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100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories [Hardcover]

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100 Jolts features one hundred short shots of fiction guaranteed to stun. Arnzen has honed his craft to deliver the highest voltage using the fewest words. Released as a paperback in 2004 this ground-breaking collection is considered by many to be a pioneering work in the flash fiction movement. It broke publishing barriers to micro-fiction, inspired many authors, has been adapted to film and audio, and was also a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. This expanded edition contains, Aftershocks, a battery of newly added stories, as well as bonus writing prompts, and a brand new Afterword.

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Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2007
Publisher   Raw Dog Screaming Press
ISBN  1933293292  
ISBN13  9781933293295  

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More About Michael A. Arnzen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Arnzen holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon. He currently haunts Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania, teaching English literature and leading graduate-level workshops in one of the Master's degree programs in Popular Fiction Writing.

Michael A. Arnzen currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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A Book To Read With Friends  Dec 10, 2006
One stormy night...well, it wasn't stormy, but six of us did stay up all night, taking turns reading these flashes of horror. Everyone had their own favorite. I fluctuated between 'Stretch' (which few people can read all in one breath) and 'Brain Candy' (which is so good it's used as a back cover blurb).

It's also great to read with a flashlight around a campfire.

Of course, now that some of these were made into the movie EXQUISITE CORPSE, you can see some of the images inspired by the book. (With the lights out, of course.)
twisted humor  Dec 30, 2005
The best thing about a book like this, 100 short stories in 145 pages (not counting the lengthy interview with the author at the end), is that everybody will have their own favorites. Mine were the "Nightmare Jobs" series and "A Donation," a macabre first person account of a man who plans to will his body to science. These stories are horror stories, complete with blood and viscera and body parts. But the most important thing a potential reader needs to know is that these stories are FUNNY.
You'll crave more  Apr 5, 2005
In his introduction, author Michael Arnzen states that "Horror is the genre of the jolt, the shock, the spark." To prove his point, he then offers up one hundred short stories to his audience, the longest, "Five Mean Machines," only nine pages in length (many are only one paragraph long), each designed with the idea of creating an immediate, visceral reaction in readers. It's a measure of Arnzen's talent that he more often than not achieves this goal, all without losing sight of a couple basic tenets of storytelling, those being to grab and hold your reader, and maybe make him think in the bargain. Despite the limits he's imposed on himself, Arnzen still proves capable of doing just that in little gems like "Nightmare Job #1" through "Nightmare Job #5" (think of it as a mini miniseries), "The Curse of Fat Face," and "Her Daily Bread." One warning before you begin 100 Jolts, though--like the candy in a Whitman sampler, you'll find yourself gobbling up one tale after another. Not a big problem, until you abruptly come to the end, still craving more. You might consider exerting some willpower, and force yourself to sample these varied delights over several days, thus maximizing their impact.
This book twangs!  Oct 19, 2004
Ever stick your tongue on a fresh 9-volt battery? This clever collection is appropriately titled. Each little story sends a shock straight into your literary central nervous system. Some pieces are disturbing. Some are funny. Some are heart-wrenching. But they're all short, and they're all frightening. If you want to be entertained, moved, jolted, this is a collection for you.
It's Terrorific  Aug 29, 2004
horror n
1: intense and profound fear 2: something that inspires horror; something horrible; "the painting that others found so beautiful was a horror to him" 3: intense aversion
See: repugnance,

short story
n. A short piece of prose fiction, having few characters and aiming at unity of effect.

Michael Arnzen is master craftsman of the horror short story. Mixing elements of gore, humor, and horror, sometimes within the same sentence, he shocks and entertains with every bite. If you need proof just read a few stories in. Most of the stories here can be read in one paranoid insomnia driven night. He uses words like a scalpel, cutting open your head and dumping a bucket of psycho-babble right into your raw exposed brain. The stories will leave your head throbbing, you'll find yourself thinking of the stories relating to them in new ways weeks even months later.

But what really impressed me about 100 jolts is the balance. The blatant to the subtle, the humorous with the terrifying, the short with the long, flowing mercilessly one to another. It all balances out, and it's balance lends it to become an addictive read. You keep saying, just one more, oh just one more, and then it's dawn and you've read the book, and your head is throbbing. And you're not sure if it's with joy or if your brain is trying to escape from your skull. One way or another this book will get you.

Howl with the raw dog screaming.

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