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the sky is black and blue like a battered child
Poetry Chapbook
26 pages
Released: March 2016
Publisher: feel bad all the time (self-released)

 "I had the privilege of reading this before it was published and there is some really hellish shit going on in this book. And I mean that in the best way possible." - Philip LoPresti, Author of Haunted Fucking and Death Bird Poem

  "It is what poetry should be in the 21st century." - Paul Bingham, author of Down Where the Devil Don't Go and Black House Rocked 

"Arzate has a knack with dark, bizarre twists on the familiar." - G Arthur Brown, author of Kitten and I Like Turtles 

"Arzate’s refreshingly not trying to save the world, fight social injustice or do much of anything here. Still, the sky is black and blue like a battered child succeeds in punching above its slim weight." - Brandon Adamson, author of SideQuests and Beatnik Fascism

 "A very, very short chapbook, but a powerful one. Angst, alienation, and apathy are prominent themes I felt while reading. Will definitely be rereading a lot of these poems." - Zakary McGaha, author of Locker Arms
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Saying Goodbye 
Short Stories and Flash Fiction
114 Pages
Released: September 2018
Publisher: NihilismRevised

"After reading The Complete Idiots Guide to Saying Goodbye I felt in equal parts enthralled and unnerved. Arzate's stories are stark, depressing, thought-provoking and hilarious." - Brian Whitney, author of Raping the Gods

"The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saying Goodbye both horrifies and entertains by briefly taking us out of our depraved world of delusions so that we may cringe and laugh at ourselves and everything around us." - Brandon Adamson, author of Skytrain to Nowhere

"Ben Arzate is a very good writer...  These stories cover a lot of literary and psychological ground in very few words... I find it interesting that a style I find intolerable in other writers works to Ben’s advantage... You should get this book, highly recommended." - Anita Dalton, Odd Things Considered

  "A dark and imaginative collection of stories, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Saying Goodbye is a very creatively nihilistic view to storytelling and a great writing debut, though perhaps a little short. The perfect book for readers with limited time and cynical views." - Charlie Ceats, Cultured Vultures
  
"If you want a bunch of quick and somewhat depressing but ultimately funny hitters, then definitely check this book out." - Gil Valle, author of A Gathering of Evil 

"This is a stellar collection of short stories and flash from one of indie lit’s most enthusiastic readers/reviewers." - Zakary McGaha, author of Locker Arms

"When taken in isolation, the stories convey an idiosyncratic sense of humor and the absurd. Here, Arzate’s imagination excels. His knack for extravagant absurdities, and the strangeness of daily life, rarely fails to entertain." - Daulton Dickey, author of Flesh Made World
 
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The Story of the Y
Novel
Publisher: Cabal Books

"Cool, sharp and enigmatic" - Garrett Cook, author of A God of Hungry Walls

"There is a group of fresh voices taking weirdness very seriously, and Ben Arzate is one of its leading figures. The Story of the Y is a mysterious, adventurous hybrid. This is the love child of Carlos Fuentes and Hunter S. Thompson, covered in blood and desert dust, screaming outside a Mexican restaurant. Listen to it." - Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs

"If Ernest Hemingway and Richard Brautigan had a love child who was adopted and raised by Hunter Thompson, he would probably write very much like Ben Arzate. THE STORY OF THE Y is many things: a ghost story, a road novel, a parable of dwindling ambition, an exploration of the gray area between culture and memory, a meditation on the power of music and its hold over dreamers and revolutionaries alike. Arzate excavates pop culture with puckishness and precise prose that reflects a sordid, mystical, gritty weirdness all his own. Part Kurt Vonnegut, part FEAR & LOATHING, part Dr. Doolittle, THE STORY OF THE Y proves Arzate is the logical heir to the gonzo writers of the late 20th Century and one more than worthy to carry their torch." - Jamie Mason, author of Kezzie of Babylon

"A heady, bizarre trip with all the razor-sharp wit of a Cohen Brothers screenplay in a box of Ginsu knives." - Vincenzo Bilof, author of The Violators

 “A wild road trip to Mexico with more turns than a long line at the bank. Arzate’s prose flashes like a switchblade.” - Bram Riddlebarger, author of Golden Rod

 “What starts off as a seemingly quiet story about a mysterious record quickly turns into a bizarre and violent ride across a Mexican landscape imbued with Mr. Arzate's unique brand of humor and sense of surrealism. If Robert Rodriguez and Barry Gifford worked in the bizarro genre this would be the outcome. A wicked fun read!” - Philip LoPresti, author of A God Of Flies Among Them

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