This contribution to the Art Bref series, Skull Fragments, presents a writer of horror and of American fantasy, Michael A. Arnzen, known for creating one-of-a-kind stories, capturing the fantastic in just three or four sentences…but in Skull Fragments, all are interconnected by an overarching horror.
Imagine: a banal scene, a family in a fast food setting, that suddenly turns to nightmare when the narrator’s daughter discovers, in the middle of the playground, a human skull. The tale then takes a creepy and dizzy turn. Inventive and brilliant, Arnzen proves to be a master in the art of bringing out everyday horror in just a few sentences.
Bilingual Edition (French and English)
“Skull Fragments est un petit bijou à consommer sans modération ! C’est court, fort, terrible, mais qu’est-ce que c’est bon!” ["Skull Fragments is a small gem to be consumed without moderation! It is short, strong, terrible, but what you get is good!"] –YoZone
“Ce texte est une petite bombe d’horreur subtile et multiple, qui implique le narrateur et le lecteur. Treize crânes racontent une histoire, celle qui est peinte sur eux…J’ai apprécié un texte original et vous le conseille vivement.” ["This text is a small bomb of subtle and multiple horrors, which implicates the narrator with the reader. Thirteen craniums tell the history that is painted on them...I appreciate an original book and I advise it highly to you."] –Délices & Daubes
Here is a sample page, illustrating the bilingual layout for this French-English chapbook. [If you are unable to see this for some reason, visit scribd.com/Arnzen for this and other excerpts.]
Title: Skull Fragments by Michael A. Arnzen
Translator: Jerome Charlet
Publisher: Les Perseides, FRANCE
Publication Date: May 2009
Microbook (8x13cm), limited to 500 copies
64 pages, bilingual (French-English)
List Price: 6 Euros