September 2017

Creepiest entrance to a bookstore I’ve seen: instagram.com/p/BZsDJ_cFG33/

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POEM: “Plague Milk” by Michael Arnzen @MikeArnzen flic.kr/p/YUpCVj

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TonyNewton1 Before Playboy, Hugh Hefner Created His Own Horror Magazine! - bloody-disgusting.com/news/3461762/p… horror

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janaka_stucky Poets, after a hiatus in 2016 the @BlackOceanOrg open reading starts 10/1, exclusively for 1st books this year! As always, no reading fees.

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bookshelfbeats “A Worthy Reread: Horror Author Grady Hendrix Revisits Stephen King’s “Cujo”” by @ginosorcinelli medium.com/bookshelf-beat…

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Congrats! No surprise here — it’s full of shocks and pokes into places most genre poetry won’t dare. repre..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…Or

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the skeleton longs not for flesh / it misses the organs once clutched in its cage // without skin’s faux coat / meaning is made in the cold

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The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder by Patricia Highsmith - ltd time kindle deal for $1.99 amzn.to/2fvmjiM via @amazon

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“I beheld the corruption of death…I saw how the worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain.” — Frankenstein ((fave line read today))

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a hand rises from the burial mound / then another / then another / another / and more / as you wish you’d cremated / the experiment instead

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the whaler cleverly crafted a harpoon from a taxidermy swordfish // but in the storm he slipped overboard / impaled & wailing // live bait

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@morbidloren The Cambridge “Old Burial Ground” looks spooky and intriguing. Good link, Loren! @morbidloren

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under the reading lamp at home / the retired dentist leans back in his big recliner / and smiles, nearly losing / his crown of crooked teeth

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@CraigRights Sad but true. It’s been almost 40 years since the original/book. It’s reached folklore stage at this p..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…z1

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Sad to hear it. Have there really been TWENTY Amityville-inspired horror films? WOW! Hometown pride. <chest bump> twitter.com/io9/status/911…

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let’s make a clean break / she repeated to his bones / as she bleached them / in his golf club washer

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The_Millions Because you always wondered what Edgar Allen Poe earned for his writing while he was alive: themillions.com/2017/09/edgar-… pic.twitter.com/e8l4DRH0Iw

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Bring me a goat and the Decanter of Pain! // This porcelain mug of blood has gone cold // & its lifeless liquid mocks my edentulous mouth.

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SFinSFEvents Here Are All The Classic Horror Movies TCM Will Be… tcat.tc/2x4asz4 via @ThoughtCatalog

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Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem [kindle ed] is on sale for $0.99 today amzn.to/2x9NG6m via @amazon

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My favorite editorial correction of the year: “No Y needed as “mucous” is an adjective (“mucus” being the related noun).” [it’s not mucousy]

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grady_hendrix “As important and essential to the genre as Stephen King’s DANSE MACABRE and Kim Newman’s NIGHTMARE MOVIES.” -..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…D5

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IGAPostgrads CFP alert! The Vampire in Literature, Culture, and Film, PCA/ACA Annual National Conference Indianapolis March 28-31 pcaaca.org/the-vampire-in…

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“My Pet Vampire” - excerpted from my reading at the Vampire Arts Festival in Transylvania last May; the whole… fb.me/3fZB2BVlM

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LuminousLuke Been curious about my new podcast but horror isn’t your thing? Stay tuned for next week: we shift gears to a sci-fi..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…3s

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My colleague, @albertwendland is reading and presenting about and the at the Union..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…SC

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he once told me / snoring was the body’s way / of fending off predators during sleep // exhausted, I chuckled / as i poisoned his nightcap

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Congrats! A number of good writers in there. Looks fresh and fantastic. twitter.com/sarajane524/st…

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The Exploring Dark Short Fiction series will continue in early ’18! fb.me/7pE3Yq53s

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Dark_Regions_Pr HORROR SUMMER SALE IS LIVE - Save Up to 50% For Limited Time Only: darkregions.com/collections/ho… pic.twitter.com/6eonQPjraO

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Firstscreamto Horrorwood! Will the new golden age of scary movies save cinema?

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How did you know the fangtooth snake-eel was my spirit animal? lol Thanks Nicholas @blackheart24601 twitter.com/blackheart2460…

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bones don’t always break — / sometimes they bend and remain contorted / rending you into a monstrous mime / of pain unable to shatter

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@Betts_Matt @arnzen It’d totally be a sitcom — like My Crazy Ex-Girlfirend meets Ex Machina…only with a pregnant..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…89

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StephenKing Float.
Just please not in Florida.
Be sane, be safe, survive.
If you are still there, hunker down.

