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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press; 1st edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615813062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615813066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone ever wishing for a superpower, this book will punch you in the face and ask, 'Really, you idiot?' At once frightening, touching, and all-too-human, LOSING TOUCH is a unique gem of a read. --Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of SINEATER, DESPER HOLLOW, and HELL GATE

"It's been said there are amateur writers and unpublished and unknown pro writers. Larsen's writing was unknown to me. But after reading LOSING TOUCH I can recommend his work without reservation. He is indeed a solid pro. The novel has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel. Then you, like me, will watch for his byline." --Gene O'Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of TASTE OF TENDERLOIN and DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY AND OTHER STORIES

Christian A. Larsen's LOSING TOUCH is a near-perfect blend of the hyperreal and the surreal, turning the microscope on everyman Morgan Dunsmore, an unemployed copywriter and family man who is forced to confront the black hole of his own inadequacy and his inability to provide for wife and sons. Suddenly afflicted with a strange super-power that allows him to phase through solid objects, he may have found the answer to all his problems or he may have found his own undoing. For Morgan's journey is an uncomfortable ride through conscience and subconscious, simultaneously humorous and tragic, ultimately offering the chance for a redemption we all hope we might have. Reminiscent of Michael Louis Calvillo's best work, LOSING TOUCH is a morality tale that flirts with Horror's "Bizarro" sub-genre without losing either control or its protagonist's humanity. Larsen's novel is a winner not because it shocks or goes for the gross-out (even though it touches on subjects we don't often see), but because it will make you think and feel human. --W.D. Gagliani, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of WOLF'S TRAP and SAVAGE NIGHTS

"It's been said there are amateur writers and unpublished and unknown pro writers. Larsen's writing was unknown to me. But after reading LOSING TOUCH I can recommend his work without reservation. He is indeed a solid pro. The novel has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel. Then you, like me, will watch for his byline." --Gene O'Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of TASTE OF TENDERLOIN and DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY AND OTHER STORIES

Christian A. Larsen's LOSING TOUCH is a near-perfect blend of the hyperreal and the surreal, turning the microscope on everyman Morgan Dunsmore, an unemployed copywriter and family man who is forced to confront the black hole of his own inadequacy and his inability to provide for wife and sons. Suddenly afflicted with a strange super-power that allows him to phase through solid objects, he may have found the answer to all his problems or he may have found his own undoing. For Morgan's journey is an uncomfortable ride through conscience and subconscious, simultaneously humorous and tragic, ultimately offering the chance for a redemption we all hope we might have. Reminiscent of Michael Louis Calvillo's best work, LOSING TOUCH is a morality tale that flirts with Horror's "Bizarro" sub-genre without losing either control or its protagonist's humanity. Larsen's novel is a winner not because it shocks or goes for the gross-out (even though it touches on subjects we don't often see), but because it will make you think and feel human. --W.D. Gagliani, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of WOLF'S TRAP and SAVAGE NIGHTS

More About the Author

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), CHIRAL MAD (Written Backwards), ZIPPERED FLESH 2 (Smart Rhino Publications), BLEED (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), THE BEST OF THE HORROR SOCIETY 2013 (The Horror Society) and OF DEVILS & DEVIANTS (Crowded Quarantine Publications).

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Beallis on June 13, 2013
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A discovery at the Printer's Row Lit Fest in Chicago. I stopped at the Post Mortem Press table and the cover on this book jumped out at me. It was eye catching and made me want to know what the book was about. The author was there to tell a little about the story, and I bought it.

It's a hard-to-categorize book - not really horror, but not really SF either. More of a human story told within the trappings of both of those genres. The main character's life isn't going too well as the book begins, and suddenly and inexplicably, he discovers (somewhat painfully) that he can pass his body through inert objects - quantum phasing, I believe his physicist brother calls it. So that's the hook - from there it's the human story of what will Morgan do with this power? What will he allow himself to become? How will it affect every single thing in his life?

In the power, Morgan sees the answer to all of his problems, but it's also apparent that the power brings a whole new set of problems.

