August 2010

WPF students: if I didn’t catch you on the tonight, tweet or DM me @MikeArnzen — or just follow me — and I’ll follow ya back.

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amergina I kind of like on twitter….

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Thanks to all of you for tonight’s ! It was a great experiment — hope you got something useful out of it.

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For those of you who ditched the original chat room… go back and leave a word of encouragement to those who didn’t come through.

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Twitter can help you find new markets for writing, too.

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RT @smignerey @MikeArnzen “Am I invisible?” NO, I see you smignerey!

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Any last tips? Here’s one: search for/use the hashtag of a con you’re attending!

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@NicolePeeler LOL! Thank you for helping out with tonight’s tweet. I’d be lost in acting IT officer.

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@NicolePeeler See what you did to @moodymeow? That tweet is permanent record, yo.

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folks not showing yet: @therealduv

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Final discussion point: “Ask a question and get an answer from us!”

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folks not showing yet: @spacestory @smignerey @Angie_Bulloch @elle_stone

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Did @Angie_Bulloch make it to yet?

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Angie_Bulloch @MikeArnzen hello, is there anybody out there?

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NEW TOPIC. Discuss: “Pitfalls of twitter in relation to your writing/career?”

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please see if you can retweet others in our original chatroom who aren’t making it to the twitterchat… maybe that will help?

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therealduv Still trying…

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Discuss: “What are some clever uses for twitter that authors can employ?”

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Discuss: “What use is twitter for a writer?”

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I see a lot of familiar faces here at

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Hello WPFers!

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Hey @heidirubymiller/seton-hill-writers list — prepare to be referenced in tonight’s chat! We’ll use hashtag

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(A personal favorite)

Crack open the oyster: / a pearl gleams wet / on a human ear inside / and the sharp edge of the shell / curves smug like its smiling

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parisreview What interests me as a novelist is not the malevolence of man… but his looniness. - Walker Percy

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Happy birthday @NicolePeeler

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@amergina You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave! :-) Congratulations on your impending graduation.

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“Every note is a corpse” — Garaj Mahal, talking about the sound decay of the guitar string in the latest @wired

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Mercy Killing Cannibal Performs Chewthanasia. Story at 11.

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@jackayline Yes indeedy. STEAM rules — esp. when it offers bargain bundles!

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Ever walked into a game store? Confusing chaos of software packaging. It’s amazing they keep it indexed. Bookstores should study this <?>.

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IMPRESSIVE BEAR WRESTLE PHOTO! @MichaelKnost

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@CherylMorgan …So no word progs for ipad for me; I just use text editor and paste into word on my home machine.

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@CherylMorgan I don’t like ANY of the word doc editors for ipad right now. Pages is least harmful, but it can ruin footnotes/formats.

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I’ve got a ghost story in ‘Legends of the Mountain State’ — now up for preorder! http://bit.ly/br9WY3

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Quote from today’s meeting: “I prefer to have my head torn off than be pecked to death.” Well said.

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@CalieAV I do have it on vinyl! And I copied to mp3, crackles and all. (“Trampoline” may be my fave on the album). Ah, Manchester.

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“World, Shut Your Mouth” by Julian Cope.

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orbitbooks Nicole Peeler’s TEMPEST (now) RISING in the UK — w/video interview: http://ht.ly/2phdR

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Free horror poetry ebook offer (“Sportuary”) has officially ended at http://www.gorelets.com I’ll sleep first, if you want a last chance.

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Only two days left to the free horror poetry ebook offer (“Sportuary”) at http://www.gorelets.com

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“Fountain of Light” — trippiness just posted to my gallery at: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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“Arsonist’s Moon” — new concept art posted to my digital gallery at: http://www.gorelets.com/…

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In retrospective, last nite’s chat was a blast. Writing contest continues: http://www.rawdogscreami…

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@azrael52 DM or email me your address to get your prize…you won a copy of this CD: http://www.last.fm/music…

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Sorry to all who played along but didn’t win tonight. Keep following me or The Goreletter. I spontaneously spit prizes every blue moon.

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BTW: Sign up for The Goreletter (free! funky!) at http://www.gorelets.com — new issue going out soon!

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Thanks to all who visited chat tonight. LOTS of fun, all! [Prize winners: DM or email me — I’m at http://www.gorelets.com ]

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@JeremyCShipp asks “If you were an action hero, what would your catch phrase be?” A: I think mine would be “Hello Kitty!”

