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December 23, 2012 | History

Grave Markings: 10th Anniversary Edition 3 editions

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About the Book

Publisher’s Description

Mark Michael Kilpatrick draws some killer tattoo art. Literally.

Skulls and nudes are nothing for this madman. An artist driven to purge traumatic visions of hell from his tainted mind, Kilpatrick expresses himself by permanently working his ink into the skins of unwilling victims. His tattooed visions are so terrifying they drive the bearer to suicide. His tattooed visions that require only flesh as a canvas. Fresh, murdered, flesh….

News reporter Roy Roberts finds himself drawn into the tattoo subculture, just as Kilpatrick begings to sets his sights on the local news station to “go public” with his sick masterpieces. And as Roberts and his offbeat group of friends become drawn deeper and deeper into Kilpatrick’s world, Roy realizes that he alone must try to save them…only to find himself immersed in the torturous depravity of Kilpatrick’s private hell of ink and pain.

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Critics Guild Award.

“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

“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. Arnzen has a big future ahead of him.” — Bentley Little, 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

“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

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3 editions First published in 1994

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2014, Raw Dog Screaming Press
Grave Markings
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2004, Delirium Books
Grave Markings
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October 1, 1994, Dell
Grave Markings
in English


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