Creative Horror by Michael Arnzen

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Now available: The Gorelets Omnibus: Collected Poems, 2001-11. Cover for The Gorelets Omnibus
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"Bored with sleeping? Read this book at night. Michael Arnzen's poems are absolutely terrifying. His writing makes me uncomfortable for all the right reasons. If you enjoy the things that go bump in the night, Arnzen's poems might change your mind. Arnzen is disturbingly, madly, brilliant and I pray for those close to him." —Ryan Mecum, author of Zombie Haiku and Dawn of Zombie Haiku.

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