October 2009

Need a prompt to start cold…but dark? Come get some “Instigation”: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Goreletter #6.01 Mailed! Contests, reviews, weirdness. E-mail me if you didn’t get your copy. & Let me know what you think.

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Get a free copy of SPORTUARY ebook — now in Kindle mobi AND pdf format! — for subscribing to The Goreletter: http://gorelets.com

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Today’s issue of The Goreletter will feature a contest for RARE - I mean RARE - collectibles. Subscribers only: http://www.gorelets.com

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Halloween is also Nat’l Knock Knock Joke Day. Thus, I present to you Greg Pak’s PO MO KNOCK KNOCK: http://bit.ly/4r5kTV

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I’m going to try to get the new issue of The Goreletter out today for Halloween. Almost there. Subscribe free at http://www.gorelets.com

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RT @theauteurs: Zombies, demons, and psycho sisters headline @Criterion’s Halloween Festival of FREE films. http://j.mp/1wQ4d

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Whoa! Amazon is selling all 7 seasons of TALES FROM THE CRYPT on dvd in their Gold Box deal today-just $99: http://bit.ly/VQ0yf

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Adopt a VAMPIRE BAT for Halloween! http://bit.ly/1hAKsg

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RT @RubyTombstone Threw the severed hand off the balcony. That was a mistake. Now their attn is on me.Gotta board up the balcony door.

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Congrats @charlesatan And apparently congrats to me… <-Good Book http://bit.ly/3zVieU

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RT @spinmatt My top 10 Simpsons ‘Treehouse of Horror” Halloween segments. http://bit.ly/4igK8z

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Silence of the Lambs the Lego Musical (warning - foul-mouthed nfw): http://bit.ly/2dcp9c

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RT @chriswebb What do you think of publishers withholding ebook versions of print books? <— ANY license they acquire should be acted on!

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RT @captplothole I’ll go you one better in the price of being dead department: http://tinyurl.com/yk5sy… <-next grave: ebay

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[Thx @BetsyWhitt!] Amazon’s Kindle Love Sweepstakes - Make a wishlist on @amazon and you could win ebook nirvana: http://bit.ly/VwmBb

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Just ordered my first ebooks from Darkside Digital @horrormall http://bit.ly/1jquGl — they’re also running contest for a free ebook reader!

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@FreddyNOTLP Heh. And I can only imagine the ‘greeter’!

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The Price of Being Dead Just Dropped: http://bit.ly/2BmRZz

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Odyssey Lecturers Announced: @LAGilman @gregory_frost @MikeArnzen Alexander Jablokov, David Hartwell, + Elizabeth Hand! http://bit.ly/1rNhfd

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ALL CHOCOLATE IS CHOCULA: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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Added a few audio clips to posts in my blog. Go http://www.gorelets.com/… and click on the evil little play buttons.

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The Horror Writer Association’s ‘humorous horror’ book, BLOOD LITE, is on Kindle: http://bit.ly/1wYxMg @JeffStrand ‘s story rang my bell.

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Cool, @horrorbooks! My use of the Kindle will utterly depend on context. Never gonna replace a pick-up-and-read pbk or a fancy signed hc.

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RT @penguinusa Name Dennis Leary’s latest pub, @reply your answer: http://bit.ly/3w001M. 1st 20 people right win: Why We Suck

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RT @nathicana The macabre work of Kris Kuksi: http://kuksi.com/artwork…

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My kindle rating is 9.8 of 10. Maybe buzz will wear off. But it is great at doing just what I need, just like an iPod, and I’m happy!

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More Kindle weaknesses: could use audio annotations (since key typing on this is thumb-stumbley). Menuing is not always intuitive.

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@BlackDogNate Ain’t perfect. The page turn delay is faster than me saying ‘a thousand one’ tho, so to cavemen like me that’s half-a-second.

