Tuesday, July 26, 2022

New Story at Godless: Baby, You'll Be Famous


Over at Godless.com, I have a new exclusive story. This is part horror, part satire about a sleazy entertainment journalist trying to break a scandal story about a pop singer. 

"Shawn Baker is a writer for a sleazy tabloid, trying to earn a living while chasing his rock star dreams. One day, while going through the garbage of famous pop singer Penni P, he discovers a scandal that just might make his career if he can break the story. However, what's going on with Penni P might be far worse than Shawn realizes."

Pick it up here.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Nafallen University 2022-2023 Course Catalog


The Nafallen University Course Catalog is live now! I have a few entries in this. Thank you to Madness Heart Press for having me in this interesting anthology. 

Pick it up here.

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Return of The Unreprinted

The Unreprinted returns over at my Substack. First up, an early novel by Carlton Mellick III, Electric Jesus Corpse

Read it here. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

the feel bad dispatch

I decided to start a Substack. 

Subscribe to it here. 

My first post will be the return of my The Unreprinted column. Coming soon. 

Review of Music is Over! in Heavy Feather Review

 Carl Fuerst wrote an amazing review of Music is Over! over at Heavy Feather Review

"A lot of Music Is Over! invites comparisons to Murakami: the Japanese cultural elements, the dream-like setting, the juxtaposition of the surreal and the mundane, the terse narration, and the laconic dialogue. But I feel like what distinguishes this novella is how Arzate blends these ingredients with elements from folklore, science fiction, horror, absurdism, pornography, and, most extensively, bizarro. In many ways, Music Is Over! is a compact ecosystem of literary forms typically labeled as experimental or fringe."

Read the full review here

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Music is Over! Update: Signed Copies and Ebooks Now Available

The ebook for Music is Over! is now available as both on the Malarkey Books website and on Godless.com.

Get it from Malarkey Books     
Get it from Godless

I also have signed copies available directly from me. Email me at benarz13(at)gmail(dot)com to get one.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Release Day: Music is Over!


Music is Over! is out from Malarkey Books today. You can order it directly from Malarkey Books, from major online retailers, or you can special order it from your local bookstore. Take a look at what others are saying about it. 

"A cross-dressing noise musician and a young woman with facial scars walk into a bar. This isn't a joke. It's Ben Arzate's new book "Music Is Over," a transgressive subway ride through a soot-blasted, violent, sexually deviant, urban, nightmare. Everything down this rabbit hole is dilapidated, bruised, rusted and torn, from the trains and buildings, to the hearts and souls of its inhabitants. Like a reverse Alice in Wonderland, where instead of finding a land of wonders, our heroes fall into a grimy, post-industrial world of brutality and late-stage capitalism gone awry. Toto, we're not in Tokyo anymore, and the way back definitely isn't clear. Arzate is going to make his readers feel filthy, and it's going to be real hard to get the blood and dirt out from under their fingernails."

- Michael Allen Rose, author of Jurassichrist and Rock And Roll Death Patrol

"If I could describe this here’s how I would: imagine Arzate has a painters palate with all different, vibrant colors. But those colors are literary genres. He uses absurdism, bizarro, just the smalllllest hint of splatterpunk, a lot of suspense, some Japanese folklore, a little play on The Wizard of Oz, and a whole lot of literary fiction. It’s the most beautifully refreshing book I have read in years. It’s dark and depressing, but has that glimmer of hope, dangled like a carrot at the end of the string."

- Christina Pfeiffer, Mothers of Mayhem: An Extreme Horror Podcast

"Every book is an invitation. Music is Over! is no different. It is a delicate, meticulously curated and balanced mixture of the banal as well as the fantastical… in an almost blink-and-you-might-miss-it sort of way. The Japan you didn’t know existed, as imagined by Arzate! You quickly become ensorcelled, without even realizing that what is happening is actually happening. This is a world in flux, forever transmogrifying… like a cult film you accidentally stumble upon, late at night, long after the final sign-off. There is an obvious mastery of the craft. An invisible and very intense layer of magic. A world-building that makes the illusion that much more grandiose. Once more, every book is an invitation. Make sure to not miss this one!"

- Mike Kleine, author of Third World Magicks and Lonely Men Club

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