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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The Reeking
By H.P. Lovecrabbe
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013 by Joel Arnold. Category: Fiction
At least once a week, Frank Thurston Waylaid is taunted by something evil. Frozen with fear, he cannot confront that which lurks at his doorstep in the suffocating blackness of night. It is only in the safety of daylight that he ventures forth to see that which is left behind; a blackened oval of something burnt and reeking. Smell the fear in this short tale of eldritch proportions!
Ox Cart Angel
By J. A. Arnold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,780. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Joel Arnold. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.13)
Claire and her father set out from the Dakota Territory, hoping to catch up to the large caravan of Métis fur traders that left the day before. Their destination? The bustling city of St. Paul, where Papa wishes to open a photography studio. But with only Bone Bag, their one-horned ox, to pull their squeaky cart, they soon realize they may have to make their treacherous journey alone.

Books

Classic White Sheet - A Halloween Story
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
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
By Joel Arnold
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,000. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
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
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,490. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,840. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
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
By Joel Arnold
Price: Free! Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012. Category: Fiction
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?
Leave No Wake
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011. Category: Fiction
The calm of Arrow Point Resort is broken when stripper Gina Veale checks in and her ex-boyfriend comes looking for her. When Benny the foul-mouthed turtle boy finds her body, the two old resort owners realize the case may not be as cut and dried as it seems. Join author Joel Arnold on a trip up north in this short story where even the prettiest of waters still have a bit of chill left in them.
Fetal Bait Apocalypse; 3 Collections in 1
By Joel Arnold
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,480. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
Fetal Bait Apocalypse; 3 Collections contain all three of Joel Arnold's short story collections in one volume: Bait and Other Stories Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse Fetal Position and Other Stories This one volume holds over 120,000 words of fiction that will haunt and terrify you for days on end.
Fetal Position and Other Stories
By Joel Arnold
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,080. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2011. Category: Fiction
You'll never look at birth quite the same after reading Joel Arnold's 'Fetal Position and Other Stories'. With seventeen tales (and two poems) of horror, suspense, and terror, you may just want to curl up in your own fetal position, and pray the nightmares never come.
Snow Burn
By Joel Arnold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,680. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 8 reviews)
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.
Northwoods Deep
By Joel Arnold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,480. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Deep in the north woods, two sisters become lost; one stalked by her ex-husband, the other unable to rid herself of the leeches that appear mysteriously on her skin. All are drawn to an old, dilapidated cabin. Inside lives an old man with awful urges, accompanied by a Rottweiler possessed by something…unnatural. But it’s what resides beneath the cabin that they should really be worried about.
Taking Care of Katrina
By Joel Arnold
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When hired by Johnny Billings to kill off Katrina – Johnny’s grandmother – for an inheritance, first-time hit man Bruce Gavin thinks it will be easy money. What can an old lady knocking on death’s door do to stop him? But when he poses as Grandma Billings’ personal care assistant and takes her to the Minnesota State Fair, he discovers that he just may have gotten in over his head.
Bait and Other Stories
By Joel Arnold
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,330. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2010. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Welcome to the deep north woods, where you'll meet: A father whose longing for his dead son lead to disturbing consequences. A group of students tubing down a river who encounter terrifying creatures. A man seeking redemption through the skill of a tattoo artist. A Cambodian-American teen who will fit in with the locals at any cost. These, plus thirteen other stories will keep you up all night!
Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse
By Joel Arnold
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,450. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2010. Category: Fiction
A man journeys with a pregnant stranger, while unseen aliens deal out punishment from above. A priest's skin oozes a healing elixir. A self-absorbed husband monitors the end of his existence over the internet. A teenager digs through a deep crust of waste and bone to win his freedom. These, plus 5 more stories from Joel Arnold, are your perfect companion as the earth falls apart around you.
Death Rhythm
By Joel Arnold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2010. Category: Fiction
0.5 star(4.50 from 2 reviews)
What interesting dolls the undertaker's daughter has... In this novel of horror and suspense, Andrew learns of his mother’s sadistic past through an aunt he’s only just met. When he meets Mae's strange neighbors, he quickly learns that his mother’s savage adolescence was only the seed for a series of awful events unfolding in the present. Will he be able to stop them before it's too late?

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Smashwords book reviews by Joel Arnold

  • Today, I Told a Lie (a short story) on Aug. 18, 2010
    star star star star
    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
    star star star star star
    A beautiful and poignant short story. Made me want to seek out more of Levick's work.