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Kindle fun so far: listened to mp3s, read a poem via text-to-speech, annotated an essay, read a story, subscribed to local paper. IT ROCKS!

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Few Arnzen ebooks available via the Kindle store — will add more. Of the horror @amazon, I’d recommend “Counterpoint”: http://bit.ly/2P63BT

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I completely understand @robertnlee . I wouldn’t say it’s ‘locked’ into the store, but the dog has a long chain tied to a post in its yard.

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My new Kindle is now cluttered with all the free story samples I rqstd. Now I must port in the 500 or so fictionwise ebooks I have! :-)

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Gracias! Will do, @johnpalisano!

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@robertnlee You hit the ONLY concern I have, rnl…but it’s improbably they’ll make that mistake again. Plus the wireless can be shut off.

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@ericrosenfield “Don’t regret not waiting for the Nook?”<- Nah. Sometimes simplicity wins. I can port most things to it that aren’t on amz.

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My Kindle has arrived! Readability: AMAZING. Weight: LIGHT. Wow factor: HIGH. Arnzen is PLEASED. http://bit.ly/oU8U8

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Each day I’m reading one of the complete Cruel Tales by Villiers de L’Isle-Adam. http://bit.ly/1CZo19

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I was inspired yesterday by Very Bad Poems: http://www.verybadpoetry…

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RT @WritersDigest It’s , so search the hashtag to read and join an awesome discussion with some of the finest poets writing today.

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RT @DRUDGE_REPORT FACEBOOK to keep profiles of the dead… http://tinyurl.com/yf2fx… <— Who needs obituaries anymore?

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Figured out how to reduce 10MB off my pdf ebook, SPORTUARY, without sacrificing graphics. Get it free at http://www.gorelets.com

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Foie Gras of the 21st Century: http://www.nextnature.ne…

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And yes: I won’t shut up about Kindle. Sorry. Listen to my case and decide: http://bit.ly/oU8U8

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RT @KindleWireless Amazon’s Kindle - the iPhone of eBooks? http://bit.ly/vxBbR <- Claims 48% of all @amazon book sales are electronic (?).

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So: 500 followers. A good time to pause and reflect upon the long hard road of my twitterlife to regale you with nostalgic tales of …doh!

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LOL @werecat1 Thanks again for following. Do the happy moon dance and when you’re done: You’ve got e-mail!

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@PiaVeleno @werecat1 If you’re in the woods, watch out for plaid flannel. You’ve been warned. :-)

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@werecat1 — who hails from Hell’s Armpit — is Arnzen follower #500. She just won a copy of my cd, AUDIOVILE! http://bit.ly/1XGkhv

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Arnzen follower #500 will win a free copy of Audiovile. Tip your buds, cuz I really don’t want to send it to BrtnyBot.

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RT me @MikeArnzen: Who will be my 500th follower? Who will win a free copy of my Audiovile CD? YOU if you’re lightning fast!

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Bad horror movies can teach us a lot: http://bit.ly/2TBlFq

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Audio from my recent Halloween reading…3 pieces in 6 mins: suffocation, voodoo, dismemberment, more! :-) http://bit.ly/14tjxZ

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@troilee Oh..you’re using Googalaboogala mail.

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RT @DouglasClegg “Ah, Dexter — you gift-wrap Sunday night with your special plastic wrap.” <—LOL! (I 2’ve been watching a Dexter a day).

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RT @troilee Ugh. My inbox is like the many-tentacled monster which would not die. <— “Outloocthulhu”?

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@LaMaupin That list of French horror films includes a lot I haven’t seen… time to cue up @theauteurs and the @netflix and scour ebay!

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Audio from my recent Halloween reading: http://bit.ly/14tjxZ

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RT @horrorbooks 50 Must See French Horror Movies http://bit.ly/as2A1

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RT @barrylyga @RobinBrande: Stephen King on teaching http://bit.ly/44o6GM <- ‘teaching is like having battery cables clamped to your brain’!

