We Won!

I’m extremely pleased to announce that Infested took home the silver award at the 2023 IBPA Benjamin Franklin award ceremony for best horror novel!

Eerie River Publishing has made this book into so much more than I thought it could be, so a big thanks to them.

Now I just have to wait for my shiny, silver stickers to arrive so I can slap them on the book’s cover!


Book Box Canada and an exclusive cover for Infested.

I have some great news! Infested is going to be included in the December horror box from Book Box Canada!

To add to the coolness factor, the book is getting a brand new exclusive cover and interior design! Check it out!

Besides this rad version of Infested, you’ll also get the Stoker award winning Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper and The Dismembered by Jonathan Janz! Throw in the newest issue of Weird Horror Magazine and a bunch of swag and you got yourself a great book box!!

If you’re interested in learning more, head over to Book Box Canada for the details.

That’s all for now. Stay gold!

Christian – C.M. Forest

3 Big Events

Greetings all,

I have been absent here for a minute, and for that I apologize. However, my return coincides perfectly with three rather large events I’ll be appearing at in the near future.

First up is Fan Expo in Toronto.

I’ve long since dreamed of attending this massive convention and thanks to a recent invite, I will be. Not sure yet what I’ll be doing (readings possibly, a panel or two more likely), but I will be there doing something on Aug. 27th on the main stage in the horror section of the con.

Then I’m back in Toronto on Oct. 1st and 2nd for Horror-rama! I’ll be sharing a table at this event with Kate Dejonge.

And lastly, I’m in Niagara Falls (ON) Oct. 28th and the 29th for Frightmare in the Falls! I’ll be sitting with Eerie River Publishing for this one. Frightmare is another show that I’ve longed to attend, but until now, it just wasn’t feasible.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you at one (or, for the truly committed, all three!) of these great events.


Christian – C.M. Forest

Pre-orders are live!

For those looking to jump on the bandwagon early, both We All Fall Before the Harvest and Infested are up for pre-order. Both books are currently only available in a digital format (but fear not paperbacks (and hardcover for Infested) will be available soon!).

We All Fall Before the Harvest

In the guts of a nameless city, career criminal Owen fights for his sanity and his life. After stealing a morbid piece of artwork at the behest of his boss, Owen discovers the original owners of the grotesque painting are part of a twisted cult known as The Family–and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back.

The longer Owen possesses the painting, the more it warps his mind and alters the very world around him. Between those that want him dead, his own dark past, and his crumbling grip on reality, the walls are closing in. Unstable but determined, Owen is the only thing standing between our world and the coming Harvest.

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Timber Ghost Press


Something sinister is happening inside the New leaf Building.

Olivia wakes on her bedroom floor in a pool of vomit, head spinning. The power is off and her husband is missing. A vicious storm assaults the building, but it is nothing compared to the storm raging outside her apartment door. A parasite has begun invading–possessing–the residents. Transforming them into twisted, demented versions of their former selves with one thing on their mind. To kill.

Screams echo from the darkened hallways as Olivia, desperate to find her husband, ventures unknowingly into a world of violence and mayhem. Trapped within the New Leaf’s endless corridors, she must face her fears and discover the dark, ancient secret behind the insanity. She must face the Infested.

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New year, new stories.

I’ve recently had two short stories picked up for publication.

Up first is “Blood and Snow” in the Dead of Night anthology from Blood Rites Press.

The theme of the book is Vampires (a classic!) and I was pleased as punch to be included in it.

For more on Blood Rites Horror, head over to their website HERE

The order a copy for yourself, head over HERE.

Next, and releasing in the summer, is Eerie River Publishing’s It Calls from the Veil. My story, “Playland” is a creepy, supernatural yarn that should please.

It is too early to pre-order, but I will drop that link soon. For now, check out Eerie River HERE

In the meantime, check out the sweet cover and list of authors involved!

New Signing!

As I said in my last post, my novel (tentatively titled They Crawl Within) was suddenly without a home. As luck would have it, the stars aligned, and the universal decided to smile upon me, and so, I’m happy to announce that it has been scooped up by Eerie River Publishing!

I’ve been following Eerie River for a little while now and have been impressed with their books, to say the least. And bonus, they are from my home province of Ontario!

The novel is currently scheduled for a fall 2022 release. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, give Eerie River some love and check out their socials.





-Christian (C. M. Forest)


After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to remove my debut novel, They Crawl Within from Raven Tale Publishing. This was a tough decision, but one that I am ultimately comfortable with. There was no shady activity, nor nasty fighting between myself and the publisher, but rather it became clear to me that we had different ideas around the publishing of the book. Other than that insurmountable barrier (for me, at least), they were quite great to deal with and were really cool about the whole situation.

That does not mean that They Crawl Within will not be published, as a new, and somewhat unexpected opportunity might have arisen (like the old saying goes, when one door closes another opens). More on this soon, but for now, know that I am happy with where things stand and am focused on the upcoming release of my novella, We All Fall Before the Harvest.

-C. M. Forest

We All Fall Before the Harvest

It’s official, my cosmic horror novella We All Fall Before the Harvest has been acquired by Timber Ghost Press! I wrote the book early this past summer and felt confident that it would find a home sooner rather than later. Stay tuned for more info about cover reveals and a release date.

In the meantime, check out Timber Ghost’s website for more spooky goodness. Timber Ghost Press

-C. M. Forest

Big News!

Last week I signed a contract for a two-book deal with Raven Tale Publishing. This deal includes my debut novel, They Crawl Within. I’ve been tinkering with this book off and on for nearly five years now and am thrilled that it will see the light of day. The second book on the deal hasn’t been written yet, but I have a doozy of an idea and should start drafting very soon.

Stay tuned for more info!

Who is C. M. Forest?

Who is C. M. Forest? Good question. I’m not entirely sure yet myself. I’ve always been keen to write in other genres besides horror (as is evidenced through my bibliography), and as such, have begun to notice that there is a growing misunderstanding from readers as to what to expect from me. If you pick up a story or book by Christian Laforet, it could be anything from horror to literary fiction. It’s like a spin of the genre wheel. Because of this, I’ve decided to start using pen names for my various genre specific projects.

The first fictional fellow to be birthed into the world is the horror writer, C. M. Forest. This nom de plume is not as far from my actual name as it might at first seem. My first two initials are indeed C and M and my last name, Laforet, when translated from French to English, means The Forest. Creative, I know.

I’m not really sure how this whole thing will work out, but it feels right, so I’m jumping in. The first story under the C. M. Forest name can be found in the upcoming anthology, The Darkness Between by Collective Tales Publishing.

Until next time, stay safe and keep reading,

Christian (C. M. Forest)