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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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Kevin A. Lyons
on Oct. 26, 2014 :
This is a wonderful Halloween-themed ghost story.
It's a horror story, and there is an aspect of tragedy and gruesome violence, but it occurs "off screen" and not in the course of the narration, so that isn't its focus.
I like the story and the theme, but mostly I really like the conclusion. It's not about terror, revenge, retribution -- it could have been, but it wouldn't have been nearly as good a story to my mind. It ends on a note of "redemption," for want of a better word. (If I can think of that better word I'll come back and edit this review.)
I recommend it -- for Halloween, or almost any other time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)