Two new reviews of my new book, 100 Jolts, came in today… I’m very excited by the response this book is getting! Please take a look-see:
“When reading this newest collection, it becomes readily apparent that Arnzen is a true chameleon when it comes to horror. His ideas cover everything from dark torture like the kind found in ‘Degrees of Separation’ to the light-hearted but still gruesome ‘Stabbing for Dummies.’ He knows how to take an intriguing theme, idea, or locale and turn it into something dismal, bleak, and entertaining. Case in point — ‘The Cow Cafe’. This is an interesting take on the coffee house scene and will certainly make you think twice the next time you go into some trendy bistro for a cup of joe.
The bottom line: Michael Arnzen’s writing is a tremendous amount of fun to read, and horror enthusiasts everywhere should pick up a copy of 100 Jolts. This book is great if you only have a few minutes to read during the morning commute or if you have an hour to read every story in succession. I’m sure if you’re like me you’ll be groaning in disgust, looking over your shoulder in fear, and smiling with enjoyment all at the same time. Arnzen’s work is simply that good and that effective. Highly recommended.”
Preorder today from your favorite online bookstore.
Here are some loose bits of news that appear in the official e-mail edition of The Goreletter going out later this afternoon:
Both this strange newsletter (The Goreletter) and my poetry chapbook from Fairwood Press last October (Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems) have received enough recommendations to appear on the “preliminary ballot” for the Bram Stoker Award (in Alternative Forms and Poetry, respectively). Cliche or not, it really is an honor to be recognized. It tells me I’m doing something right. Now it’s up to the professional members of the Horror Writers Association to whittle down their favorites through two rounds of voting. The competition is fiercer than a mongoose pit filled with snapping turtles. Wish me luck. And if you’re an HWA member, well, now’s your chance to say you actually voted for Gore in 2004!
+++A DECADE OF DECADENCE, DWINDLING
The leatherbound and/or hardcover editions of my novel, Grave Markings: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, are probably sold out by now, but there still might be a copy or two left if you write Delirium Books NOW with your inquiry. See http://www.deliriumbooks.com/essentials.htm for details asap.
I’ve acquired a batch of my chapbook — Michael Arnzen’s Dying — a quirky little poetic parody of Martha Stewart’s Living. Ed Bryant applauded this book in Locus magazine last year, writing: “”Arnzen’s a crackerjack poet of the dark fantastic…[his poetry] whipsaws the reader from giggling to guffawing to cringing, often all on the same page.” If you’d like to get your hands on a signed copy of this crazy collectable, it would be “a good thing.” Or maybe a very bad thing. Or, perhaps just a very, very sick thing. To get yours, signed, postage paid, just send me $8 via PayPal to email@example.com. Limited to my supply on hand. If you want to order without using online services, you must e-mail me first to make arrangements (and to see if I have any copies left!). Don’t worry — I’m not sending any of the proceeds to Martha’s attorneys.
No, it’s not a new freakadelic denture adhesive paste in day-glo colors. As I’ve reported before, Freakcidents: A Surrealist Sideshow is a knock-out poetry book coming from Shocklines Press in March/April in a limited “remarqued” hardcover and standard trade edition. The “remarqued” edition is not only a signed collectable hardcover, but it gets customized by the book’s artist, the eponymous GAK — who is redesigning the cover for the book (that means it will be a little different than the b/w version you may have already seen). In his review at feoamante.com, Mikey Huyck called Freakcidents “one of the most bizarre collections of anything I’ve ever pawed through.” Wanna paw through it yourself? Preorder the mutancy here: http://store.yahoo.com/shocklines/shpr.html
If you’ve never visited the small press catalogue at Project Pulp, you’ve missed out on a wonderful resource for fantasy, science-fiction, horror, music and underground publishing. They’ve got discounted copies of a number of small magazines and anthologies I’ve appeared in. In fact, my poetry book, Gorelets, is #5 on their “Most Overlooked Titles” charts…not sure what that means, but I like being charted. Anyway, check out Project Pulp…I’m sure you’ll find something good to read there, whether for yourself or as a gift to others. Creative searches recommended, but if you can’t make up your mind, consider Dark Animus, Sick: An Anthology of Illness, Yellow Bat Review or the latest issue of Talebones magazine, all of which I’ve contributed to.
