Bio: Michael Arnzen was born in Amityville, NY--hometown of the infamous horror house. *** Winner of the Bram Stoker Award *** After a brief stint in the Army overseas, where he began writing horror stories to entertain his fellow soldiers, he moved to Colorado where he launched his career in publishing in the underground press to much success. By the mid-nineties the Genre Writer's Association awarded him "Best Fiction Writer" and in 1995 he received the coveted Bram Stoker Award--the highest accolade in the horror genre--for his first novel, Grave Markings. Shortly thereafter, he went on to earn 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 in pop culture and wrote a dissertation called The Popular Uncanny.
Arnzen now lives near Pittsburgh with his wife and cats. He is an English professor at Seton Hill University, where he teaches in an innovative Master's degree program in Writing Popular Fiction. His fifth poetry book, Freakcidents, is set to be released in hardcover in December 2002. Visit his content-rich website, gorelets.com, for all the latest news about his writing. Career Highlights:
• Reprints in The Year's Best Horror Stories (DAW Books), 1992 & 1993.
• Best New Writer, Small Press Writers and Artists Organization, 1992.
• Bram Stoker Award for First Novel (Grave Markings), 1994.
• International Horror Critics Guild Award for First Novel (Grave Markings), 1994.
• Best Fiction Writer, Genre Writers Association, 1995.
• Ph.D. in English and American Literature, 1999.
• Bio listed in Contemporary Authors, Gale Research, 2000.
• Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Poetry Collection (Paratabloids), 2001
• Grave Markings, Dell/Abyss Books, 1994 (novel).
• Needles and Sins, Dark Regions Books, 1993 (short story collection).
• Writhing in Darkness (2 vols.), Dark Regions Books, 1998 (poetry collection)
• The Popular Uncanny, UMI Abstracts, 1999 (dissertation).
• Paratabloids, Ozark Triangle Press, 2000 (poetry collection).
• Fluid Mosaic, Wildside Press, 2001 (short story collection).
• Dying (With No Apologies to Martha Stewart), Tachyon Press, 2002 (poetry chapbook).
• Freakcidents: A Surrealist Sideshow, DarkVesper Publishing, 2002 (poetry collection).
• Gorelets: Unpleasant Poems, Fairwood Press, 2003 (poetry collection).