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Michael A. Arnzen

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Michael Arnzen has won multiple awards for his fiction, including four Bram Stoker Awards and the International Horror Guild Award. He teaches horror and suspense writing at Seton Hill University, as faculty in their unique MFA degree program in Writing Popular Fiction.

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My new spoken word rendition of “Katzen Clavier” — with bass and drum accompaniment — just went live on the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s “Halloween Readings” page. Curated by special guest Stephanie Wytovich, there are lots of fun readings on the site this year, including work by Marge Simon, Sara Tantlinger, Symantha Reagor, Maria Alexander and many more. Give... Read more of this blog post »
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GRAVE MARKINGS XXth Anniversary Launch Party & Bizarro Horror Event
Author appearance, October 25, 2014 07:30PM — 20 people invited
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message 10: by Rusty

Rusty Nugent Hello There, I just wanted to let you know that my horror/dark fantasy book, Moonwarriors is a giveaway book on goodreads and here's a link so you can add yourself to win it. It's out of print and this book is NEW. So, it is worth $120 on Amazon. Good Luck. :)

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Rusty Nugent Thanks for your friendship. Come by and leave a comment.

Until next time . . .

Michelle Thank you for the friend request.

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Fox Thank you kindly for the add! It's always great getting to know a fellow horror enthusiast.

message 6: by Steve

Steve Thanks man, just starting out on this site so hopefully more to follow. I had mainly only done film reviews before.

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CELIA Hey, Michael! Nice to "meet" you. My husband is the big horror fan in the family, and he goes to IAFA all the time. He teaches horror, literature. Although he doesn't keep up his Goodreads site much, I will ask him to contact you (his name is Rafael Miguel Montes). I can't believe you get to teach pop CRW. I was just thinking the other day that someone REALLY needed to do that!

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K.K. Hot Damn! Michael ARmaggeddon HIMSELF on GOOD READS! Thanks for the add! I look forward to reading more of your work!
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Louise Hello Michael,

Thank you for friending me. :)

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Jeremy Hi Michael!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

Jeremy Howdy Michael!

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous fates, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)

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