Michael Arnzen

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Michael A. Arnzen
BornMichael A. Arnzen
May 17, 1967
Amityville, New York, U.S.
Alma materColorado State University Pueblo (BA)
University of Idaho (MA)
University of Oregon (PhD)
GenreFiction, Horror Fiction, Critical Theory, Poetry
Notable worksGrave Markings
Notable awardsBram Stoker Award
1994 Grave Markings – Best First Novel
International Horror Guild Award for First Novel
1994 Grave Markings
Bram Stoker Award
2003 The Goreletter – Best Alternate Form
Bram Stoker Award
2005 Freakcidents – Best Poetry Collection
Bram Stoker Award
2007 Proverbs For Monsters – Best Fiction Collection

Michael A. Arnzen (born May 17, 1967) is an American horror writer. He has won the Bram Stoker Award three times.

Early life and education[edit]

Arnzen was born on May 17, 1967, in Amityville, New York.[1] After a brief stint in the United States Army overseas, where he began writing horror stories to entertain his fellow soldiers, he moved to Colorado, where he began his writing career.

Arnzen received the Bram Stoker Award in 1994 for Grave Markings.[1] Shortly thereafter, he earned a master's degree while working on his second novel, soon followed by his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, where he studied the role of horror and nostalgia in 20th-century culture in a dissertation called The Popular Uncanny.

100 Jolts (Raw Dog Screaming Press) features 100 of Arnzen's flash fiction stories. His short story collection, Fluid Mosaic (Wildside Press) collects his best stories from the 1990s. His poetry chapbooks include Freakcidents, Gorelets: Unpleasant Poetry, Dying (With No Apologies to Martha Stewart), Paratabloids, Chew, Sportuary, and Writhing in Darkness. His most recent published work is Play Dead, a crime thriller with a poker theme.

Arnzen holds a Ph.D. in English and currently teaches graduate studies in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Program and undergraduate English courses at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Arnzen runs Mastication Publications, an umbrella imprint for creative ephemera, chapbooks, collector's items and independently published ebooks.[2]


Novels and novellas[edit]

Short story and flash fiction collections[edit]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Freakcidents
  • Gorelets: Unpleasant Poetry
  • Dying (With No Apologies to Martha Stewart)
  • Paratabloids
  • Chew
  • Sportuary
  • Writhing in Darkness


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Matthews, Tracey, ed. (2006). "Arzen, Michael A.". Contemporary Authors. new revision series. Vol. 146. Gale. pp. 22–24. ISBN 978-1-4144-1010-4. ISSN 0275-7176. OCLC 507351966.
  2. ^ "Gorelets – Creative Horror by Michael Arnzen".
  3. ^ "Award Category: Superior Achievement in a First Novel (Bram Stoker Award)".
  4. ^ "Award Category: Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (Bram Stoker Award)".

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