DogCon 3 Countdown #2


Author Michael A. Arnzen
Author Michael A. Arnzen

Will you be in the western Pennsylvania area this coming weekend, July 25-27? If so come to Confluence, Pittsburgh’s literary conference of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Confluence has been kind enough to host DogCon 3 (the annual gathering of Raw Dog Screaming Press) this year. This will give you a chance to meet author Michael A. Arnzen!

Here is his schedule at Confluence:

  • Friday 6 pm Happiness in Horror
  • Friday 7 pm Kaffee Klatsch
  • Friday 8 pm RDSP Rapid Fire Reading
  • Saturday 11 am Autographing
  • Saturday 1 pm Humor and Genre
  • Saturday 5 pm Want to see something REALLY scary?
  • Saturday 9 pm Movies as Series

About Michael A. Arnzen

Often funny, always terrifying, Michael Arnzen has been publishing experimental horror fiction and twisted poetry for over twenty years. His works have been adapted to film, music, and even playing cards and poetry magnets. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, Arnzen currently teaches in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. The Gorelets Omnibus – published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013 – collects a decade of his craziest poems and thinkpieces. Another RDSP title, 100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories, remains a ground-breaking collection in the flash fiction movement. His latest books are the novel, Play Dead, and Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, an E-book helper for writers. See what Mike is up to now and subscribe to his newsletter at:

About Play Dead

Johnny had been to the top. Young and slick, he knew how to play the high roller, dress the part, and make his opponents sweat. He’d ridden into Vegas on a winning streak a mile wide. But Vegas took everything, even his lucky gold tooth. You’d think he couldn’t fall any lower than a homeless shelter full of the downtrodden. And he couldn’t possibly have anything left to lose. But you’d be wrong. Johnny soon discovers there’s a game going on at the shelter. A game where before you play the cards you have to make them. A game where the payout is survival and folding means death. A game where the question becomes: are you playing the cards or are they playing you? Using 52 chapters Arnzen’s novel-of-cards is stacked with mischief and thrills. Like the most accomplished blackjack dealer Arnzen will keep you guessing at his hand. Are you ready to play?

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