Friday, October 22, 2010

Reading: Michael Arnzen at Morgantown Poets


Michael A. Arnzen reading his story from Legends of the Mountain State 4

Last night we headed to the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC, as it is affectionately referred to by resident artists) in Morgantown, WV. The Morgantown Poets were having their monthly meeting, and Mike Arnzen was the guest reader.

His ghoulish selections for the Halloween season came from Audiovile, Proverbs for Monsters, Rigmarole: Zombie Poems, Legends of the Mountain State 4 and his inventive tweets.

Other readers included Scott Emerson and Ted Webb and Diane Tarantini, who will be sharing their written work at Zenclay in Morgantown on November 5, 2010.

A video of Mike's readings will be online soon.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Party: Timons Esaias's 19th Annual Passage Party


Jason and I recently attended Timons Esaias's 19th Annual Passage Party at his home in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lots of wonderful selections were read by lots of interesting people, including some poetry in the original French, sea shanties, Bukowski selections, and "All You Can Hold for 5 Bucks" from McSorley's Wonderful Saloon by Joseph Mitchell from Tim.
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon
McSorley's Wonderful Saloon by Joseph Mitchell

I chose some pages from Tom Rob Smith's novel Child 44. It was one of the best books I've read this year.
Child 44
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Jason went with "Nemesis" a favorite essay of ours from Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman.
Klosterman IV
Klosterman IV by Chuck Klosterman

We're already thinking about our selections for next year...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

News: David Morrell's Kindle Exclusive


You've probably seen this announcement last month from David Morrell (Rambo creator, co-founder of International Thriller Writers, Bram Stoker Award winner, etc.) and Amazon about the 10 books David will have available through Kindle exclusively, including a brand new thriller, The Naked Edge.

David Morrell speaking at Seton Hill University's WPF Graduate Program
Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

I'm excited about this experiment. Not only because David is a great friend to and repeat guest at Seton Hill, as well as a contributor to an upcoming collection I'm co-editing, but also because what he's doing is very current considering certain discussions happening within the industry right now:

1) e-books and what they offer authors - For eye-opening thoughts, visit J.A. Konrath's blog, A Newbie's Guide to Publishing. He shows in detailed posts how he is making more money from books where he owns the e-rights as opposed to those owned by his two publishers. And, he even posted an interview with David Morrell.

2) backlist that is out of print - Six of David's books were previously out of print. This one year experiment gives readers the opportunity to find those books again conveniently and allows David to continue making a profit from his hard work. The Authors Guild has been working for years to help authors with out of print books get their work financially viable once again. (Though their thoughts on e-books are still a bit cautious considering some recent rights grabs and low royalty rates. The Authors Guild suggests authors should receive 50%, though most larger presses aren't offering that amount.)

It is interesting to note that David's books are exclusive to the Kindle Store. (Kindle and Kindle app customers can now download them.) I will be curious to see updates on the experiment and plan to follow his progress on his website.

Here is what David said of the experiment in a press release:

“Publishing these 10 books in the Kindle Store is a great opportunity to explore how electronic publishing enables me to give my readers additional, unique content,” said Morrell. “Available at $9.99 or less, I hope that my fans will be able to rediscover their favorite titles, and that new readers will have the chance to enjoy my books on their Kindles. I’m especially excited about publishing my new thriller, ‘The Naked Edge’ in digital format, exclusively for Kindle.”

These are the 10 Morrell books available in the Kindle Store for one year:
The Naked Edge (a new, never published, thriller with numerous photo inserts)
First Blood
Blood Oath (with a new Introduction)
The Brotherhood of the Rose
The Fraternity of the Stone
The Covenant of the Flame (with a new Introduction and photo inserts)
The Totem (both the U.S. and U.K. versions available together for the first time)
The Protector
Last Reveille

For more information on David Morrell and his experiment, visit his website: or see him on Facebook.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Interview: Michael A. Arnzen on Snark Infested Waters


Michael A. Arnzen's hour long interview with the internet radio show, Snark Infested Waters, is now up on their website.

Mike describes it as "a funny-yet-serious chat about all things horror, including such topics as: sick elephants, mutant beards, cows dangling from meat hooks, sleep apnea hoses, ebooks, M. Night Shamayalan, collectible books, goreno, the relationship between zombies and coffee, and much more."

You can also hear three tracks from Audiovile, his innovative audiobook/CD.
Audiovile by Michael A. Arnzen

The first track, "Dreamachinery", stars the one and only Jason Jack Miller on banjo.