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Raw Dog Screaming Press presents Michael A. Arnzen's Fridge of the Damned. It's the creepiest magnetic word kit you've ever seen!

Our story so far...

In the early 21st century, Michael A. Arnzen hacked his own poems into their constituent components. Inspired by the popular magnetic word kits, he encouraged visitors to gorelets.com to rearrange his words, creating their own strange poetry. He called it "The Fridge of the Damned." With this set of magnets, Arnzen's virtual fridge poetry emerges from cyberspace and enters the dimension of the real. You are invited to experiment, but be warned: your refrigerator may never be the same again.

Who's behind this?

Michael A. Arnzen is an award-winning author of horror fiction and an English professor at Seton Hill University, where he has taught in the MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction since 1999. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. Visit him online at gorelets.com and masticationpublications.com.

Nathan Rosen is the founder and editor of MicroHorror.com, the world's largest free online archive of short-short horror fiction. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Publications Design at the University of Baltimore.

Raw Dog Screaming Press is an independent publisher dedicated to the dark, deviant, off-kilter and thought-provoking. Authors published by RDSP include Michael A. Arnzen, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Jeffrey Thomas, Lance Olsen, Harold Jaffe, Jeff Vandermeer and D. Harlan Wilson. RDSP is proud to announce its new science fiction imprint, Dog Star Books. Learn more at rawdogscreaming.com.

From Web to fridge

The first incarnation of "The Fridge of the Damned" was as an online feature on gorelets.com. It included 174 words drawn from Michael A. Arnzen's own poetry, which users could drag and rearrange to their liking.

In 2012, Nathan Rosen created the first physical edition as part of a design project. He printed the original online word list onto commercially available magnet sheets and cut them out by hand. Only four copies exist.

Now, with the support of Raw Dog Screaming Press, we're ready to mass-produce the magnet sets and distribute them to fans of disturbing, imaginative poetry all over the world. We've expanded the list to a whopping 220 words and negotiated manufacturing with US Magnetix, so you know you'll be getting your money's worth. You won't want to miss out!

Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals

We've dug up a really great assortment of rewards. Every single donor will receive a complementary ebook edition of Instigation, Michael A. Arnzen's collection of eerie creative writing prompts. A mere $10 reaps you your very own "Fridge of the Damned" magnet set, and backers at higher levels will receive fantastic rewards such as books, CDs, original poems and design projects, and even personal meet-and-greet sessions! (Please note that the estimated delivery date of March 2013 is only for the magnets and preexisting rewards. Customized rewards may take longer to deliver.)

As for stretch goals, we only need to raise $1500 to produce these magnets, so we've got plenty of room to grow.

First Stretch Goal: If we can reach $2700, every magnet set will come packaged in its own customized tin box. Beyond that... well, you'll just have to wait and see!

Update: We hit the stretch goal! The tins are happening!

Thank you!

["Magnetic Poetry Kit" is the registered trademark of Magnetic Poetry, Inc. This project is not affiliated with Magnetic Poetry, Inc. in any way.]

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We're very confident about this. The magnets themselves will be manufactured and packaged by US Magnetix, an established company with a long track record of making fine custom magnetic word tile sets. They promise a 1-2 week turnaround time for production, which we've calculated into the delivery date. In the event of unforeseen catastrophe, we vow to use all resources at our disposal to keep our promises to our backers.

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  • No problem! Just add $10 to your pledge for each additional set you want, and send us a note to let us know. Alternatively, we'll also be selling the magnet sets after the Kickstarter campaign has come to an end.

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    Instigator: An ebook edition of Michael A. Arnzen's "Instigation," along with our sincere thanks!

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    Creator: Ebook of "Instigation," and one set of "Fridge of the Damned" magnetic poetry!

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    Horror Fan: Ebook of "Instigation," ebook of Michael A. Arnzen's poetry collection "Gorelets Omnibus," and two sets of "Fridge of the Damned" magnetic poetry!

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    Damned One: Ebook of "Instigation," ebook of "Gorelets Omnibus," ebook of Michael A. Arnzen's microfiction collection "100 Jolts," two sets of "Fridge of the Damned" magnetic word tiles, and a signed poem by Michael A. Arnzen sent to you by postcard!

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    AudioVillain: Ebook of "Instigation," ebook of "Gorelets Omnibus," ebook of "100 Jolts," an autographed physical copy of "Gorelets Omnibus," an autographed physical copy of Michael A. Arnzen's spoken-word CD "Audiovile," a signed Arnzen poem on a postcard, two sets of "Fridge of the Damned" magnetic word tiles, and two exclusive audio CDs unavailable anywhere else: "Arnzen vs. Wytovich: Poedown at the DV8 Café, Live 2012" (featuring RDSP poet Stephanie Wytovich and Edgar Allan Poe) and "ArnzenSongs: Live at the Morgantown Poets Society, 2012 (with bonus studio tracks)." Feast your ears!

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    Horror Librarian: Ebook of "Instigation," ebook of "Gorelets Omnibus," ebook of "100 Jolts," an autographed physical copy of "Gorelets Omnibus," an autographed physical copy of "Audiovile," an autographed physical copy of John Edward Lawson's poetry collection "The Troublesome Amputee," copies of "Arnzen vs. Wytovich" and "ArnzenSongs," a signed Arnzen poem on a postcard, a mystery Anzen grab bag, and three sets of "Fridge of the Damned" magnetic word tiles!

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    Horror Curator: Everything at the $100 level, plus an original illustration by Dave Lipscomb used for the "Play Dead" playing cards by Michael A. Arnzen and Raw Dog Screaming Press, as well as a signed print of Nathan Rosen's cover design for "Play Dead."

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    Compulsive Chewer: Everything at the $100 level, plus a lifetime subscription to Mastication Publications! You'll receive a copy of every book or ebook that Mastication Publications prints until either the press dies or you do.

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    Dark Author: Everything at the $100 level, plus Michael A. Arnzen will critique your poem, short story or novel excerpt (maximum 30 pages) and give you a signed copy of his how-to book "Many Genres, One Craft."

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    Dark Instigator: Everything at the $100 level, plus Michael A. Arnzen will write a new short story based on your creative prompt. You get the signed original manuscript and a free signed copy of any future published version that ever results. (Publication rights not included.)

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    Dark Publisher: Same as "Dark Instigator," plus a contract for first rights to publish the story in your own magazine, book or website.

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    Dark Artist: Everything at the $100 level, plus an original book or album cover design by Nathan Rosen.

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    Eater of Worms: What's that? You really want to put the magnets on your fridge, but you don't own a refrigerator? At this level we'll send you one! You get one genuine mini-fridge, decorated as evil as we can make it and jam-packed with goodies. Also includes everything at the $100 level. (Sorry about the international shipping costs, but it's expensive to mail a refrigerator.)

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    Ghost of Honor: Everything at the $100 level, plus a meet-and-greet session with Michael A. Arnzen at KillerCon in Las Vegas, in September of 2013. He'll devise a devious agenda for your day together. Convention registration is included!

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    Heart-Ripper: Everything at the $1,000 level (Ghost of Honor), plus break Mike's heart. You get the original PDA on which Michael A. Arnzen first created Gorelets in 2001, and an autographed pulsating heart.

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