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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!

With ten brand new stories (and three rarely seen reprints) you’ll read about:

A drug mule carrying something far more dangerous than drugs across the Rio Grande.

A teenage girl wondering if her stolen ticket will admit her to the afterlife.

An old break room calendar portending doom.

A woman making a stand in an outhouse against a knife-wielding maniac.

A macabre opportunity for a couple stranded upside down in a snowstorm.

A ringing coffin bell that signals much more than a premature burial.

These and other stories by Joel Arnold, the award-winning author of Northwoods Deep, Death Rhythm, and the original Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse, will keep you reading late into the night.

But wait – there’s more!

As an added bonus, the brand new steampunk ghost story “Rerun” by Daniel Pyle, author of Freeze, Down the Drain, and Dismembered is included for your apocalyptic reading pleasure.

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My New Collection


Coming very soon!

With 13 stories by me, ten of which are brand-spanking new, PLUS a brand new bonus story by Daniel Pyle.

Forget my crap, Mr. Pyle's story is worth the price of admission alone!

Shivers VII and my story "Bovine"

My story "Bovine" will be published in Shivers VII edited by Richard Chizmar. Other authors in the book include: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Lisa Tuttle, Graham Masterton, Kaaron Warren, Del James, Lisa Morton, Roberta Lannes, Scott Nicholson, Bev Vincent, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

I'm one of the "many others"!

The TOC:
"The Departed" by Clive Barker
"Red Rover, Red Rover" by Norman Partridge
"Breakbone" by Bill Pronzini
"The Storybook Forest" by Norman Prentiss
"Simple" by Al Sarrantonio
"Born Dead" by Lisa Tuttle
"The Baby Store" by Ed Gorman
"A Lonely Town in Alaska" by Darren Speegle
"Zombie Dreams" by Tim Waggoner
"Echoes" by Don D'Ammassa
"Bone by Bone" by Scott Nicholson
"Sleeping with the Bower Birds" by Kaaron Warren
"Memory Lake" by Robert Morrish
"That Long Black Train" by Travis Heermann
"Beholder" by Graham Masterton
"Feel The Noise" by Lisa Morton
"Plant Life" by Greg F. Gifune
"I Am Become Poe" by Kevin Quigley
"Arbeit Macht Frei" by Del James
"Bovine" by Joel Arnold
"Depth" by Rio Youers
"GPS" by Rick Hautala
"Room 8" by Roberta Lannes
"Severance Package" by Bev Vincent
"As She Lay There Dying" by Brian James Freeman
"Weeds" by Stephen King

From the Cemetery Dance website:
"Of special note to collectors:
"Weeds" by Stephen King was originally published in Cavalier magazine in May 1976 and in Nugget magazine in April 1979, but has not been reprinted since, although it was adapted as "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" for Creepshow in 1982. "The Departed" by Clive Barker was originally published as "Hermione and the Moon" in The New York Times on October 30, 1992."

One of my longtime dreams has been to appear in a publication with Stephen King. So you can bet I'm bouncing off the walls!

Adventures of a Traveling Salesman

So I gave my talk at East Grand Forks. I sold six copies of the book at a profit of appx 6.60/book.  They also gave me a small honorarium for appearing (which is much appreciated!)  which I  put toward  gas and a motel.  At first glance, it may not seem from a business standpoint that it was worth making the trip.  It’s over ten hours of driving, plus I had to eat. And, you know, snack. However, there have been nice residual effects.

For example, one of the people attending the reading works for Hennepin County Libraries. After my talk, she said she’d let them know about me. Shortly thereafter, three copies of Ox Cart Angel are now in the Hennepin Library system. I also stopped at the Polk County History Museum, which is in nearby Crookston. They bought 12 copies to sell in their store, and have my info if they need more. On the drive back home, I stopped at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, MN and left the manager a copy of the book. He called me a week later and ordered five copies for their store.  At the Pembina, ND museum, I got contact info for their book buyer (and learned that this buyer is the one who chooses books for all of the North Dakota state run museums) and so maybe something will come of that, too.