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from “Have Your Brain and Eat it Too: The Delicious Horror of Michael Arnzen” — review by John Young:
“Arnzen’s prose is infectious. His intimacy with horror-even if it’s not a genre you normally read-will entice you. He writes most of his introductory flash stories in the second person, reeling readers into encounters you probably never contemplated, but soon find yourself fascinated with. Take for example a sentence from story number nine, “Resonant Eyes: “If you lick your fingertip and run it steadily around the rim of the eye socket, you can produce a tone as deep and hollow as a bassoon.” My first impression was, wait a minute! How does he know that! After the first few stories, your curiosity desires to know more. … Arnzen succeeds in shocking his readers with his 100 Jolts. He is a
master of the short form ”
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The final book cover “blurb” just came in for my short story collection, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories:
“Name your nightmare. Michael Arnzen delivers stories for every possible taste in horror. He can be witty and subtle on one page, then icky and overwhelming on the next. The subjects of these compact stories range from the beloved horror tropes that don’t really scare us, such as vampires, to our real fears, such as alienation, to things we hadn’t thought to worry about until reading the story, such as skeletal dis-articulation. 100 Jolts is a substantial library of horror fiction in one book.” — Bruce Holland Rogers, author of Wind Over Heaven
I just learned that my short-short story, “How to Feed a Man-Eating Plant” somehow made it to the Top 10 in the “Best Horror Stories of 2003” in the Reader’s Poll at Preditors and Editors trade magazine online. But the voting hasn’t closed yet. You can read my story online at The Eternal Night and then, if you like it enough, CLICK HERE TO VOTE for your favorite story. Note that the deadline approaches fast: poll closes on Jan 21st!
“Man Eating Plant” will appear in my forthcoming collection, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories
Grave Markings: The Tenth Anniversary Edition is gearing up for an April release from Delirium Books as part of their “Dark Essential” series. Pictured above is an advanced peek at the fantastic cover art by Mike Bohatch. Preorders are being taken now at Shocklines.com. These titles are reputed to sell out quite rapidly. Only 15 leatherbound copies and 150 signed hardcovers are being produced, so don’t miss out!
Advanced Acclaim for 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories by Michael A. Arnzen:
“Simply stated, there’s >nothing< like this collection of ultra-short fiction. Arnzen continually impressed me with his punchy narrative style and endless images of grue, gore, and gristle. An evening with this book will leave you feeling like you've been guttted like a dead fish and hung out to dry." — Tom Monteleone, author of Blood of the Lamb
"100 Jolts delivers far more than is promised by its title; with this magnificent collection of literate and disturbing short-shorts, some which are among the darkly funniest I've ever read, Arnzen can rightfully claim his place as the Donald Barthelme of horror. This book is a remarkable achievement." — Gary A. Braunbeck, author of In Silent Graves
"Avant-horror is all about trespass (of narrative limits, of readerly expectations, of social decorum) and all about the disruption of what our culture thinks it needs to repress in order to remain whole and functioning. In these 100 wild-eyed fictive concentrates, Michael A. Arnzen, the wizard of outre, asks our culture to think again. And again.”
—Lance Olsen, author of Hideous Beauties
100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories
by Michael A. Arnzen
A collection of one hundred short-shorts designed
to horrify, disturb and stun by the award-winning author
of Grave Markings and Gorelets.Com. High voltage flash fiction!
Cover Art by Matt Sesow
ISBN 0-9745031-2-6 | 156 pp. trade paperback & ebook
April 2004 | $12.95
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Delirium Reprints Grave Markings in 2004
I’m very pleased to announce that Delirium Books will be re-releasing my Bram Stoker Award-winning first novel, Grave Markings, in a limited run of collectable leatherbound and hardcover copies in Spring 2004. This is part of their Dark Essential series of “must have” horror books. I’m excited to have this fine publisher releaseing the book on its tenth anniversary. It will include new artwork and a new introduction reflecting on what on earth I was thinking when I wrote this crazy tattoo artist-cum-serial killer fantasy about skinning people alive. These Dark Essential books sell out very quickly upon publication, so keep your eyes glued to Delirium Books home page to learn when it will be offered for sale (pre-order availability will likely be sometime January!)
