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Grave Markings: 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback – October 31, 2014
"Grave Markings is a high-speed chase into madness, unpredictable and twisted as a mountain road, written by one of the most inventive and outrageous new talents in the horror genre." -- Karl Edward Wagner, Author
"Michael Arnzen's debut novel is garish, unsettling, and darkly beautiful -- just like the artwork of its main character. Like that artwork, it makes a statement that simultaneously fascinates and repels. You want to turn away. You must turn away. But, oh God, you can't. Arnzen's definitely a writer to watch." -- Paul F. Olson, Author
"A Horse's Mouth from hell. A piercing look at art's illegitimate underbelly. Michael Arnzen is an excellent writer, and Grave Markings is a uniquely disturbing debut." -- Bentley Little, Author
"Michael Arnzen pulls the reader into the world of Grave Markings with a vivid, surreal hook, then makes it impossible to escape as the nightmares are unveiled. A great thriller." -- Sidney Williams, Author
"An authentically painful read, which conveys a real sense of a mind and a culture dangerously out of control." -- Ramsey Campbell, Author
About the Author
Amityville-born horror writer Michael Arnzen holds four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing fiction and poetry. An expanded, 10th anniversary edition of the "best of Arnzen" -- his Stoker-award winning story collection, Proverbs for Monsters -- is slated for release from Dark Regions Press in 2017. Other recent Arnzen titles include his novel, Grave Markings (Raw Dog Screaming Press), a non-fiction study, The Popular Uncanny (Guide Dog Books), and a writer's helper, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side (Mastication Publications). Arnzen holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and since 1999 has taught fulltime at Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, in their MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. Always experimenting, Arnzen's work in the genre has appeared in everything from poetry magnets (Fridge of the Damned) and Palm Pilots (Gorelets) to playing cards (Play Dead) and moving pictures (Exquisite Corpse). Learn the latest and sign up for his newsletter at gorelets.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Kilpatrick's bizarre escapades attract the attention of three friends--Roy Roberts, a writer, Dan Schoenmacher, a TV weatherman, and Lockerman, a cop. Of the three, Roberts is the most active, entering the world of body art, befriending a tatoo artist, and even getting a "tat" himself. Fittingly, it is Roberts who eventually confronts the madman at the novel's harrowing conclusion.
This book is an interesting piece of work. How to describe it? It is disturbing, unnerving, dark, suspenseful, and original. It probably could have benefitted from some tighter editing, but this quibble can be ignored in light of the overall quality of this gripping first novel.
As readers progress through the book, they find that Kilpatrick's sick world becomes more and more vivid in the imaginative eye, thus brutally undercutting the notion that we are simply taking in a story--the more we see, the more we believe. And seeing the world through Kilpatrick's eyes, we become accomplices to his mutilations. By the time we close the book, Arnzen is surely daring us to wonder whether or not we've found pleasure in what we see from Kilpatrick's point of view; after all, suggests Arnzen, we are somewhat responsible for what we've come to see. Indeed, if readerly noncompliance were simply a matter of putting down the books that shock us, then "Grave Markings" wouldn't be as good as it is. Arnzen implies that it only takes one peek into the pages of a good book and we're already culpable.
If you enjoy Will Self's ironic depravity and T.C. Boyle's narrative cunning, then Michael Arnzen's "Grave Markings" deserves a read. Even though you might feel your gullet rise in disgust, don't be surprised find yourself enjoying what you see.
People usually have nightmares about getting tattoos.. Well if you have Kilpatrick as your tattoo artist, you have reason to worry!
Basically the story revolves around Kilpatrick's killings by excessive tattooing (or just body mutilations) and the cops trying to catch him.
This book could make you totally insane!
A MUST READ!