I am happy to announce that I’ve contracted with a bold newcomer — Raw Dog Screaming Press — to publish my flash story collection, 100 JOLTS, in trade paperback and ebook this coming Spring. As you might guess, this book actually contains one hundred short-short horror stories. Sound like enough bang for your buck? It’s scheduled for release at World Horror Convention 2004, where RDS will host a party, a signing, and other fun activities. A new interview with Arnzen for The Dream People magazine‘s “Extreme Horror” issue includes sample stories from the book!
Just when you thought the horrorshow of the world series and early football season was over… now comes SPORTUARY by Michael A. Arnzen. Available exclusively in e-book form, this 42 page electronic chapbook by a Bram Stoker Award-winning author reimagines sporting events in all sorts of twisted ways. You’ll get everything from kids playing badminton with dead birdies to “fearleaders” with bony pompoms. Now available for immediate download from CyberPulp Digital Publishing. (Sample poems available at gorelets.com). Priced at just $3, this collection of bizarre imaginings is cheaper than a scary stadium hot dog. GET IT HERE.
“It is easy to see why many of Arnzen’s readers consider him a master of the macabre. “Sportuary” is the culmination of what could happen if sport and the win at all costs attitude it breeds were to go unchecked, and the dark side were to take over. Plus, it is one hell of a fun read.” — Gary West, Dream People magazine
Just found out that my short story collection, 100 JOLTS: Shockingly Short Stories is already available for advanced pre-orders at Shocklines Online Bookstore for just $12.95. And as always, Shocklines is offering a sweet deal! Pre-order from Shocklines to get a SIGNED copy as soon as they arrive!
Also available now from Shocklines: GORELETS: Unpleasant Poems for just $7.99.
I hereby declare that my contractual relationship with Dark Vesper Publishing has officially terminated. As of October 19, 2003, DVP has been forbidden to publish or distribute my literary property, particularly the books entitled “Freakcidents” and “Freaks and Psychos.” If you preordered either title from Dark Vesper Publishing, contact publisher Randy Speeg directly for a refund at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you pre-ordered through Shocklines Bookstore, you need do nothing for Shocklines will not charge a customer until a book ships.
There is a good chance the book WILL ship. I have another publisher for Freakcidents waiting in the wings. Please check my website, http://gorelets.com for continued information on this long-awaited title that has received rave reviews from Strange Horizons, Flesh and Blood, Sidereality, Star*Line, and many more.
+ GORELETS: THE BOOK!
You can now order Gorelets:
Unpleasant Poems (52 short horror
poems in a format all their own) in
collectable print editions or as an e-
book with a bonus chapbook’s worth of
“extra unpleasantness”! Only 52 copies
of the signed/lettered edition ($9.99)
will be printed and it’s likely to sell out
VERY fast. Don’t despair: the standard
edition costs just $7.99. Both are
available now from Fairwood Press or
Shocklines Bookstore. The e-book is a
cheap alternative for just $4.99 directly
from Double Dragon Publishing.
+ COOL BADNESS
Gorelets.com was SciFi.Com’s”Cool
Pick of the Web” from Sept 25th-30th!
My parody of Martha Stewart, DYING,
made Shocklines Bookstore’s
bestseller list this week! That’s
obviously a good thing.
A new interview with Arnzen for The
Dream People magazine’s “Extreme
Horror” issue includes sample stories
from the upcoming book, 100 Jolts!
+ SPORTUARY UPDATE
The publisher of my sports-related
horror poetry e-book, CyberPulp, has
encountered unforeseen delays, but
promises me that the title will be
available before Halloween. Keep your
eyes on the preview page for updates.
+ FREAKCIDENTS UPDATE
I know many you have been waiting for
this one. So have I. If Dark Vesper
Publishing does not produce
Freakcidents by October 19th (five days
from the day I write this), then my
contractual obligation to them ceases
and I will turn to another company who
is already waiting in the wings. Want to
order but uncertain? Don’t fret! Order
this book through Shocklines.com and
you won’t be charged a dime until the
book ships to your door. This collection
of poetry about mutants is one of my
personal favorites, and reviewers who
have read advanced copies have just
loved it. So I still have high hopes for
Freakcidents and I thank those of you
who have been waiting for it for your
+ OCTOBER RUSHES AT YOU
Dark poetry fans might be in the mood
for a neat new media collection that I’m
in, called October Rush. It includes a
favorite poem of mine, “Death Shroud
Fashion Show”and a collaborative
work with Kurt Newton…and tons of
poems by some talented writers!