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fahrenheitpress CALLING ALL CRIME WRITERS

Fancy being published in Fahrenheit’s 1st ever short story anthology?

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MerriamWebster If you’ve been ‘smitten,’ that may mean you’re in love. Or, it could mean you’re dealing with a plague of frogs. merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/…

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a porcupine / drowning in a puddle / of its own blood — // the quills float near its eyes

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cthulhu4america it would be humanity’s last day to exist. pic.twitter.com/fXIhkGc44C

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@michaelkingram Good debate @michaelkingram Theories are hypotheses. Discussions, classrooms, books, essays, presen..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…b3

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Published authors take note: It’s baaaack: Horror Week on Goodreads: October 16-22 goodreads.com/blog/show/1014… via @goodreads

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High praise! Get busy living, or get busy watching IT. twitter.com/PatrickFreival…

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frazer_lee The Beauty of Death II Anthology – T.O.C. Revealefrazerlee.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/the…kpic.twitter.com/cGLKEkvyCBCB

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naked, she lights a black candle / pours herself a goblet of red wine / and fills the tub / with stinging jellyfish / eager to bubble bathe

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TananariveDue Here’s the link to my full interview on my upcoming course at UCLA: io9.gizmodo.com/how-get-out-in…

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Tuscon_Valdez @VICE This is going to turn into a media…circus

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TOC for THE BEAUTY OF DEATH II announced! Happy to be swimming in the brine of it. Great editing job by @amanzetti..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…on

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crystallakepub “…surreal imagery from the pen of a master wordsmith. Not for the faint of heart or mind.”—Bruce Boston

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KatieRuthDavies NY Times Bestselling Author @ChristopherGolden to be Keynote Speaker at 2018! Don’t miss out!

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NicolePeeler Join us in Romania, won’t you? @setonhill twitter.com/ChristophGolde…

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RTing a fond memory from May’s @VampireFestival will return again to Transylvania next June! Watch..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…P7

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@Slickclass4 @W_E_F3 No but they’d have to figure out how to open my helmet.

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LawrenceKS_PD WE DID THE CLOWN THING LAST YEAR WE AREN’T DOING THIS AGAIN twitter.com/kmbc/status/90…

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peterstraubnyc The Pathos of the Short Game,. twitter.com/fpaulwilson/st…

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“lunch hour in the coroner’s lab”:
flies discover the poisoned grape / in the still open mouth / of the latest arrival

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Tonight’s Diabolical Strategy is…
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AlyxDellamonica Time travel only goes one way. My SF horror novelette “The Color of Paradox,” edited by @EllenDatlow, @tordotcom. tor.com/2014/06/25/the…

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Bodyworlds now does plasticized animals? Didn’t realize that. The elephant must be interesting. animalinsideout.com/en/home.html

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Reading Island of Dr. Moreau for my Monstrosities lit course at @setonhill instagram.com/p/BYojsJqFK4p/

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the hardware store clerk / wonders why the man smiles so strangely / when he pays for the sledgehammer / asking if he can break a hundred

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Bees, clowns, politicians, Evan Peters… Happy @AmericanHorrorstory eve! twitter.com/AHSFX/status/8…

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PublicDomainRev The Art of Dreams — an eclectic tour through how dreams have been depicted over the last 1000 years of art:.twitter.com/i/web/status/8…5S1

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Just noticed that half.com has been closed down by ebay. Another good thing bites the digital dust.

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BoingBoing Hieronymus Bosch piñatas are taking piñatas to a whole new level. boingboing.net/2017/09/04/hie… pic.twitter.com/Cg6a2uZ4U4

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thelaceylondon This is why writers are forgetful…

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NYTMinusContext perhaps eating, perhaps screaming

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Happy Labor Day — a flash from last year: facebook.com/gorelets/posts…

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Here’s all my tweeted gorelets poetry from Aug 2017 - thirty new ones, including :… fb.me/3RcduCEZ4

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in hell, the conquistador / hoists his sword aflame // eager to settle new isles / but each step aground sinks / him to a lower level again

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Your new fridge is severely damned and woe be any who opens it seeking hellish delight. I’m adding it to the galler..twitter.com/i/web/status/9…iC

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Many thanks, Paul (and Armando)! I remember that Confluence well. Glory days. Cheers! twitter.com/P_M_Anderson/s…

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Get all 4 Arnzen spoken word albums for 30% off [Vampire Stories, Audiovile expanded, Poedown, the Bleu Man Group] arnzen.bandcamp.com/album/audiovil…

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the retired killer / uses an old skull / to open bottles // he pops caps / with the eye hole // often gives it a sip — / but always a toast

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Selected poems from
The Nest appear in:

cover for The Gorelets Omnibus by Michael Arnzen