Writhing in Darkness
The Selected Poetry Series presents individual collections by some of today’s top poets in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each book is illustrated by a well-known genre artist and published as a paperback in a limited run of 150 numbered copies signed by both the author and the artist.
“The Selected Poetry series continues to bring forth the most notable SF/F/H poetry of the mostly small press.” –Tom Piccirilli
Edited by poet Bobbi Sinha-Morey, this entry collects 36 of Michael Arnzen’s best poems. Copiously illustrated by artist Renate Müller, each volume features an introduction by Wayne Edwards and John Grey, respectively.
“Darkness has seldom had a more astute and imaginative chronicler…Arnzen is good and he sounds like no one else.”
– John Grey, from the introduction
“Much of what scares and repels Arnzen is close to home, though it may have legendary referents… Horror fans will like these books.” –Fosfax
“Michael Arnzen represents everything good about horror and speculative poetry…Writhing in Darkness is an excellent retrospective that provides an even-handed overview of Arnzen’s poetry, fiercely augmented by Renate Müller’s elegant art. Given a specific interest in Arnzen’s work or a general interest in literate, horrific poetry, you have excellent reasons to buy this set.” –Wayne Edwards, LipDink
Introduction by Wayne Edwards
In the Box
In Daddy’s Workshop
The Night the Nativity Set Came Alive
After the Neo-Dark Age
Morning: Cryogenic Sleep Chamber
Jesus Wept, But
So Say the Dead
Eclipse of Reason
Dried Red Leech Found in Dusty Notebook
Introduction by John Grey
The Poem Wall
Harvest Soliloquy Silent
The Astronaut’s Camping Trip
Watching You Dance Between Punchlines
Stand Up Comic
A sample page from Volume 1, featuring atmospheric art by Renate. [If you can't read the excerpt below, visit scribd.com/Arnzen for alternatives.]
Here is an audio recording of the lead poem from this title, “Writhe,” recorded in 2007 with musical background by Arnzen as a “DVD extra” for the movie, Exquisite Corpse. It also appears on the rare “Live and Vile” audio EP (2009).
“Writhe” | [Download .mp3]
Title: Writhing in Darkness (2 Volume Set)
Author: Michael A. Arnzen
Publisher: Dark Regions Press, 1997
No ISBN, about 32 pp. each
Signed by Arnzen and Müller/Limited to 125 copies each vol.
Out of Print