100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories
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100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories

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Now readers have a new reason to be afraid. One hundred new reasons! Bram Stoker Finalist for Best Collection of 2004.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 30th 2004 by Raw Dog Screaming Press (first published April 1st 2004)
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Single author flash collections are either rare, or from the small press, so that they're hard to get a hold of. There are more than a couple of excuses for this, but I'll limit myself to one. Collections of poetry has been, with notable exceptions, the work of the academic press -- places like Carnigie Mellon Press or the University of Pittsburgh Press, just to name two. Poetry doesn't sell well these days. You can't build snappy marketing slogans around a book of poetry, and a collection of mi...more
Scott Emerson
Simply put, the best single-author collection of flash fiction I've ever read. (Gee, qualify much?) Michael Arnzen remains one of my favorite genre practitioners and 100 JOLTS is a prime representative of his strengths, a cross-section of surrealism, experimentalism, pitch-black humor, pop culture deconstruction, and wickedly clever wordplay.

More impressive than the volume of stories is the fact that just about every one is a winner; highlights include "Obictionary," a deceptively playful tribu...more
Heidi Miller
One stormy night...well, it wasn't stormy, but six of us did stay up all night, taking turns reading these flashes of horror. Everyone had their own favorite. I fluctuated between 'Stretch' (which few people can read all in one breath) and 'Brain Candy' (which is so good it's used as a back cover blurb).

It's also great to read with a flashlight around a campfire.

Of course, now that some of these were made into the movie EXQUISITE CORPSE, you can see some of the images inspired by the book. (With...more
Jan 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who don't have a lot of time, horror fans
100 whip-smart stories that will horrify, amuse and gross you out. This book is great for people who only have time to read for short bits but it gives a lot of food for thought. Arnzen comes up with one crazy idea after the next from vignettes to complete stories in a couple pages or less. My favorites include "Stabbing for Dummies" a great self-help piece and "Skull Fragments", 13 inter-related pieces about skulls.

Note: I edited this book
I first read this in my Horror Fiction class... I love it! Truly, Arnzen is the master of horror flash fiction! Short, sweet and to the point! Oh and slightly disturbing.. but I like disturbing...
Feb 22, 2008 Screamingbutterfly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and flash
Great collection of 100 pieces of horror flash fiction. Quality flash fiction is very difficult to write, but Arnzen succeeds, most of the time.
This is a very nice collection of 100 very short horror stories. There was a big fuss made over the notion of labeling them as "flash" stories because of their length, but I didn't see anything different with these than Harlan Ellison did with MIND FIELDS almost twenty years ago, or what Fredric Brown did with his short-short stories back in the 1950s. Anyway, the current book is quite well done. The stories are very, very densely written, and several of them felt more like poetry than prose. I...more
I love flash fiction...if done properly. For the most part, these stories lacked the needed oomph to make me feel something about the story. Sure there was the shock element; but shock gets old if there is not anything else to accompany it. Gary Braunbeck declares that "Arnzen can rightfully claim his place as the Donald Barthelme of horror." I don't see it. For me, this collection is nowhere near the caliber of Barthelme.

Feb 01, 2011 Deana is currently reading it
Dr. Arnzen is not only a great teacher but he is also a wicked author. He is my inspiration for why i write with the style i do now. One brillant mind to another....we're both brilliant!
Mike Mehalek
Michael Arnzen's 100 Jolts is a must for all readers and writers alike. Arnzen uses the language to create beautiful images that are sometime funny, sometimes sad, often gross, and always original. Stories can be enjoyed at the surface or you can delve deeper to find more meaning. At only a few hundred words a piece (or much less in some cases), this is remarkable. It shows us that horror writing can be tight and poignant and literary despite the "bad rap" that horror often gets.

The only way thi...more
Meh. Many of these stories were quite good, I suppose, but horror fiction has never been my thing. If you do like horror stories, you will probably like these.
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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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