The Goreletter — my creative horror newsletter, delivered free since Sept. 2002 — is evolving into something fresher. I’m still prepping the new issue, but you can now subscribe to add your name to the list and be among the first to check it out using the form below. Uncertain if you’re on the list? Go ahead and use this form to resubscribe. Or if you’ve never read The Goreletter, give it a whirl — you can always unsubscribe later if it doesn’t strike your fancy. Still unsure? Here’s a taste: a sample back issue from July. [Update: take a look at the latest edition!]
Thanks to everyone who entered the Play Dead “Pick a Card” Contest! The rules were simple: guess a card I randomly pulled from the deck. If you guessed the suit or the pip correct, you were entered into a random draw for a chance to win. One lucky person guessed the exact card and won the grand prize!
And here are the results… Many congratulations to the following winners!
As you can see above, the card drawn was the 6 of clubs.
And, amazingly, Amy Drees guessed the exact card, which won her a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of PLAY DEAD, a signed copy of the THOU SHALT NOT anthology, a signed/lettered ARNZENSONGS & POEDOWN Double-Live CD and Instigation ebook.
All three winners also are receiving a Play Dead hat — a collectible “Ace of Spades” black ballcap!
Congratulations to all three. Runner’s up who guessed the pip or the suit will also receive a free copy of Instigation as a token of appreciation for playing along.
I also want to congratulate the following people:
Applause to Sam McCanna, who recently won the highly collectible, sculpture-bound “grim grimoire” edition of Play Dead, as part of the pre-order contest sponsored by the publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Kudos to Daniel Baker and Devin Blakeney, who both won Play Dead paperbacks in the random draw hosted on goodreads.com
Even if you didn’t win one of these prizes, your fate awaits you in Play Dead available now from your favorite bookseller.
[The following contest is over — see the winning card / person here.]
I just pulled a random card from a deck of cards. Have a look:
Can you guess which card it is? Respond with a comment on this post, indicating pip (#/face) + suit. (Jokers have been removed).
Guess well. You only get one guess. But several chances to win!
On July 20th, I will reveal a photo with the card above turned-over.
If you guessed the exact card, you are entered in a random draw for a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of PLAY DEAD, a signed copy of the THOU SHALT NOT anthology, a signed/lettered ARNZENSONGS & POEDOWN Double-Live CD and Instigation ebook. If you are the only one to guess the card, you instantly win.
All three winners will receive a Play Dead hat — a collectible “Ace of Spades” black ballcap!
The latest issue of The Goreletter (Vol. 7.01: “Cibophobia”) included a special subscribers-only contest that involved writing a haiku summary of one of my books and posting it to LibraryThing’s #bookhaiku page. Here are the winning entries (surprise: I’ve added a bonus for 4th place!).
These fine folks are all each receiving a signed copy of Many Genres, One Craft, an uncased copy of the film based on my short-shorts, Exquisite Corpse, on DVD, and a special signed CD-R single of “The Bleu Man Group” (featuring both live and studio versions), excerpted from the ArnzenSongs CD (currently in production as part of a 26-copy lettered series of double-live recordings for kickstarter backers of The Fridge of the Damned…extra cds will be available for sale from this site in the near future, if you missed your chance!). They also all received a free limited edition broadside (fancy single poem on fancy paper).
psychopath of art:
i color my brain in ink —
your death comes to me
— Bill Bush
nothing is as it appears —
read between the lines
— Beth Kegelmeyer
Thanks to these fine folks for crafting such intriguing haiku. I love every syllable.
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Happy New Fear,
– Michael A. Arnzen
A few weeks ago I guest-judged (along with Nathan Rosen and Oonah Joslin) a writing contest they held on the site for short-short horror stories related to the common theme of “art.” It generated a huge response, and I read a lot of very sick stories that made it a difficult process to select the very best. My hat’s off to the winners: Caelin Beaty (for “Chiseled”), Mara Morrigan (for “Disturbing Art”) and Angel Zapata (for “The Blood Worms”). Three very distinctive shots of terror. I sent them all a signed copy of The Gorelets Omnibus, in appreciation for their accomplishments. Start reading those three and I know you won’t be able to stop yourself from reading any of the hundreds upon hundreds of short-short stories on the site. Go to microhorror.com and enjoy.
Microhorror is spearheaded by Nathan Rosen, who you might recognize as the graphic designer behind the “100% Arnzen” meat package I shared with you back in May. Since that time, Nate has been working with me on a couple of future projects that I can’t wait to share in the year to come — from graphic design work for the upcoming re-release of my novel Play Dead in new formats, to a new chapbook to come in 2013, to a realization of my old “Refrigerator of the Damned” in a way you won’t be expecting! Keep your eyes here, or subscribe to The Goreletter for all the exciting news to come in the year ahead.
That’s right…you could even buy a copy from amazon in two seconds (currently just $4.99), snap a picture, and win!
UPDATE: This contest has ended. Please subscribe to The Goreletter for a chance at future giveaways!
Earlier I announced new things are coming for Raw Dog Screaming Press — not the least of which is the rerelease of my novel Play Dead in paperback and ebook in the year to come. As proof of their new energy, here’s a sneak graphic that you can dig: the bold cover art by Bradley Sharp for the book, COG by K. Ceres Wright, a cyberpunk title coming in Summer 2013 — debuting the new science-fiction line, Dog Star Books. Ceres was a great student in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program where I teach, and contributed an essay on cyberpunk to Many Genres, One Craft. Right on, dawg.
I’ve been a longtime fan of the Dexter series on Showtime, and a new season (#7) is going to begin in about a month. I unfortunately don’t subscribe to Showtime, having caught it through Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand in the past. But last month I picked up the entire run of the whole series (when I spotted it as a blu ray deal of the week on Amazon) and have begun watching it all over again, deliberately, studying this serial killer series for whatever new observations I can make the second time around and to uncover any lessons I can glean.
I’ve begun sharing some snippets of these thoughts on twitter in a series with the hashtag #DexterNotes. If you don’t follow me on twitter, not to worry: these are all handily available in the permanent archive I keep here on gorelets.com, called The Nest; here’s a link to the archived #DexterNotes. I’m also posting links to related Dexterophilia on Delicious. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only read one of the Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay that inspired the series so far, but I plan to make amends. I’m not just a fan; I think this study may lead to something very interesting and unique in the future.