Michael A. Arnzen’s horror fiction was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story, “Little Things Mean a Lot in Writing Horror.”

“I’m interested in potent nuggets of narrative, and horror has always been a shorter genre,” he said. “Look at Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems.”

The little things also loom large in the subjects of his work, in which he finds the frightening in minutely observed, everyday details, like a janitor’s glove (or IS it a glove?) and a pair of too-real bunny slippers.

“I’d like to think I’m doing the same thing comedians are, exploring our hypocrisies through observational humor,” he said, adding that horror is often funny as well as fear-inducing. “I crack myself up all the time when I’m writing.”

Arnzen’s latest work includes the audio CD, Audiovile (available on iTunes, CD Baby or directly from Raw Dog Screaming Press) and a collection of his best short stories and poems, called Proverbs for Monsters, hot off the machines at Dark Regions Press.

Arnzen has been reading across the Western PA region this Halloween season, and will read again on November 30th, 4pm at Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) in Administration 308. This event is free and open to the public.

You can read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story here: Little Things

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