I’m still overhauling this website to consolidate things and make them easier for me to manage (so I can spend more time writing). I recently pulled my microblog from the Posterous website (and dumped my pinterest account) and those posts are now happily reintegrated into this blog, which I’m trying to make more active as a genuine blog and less of a page for only sharing Goreletter department drafts. I also started a new department on this blog, called “Ambulations,” to make up for it: it will feature mobile posts, road trip photos, and ideas jotted while on the move, essentially taking over what was formerly found on posterous. The newsletter will continue and I plan to release the next issue in early May, so feel free to subscribe.
I’ve yet to find a new suitable art/photo gallery for gorelets.com, so I decided to post a batch of artwork that was published here in the past to my flickr gallery site, where I’ve been posting digital experiments for two years now anyway. I’m not sure yet where or how I’ll share images of my book covers and other illustrations, but for now, I just wanted folks to know what was happening with the gorelets.com gallery. Go over to http://www.flickr.com/photos/gorelets/ and check out some crazy images I’ve created over the past few years — like that strange “Demonaurus” creature pictured above, which is one of my personal favorites.
I’ve been extremely busy on many fronts, personal and professional — and now that I’m on a brief holiday break, I’m catching up with obligations and promises. I plan to get the next issue of The Goreletter out soon, but for now I thought I’d give everyone a quick round-up of what’s happening in Arnzenland lately:
- Big news: The Gorelets Omnibus is scheduled for a January 2012 release! If you preorder a copy directly from Raw Dog Screaming Press (publisher of my other books, 100 Jolts & Play Dead), you’ll get a free collector’s item! Get the hardcover — it’s got a lot of bonus material and is so worth it.
- I started keeping a journal at the innovative creative non-fiction site, cowbird.com. I’m trying to keep it focused on authentic observations, but with an emphasis on the weird, uncanny, and overlooked as much as I can. Drop by, encourage me, and I’ll keep it up.
- A new overview page that lists all the social networking sites I’m a part of is now up at michaelarnzen.com Please feel free to friend and follow in a frenzy.
- This website was injected with a malicious code last month and I’ve been quite busy rebuilding much it from scratch. It was time to purge and renew anyway, and I like how it’s turning out. But several links — especially to material from my gallery and bibliography pages — are now broken and I’m still recreating a page dedicated to my books and other horror creations. If you’re here shopping or researching horror, please head on over to my profile page on amazon.com for the time being.
- If you’re a writer, don’t overlook the book I c0-edited that was released a few months back: Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. It was listed by The Writer magazine as one of the top ten “terrific writing books of 2011″ and also was a finalist in the USA Best Books Awards. Read the MGOC blog to learn more.
A few folks have asked me: How do I “follow” or “join” your ostentatious-sounding “network”?
Simple answer: If you just want to follow me on the MASN, click on the “Get Updates” link on the left hand side of the main page at michaelarnzen.com. [Or better yet: sign up for a posterous.com account (which is a free web blog you can create via email (!) that also autoposts to various social networks...highly recommended!) and "subscribe" that way to michaelarnzen.com.]
Or if you’re on any of the other social networks (twitter, facebook, etc.) you can “follow” me by finding my profiles, linked at the top of the michaelarnzen.com front page. I would love to follow goreletter readers and see what sorts of things you’re up to.
Of course, The Goreletter is still the best way to keep up with me. Subscription always free.
The new instructional guide for writers that I co-edited, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction will have a massive book signing at Seton Hill University — a great opportunity for people in the area to not only buy the book, but get it signed by the many contributors in attendance. The launch will be part of a wine reception and book signing by Writing Popular Fiction alumni at the college. The event runs this Friday (6/23) from 7-9pm in the McKenna Center (look for the gymnasium) on the Seton Hill University campus on the hilltop in Greensburg, PA. Below you’ll find the official press release from Seton Hill University for more details.
This week I’ve been teaching heavily in our MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction, and tweeting lots of photos on my new “social networking” page. Drop by http://michaelarnzen.com to see some neat photos.
