“Just imagine a number of men in chains, and all condemned to die, some of whom each day have their throats cut before the eyes of others. Those who remain see their own condition in that of their fellows and, observing one another with grief and without hope, await their turn. That is the image of the human condition.” — Blaise Pascal (died 1662)
1) Interesting. Everybody who “likes” me seems to be a latex glove fetishist.
2) I’m not pulling over, hitcher. I’m stepping on the gas. Oh no. Get out of the way!3) Who’s got your nose?
4) If this hand were bearing an unbuttoned sleeve, everything you liked would seem …dirty.
5) The universal symbol for social approval in the 21st Century is a dismembered hand. I like that. But it’s kind of overkill. Surely just a single digit would do.
6) A grammatical sin is committed by our passive acceptance of this plurality of “likes” — that is, the letter S should be employed only when the subject is singular in second or third person (eg. “x number of people likes me” is an insult to English, and perhaps also the Welch). The Hand knows this but does not care, eschewing language entirely for an international symbolic system of hieroglyphs without the possibility of negation (or “unlikes”), but rather, dumbly indicating its opposition through absence (a Lacanian “lack” of likes, not present in the oedipal calculation). But where does one find, say, the middle finger in all this homogeneous idiocy? Oh, I see. Got it. Understood.
7) Clearly this stiff arm is really the pale-blue hand of an evil clown. Why does he keep following me???
8) You don’t like me. You’re pointing “gun fingers” at me. You’re either a sniper or a used car salesman. Please go away.
9) Some would say that this uncanny symbol means “thumbs up.” But there is only one thumb on this hand…that I can see.
10) I’m told that in some cultures, the “thumb up” is actually a gesture that is a provocative sexual insult. Gee, thanks everyone.
Significant related reading: “The Thumb Up”: http://bernd.wechner.info/Hitchhiking/Thumb/
I am honored by this heart-warmingly weird tribute that surprisingly erupted as a meme over on Facebook yesterday. Raw Dog Screaming Press is sponsoring a fun creative celebration called “Arnzstigation Days” in support of our successful funding of The Fridge of the Damned (for which all backers receive a copy of my upcoming story idea lighter fluid, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side). It’s basically a creative writing challenge and a call for memories of weirdness we may have shared. If anything from my classes, workshops or posts in the Instigation department of this website (or the prompts in The Gorelets Omnibus) inspires or inspired you to do something bizarre in any way, share news with Raw Dog to join the fun, before the end of the month.
Happy to see the expansion of Dog Star Books — a hot new SF line put out by one of my longstanding publishers, Raw Dog Screaming Press, and edited by my former co-editor from Many Genres), Heidi Ruby Miller. They’ve just released the cover of a new book by the prolific SF author, Mike Resnick:
SUMMARY: The best way to learn about an alien species is not only to live among them, but to become them in both physical form and function, but could a human really learn to think like an alien, and at what cost to his humanity?
Journalist and adventurer Xavier William Lennox becomes obsessed with the rituals of the Fireflies, an alien culture of gold-skinned inhabitants living on the planet Medina. When he gets too close to their mysterious society, he’s captured, tortured, and banished for his curiosity, but vows to learn what it is that the aliens are so desperate to hide, even if it means becoming one of them.
But his curiosity doesn’t end with the Fireflies. As opportunities arise to study more alien races, Lennox undergoes a series of cosmetic surgeries so that he can blend in with their cultures. But each time his humanity is stretched until he faces his biggest challenge—trying to return to the ordinary life of a man who has experienced the universe in ways he was never meant to.
Great to see the Dog barking at the moon, expanding its lineup as its tenth year in the industry unfolds. Congrats to all.
[In honor of our Kickstarter campaign for The Fridge of the Damned…(remember: the chance to pledge and receive great rewards ends Feb 1st!)]
The Fridge Peep Show
Freezer Friday by Charlie Layton
Abandoned Appliances Flickr Group
Fridge Monster by Daywalt Fear Factory
The Undying Horror of the Refrigerator
World Horror Convention & Bram Stoker Award Weekend
June 13-16, 2013 | New Orleans, LA
Arnzen has TENTATIVE plans to attend.
“In Your Write Mind” Book Signing
June 29, 2013 | Greensburg, PA
PLAY DEAD reissue release date! Arnzen will sign books at the “In Your Write Mind” workshop at Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction Alumni book signing event, anticipated June 29th, 2013 at 7pm.
July 19-21, 2013 | Pittsburgh, PA
Arnzen will be attending Confluence: The 25th Annual Literary Sci-Fi Convention in Pittsburgh, PA (Airport Holiday Inn) July 19th – 21st, 2013. Readings, signings, panel appearances expected. Likely to feature events from Dog Star Books and Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Sept. 19-22, 2013 | Las Vegas, NV
Arnzen will be attending KillerCon V to be held at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Sept. 19-22nd, 2013. Readings, book signings and panel appearances expected.
Most of these don’t happen until Summer 2013, but I wanted to post these to remind folks who may be making travel plans, since many cons offer discounted rates to early birds. I’ll post updates as new signings and events are arranged.
I made this video to shout out my thanks for all who have been pledging to make The Fridge of the Damned a reality. As of this post, there are two weeks left to pledge and we’re 76% of the way toward funding the manufacturing of the magnet sets. But we want to see these come in collectible tins, and the only way to make that happen is with your support. Please pledge or spread the word by sharing this video or the link to our page on kickstarter.
Remember: the campaign ends on February 1st!
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Happy New Fear,
– Michael A. Arnzen
I’m pleased to formally announce the resurrection of my old indie press imprint, Mastication Publications! While we’ve existed since 1991, and printed a number of chapbooks and ephemera over the past twenty years, this really marks a new phase in the press’ development, as we will be more aggressively entering the ebook market and developing new projects. Our tagline is “Unusual Ideas to Chew On”. Here’s a snippet from the mission statement on our “About Us” page which elaborates:
We see this press as more of a creative laboratory than some vain enterprise in self-publishing. It is a venue for trying new things and archiving things that may have otherwise been lost and forgotten. We’ve always been a small press interested in exploring new territory for genre fiction and poetry, liberated from the norms of mainstream publishing and unbound by the usual commercial demands.
Visit the new page at http://masticationpublications.com
Lots of creative things are in development, from a new logo, to re-released ebooks from my backlist, to the new Instigation ebook (which you can get for as little as a buck if you pledge to The Fridge of the Damned kickstarter before Feb 1st!).
But first up is a free chapbook, available NOW, called MEAT SHOTS!
Want a freebie? All you need to do is sign up for the press’ new newsletter and you will receive a free electronic chapbook (adobe format) called “Meat Shots” that collects some of my best microhorror in a beautifully colorful and playfully organized little package, designed by Nathan Rosen. Read all about it on the Mastication Publications website or see the TOC and excerpt on the book’s page.