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@RDSPress You gotta read it, Adam. It’s his non-fiction philosophical treatise against…optimism…and…life.

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@Horror_Nerd Check out all the Italian and French horror you can get your hands on. Always weird disturbing stuff!!!

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@jaymgates “Classic vs. modern horror movies: how have they changed?” Today is more noise, less atmosphere.

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@snarkdogg asked: “What are you currently reading?” The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Ligotti

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Whattayaknow? @snarkdogg wins the free copy of FREAKCIDENTS http://bit.ly/b0sPMx So just DM or email me your address, snark!

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Don’t forget the book bundle deal at http://www.rawdogscreami… folks. Support indie publishing!

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Excuse me. I have to pick a Freakcidents winner.

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@NicoleCushing Phillip K. Dick’s tears Ligotti’s arm off, but Ligotti beats him in the face with it

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@tanyatwombly asks “will horror ever be accepted in literary circles?” A: I think it will OUTLIVE literary circles!

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@Horror_Nerd I can’t limit it to just two!

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@Horror_Nerd asks “What is your favorite classic and current horror movie?” BLACK SABBATH, TINGLER, SUSPIRIA, STRANGERS

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@tanyatwombly Authors also very aware of the bad cinema — either we emulate it or we try to keep distinct from it

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@tanyatwombly asks “Do you think horror as a genre has experienced a paradigm shift since the 80s?” Yes; it’s more literary!

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@slushpilehero asks “what’s the best way to make a medical reanimation scene not so…dry?” Spritzing internal fluids works!

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@NicoleCushing asks: “Is Bizarro a horror sub-genre?” A: I think it’s a ‘sister genre.’ Revels in provocation, like horror.

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More interview questions for me or Adam Golaski please, groupies. How about something about the horror genre…or…up to u!

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@RDSPress asks “Are you cleaning your apartment?” A: I sleep with these books, so yes, they’re kind of soiled and need to go.

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I don’t know why I’m being so generous. Buy a bundle from http://www.rawdogscreami… or something, people!

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Okay I’ve got a copy of my Stoker-winning poetry book Freakcidents to giveaway. RT this by 10:45 eastern to win!

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@NicoleCushing asks “What puts the “Zen” in Arnzen?” A: Eww. :-) Srsly: I dunno. I think it’s something forged in arn.

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Ironically @snarkdogg “What do you teach?” I also teach the fine art of boxing to sharks and bears drunk on maple syrup

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@slushpilehero @RDSPress “What do you teach?” Genre writing, mostly. See http://fiction.setonhill… :-)

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Note, I have to follow you to get your DMs, winners. Try again if I didn’t reply or find my email at http://gorelets.com

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AUDIOVILE CD WINNERS: @GdL16 and @azrael52. DM or email me your post address and I’ll send it to you.

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Pause for me. Gotta pick the audiovile cd winners. Any students here to answer @slushpilehero’s question?

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@NicoleCushing asks “Should orange juice write pulp fiction?” A: Yes, it should squeeze out a story every now and then.

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@slushpilehero asks: “how many dachshunds could fit in a mini cooper?” A: Depends on how much clown food there is inside.

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@jaymgates asks: “How do sex, death and magic shape the genre?” A: With lubrication.

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Someone ask an off the wall question? !

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Five minutes left in the double Audiovile CD giveaway!

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@snarkdogg it’s fun to go over the top and abuse the power readers give me to get weird with things :-)

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@snarkdogg Nothing is better than that “where the hell did THAT come from” feeling. + if it surprises ME, I know its gold

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@snarkdogg asks “what is your favorite part of writing a story?” Surprising myself with outrageous ideas!

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I think the chat ends at 11pm eastern, yes?

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@jaymgates asks: “Who influenced your early writing, vs. now?” Robert Bloch then. Thomas Ligotti now.

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Someone ask a question with the tag

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NOTE: the deadline for the previously posted contest is 10:15 eastern. Not sure when the chat ends.

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I’ll give away two more Audiovile CDs: 1 to anyone who retweets THIS and anyone who already RT’d any of the others tonite!

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@captplothole asked: “Last book you read that you wish you’d written yourself?” Probably @joe_hill ‘s HORNS

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CONGRATS @Horror_Nerd! You won a deck of PLAY DEAD cards! http://bit.ly/dqAV3G DM or email me your address for prize!!!