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RT @DigiBookWorld @draccah: Good summary from Adweek on E-readers: [Will They Save the Publishing Industry?] http://bit.ly/1eibWp

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Congrats @fangoriamag on your 30th year! Amazing longevity.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sushi bar…”Raws”!

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@oneletteroffmovies Terror strikes disneyworld in “Mouse of 1000 Corpses”

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Just spotted latest novel from @peterstraubnyc A DARK MATTER now up for preorder on @amazon …looks GREAT! http://bit.ly/1T850u

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@ScottColbert Oddly, there were no wax dolls in my nightmares last night. But I woke up stiff and my limbs were still asleep. No…plastic!

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@RPM_Editor :-) I like that!

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Good article on ‘Reading, Ebooks and the Brain’ by J. Lehrer: http://bit.ly/13wTnD

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Aww. RT @AtYourLibrary “In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us w/ floaties & teach us how to swim.”

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Don’t jump @ProverbsMonster !

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RT @1twistedmind “Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle <— Elementary, my dear Watsonofsam!

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And thank YOU @ScottColbert for that disturbing link to the deformed doll show… you owe tonight’s dreams a formal apology. Hah!

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RT @TheHorrorPress Stephen King’s new poem ‘The Bone Church’ in November issue of Playboy http://bit.ly/2yvUR4

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Gotta watch Echo & The Bunnymen@OfficialEATBEATB —@JimmyKimmelLiveLive tonight!

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@RPM_Editor I’m all for a good device! But if Nook damages their bottom line so much that BNs brick stores go out of biz, we all lose. IMO.

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RT @PublishersLunch Analysts’ Kick Barnes & Noble Stock http://bit.ly/2nfPVQ <— The numbers prove it: choose the Kindle. Sorry Nook.

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Ah…it’s because I set topsy plug in up for ‘trackbacks’ not comments… Thanks for helping me clear it up @BlackDogNate and others!

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Perhaps this is what it does (or I’m wrong). I thought topsy would autolink back to people’s twitter profiles not back to topsy’s pages.

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@BlackDogNate — interesting. when refreshed, it added link to you on topsy. Unexpected echoes in my blog, too. I must keep trying.

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And .gracias. @BlackDogNate!

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@BlackDogNate Topsy yes, blog no. It shouldve posted a link to YOU right on my blog when you did that. Try again w/o bitly maybe?

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Favor request: tweet a link to a SPECIFIC post on The Goreletter at http://www.gorelets.com/… ? Needed to test topsy.com integration.

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RT @scottsigler What’s the biggest franchise of all time? There’s a new sheriff in town: http://tinyurl.com/yhtol… <—SBT!

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@PocketGoddess I’m pretty sure you can also read legacy fictionwise.com ebooks on the Kindle, too, if you download the correct format.

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Just learned: No Kindles in Canada <?!?> http://bit.ly/1c9xTy May change, but…weird. I like the foto of the worker prepping my order :-)

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Writers: You must read @jeffvandermeer ‘s BOOKLIFE. My brief review on @amazon: http://bit.ly/Cz04x

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A Taunting in Connecticut

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Saw IX: Jigsaw Solves a Puzzle in the Nursing Home.

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The Slowmen. Slowmen II. Slowmen III: The Final Gear Shift.

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The Relaxorcist (“The power of naps compel you!”)

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Sign up for The Goreletter (always free) asap to get the Halloween edition when it releases! http://www.gorelets.com/

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“Kindle #1 bestselling item…across all product categories on Amazon.com” - Bezos http://bit.ly/1yliga Join us: http://bit.ly/2LGdSX

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$20 drop/refund on the Internat’l Kindle “…will now sell at the same price as Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-reader.” http://bit.ly/4AMChg

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RT @KindleWireless Amazon announces Kindle for PC! (no Kindle device needed, but bring your own PC) http://bit.ly/Rly80

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RT@RubyTombstone @Zombiephile: Announcing Z-DAY - A Real-Time, Twitter-Based Zombie Outbreak Simulation. http://bit.ly/3QRdK3

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Found this: Links posted by @MikeArnzen - http://topsy.com/twitter… Trying to figure out what topsy is all about… anyone?

