Dr. Michael Arnzen

Pennsylvania, United States

Member Since: 10/29/2012

Michael A. Arnzen is the four time Bram Stoker Award winning author of such books as Proverbs for Monsters, 100 Jolts and the instructional guide, Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. He teaches English and Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University, where he has served as Division Chair of the Humanities (2009-15) and as advisor to the campus literary magazine, Eye Contact (1999-2009; 2016-present) .

His latest books include The Gorelets Omnibus (poetry), Play Dead (novel), and an ebook helper for writers and writing teachers looking to fuel their creative furnace in weird ways, called, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side.

A work of criticism, The Popular Uncanny, is forthcoming from Guide Dog Books in Fall 2016.

Visit Arnzen at gorelets.com or link into his social network via michaelarnzen.com.  Arnzen is also very active on twitter:  @MikeArnzen (writing) | @arnzen (academic)

Website: http://gorelets.com

Twitter Username: @MikeArnzen


  • Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction , Headline Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Grave Markings: A Novel , Dell Books (November 1, 1994)
  • The Gorelets Omnibus: Selected Poetry 2001-2011 , Raw Dog Screaming Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Play Dead: A Novel , Raw Dog Screaming Press (June 1, 2013)
  • Proverbs for Monsters: Selected Stories and Poetry , Dark Regions Press (October 1, 2007)
  • 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories , Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 1, 2004)


  • Bram Stoker Award: First Novel(1995)
  • Bram Stoker Award: Alternative Forms(2003)
  • Bram Stoker Award: Poetry(2005)
  • Bram Stoker Award: Fiction Collection(2008)
  • International Horror Critics Guild: Best First Novel(1995)
  • SHU Professor of the Year(2011)


  • Professor of English at Seton Hill University (August 1999 - )


  • Doctoral Degree in English and American Literature from University of Oregon (June 1999)
  • Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Idaho (May 1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Southern Colorado (December 1991)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Poetry