Seton Hill English Professor Writes and Performs Music and Poetry for “Audiovile,” a CD Based on His Book “100 Jolts”

GREENSBURG, Pa. – This Halloween season (and beyond), Associate Professor of English Dr. Michael Arnzen will be celebrating the release of his latest horror fiction project, “Audiovile,” with a number of live performances and signings across the region.

“Audiovile,” an hour-long CD of 16 spoken word performances set to dark and quirky music, was released in October 2007 as a companion to the newly-published hardcover expanded edition of Arnzen’s popular book of flash fiction, “100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories,” by independent horror publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press.

On “Audiovile,” Arnzen recites his disturbing and darkly humorous stories alongside a wide range of eclectic musical performances and bizarre effects of his own creation. Recorded at home during his sabbatical in 2006, Arnzen set out to explore and experiment with new possibilities in the audio format, seeking "to create an audiobook worth listening to more than once." The response has been positive, with reviewers comparing Arnzen's gruff style and tongue-in-cheek delivery to the works of Jim Morrison and The Doors, George Carlin, J.G. Thirlwell, Alan Ginsberg, and Henry Rollins.

Although Arnzen crafted most of the music himself, the compact disc also includes a banjo track performed by Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction alumnus Jason Jack Miller of Uniontown, Pa., and features interior sleeve art by Seton Hill alumnus Sean Blair of Greensburg, Pa. (which inspired one of the stories when it was first exhibited in Seton Hill’s Harlan Gallery).

“Audiovile” is now available on iTunes and the disc can be purchased at “100 Jolts” is available on and other online retailers, and can also be purchased at Dr. Arnzen’s public performances. A new book, “Proverbs for Monsters,” is also forthcoming in November from Dark Regions Press, collecting the best short stories and poems of this Bram Stoker Award-winning author's career to date.

Dr. Arnzen has been celebrating the launch of all these publications with numerous readings and performances. Upcoming events include a free poetry reading on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown, Pa. along with poet Gerry LaFemina; a poetry reading on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m. during the "Get Lit" poetry series at DV8 Espresso Bar & Gallery in downtown Greensburg, Pa; and a guest speaking engagement on Saturday, October 27 at the new "Zombiefest" Convention at the Monroeville, Pa. Expo Mart, where he’ll be appearing along with Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction instructors Gary Braunbeck of Columbus, Ohio and Scott Johnson of Waynesburg, Pa.

Dr. Arnzen will also be hosting an entertaining presentation of his latest creative work on Friday, November 30th, at 4 p.m. in Room 308 of the Administration Building on Seton Hill’s Greensburg, Pa. campus. This event will include an encore screening of the short film based on his poetry, “Exquisite Corpse” (a compilation of short-short art films which includes the recent 2007 Tabloid Witch award-winner for "Best Animated Horror Short," called "The Scab"). This event is free and open to the public. For more information on events where Dr. Arnzen will be appearing, please visit

Michael Arnzen, Ph.D., bio
Award winning author and writing professor Dr. Michael Arnzen was born in Amityville, NY -- hometown of the infamous horror house. After a brief stint in the US Army overseas, where he began writing horror stories to entertain his fellow soldiers, he moved to Colorado where he launched his career in publishing to much success. By the mid-nineties he received the coveted Bram Stoker Award -- the highest accolade in the horror genre -- for his first novel, “Grave Markings.” (He has since earned two more, for his poetry collection “Freakcidents” and his electronic newsletter “The Goreletter.”) Shortly thereafter, he went on to earn a master's degree while working on his second novel, soon followed by his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon, where he studied the role of horror and nostalgia in 20th century culture in a dissertation called “The Popular Uncanny.” Arnzen now lives near Pittsburgh with his wife and cats. He is an Associate Professor of English with tenure at Seton Hill University, where he teaches in the innovative Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. His latest novel is “Play Dead,” available on and at Shocklines Bookstore. Additional information can be found at

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