, who knows more about his house than he does: it’s where Al Capone wiped out the Cerutti Mob the evening of Easter in 1930.
The discovery is unsettling for Jared, but as he and Monica find out more details about the massacre, he learns what it feels like to be accepted, hoping beyond hope that their friendship might turn into something more. But when his family starts acting strangely, he starts to wonder if he’s imagining it, or if the killings that happened in his house have cast a longer shadow than he realized.
About Christian A. Larsen (Chicago, Illinois Author)
Christian A. Larsen 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.
In the early 2000s, Larsen hosted middays at WZNX-FM (106.7) while working as the promotions director at the station. He later returned to the Chicago market to host evenings at WIIL-FM (95.1) while writing copy and voicing radio spots for TopHat Media Group. After a brief layover teaching English at Grayslake North High School, he began to write in earnest, making his first notable placement in What Fears Become with his short story, “Bast”.
Other short story sales followed, as did his novel, Losing Touch, which was named Best Horror Novel of 2013 in the Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll. The story is about Morgan Dunsmore who, in the midst of a mid-life crisis, finds that he can walk through walls. Larsen’s follow-up, The Blackening of Flesh, was released in 2016, and tells the story of a high school graduate who's house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters.
Larsen lives with his wife and two sons in the fictional town of Northport, Illinois. Follow him on Twitter @exlibrislarsen or visit www.exlibrislarsen.com.