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Excuse me while I pick the Play Dead playing card winner. @RDSPress take the next question

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@JeremyCShipp “What’s the most magical part of the writing process?” A: When it all clicks and I cackle over the keyboard.

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@bizarroguy asks: “What really scares you?” A: Cotton Candy in the eyeballs. Mold on my bones. And drowning.

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@slushpilehero asks “will you be attending the horror realm in september? I hope to go for fun! Not on programming this time

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Play Dead playing cards look like this: http://bit.ly/dqAV3G

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I wont those Play Dead cards http://bit.ly/cBfnvR to go to a good home. Keep RTing the post at this link: http://bit.ly/cBfnvR

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@JeremyCShipp asks: “What are the major themes of your work?” A: Theme from James Bond and Emperor’s March fr Star Wars

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LOL Thanx @bizarroguy! Drink up dat Weird Juice! http://bit.ly/9OVbRl

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RT this BEFORE 9:45pm EST and a random draw gets a prize of free deck of rare PLAY DEAD PLAYING CARDS! Chat via tag:

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@slushpilehero asks: “are there beverages that are more helpful when writing in your genre?” YES! SEE: http://bit.ly/9OVbRl

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@slushpilehero asks: “new to bizarro — what books would you rec.?” A: Try the “Bizarro Starter Kit” fr Eraserhead Press!

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@captplothole Flannery O’Connor taught me a lot abt voice, SYMBOLISM (see “Parker’s Back”) and…embracing yr weirdness!

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@captplothole asks: “Any non-genre literary influences on your writing that might be surprising?” A: Flannery O’Connor!

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CONGRATS @JeremyCShipp! You won a DVD of Exquisite Corpse! DM or email me your address for the prize! More prizes to come at

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Okay 9:15 RT contest ended. Let me assign nos. at random.org and pick a winner

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@jaymgates “How would you describe your writing to new readers?” I say its “probably weirder than you think it’ll be” :-)

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@RDSPress I like that: “nostalgia, peripheral vision, and other authors.” All true! Whatever pings the bizarro radar!

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@bizarroguy Like today: I saw a news report about road rage where a woman wiped another car’s window w/a dirty diaper! Story!

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@bizarroguy The one source I draw from when writing? The Well of Pain. :-) Oh, alright: the truth is everyday life, twisted!

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Does everyone know: to ask questions you add the tag ? Ask @MikeArnzen or @RDSPress (Adam Golaski)

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RT this BEFORE 9:15pm est and a random draw gets a door prize of FREE copy of Exquisite Corpse on DVD! Chat via tag:

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@JeremyCShipp I’d totally hang out with Corky from GRAVE MARKINGS. He’d have good stories and mixes a mean squid shake.

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@bizarroguy My favorite story from 100 Jolts? Changes w/time. Right now: “The Seven Headed Beast” Why? Wrote itself weirdly.

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9pm “pretweet” contest ended. CONGRATS TO @chazleydotson! DM or email me your address pls for prize. Stay tuned for more!

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RT this BEFORE 9pm est and a random draw gets an early door prize of FREE copy of Audiovile on CD! Chat via tag:

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Tune in in a half hour. Search for “” to follow live chat. Send me and Adam Golaski questions with that tag. Prizes for a few!

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And yes, tonight’s twitter chat will be held entirely in faux german (in my head, even if I type in English).

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Danke fur Das Vetvweetz @bizarroguy @hilaryluke @onipar @8thCrowBooks @JeremyCShipp und alles heute abend - ein halb stunde!

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I will give a few random door prizes to question-askers at tonight’s interview. Come on back at 9pm (est) tonight!

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. When and where it is: 9pm eastern twitter chat with @MikeArnzen and Adam Golaski (who will be on @RDSPress account). T-2hrs

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What it is: @RDSPress Event: Book Deal, Chat *tonight*, and Writing Contest! http://ping.fm/eQw0P

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RDSPress The chat with @MikeArnzen & Adam Golaski is tonight at 9pm EST, use the search tive to join the discussion

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“Mirage of Hope” - another weird hospital photograph posted to: http://www.flickr.com/ph…

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Reminder: Tomorrow, 8/9, 9pm EST, tune in for @RDSPress author chat with @MikeArnzen and Adam Golaski. Use in search.

