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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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on Aug. 20, 2011 :
I used to delight in scaring myself with tales of horror, I devoured Stephen King, Clive Barker, Dean Koontz, James Herbert etc but at some point the real world became scary enough, without the disturbed imaginations of authors and I put the genre aside. When Joel Arnold approached me with a review request for Northwoods Deep however I was impressed by the excerpt and decided that perhaps it was time to rediscover my enjoyment of the genre. What I learnt is that you are never too old to need a night light.
Arnold deftly weaves a tight plot that takes the worst of twisted human impulses and exaggerates them under the influence of a supernatural evil. Apprehension rises with each turn of the page as the story unfolds, the author skilfully manipulating events in a way that never feels contrived. I was totally engrossed in the story which is complimented by well developed characters.
The imagery is strong and the standard of writing high. It's fair I think, to warn of some graphic and sexually explicit scenes that are appropriate for a horror novel but nevertheless can be uncomfortable to read.
With inspiration drawn from a North American Indian tribal legend, Northwoods Deep is a chilling tale of human failings exploited by an ancient evil. A horror story that managed to both scare and ensnare me, Northwoods Deep is an impressive novel by a talented author.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on March 13, 2011 :
Joel Arnold writes a wonderful story. The plot and characters are excellent. If you like to read horror books this one if for you. Keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. Gives you that good creepy read that sends shiver down your spine and gives you nightmares.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Feb. 15, 2011 :
Northwoods Deep by Joel Arnold is a morbidly delicious tale that will keep you hooked and wanting more from beginning to end. In an attempt to get away from her ex-husband who focuses his time on stalking her, Carol decides it would be good for her to get away and spend some time with her sister Brenda at the same time. The sisters quickly make plans to go on a camping trip where they will enjoy some fresh air and spend some time canoeing. Little did they know that their lives would be forever changed. Family bonds will be tested and personal strength stretched to the limits as Northwoods Deep takes you down the ultimate river ride of terror. And you would have to read the book to understand my next statement but take note: If anyone ever offers you a drink with the words ‘Special’ and ‘Brew’ in the title...just say no people...just say no.
This book does contain adult material and should be read only by mature adult audiences. Also, I would love to see Northwoods Deep in print form as I would love to have a copy on my bookshelf.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
on July 26, 2010 :
This book had me hooked from the beginning. I could hardly put it down! The writing made me feel like the characters were old friends. Lots of unexpected twists and an original plot made this a great book. I will be telling my friends about it. Well worth the price!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)