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December 23, 2012 | History

100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories 2 editions

Cover of: 100 Jolts | Michael A. Arnzen
About the Book

Released as a paperback in 2004 this ground-breaking collection is considered by many to be a pioneering work in the flash fiction movement. It broke publishing barriers to micro-fiction, inspired many authors, has been adapted to film and audio, and was also a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. The expanded hardcover edition contains “Aftershocks,” a battery of newly added stories, as well as bonus writing prompts in an included reader’s/teacher’s guide, and a brand new Afterword.

100 Jolts actually features one hundred short shots of fiction guaranteed to stun. Arnzen has honed his craft to deliver the highest voltage using the fewest words. According to the author “Horror is the genre of the jolt, the shock, the spark. The horror story’s conflict is always a matter of life and death, but death…almost always comes too soon—that’s why we fear it.” And now readers have a new reason to be afraid. One hundred new reasons!

From the grotesque to the hilarious these bits of micro-fiction will keep you entertained long after you put the book down.


Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection.

“…this collection will be a treasured favorite for any collector of horror literature and indispensable reference material for any writer, horror genre or not.”
—The Horror Library

“The impact of each of these devastating tales is incredible, out of proportion to the brevity of the story…This book is like a little gift, each page revealing a new present, a mini-story told with more flair and style than most novels.”

“If you crave a spin down the surreal side, and if you already love where horror poetry has come the last few years, you will appreciate the twilight zone between prose and poetry that Arnzen navigates so well.”
—William D. Gagliani for Flesh & Blood

2 editions

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Cover of: 100 Jolts
April 10, 2007, Raw Dog Screaming Press
100 Jolts
Hardcover in English
Cover of: 100 jolts
2004, Raw Dog Screaming Press
100 jolts
in English


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