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“Delirious Salvation” (at Dawn and Dusk) — new weird photo posted to http://www.flickr.com/ph…

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Pls RT to horror fans: If you don’t subscribe to The Goreletter, you don’t know how weird weird can be: http://www.gorelets.com

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Should I be worried? @twitter’s new “Who To Follow” window keeps listing only @god and @satan

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Tomorrow, 8/9, 9pm EST, tune in to twitter for @RDSPress author chat with @MikeArnzen and Adam Golaski. Search to chat.

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Another ‘Dead Hospital Dream’ posted to: http://www.flickr.com/ph…

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Creepy Cutesy cat photo posted to my new flickr acct: http://www.flickr.com/ph…

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Gah. Big-time mass market genre paperback publisher Dorchester goes all digital: http://bit.ly/bnlm0m

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RT @PublishersWkly From the Huffington Post: The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers http://huff.to/aXICMP <-Learn from this.

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Some new “Dead Hospital Dreams” posted at the new Arnzen Flickr page! http://www.flickr.com/ph…

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audreycleo RT @LATherocomplex This’ll make your head spin: Lost footage of Linda Blair sipping milkshakes on “Exorcist” set. http://tinyurl.com/26nfx…

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Thanks to your advice, I’m now on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/ph… Please help warm it up.

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Sync 2GB files online and across computers with @Dropbox for free! Sign up here for bonus 250mb of space: http://db.tt/4Sh5tC

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jaymgates Next week, 8/9, 9pm EST, tune in for @RDSPress authors @MikeArnzen and Adam Golaski for a discussion about horror!

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Enjoyed the chat, @JeremyCShipp. Applause.

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Thank you @JeremyCShipp. Great answers. Your bizarro feels genuine to me, not bizarro for its own sake, even if/when it is!

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dylanw Barnes and Noble is for sale. I’m thinking Amazon buys them, and if not them, News Corp.

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@JeremyCShipp How has your writing changed since the book Vacation?

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@RDSPress presents @JeremyCShipp in the first twitter-chat; launches in fifteen minutes. Follow him to watch/participate!

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JeremyCShipp I’d truly appreciate it if you helped spread the word about my twitter-chat this evening, 4-6pm, PST.

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Ooh! Thanks for the great points @JohnUrbancik and @deirdresm - helpful. Will likely use flickr for photos — other viewpoints anyone?

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Thinking about starting a shared photo album site. Input wanted: Should I use flickr or start a facebook page or something else?

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Just got Dark Awakenings (w/awesome bundled CD) by @matt_cardin …Frisson-laden! This is a thinking person’s writer. mattcardin.com

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JeremyCShipp Today, between 4-6pm PST, is my Twitter-chat. I’d love for you to join the conversation. http://tinyurl.com/38bas…

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indiepridejenna New Blog Post:: Writing Contest Sponsored by Raw Dog Screaming Press! http://bit.ly/bieT2r

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“Behind the Door” - new digital horror artpiece posted to my creep gallery at gorelets.com: http://bit.ly/9JviSD

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RT @EdiCaves @Reservoir_Dan of the Day: @knoxbronson http://fb.me/yfYAjfsW <-Enlightening and legitimating. Thx!

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The free ebook offer (of ‘Sportuary’) at The Goreletter ends August 15th! Subscribe/renew for yours soon at: http://www.gorelets.com

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@NikaLana lol! MySpace site is now dead! I will lurk at my film page, tho, left up for posterity http://www.myspace.com/e…

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RT @nextnature The Crossing of Species http://bit.ly/a4kCwV <-I love the monstrous fusions at http://bit.ly/c7xpxE

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I’ve begun dismantling my myspace page right now, with a pleasure akin to Bowman pulling cards out of the guts of the HAL 9000.

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What is @RDSPress ? D) Twitter Chat with @JeremyCShipp (8/3, 4-6p PST) and @MikeArnzen (8/9, 9p EST). http://bit.ly/bx23QL

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What is @RDSPress ? C) an inspired with publication and cool prizes http://bit.ly/bx23QL

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What is @RDSPress ? B) the application of 100 Jolts to Sheep and Wolves that are Worse Than Myself: http://bit.ly/bx23QL

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What is @RDSPress ? A) a cheap bundle of books by Adam Golaski, @JeremyCShipp and @MikeArnzen. http://bit.ly/bx23QL

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RDSPress August page and informational PDF: http://bit.ly/bx23QL. Book bundles, a contest, author chats, etc!

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen