For the next two weeks I'll be featuring authors from the cutting edge Raw Dog Screaming Press! Founded in August 2003, RDSP books are entertaining and thought-provoking and span the gamut from surreal and absurd to horror, sci-fi and fantasy.

The Gorelets Omnibus is a "collected works" volume of all my twisted horror poems from and elsewhere over the past decade. I'm proud of the book, which includes not only hundreds of pages of short-short horror poetry (reminiscent of the flash fiction from another of my Raw Dog books, 100 Jolts), but also -- available only in the special hardcover edition -- a variety of miscellaneous pieces that should inspire anyone who is interested in writing dark fiction or adding a little strangeness to their work.

For instance, there are five articles written by scholars from America and the UK, analyzing what makes the poems tick and what makes today's "new media" horror special. There is also a collection of "how to" articles on the crafting of horror poetry that I've published over the years. And -- perhaps best of all for the creative writers reading this -- this book includes the entire collection of my "Instigation" prompts from over the past ten years (including the impossible to find Instigation columns from Hellnotes magazine from years ago).

In other words, the hardcover edition of this book hides a short-course from me in writing horror. If you're a horror/mystery/dark fantasy author, I think this book will prompt your dark imagination in ways you might appreciate, even if you have no interest in poetry. (Though look out, future Poes and Lovecrafts -- this collection might change your mind!)

Go check it out at Raw Dog Screaming Press and sign up for my newsletter on for insight into what this book has to offer.

-Michael A. Arnzen
April 2012

Over the past two decades, Michael A. Arnzen has won five Bram Stoker Awards for his avant horror fiction, his quirky dark poetry and his bizarro antics online at His other titles from Raw Dog Screaming Press include a novel (Play Dead), a collection of flash fiction (100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories), a CD of musically-enhanced readings (Audiovile) and, forthcoming, a scholarly study of dread in pop culture (The Popular Uncanny). When he's not writing, Arnzen wears the mask of professor of English at Seton Hill University, home of the country's only MFA degree in Writing Popular Fiction. Get gored again and again at or join his social network at

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  1. What a treasure of your work over the years, Mike!

    The book itself is beautiful.

  2. Thanks for hosting RDSP week! Love all these articles.


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