Michael Arnzen

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Michael Arnzen is a horror writer and English professor, currently teaching at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, PA.

Arnzen was born in Amityville, NY -- the location of the infamous "horror house" -- in 1967. He first started writing in the Army, and began publishing horror poetry, short stories, reviews and articles in the small press and [horror zines] during his undergraduate years at the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo). He was an active member of SPWAO -- the Small Press Writer's Artists Organization -- throughout the 90s. Arnzen and artist (later, wife) Renate Muller launched Mastication Publications in 1991 -- a small press imprint for poetry, responsible for two chapbooks in the early '90s: Chew and Other Ruminations (Arnzen's first poetry collection) and Psychos: An Anthology of Psychological Horror in Verse (an influential collection of poems that included writers like Steve Rasnic Tem, Marge Simon, and [many more].

Arnzen continues to write professionally. His latest book is [The Gorelets Omnibus], published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2012.


  • PSYCHOS (as editor)
  • Chew and Other Ruminations (as author)


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