June 20, 2011
Kary Coleman Hazen, Director of Media Relations 724-830-1069 (work) 724-825-8505 (cell) / firstname.lastname@example.org
Seton Hill U. Fiction Authors Sign Books at Wine Reception 6/24
Celebration Launch of WPF Alumni “Many Genres, One Craft”
GREENSBURG, Pa. –More than 50 authors associated with the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University will participate in a joint book signing and wine reception on Friday, June 24, from 7-9 p.m. in Seton Hill University’s Katherine Mabis McKenna Center lounge located on the University’s hilltop campus in Greensburg, Pa. The event will launch “Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction,” a writing guide featuring contributions from Seton Hill University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction Program faculty and alumni. This book signing event is sponsored by the Writing Popular Fiction Alumni Group. Both the book signing and wine reception are open to the public; the cost of the wine reception is $10 per person. For more information, contact Emily Heinicka at 724-830-1005.
“Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction” is an anthology of more than 60 instructional articles for fiction writers seeking advice on how to improve their writing and navigate the mass market for genre novels. The collection of articles is divided into three parts, craft, genre and the writer’s life. Each of the 60 contributors of “Many Genres, One Craft” is a faculty member, visiting author or published graduate from the Seton Hill University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction Program.
Contributors to “Many Genres, One Craft” include Michael Arnzen, Rebecca Baker, Shelley Bates, Michael Bracken, Gary A. Braunbeck, Jennifer Brisendine, Crystal B. Bright, Sally Bosco, Christopher Paul Carey, Ginger Clark, Lawrence C. Connolly, David J. Corwell, Susan Crandall, Kaye Dacus, Penny Dawn, John DeChancie, C. Coco DeYoung, Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, Ron Edison, Elaine Ervin, Timons Esaias, Tess Gerritsen, Venessa Giunta, Leslie Davis Guccione, Anne Harris, W.H. Horner, Lee Allen Howard, KJ Howe, Russ Howe, Scott A. Johnson, Nancy Kress, Chun Lee, Patrice Lyle, Susan Mallery, Dana Marton, Lee McClain, Mike Mehalek, Sharon Mignerey, Barbara J. Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, M.A. Mogus, Thomas F. Monteleone, David Morrell, Catherine Mulvany, Nicole Peeler, Adrea L. Peters, Patrick Picciarelli, Steven Piziks, Rachael Pruitt, Lynn Salsi, Mary SanGiovanni, David Shifren, Randall Silvis, Lucy A. Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Victoria Thompson, Diane Turnshek, Tim Waggoner, Albert Wendland, Teffanie Thompson White, Karen Lynn Williams, Ryan M. Williams and K. Ceres Wright.
Additional authors featuring their work at the book signing include Diana Botsford, Marge Burke, Judi Fleming, Alexis Graves, Meg Mims and Linda Rodkey Ciletti.
Seton Hill’s unique Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two weeklong, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes and online discussion about the history, trends and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student’s experience. For more information about the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, visit http://fiction.setonhill.edu or contact Seton Hill’s Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4209.
Seton Hill University, founded in 1885 by the Sisters of Charity, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pa. Seton Hill offers more than 30 undergraduate programs, eight graduate programs, and four graduate certificate programs. For more information on Seton Hill please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 1-800-826-6234.
I had a great time in New York last weekend, participating in the 2011 Stoker Weekend put on by the Horror Writers Association. The “Stoker Weekend” is an annual professional writer’s conference that centers around the Bram Stoker Award ceremony, featuring business/professional meetings, public book signings, panel discussions for the national writer’s organization, the Horror Writers Association. I took lots of photos this time around, to try to capture the spirit of the event. Here are some of the highlights from my trip to Long Island:
+ Was greeted by many old friends and new readers at the massive autograph session that began the second I arrived at the hotel. I had tons of copies of my new book, Many Genres, but for some reason most folks seemed intrigued by my tiny bilingual chapbook, Skull Fragments (which sold out). Photos here.
+ Ran a great writing workshop called ‘Horror Unbound: Pushing Your Reader Off the Ledge’. I used an old comic strip I’ve always adored by Peter Kuper as a central motif in the class, where we discussed the “cautionary tale” and how to structure your story to generate surprises in readers…and I challenged everyone to “flaunt the license” that the genre gives a person.
+ On the “Pushing the Boundaries” panel, I got to shock the audience by reading a poem from Freakcidents (“Mutant Marcus”). We also had a pretty amazing conversation about various experiments with form that poetry offers genre writers. It was great sitting on this panel with Linda Addison, Kurt Newton, Chad Helder and Marge Simon.
+ Had lunch with Dacre Stoker, manager of the Bram Stoker Estate, and talked about his next book and the extreme efforts he’s taking to try to get a Stoker statue erected in Ireland.