The writing is superb, the story is always interesting right till the end, and the characters are ones I'd want to read more about, possibly, in the future. An introduction by the legendary Piers Anthony sets the reader up for the coming experience nicely.

Like ONE MANS CASTLE, I was surprised by how good this was. I will read more by Christian Larsen as he publishes them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Kleiner on July 6, 2013
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A sci-fi book about a man with a super power would lead you to believe you're getting into a comic book style novel. Not so with losing touch. There's no villains to be stopped here. What you're about to read has a more cerebral and realistic interpretation of what it would be like for an average Joe to acquire un human powers. Moral dilemmas, fear of being discovered, and deep soul searching are what becomes of this average Joe. It's a fresh look at the fun, fantastic, and surreal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max on June 27, 2013
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LOSING TOUCH begins with an excellent introduction by the legendary Mr. Piers Anthony. I want to take a moment and comment how impressed I was with this introduction. Unlike the majority of introductions I've read, this one actually seemed like Piers Anthony had read the book in question. Anthony covers major themes that Christian A. Larsen presents in LOSING TOUCH, and it honestly made me even more excited to dig into the book. And dig into the book I did.

I did not know what to expect when I began LOSING TOUCH. All I knew about it was the main character develops the ability to walk through walls. I had assumed, going in, that this would be some kind of superhero story. Let me tell you, it is not. In fact, it's more the opposite of a superhero story. It's the story of one man's downfall thanks to a very strange power he's gained, for reasons never actually explained. During reading, you might find it difficult to actually label the main character a "protagonist".

This novel is dark, and way more violent than I would have ever anticipated. LOSING TOUCH's main character, Morgen, is an unemployed father and husband who is on the verge of total breakdown. After developing the ability to deconstruct his own tangibility (quantum tunneling, as it is called in the book), Morgen attempts to take full advantage of this "gift" and save himself and his family from their current miseries.

However, as the old saying goes...with great power, comes great responsibility.

As one can probably predict, things do not exactly unfold in Morgen's favor. But you will not predict how so. In fact, you'd be better off not trying to guess what's coming next, and just settle back and enjoy the ride. This was one of the few recent books I've read where I honestly had no idea what the hell was going to happen next, and man, did I enjoy every second of it.

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christy Cline on June 26, 2013
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I absolutely loved Losing Touch! Seriously could not put it down. I loved the author's ability to convey the thoughts and memories of the main character, Morgan. It is a profound journey into the psyche of a young man trying to find his role in life, glittered with lots of nostalgia from his past. I 100% enjoyed this book, the melting of the real and surreal, and can only hope that the story continues..... I recommend this book to anyone who has grown up, as we can all relate to Morgan in different ways. Thanks to Christian Larsen for this creation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Sanberg on August 13, 2013
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So say the two thugs as they have Morgan Dunsmore tied to a chair and are ready to beat the snot out of him. This is also the case with the book. It's an auspicious moment when an artist in any field slams one out of the park on his first at bat. (In this case it's Chris's first novel) But just getting on base is something to be heralded and Chris is definitely on base.

Here's the scoop. Morgan Dunsmore is not having a good time. He's lost his job. His wife Corrine can't work due to a back injury. The credit cards are maxing out and the future looks bleak. Morgan's coming apart both figuratively and literally. Through a fluke he finds that he can move through solid matter. Is this a blessing or curse? He figures he can use this ability to get through these rough times, but his moral compass is giving him grief about it. What's a super hero to do?

This is a very thoughtful book but it does start a bit soft. It seems Chris hasn't quite found his voice yet. For instance: You learn of Morgan's plight early on but you don't really feel it. How is his predicament affecting him. He seems like he's on a pretty even keel. It's not until half way through the book he's even looking for a job. I needed more of the angst. The big surprise to me was that the more I read the better the book got. It were as though the exercise of writing it propelled Chris in honing his skill. The chapter with Morgan during a job interview, and the subsequent chapter of his returning home to talk with his wife, were good by nearly any standard. There was a device he used (his sub-conscious Pelham) I didn't much care for. Was it the name Pelham or the way he played it that irked me? Probably a bit of both. And the analogy of the "disco floor" got me as well.
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