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RT @librarythingtim Yipes! Between Early Reviewers and Member Giveaways, we’ve got 2,416 free books available. http://bit.ly/JnvbW

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@librarythingtim asks “Can anyone think of any ebook sources we’re missing?” Did you get fictionwise.com? I own a lot of their titles.

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Just learned there is an “exclusively on the kindle” page worth bkmrking. Includes Stephen King’s UR http://bit.ly/29lqmx

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RT @louisebohmer Congrats, @ScottColbert &a@richristowstow ! http://www.bandersnatchb… Introducing Bandersnatch Books!

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Hopefully the Kindle2 Internat’l can also read/convert non-amazon texts via Calibre, just like Kindle1: http://calibre.kovidgoya…

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Just opened my latest issue of @wired magazine — Kindle2 is the ‘mobile device of the year’! I continue to gush: http://bit.ly/oU8U8

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My kindle is in transit! I’m easily pleased.

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Thanks for the great feedback on the DEXTER books @APMonkey and @jensenk I had a feeling the show was better than the book…which is rare!

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The cover for the Flaming Lips’ EMBRYONIC cd keeps freaking me out…but is the music just as wild? See ltd ed @amazon: http://bit.ly/3yPU6I

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Are the DEXTER books any good? I know the show is based on them, but do they add anything to what I’m getting from the show?

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RT @troilee Kindle-whore! ;) <- LOL…yes, it’s true. I want everyone to buy one now. And take it to read in bed.

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RT @apexjason It is official, apex publications has signed gary braunbeck to a two book deal, including his last Cedar Hill novel <- Nice!

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Maybe the Nook isn’t TOO bad - I’m just bitter because I ordered my new Kindle2 yesterday. I will make my ebooks avail on both, no worries.

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The B&N Nook also has a ‘lend to a friend’ feature that raises my eyebrow.

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The B&N NOOK doesn’t do it for me. Have to be IN a B&N to browse their ebook store on wifi? Hm. I also predict split/color screen problems.

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RT@gjdowney Claim your cutesy childlike ebook reader name now. Nook and Kindle are taken. Still available: fibbersnozz and winkie-binkie.

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Michael Jackson is beating Elvis in costume race 58% to 42%. I don’t trust these statistics, because the King lives! http://bit.ly/2T5Ih9

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@CinemaSuicide HAH! Good Sabbath reference — “Black Browser” :-) … Now do “Browser Bloody Browser”.

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@jenniferbrozek Make sure hubbie orders your Kindle Xmas gift early… I anticipate they will be swamped this holiday! http://bit.ly/oU8U8

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RT @WritersDigest @jessicastrawser 5 mental habits of innovative people: http://bit.ly/6qlg5 If you could add 6, what wld it be?<- LISTENING

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And more wise advice from @jakonrath : “I broke my Kindle. In retrospect it was really stupid to save my place by folding over the corner.”

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This morning I enjoyed the profundity from ‘the world’s worst poet’, JA Haknort @jakonrath: http://bit.ly/iWmiV

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New kindle2 was released TODAY. http://bit.ly/oU8U8 But I have to wait a week to get my preorder… I bet @amazon is backlogged from demand.

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New ebook devices at Frankfurt book fair: http://bit.ly/R0WDW

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RT @librarythingtim Excited. I think I just figured how to import Kindle libraries into LibraryThing without breaking Amazon Terms.<- Neat!

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RT @andersenprunty You can now “Search Inside” The Beard at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ygme3… <—Just .99? I’ll get it for my new Kindle!!