The best part, however, is the experience. Getting in front of people. Making an impression.  Making contacts.

Same thing with the author talk in Benson. I try to find places to stop at along the way and back to make contacts, etc. Get my name out there a little bit.

While sometimes I feel authory, other times I feel like I’m a traveling salesmen, trying to sell a set of encyclopedias, or a set of brushes or knives.  When you’re driving out in the rural parts of the state (any state) it’s easy to imagine you’re in the 1930s or 40s.  Only difference is I don’t wear a fedora, and they don’t call cars jalopies any more.

Author Talks

I gave a few author talks/presentations in August about my YA novel Ox Cart Angel. If you'd like to check out some short write-ups I did on them (complete with pictures!) you can see them at the following links. The first two relate to my talk in East Grand Forks, and the third to my talk in Benson, MN.




I had a fun time and felt very 'authory'.

Occupied - a short thriller!

I recently made a new short story available for ereaders:

Occupied - a short thriller! On a very hot day in a remote park, Brenda Chapman takes a jog, trying to keep 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.

Unfortunately, the killer is very patient. Can she outwait him? Can she outwit him? And if he doesn’t kill her, can she survive the overwhelming heat and odors of her newfound fiberglass prison?

Join author Joel Arnold in this short story of crime, suspense, and intolerable smells.

Appx. 5300 words

Occupied - Kindle version Nook version Smashwords version

I'm giving a talk/reading at the Swift County Historical Society on August 23rd at 7:00pm about Ox Cart Angel. It's located in Benson, Minnesota, so if you're in the area, come on by!

Author Talk - East Grand Forks, MN

I'll be speaking at the Campbell Public Library in East Grand Forks, MN, Saturday, Aug. 11th at 2pm following their ice cream social, as part of the city's 125th anniversary celebration. I'll be talking about 'Ox Cart Angel', genealogy, the ox cart trails, and a mysterious photograph. 

Strange Sales Month

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times...” – I can’t remember who the dickens said that.

Anyway, although I don’t usually talk about my ebook sales (because it would probably depress the hell out of you) July has been really odd. It would’ve been my worst month on Amazon, except I had one of the coveted ‘Book of the Day’ spots on Ereader News Today (for Snow Burn) – one of the very few effective, yet affordable, promo sites out there (and due to that, almost impossible to secure a spot for.) If I don’t include sales for that, I would only have 11 ebook sales on Amazon so far this month. But due to that spot, I have 225 ebook sales through Amazon this month. So July is actually a record month for me in number of paid sales (and there’s still a week left.) Having said that, the effect of the ENT spot lasted for about a week, and my Kindle sales have trickled to near nothing again.

But – as for the Nook, this month started really slow, until last Friday when I started having a run on sales of my short story ‘Leave No Wake.’ The most I ever sold of that story in a month for the Nook was 12. That’s for an entire month. But last Friday, I suddenly sold 39 copies of it (reaching a ranking of 489 at one point) on Saturday 29 copies, Sunday 15, and Monday 20 copies. Today those sales have slowed a bit, but I’m still on pace to sell about 10 or so today – 118 copies for the month so far. The only explanation I have for that surge is that I got on one or more of those ‘customers who bought this, also bought...’ lists.

Sales-wise, the month of July has been quite bipolar.


The Human Yoke

At an antique store in Dorset, MN, I saw this worn, wooden object hanging from a wall. I looked at the tag on it and discovered it was a human yoke. I'd never heard of such a thing. My imagination churned. Was this some sort of torture device? An item of enslavement? A weird sexual fetishistic device?

I googled it, and found out it was nothing quite as salacious. It was instead one of those contraptions that helped people carry buckets of water. You know - the kind of things Jack and Jill probably used for fetching their pails of water.

But the idea of a human yoke used in a much more sinister fashion will probably end up in a story of mine at some point. Because how could it not?

Human Yoke


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