+ Got to share “Don’t Stop Bleeding” and the traditional folk poem I made up from “The Ghost Bike on Childer’s Road” (from the book Legends of the Mountain State IV) on another poetry panel (called “Pellets of Poison”), and had fun sitting alongside Christopher Conlon, Bruce Boston, Marge Simon, Jill Bauman and Kurt Newton who also read some viciously potent and moving work.
+ Hung out a bit here and there with the wonderful Michael Knost, editor of Writers Workshop of Horror. Also had really good extensive conversations with all sorts of folks, like S.G. Browne (who taught me a lot about new media and has just released a cool book, Fated), RJ Cavender (who is doing great things for authors over at the editorialdepartment.com), and Jonathan Maberry (who is working on an exciting new book!).
+ Got to sample a fantastic Blue Point Toasted Lager from a gigantic baseball-bat-sized dispenser (sitting a top a giant baseball) with RJ Cavender and Boyd Harris from Horror Library/Cutting Block Press.
+ Ran a great book discussion and signing for my latest release (co-edited with Heidi Ruby Miller), Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. Photos and report here.
+ Saw Lawrence Connolly masterfully run a panel on trends in new media for writers in the genre. Learned a lot here from the witty and hyper-intelligent folks on the panel — Matt Schwartz, SG Browne and Jonathan Maberry. What I learned made me feel good about my decision to start up the Michael Arnzen Social Network and encouraged me to expand some things beyond focusing so much on The Goreletter newsletter…though I really need to get the next issue out! Subscribe to get yours in the near future.
+ Attended the official book launch for Christopher Conlon‘s latest (and amazing) poetry anthology, A Sea Of Alone: Poems For Alfred Hitchcock (Dark Scribe Press, 2011). Everyone at the session read from the book — I may post a recording from this in the near future, if I’m able. All the poetry was mind-blowingly good. In addition to my reading of “Marnie Checks In,” I heard poems from Michael Calvillo, Kurt Newton, Christopher Conlon, Norman Prentiss, Lisa Morton, Martel Sardina, and Marge Simon. Photos here. And here’s an audio recording of Kurt Newton reading his poem “The 39 Steps” live.
+ During a free moment before the Stoker Award ceremony, I visited the famous Amityville house with all the Seton Hill alumnae (Sally Bosco, Kristin Dearborn, Paul Popiel) and faculty (me and Lawrence Connolly) from the Writing Popular Fiction MFA program who were in attendance. We stopped at Amity Harbor Spots Shop and found some cool team t-shirts. We now call ourselves “The Amityville Club” Photos here.
+ Attending the Stoker Awards banquet is always a blast. The food was phenomenal. I got to sit with my compadres from Seton Hill’s writing program, along with writer Tracy Sharp and her partner Jeff Van Worden. During the ceremony, I presented the poetry award along with the always-amazing Linda Addison, which was unforgettable. We read snippets from all the nominee’s work, before announcing the winner (Bruce Boston for his great book, Dark Matters). I was also later “surprisingly” called to the stage by emcee Jeff Strand for a funny skit with him that involved giving him a mock “instigation” series of prompts when he suffered from “presenter’s block”…I’ve posted a transcript of this goofery to the Instigation department here on gorelets.com.
Below is the winner’s list of all this year’s Stoker Awards. Be sure to visit my event gallery to see all the photos I took over the weekend.
HWA Announces 2010 Bram Stoker Award Winners
Superior Achievement in a NOVEL:
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub
Superior Achievement in a First Novel (tie):
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction:
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction:
THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale
Superior Achievement in an Anthology:
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas
Superior Achievement in a Collection:
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction:
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection:
DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston
HWA 2010 SPECIALTY PRESS AWARD GOES TO DARK REGIONS PRESS
ANGEL LEIGH McCOY AWARDED 2010 SILVER HAMMER AWARD
MICHAEL COLANGELO AWARDED 2010 RICHARD LAYMON AWARD
Social networking is a chaotic mess, so I’ve created a new weblog as a central hub for posting mobile photos, sharing errant items, weird notions, and personal items that don’t quite belong here on The Goreletter. If you want to follow or friend me on your favorite social media site, drop on by:
The Michael Arnzen Social Network: http://michaelarnzen.com
My first plan for it is to post photos and more from the Bram Stoker Award Weekend in New York later this week.