Available FREE at:
+ THE ARNZEN SEMINARS
What are “The Arnzen Seminars”? Not
as weird as you think. A new series of
occasional columns on writing for Gila
Queen’s Guide to Markets. If you’re a
writer you should check out this trade
+ NOT DEAD YET
Caution: I’ll be removing the offer for
signed copies of DYING from the front
of gorelets.com within the month. So if
you want one, now’s the time to order.
+ I’M STOKED!
Thanks to every HWA member reading
this who has nominated The Goreletter
for the Bram Stoker Award in “Alternate Forms” so far. This
newsletter currently tops the Stoker
charts with the most recommendations!
But it’s early in the game…
“There once was a vamp from Nantucket…”
I just received my contributor’s copy of Unspeakable Limericks, a charming little anthology of naughty science fiction/fantasy and horror verse from small press Sam’s Dot Publishing. Teri Santitoro’s COLOR art on the inside was a wonderful addition to this spirited little book. My doggerel, “Crazy Biology,” is nothing compared to the twisted contributions from Alice Henderson, P. Andrew Miller, Kevin Hayes, Bruce Boston, and many others. Order for $9US from Erin Donahoe’s nice online speculative poetry bookstore PoetryFox.com
+ CyberPulp Digital Paperbacks tells
me that my e-chapbook of twisted
poems about sports, SPORTUARY,
will be available by Sept 15th.
In his review for THE DREAM
PEOPLE, writer Gary West summed it
up wonderfully: “Sportuary is the
culmination of what could happen if
sport and the win at all costs attitude it
breeds were to go unchecked, and the
dark side were to take over. Plus, it is
one hell of a fun read….”
Featuring original color paintings by
Marcia Borell, this thirty page e-book
will be just three bucks!
(While you’re waiting for Sportuary,
you might want to pick up Bruce
Boston’s $3 poetry book at CyberPulp,
called Head Full of Strange. I loved it!)
+ I’ve learned that two of my pieces
from last year were listed as
“Honorable Mention” in the latest
volume (#16) of The Year’s Best
Fantasy & Horror (edited by Ellen
Datlow and Terry Windling; a must
read every year!). The pieces
recommended are “Halloween Pie” (a
poem from Rogue Worlds #7) and
“Tugging the Heartstrings” (a short-
short from Flashquake #2.2). The
latter is still archived online if you
+ At Horrorfind convention, two
publishers handed me hot-off-the-
press copies of magazines I appear in,
both debuting new formats. Flesh and
Blood magazine, which features my
ode to mortuary work, “Heartfelt” (issue
13) debuted in all its full-sized, glossy-
covered, bright-colored glory this
month. And Kevin Donihe’s magazine,
Bare Bone (issue 4), which has always
been sparse in its “bare” white cover,
has now gone to color illustrated
covers in a perfect-bound format that
not only looks really sharp but is really
substantial in size for the price. If you
haven’t read these horror magazines
yet, you’re really missing out on some
great stories and poems. Both
magazines are available through the
venerable shocklines.com bookstore,
or you can read about them here:
+ Many people have recently reported
communication problems with Dark
Vespers, the publisher for my
upcoming book, Freakcidents. To be
safe, I recommend you place your pre-
order through shocklines.com because
Shocklines Bookstore will not charge
you until the book is actually shipped. I
am confident that this book will be
+ Disappointing news: I’m sorry to
report that Grave Markings Extreme —
the sculpted leather-bound Tenth
Anniversary Edition planned for my
Stoker-winning novel — has been
canceled by Double Dragon
Publishing. (If another publisher picks it
up you’ll be the first to know.) DDP,
however, still plans to release the e-
book version of Gorelets: Unpleasant
Poetry at the same time that the print
version comes out from Fairwood
Press. Either one is really special.
Forthcoming this Halloween!
+ Thanks to every HWA member
reading this who has nominated The
Goreletter for the Bram Stoker Award
in “Alternate Media” so far.