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I’ve been gushing about the Kindle2. See my blog about why I feel this is a watershed moment in publishing: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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Thnx @RenegadeScribe. I think this might be the watershed year for ebooks. Good overview here: http://bit.ly/4wVKAM

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Thnx @friskbiskit! Reading on Palm worked ok, but not great. I want to see what readers see. This is are our industry. So K2? I’m all in.

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Kindle-waiting: Clear talk abt the abilities/drawbacks of its ‘Internat’l’ features: http://bit.ly/1aGgdm See @amazon: http://bit.ly/2LGdSX

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Any publishers/companies reading this want to offer an exclusive coupon/deal to my loyal Goreletter nl readers? DM or e-mail me please.

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Kindle-waiting, drooling. RT @mykindlestuff: EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Amazon Kindle — in Australia! http://bit.ly/13TIRP

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Kindle-waiting, drooling. RT @gomer43 Converted my PDF books to Kindle format…spectacular! So much more readable than PDFs on the iPhone.

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The new International Kindle releases tomorrow…looks great to me. I caved and ordered one! Check it out: http://bit.ly/2LGdSX

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Fictionwise.com Halloween Special: 50% off all horror ebooks, including mine! http://www.fictionwise.c…

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RT @daviddunwoody @melzer: 20 Years of Horror from The Simpsons http://digg.com/u1EMzj

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Darkness on the Edge: Stories Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, up for preorder on @horrormall http://bit.ly/Jz0Lo

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Vampires are the unmourned: http://bit.ly/1R4ODd

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Subscribe to my free horror newsletter and you also get a free weird poetry ebook about athletics, SPORTUARY: http://www.gorelets.com/

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Cool zombie doll. BARBIE OF THE UNDEAD: http://bit.ly/1ZQYa9

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Hertzfeldt’s “Billy’s Balloon” comes to mind tonight. http://bit.ly/13hdkS

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Monkeys fall into the Uncanny Valley. How strangely familiar of them. http://bit.ly/rkUFu

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@ScottColbert “Haven’t seen N/T since season 2 how’s it holding up?” Nip/Tuck’s saggy and its sutures are showing. But still weird fun.

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RT @amy_grech Can’t wait for Nip / Tuck tonight! <- Thx for the reminder, Amy! Love the subversive horror of N/T. But I miss The Carver!

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DISSECTIONS The Journal of Contemporary Horror is seeking creative and critical writing: http://www.simegen.com/w…

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RT @disinfo Bat Boy Sells Out to Hollywood http://bit.ly/11lh7j

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@BrianKeene @Tweet_Shrieks HELL IN A CELL >should< be a college subject. Or at least the name of an AC/DC song.

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Back from a horror workshop I gave at Frostburg State U. Saw Andy & Sydney Duncan. Andy’s story killed. Read his stuff: http://bit.ly/20szs7

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Will be giving a lecture later today at Frostburg State U, based on my essay from The Writer’s Workshop of Horror: http://tr.im/oEXO

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Return of the Son of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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Lisa Morton’s “The Lucid Dreaming” ( from @badmoonbooks ) looks great. Follow Lisa @cinriter or read http://tinyurl.com/ybnxc…

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@unbridledbooks asks: Who’s skull would you steal? I say Lon Chaney’s: http://bit.ly/2FWQzJ

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Be creative on Halloween: give fortune cookies to trick-or-treaters! You can even make your own scary messages: http://bit.ly/NiRJs

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@RenegadeScribe I type on a Logitech LX710 wireless. I hate the metal-rimmed rubberized wristpad. Gets sweaty, pinches. The wireless lags.

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Thanks @tobiasbuckell for the info about http://www.datahand.com/ Almost looks like a VR typing glove! I might try the MS ergo via @mslukac

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Google snail mail mystery solved: it’s an offer for free advertising (adwords). Sheesh. Junk mail inviting me to junk others. No thanks.

