Arnzstigation Days

From the Facebook event page for Arnzstigation Days, a creative effort to support the kickstarter for Michael A. Arnzen’s FRIDGE OF THE DAMNED magnetic word kit:

“Now through the end of January post a short story, poem, piece of art, excerpt from a longer work instigated by Arnzen or even a blog reflection on his influence. Then post a link here, on the RDSP FB page or send it directly to I will share it through our page, our twitter account and collect the links in a permanent blog entry on the RDSP blog. This will support the cause and also showcase your project.

“The catch—you’ve got to include a link to the kickstarter: Invisible slimy bonus points to those who include some explanatory text such as: Be an instigator, support the Fridge of the Damned poetry magnet kickstarter.”

I confess my knowledge of Michael Arnzen is somewhat limited. But over the years I’ve encountered a few of his stories in horror anthologies, read his insightful essay “Degrees of Dread: Horror in Higher Education” included in On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association, and, just recently, acquired a copy of The Gorelets Ominibus, which I have been enjoying like a box of cookies—a little at a time. I would’ve loved to have contributed something more directly “arnzstigated” to the cause, something based on one of Arnzen’s wonderful prompts perhaps, but alas:  I’m terrible at writing prompts! Plus, I just sort of ran out of time. So instead I’ll post the link to my most recent flash fiction effort, “Sugarplum,” which, appropriately enough, Nathan Rosen was kind enough to publish over at MicroHorror just last week. The story is only about 425 words long. Anytime I attempt to mash horror and dark comedy in such a brief span of words, I like to think I’m channeling the influence of those writers like Michael Arnzen who do brevity masterfully.

Here are the first three lines of “Sugarplum”:

“Mama?” little Timmy said as his mother tucked him into bed.
“What, pumpkin?”
“Is Terror Clown going to be my new daddy?”

To read the rest, click here.



~ by Douglas Hackle on January 30, 2013.

2 Responses to “Arnzstigation Days”

  1. Terror Clown say he likie! Great story concept. Thanks for sharing this — and more power to you. Keep writing the micros!

  2. Thanks, Michael!

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