TERRIFYINGLY TINY. DEVILISHLY DEEP.
The Gorelets Omnibus collects all the bloody little bits of Michael Arnzen's poetry written in the past 10 years into one big volume. From the contents of the original Gorelets chapbook and his classic “refrigerator of the damned” online magnetic poetry experiment, to Arnzen's latest flash fiction and brand new Zombie Haikruel series, this collection chronicles his revolutionary vision for the horror short form. He even received a Bram Stoker Award for Alternative Forms for some of the work included in this book. As one of the first writers to recognize the creative capacity of handheld devices, Arnzen's pioneering work to deliver gory entertainment in as few characters as possible is still eminently relevant today. Thus, a “casebook of criticism”—a collection of scholarly analyses of Arnzen’s unique approach to the genre—is included alongside the poetry.
While The Gorelets Omnibus is available in both paperback and hardcover versions, the hardcover edition contains more than 50 pages of must-have bonus material, including: the hard-to-find Martha Stewart parody, “Michael Arnzen Dying,” additional haikruel you won’t find elsewhere, unfinished poems and pieces no longer available on his website, the "Borelets” parody, and an impressive “horror poetry workshop” of instructional essays by Arnzen on crafting terrifying verse, alongside over 300 “twisted” writing prompts specifically intended to instigate weirdness.
Arnzen’s other books with Raw Dog Screaming include 100 Jolts and Play Dead—soon to be rereleased in paperback and ebook format.
And be sure to visit the website responsible for it all at http://gorelets.com
Praise for The Gorelets Omnibus
"THE GORELETS OMNIBUS is chock-full of horrific goodness. The writing here is smart and Arnzen has a way with words that rivals any contemporary poet."
—Black Heart Magazine
"This isn't just a book of those little poems Mike calls "Gorelets." This hardcover horror-poetry-criticism-workshop-lesson is like one of those bed-in-a bag kits. Everything you need for a cozy night, except the guy with the hatchet."—Star*line
"Arnzen’s dark minimalist poems show us snippets of film stolen from the larger picture. We get to look at a flashed image, shot at us and left to the reader to flesh out the overall ourselves."
"Every word is important. All that being said, these are horror poems that will repulse and horrify.…. There are no happy endings here. There's no room. Every poem jumps you right into the muck, the guts and the gore."
—The Digital Inkspot
Praise for Arnzen's Poetry
"Bored with sleeping? Read this book at night. Michael Arnzen's poems are absolutely terrifying. His writing makes me uncomfortable for all the right reasons. If you enjoy the things that go bump in the night, Arnzen's poems might change your mind. Arnzen is disturbingly, madly, brilliant and I pray for those close to him." —Ryan Mecum, author of Zombie Haiku and Dawn of Zombie Haiku
"Horror and poetry very rarely mix well—if at all—but with Gorelets, Michael Arnzen has produced something of minor miracle; not only does every piece in this marvelous collection stand up to the rules applicable to poetry, but each piece—like the best horror story—provides the reader with chills—no small feat. If, on occasion, Mr. Arnzen's tongue is obviously pushed toward his cheek, it's all in fun—albeit intelligent, well-crafted fun. These pieces, and this collection, will not disappoint." —Gary A. Braunbeck
"SCARY. Achieves in your face, punching rhythmical effects. Coupled with Arnzen's vivid visuals...these rhythms are confrontational, leaving readers no place to run and hide." —Sidereality
"Tight and succinct...visionary fragments, sharp little pictures that make your stomach squirm...in regular English, avoiding the pretense that consume so many other poets." —Feomante.com
"Like one of those stubborn and painful scabs, only Arnzen could pull this one off. Served up with humor both vitreous and gut-wrenching, Gorelets delivers its tasty mind-morsels in palatable portions both raw and rare. If you haven't tried one yet, grab a plate and dig in." —Kurt Newton
"...the cumulative effect of the entire book of gory horrific teeny poems is a lot of fun." —Ellen Datlow, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
"It's no wonder Arnzen has built up such a cult following with his Gorelets.com website—read one thing by him and you're hooked." —Matt Schwartz, Shocklines.com
"Gorelets is an example of horror's rebirth." —Pittsburgh City Paper
"Scary, gory, horrifying little demons that float around in the sinister mind of a very talented writer...these teensy poems are larger-than-life! Arnzen's technique is brutally artistic with a blood-streaked flair." —Brutal Dreamer Reviews
"wild...the product of Arnzen's fevered and inventive brain." —alt.press
"Gorelets doesn't read like a bunch of tiny poems were quickly trotted off on a PDA. They are tiny experiments as to what a poet can do with a minuscule amount of space, and even with only a tiny amount of space, Arnzen's possibilities are limitless." —Damned Critic
"Michael A. Arnzen has a knack for balancing dark themes with wit and surprise. By mastering short, thought-provoking poetry, Arnzen creates works that are perfect for a quick fix of horror during the day or to be read from the screen of my Blackberry." —Heidi Ruby Miller, author of Ambasadora
"In a little over a decade, Michael A. Arnzen has achieved what few writers manage in a lifetime. He has become the master of a brand of literature that is uniquely his own, and I do not doubt that his approach to horror will soon (if not already) be referred to as 'Arnzenian'... Horrifying, captivating, ironic—Arnzenian!—the works of Michael A. Arnzen are in a class all their own. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!" -- Lawrence C. Connolly, author of Veins