Why do zombies lumber? What is the Resurrectal Cortex? What lurks in the Home Depot of the Dead?
Often hilarious, always scary, Rigormarole collects a score of dark poems for the walking dead. Arnzen experiments with form while always remaining readable and entertaining, treating zombies in ways that make us rethink everything we assume about them. The book also features original quirky sketches by John Skipp, best-selling novelist and editor of the zombie books, Book of the Dead and Mondo Zombie. Rigormarole is a rare treat for horror fans offering an unusual approach to the genre of the undead brain-eater, crafted by a pair of its most notoriously creative practitioners.
“Reanimated flesh, cannibalism, brain succotash…the stuff that great poetry is made of! Mike Arnzen fuses humor and gore with a poetic sensibility to create his own fun subgenre! Come in and take a bite! — Tom Piccirilli, author of November Mourns
“Arnzen can always be counted on to approach the grotesque and the visceral with wit, and, often, compassion…but be prepared: Arnzen doesn’t hold back and his imagery is both visceral and explicit….horror poetry doesn’t get much better than this!”
— Tim Pratt, Star*Line
“Mike Arnzen is the finest zombie poet who ever lived, then died and came back.” — John Skipp, editor of Mondo Zombie
“Composed or (perhaps decomposed?) of poetry reminiscent of the film Shawn of the Dead, and written in an e. e. Commings type style, Rigormarole tells a story of a world inhabited by zombies. Some of the poems are funny, others are unsettling, and some are simply disgusting. Arnzen’s poetry is predominantly free verse, but he does employ other techniques, such as the haiku and the limerick. The imagery is vivid and disquieting.” — Horror World
“An eclectic and often inspired collection, Arnzen provides for both those that love zombies and those that are sick of them, because you cannot help but laugh at some of these while being amazed at the zen-like depth of others. Traveling from standard zombie fair into new mythos and creative word play, the subject matter of the collection is as diverse as the rhythm and meter used in the individual poems. Through the varied use of third vs first person and pensive vs whimsical, Arnzen offers something for everyone.” — Horror Web
Artist Of The Living Dead
Those Who Landed, Surprised to Discover that Zombies Had Taken Over the Planet
How the Zombie Holocaust Changed the Holiday Shopping Season
Home Depot of the Dead
Advice from the Redneck Survivor
Skulls are Too Funny
Stranded at Colonial Isle
English Zombie Breakfast
Jesus Wept, But
Cuddling the Dead Kitten
Why Zombies Lumber
Here’s a sampling of poems from Rigormarole, excerpted from the proofreading galleys. If for some reason you can’t read this, visit scribd.com/Arnzen.
Here’s a performance of “Why Zombies Lumber” from Rigormarole, which was adapted to music for my cd, Audiovile:
Rigormarole: Zombie Poems
by Michael A. Arnzen
Naked Snake Press, 2005
Chapbook. Ltd to 250 copies. 40pp.
Cover Art and Illustrations by John Skipp
Out of Print