This is the mock-up for the cover for my next novel, Play Dead, coming out in August 2005 from Raw Dog Screaming Press (in hardcover and novelty “sculpture”-bound editions). It’s still being developed, but I love the design…which looks just like it was taken out of the story.
Play Dead’s publisher is celebrating the book by sponsoring the “Play Dead Charity Poker Showdown” at World Horror Convention this coming April. 20 celebrity authors will battle each other at Texas Hold ‘Em for the charity of their choice. Read ’em and weep!
It’s really early in production, and you can’t order the book yet. But the novel got this great endorsement from Lance Olsen (author of Girl, Imagined by Chance):
“PLAY DEAD reads like white lightning. The wonderfully grungy characters and staccato-fast chapters grab you by the face, haul you in, and won’t let go, while the richly metaphoric style begs for savoring on every page. Arnzen wears a wry gaming grin even as he reminds us the universe is little more than a horrorshow comprised of pure plain chance. This terrific (in all senses of the word) novel hits the ground running and just won’t stop.”
Stay tuned for more news as it arrives!