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Have any writers out there rcvd a letter recently from Google? A frmr publisher wrote me saying TWO had arrived 4 me, misdelivered. <?>

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Thanks @digitalred93 @tobiasbuckell @mslukac @RenegadeScribe @xTheTonyx @thomassullivan I need something ergo; my logitch kbd is TOO fancy.

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What’s the best computer keyboard for lengthy writing sessions?

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Thanks to @horrormall for selling hard-to-find editions of my books: http://bit.ly/RPuTS

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@marawitch Screams, dubbed, out of sync with the lips of the foreign actor… as if someone off-screen were suffering unseen atrocity.

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RT @marawitch “[Why bother] with subtitles for this film. Screaming is screaming in any language” Yes, but I prefer my screams dubbed :-)

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“Press your space face close to mine, love / Freak out in a moon age daydream, oh yeah…”

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I think it’s rather disconcerting that there is something called a “Serial Killer Community” on @amazon http://bit.ly/3WDmpR

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RT @ARBraun “thinks Mike Arnzen’s Goreletter ROCKS. Plus a free e-book!” <— THANK YOU! See what he means at http://www.gorelets.com

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RT @AnneRiceAuthor How many of you believe in “the anti-Christ?” Do you actually think such a person is coming? And what will this be like?

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Q: What’s the weirdest word you’ve ever put into a twitter search? Entertain me.

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Updating the @MikeArnzen page on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/-/…

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Happy Halloween! Subscribe to The Goreletter (free email nl) and get my ebook - SPORTUARY - for free!: http://www.gorelets.com/

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I’ve been interviewed and reviewed by @karenlnewman at horror site, The Black Glove http://the-black-glove.b…

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CONGRATS @digitalred93 on your upcoming book, “The Four Dragons” http://www.stargatenovel…

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@wdprescott is running a Halloween-related contest — with my 2nd novel, Play Dead, as a prize! Go to: http://bit.ly/KqcUr

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Lawrence Connolly has a new blog! http://teachingvisions.b…

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@Tweet_Shrieks I loved the opening sequence of Zombieland. The first 1/4 of the movie was fantastic…but it never delivered for me.

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Teaching a Horror Writing Workshop at Frostburg State U next week. Anyone know of good coffee shops in the area?

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New Review of Proverbs for Monsters: http://the-black-glove.b…

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@nicholasroyle So sorry (I did post a ‘Spoiler’ warning on the student’s rvw page, but I know how frustrating these are). I >loved< “Dummy”!

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RT @fatallyyours New post: Free Ebook Giveaway: “Sportuary” by Michael A. Arnzen http://bit.ly/k2B30

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RT @karenlnewman My interview w/ Mike Arnzen is at The Black Glove: Horror Culture and Entertainment, http://the-black-glove.b…

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Students in my horror course are blogging The New Uncanny (@commapress UK, 2008) here: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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Cinematic Knife Fight reviews the ups and downs of Zombieland: http://www.fearzone.com/…

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Zombieland: Cute, but not as funny or good as I thought it’d be. BM saved it. But: felt PG-13 to me. Felt…mainstreamed. Goodbye zombies.

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Happy Halloween! Subscribe to The Goreletter (free email nl) and get my ebook - SPORTUARY - for free!: http://www.gorelets.com/

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Just signed on to teach at the Odyssey Fantasy Writer’s Workshop in Summer 2010!
http://www.sff.net/Odyss…

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Happy Halloween! Subscribe to The Goreletter (free email nl) and get my ebook - SPORTUARY - for free!: http://www.gorelets.com/

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Please RT: Subscribe to The Goreletter (free email nl) and get a great ebook — SPORTUARY — for free: http://www.gorelets.com/

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“We are the Knights who say….Nyarlothep!”

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RT @BoingBoing Movie posters for minimalists http://url4.eu/Ysrk <- Pulp Fiction great; Shining should have been just white with text bkwrds

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen