Joel Arnold

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Joel Arnold is the author of several novels. His short stories and articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including WEIRD TALES, CHIZINE, AMERICAN ROAD MAGAZINE and Cemetery Dance's anthology SHIVERS VII. In 2010 he received both a MN Artists Initiative Grant as well as the Speculative Literature Foundation's Gulliver Travel & Research Grant.

Arnold teaches writing at student workshops throughout Minnesota and has given presentations about the Ox Cart trails of Minnesota and the Dakotas to several historical societies and other groups interested in history. He also serves as the literary director for the Savage Arts Council.

Arnold lives near the Twin Cities in Minnesota with his wife, two kids, two cats, a dog and a ball python. Plus he makes a mean coffee cake.

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White Crosses
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Mr. Varney and Mr. Johnson are on vacation out west, travelling in an old school bus they’ve converted into an RV. When thirteen-year old Kelly befriends them at a campground in Gallatin Canyon, they suspect that her guardian is up to no good. Is she the unwitting victim of a kidnapping? Or is something more sinister going on? Varney & Johnson originally appeared in the short story Leave No Wake.
Scorched Earth
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,200. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Four college friends go inner-tubing down the Wakkamungus River after a forest fire has devastated the surrounding landscape. As they float through an eerie silence, they can't help but feel that there's something else out there...something watching them. They soon find themselves in a life and death struggle against something that has risen from the smoldering ashes. *This is a short story*
Classic White Sheet - A Halloween Story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
12-yr old Connor and friends, Pavel and Gabe, decide to make this Halloween all about the candy. They map out the best route through town, carry large pillowcases for candy, and agree to dress simply as ghosts. But things don’t turn out so simply. After a run-in with bullies, Connor realizes something is off about one of his friends; his costume may hide something best left unseen. A short story
More Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,000. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
At first there was Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse – a collection of stories to keep you entertained while the world falls apart around you. Now there is More Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse – a new collection to keep you up at night as chaos engulfs the planet! Ten brand new stories and three rarely seen reprints by Joel Arnold. PLUS the bonus steampunk ghost story 'Rerun' by Daniel Pyle.
Branches - Three Stories About Family
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,490. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
BRANCHES contains three short stories about family relationships by award winning author Joel Arnold; 'Korean Mother is Dying' 'A Hand to Hold' and ''Jump!' the Water Master Cried'. While mostly known for his horror and suspense, here author Joel Arnold presents a trio of emotionally charged literary shorts that just may leave you crying, cheering, or both.
Occupied
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00)
On a very hot day in a remote park, Brenda Chapman takes a jog, keeping in shape for her upcoming wedding. When she crosses paths with a knife wielding maniac, however, Brenda takes refuge in the first place she finds – the Biffy Palace, a pre-fab, sweltering, green outhouse. Can she outwait him? Outwit him? Join author Joel Arnold in this short story of crime, suspense, and intolerable smells.
The Apple Tree Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ever heard the legend of the Apple Tree Man? Leave him the last apple of the season or else next year's crop will go bad. In this short story, the legend turns sinister when a group of friends get even with old man Hench. Years later, still full of regret over what transpired that night so long ago, the friendsbegin to die one by one. Coincidence? Or has the Apple Tree Man come to exact revenge?
Mississippi Pearl
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In this award winning short story, Kelly Holmsted finds a huge Mississippi pearl. Refusing to sell it, she keeps it with her at all times until she loses it during a traumatic incident that she refuses to talk about. Years later at a family get together, she decides to finally reveal the secret behind the loss of her pearl, as well as sole the problem of her abusive husband. But at what cost?
Snow Burn
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,680. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(4.25)
Tommy knows he’s in trouble when he goes winter camping with friend Vince Nguyen without telling his folks. But when they’re caught in a sudden blizzard, and the man they rescue from freezing to death turns out to be an escaped convict, Tommy’s troubles are only beginning. Now Tommy and Vince must not only survive the blizzard, but also find a way to keep Quinn from killing them.

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  • Today, I Told a Lie (a short story) on Aug. 18, 2010

    I really enjoyed this heartbreaking story, told from the point of view of a third-grader who prefers playing by himself. I feel the author nailed the voice of this child - very believable, and I remember having some of those feelings when I was a youngster. Recommended!
  • The Butterfly on July 08, 2011

    A beautiful and poignant short story. Made me want to seek out more of Levick's work.