About Michael Arnzen

Michael Arnzen (gorelets.com) is an award-winning author of horror and dark suspense fiction, a poet, and an English professor. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. The best of these appear in the Bram Stoker Award-winning career-length retrospective, Proverbs for Monsters, which Dread Central called &quot;a guided tour of insanity and the macabre, with a few moments of touching grace combined with repulsive terror...[which] serves to document the evolution of a great writer.&quot;<br /><br />Arnzen holds a PhD in English from the University of Oregon (where he researched his non-fiction book, The Popular Uncanny) and he is presently a Professor at Seton Hill University, where he teaches horror and suspense fiction in the country's only graduate program in Writing Popular Fiction (http://fiction.setonhill.edu).<br /><br />Arnzen resides near Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife of many years, Renate, and a brood of deranged cats.<br /><br />+++<br /><br />&quot;In a little over a decade, Michael A. Arnzen has achieved what few writers manage in a lifetime. He has become the master of a brand of literature that is uniquely his own, and I do not doubt that his approach to horror will soon (if it has not already) be referred to as 'Arnzenian.' When you begin an Arnzen story, you embark on a journey where the old maps do not apply. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory, barreling through landscapes more fascinating and twisted than any previously encountered. Be assured, you will be amazed, startled, amused, and creeped out along the way, but whatever the road has in store, you will not be able to stop reading until the story ends. Horrifying, captivating, ironic -- Arnzenian! -- the works of Michael A. Arnzen are in a class all their own. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!&quot; -- Lawrence C. Connolly, author of Veins<br /><br />+++

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  • Michael shared from Murrmann: A Tale of Van Helsing by Michael Arnzen
    Note: Learn more about this title at https://www.thinglink.com/scene/821558916109303809
  • Michael shared from Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side by Michael Arnzen
    Write from the viewpoint of a character on his or her deathbed, penning a final memoir called, "Ways in Which I Will Not Die."
    Note: #instigation prompt
  • Michael shared from Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side by Michael Arnzen
    Note: Kindle readers - see/share favorite #prompts, highlighted quotes & thoughts about #Instigation
  • Michael shared from Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side by Michael Arnzen
    Describe a graveyard the way a travel guide might.
    Note: a prompt from #instigation on the kindle
  • Michael shared from Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener by David Toop
    sound is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location in space is ambiguous and whose existence in time is transitory. The intangibility of sound is uncanny — a phenomenal presence both in the head, at its point of source and all around — so never entirely distinct from auditory hallucinations.
    Note: Toop: all sound is scary.
(Pittsburgh, PA USA)
Michael Arnzen