A Shocklines.com Bestseller
I was happy to learn that two of my titles (three if you count the “Scary Holidays” anthology I’m in) were listed on the Shocklines Bookstore bestseller lists at the beginning of December! So thanks to all of you reading this who have picked up copies of the lettered edition of Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems or who pre-ordered the signed version of my book, 100 Jolts, from Shocklines! Want to see what all the hubub is about? Check out these books:
Gorelets: Special Editions
I believe Fairwood Press still has a few copies of the highly collectable lettered edition of Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems available. There were only 52 copies in the limited run and it’s probably a steal at just $9.99. I also made a sneak offer on my website this past month to websurfers who want a signed copy inscribed with a unique haiku written just for the buyer, for $10. This “haiku-inscribed” run will be withdrawn after I sell one more copy, so it’s first-come first served! Any order for the haiku edition must use paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you just want to save a few bucks on it, though, you can always order the regular version direct from Fairwood Press using the coupon mentioned elsewhere in this edition of The Goreletter. Or save even more on Double Dragon’s e-book edition, which includes some bonus gore!
If you’re an amazon.com customer, they now are selling the e-book version of Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems. Naturally, you can get this elsewhere, like direct from Double Dragon Publishing. But I wanted to mention Amazon, because I’d like to encourage those of you who have read my books to post a mini-review of any of them at Amazon. Just a few sentences will do. I noticed that people don’t do this unless you reach out and ask them. So I’m asking you now. Pretty please?
E-books Spreading like E coli
I’m taking a breather from e-book publishing to dedicate myself with a little more energy to print media first. So any e-books that come out in the future will likely be subsidiary rather than initial releases. But I purposefully have published Sportuary in e-book form only, just to be different, so I encourage you to check that title out. You can also now get Arnzen e-books at Palm Digital Media in addition to Fictionwise.com. And speaking of Fictionwise, an anthology about daughterhood I’m in called “Julia, Daughter of…”, has returned from the grave at Fictionwise.com and — what with all the December discounts they’re offering for the holidays — you can get it now for just $1.50! That’s less than a beer at most bars! Come now, give a little, will ya?
Did you know that the newsletter you’re reading is among the top candidates presently in the running for the Bram Stoker Award in Alternative Forms? I’m very happy and excited about this, given all the energy I put into this newsletter (for free!). If you’re a member of the HWA, affiliate or active, you can also nominate texts for this award, so please keep me in mind for this. But I’d really like to call more attention to my recently published book, Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems, published by Fairwood Press early last month. It’s only received one recommendation in the Poetry catagory so far and I think it’s probably worthy of a few more, if only to alert others to its existence. So if you’re an HWA member, write to Patrick at Fairwood Press ( email@example.com ) and he’ll send you a free electronic review copy of the Gorelets galleys to consider for this award.
The Sportuary Clinic
Sportuary — my collection of 30 poems re-imagining sports in all sorts of twisted ways — hit #5 on the CyberPulp Bestseller list this month. The only way to get this collection is in e-book form. Tim Curran recently wrote a fantastic review at The Dark Krypt about this book, so I’ll turn it over to him: “Employing haiku and free verse, Arnzen plumbs the depths of his aberrant, wonderful imagination and offers biting, metaphorical commentary on the shadowy side of athletics: swimmers mesmerized by hungry undertows and ping pong played with staring human eyes, referees getting their gruesome reward and badminton as played by lunatics. These poems are good. Not only are they good, they
I’m very pleased to announce that Delirium Books will be re-releasing my Bram Stoker Award-winning first novel, Grave Markings, in a limited run of collectable leatherbound and hardcover copies in Spring 2004. This is part of their Dark Essential series of “must have” horror books.
I was happy to learn that I have two titles (three if you count an anthology I’m in) listed on the Shocklines Bookstore bestseller lists this week! (My e-book, Sportuary, is also #5 on the Cyberpulp Bestseller List!)
If you’re an amazon.com customer, they now offer the e-book version of Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems. You can also now get Arnzen e-books at Palm Digital Media in addition to Fictionwise.com.