Gorelets is a 64-pg chapbook collection of "sudden horror poetry": 52 ultra short shockers by Michael Arnzen guaranteed to make you squirm!
Originally written on (and for) handheld computers as part of a successful online experiment at Arnzen's gorelets.com, each of these little "caplets of gore" pack a powerful punch. With titles like "Zombeanie Babies," "Teasing the Cyborg," "Brain Chunks," and "The Embolism of Evil" you know you're in for an unpleasant surprise.
"Like one of those stubborn and painful scabs, only Arnzen could pull this one off. Served up with humor both vitreous and gut-wrenching, Gorelets delivers its tasty mind-morsels in palatable portions both raw and rare. If you haven’t tried one yet, grab a plate and dig in."
"Gorelets are a sign of horror’s rebirth."
—Pittsburgh City Paper
"Tight and succinct . . . visionary fragments, sharp little pictures that make your stomach squirm . . . in regular English, avoiding the pretense that consume so many other poets."
"It’s no wonder Arnzen has built up such a cult following with his Gorelets—read one thing by him and you’re hooked."
"SCARY. Achieves in your face, punching rhythmical effects. Coupled with Arnzen’s vivid visuals . . . these rhythms are confrontational, leaving readers no place to run and hide."
"Horror and poetry very rarely mix well—if at all—but with Gorelets, Michael Arnzen has produced something of a minor miracle; not only does every piece in this marvelous collection stand up to the rules applicable to poetry, but each piece—like the best horror story—provides the reader with chills—no small feat. If, on occasion, Mr. Arnzen's tongue is obviously pushed toward his cheek, it's all in fun—albeit intelligent, well-crafted fun. These pieces, and this collection, will not disappoint."