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  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K16U0U
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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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If you go into this book expecting scares, you might be a bit dissappointed. To me this collection was less horror than dark sci-fi, a set of straightforward dystopias--interesting concepts, but presented without much emotional or moral complexity. Expect a focus (and often a quite successful focus) on imagery and atmosphere, but less emphasis on character and plot. With a few exceptions, these stories were presented simply enough that I was well-prepared for the twist ending by the time I got there--there just weren't enough plot threads for a given story to have too many possible endings, given the "gotcha" format of dystopian sci fi. The combination of these elements meant there wasn't much I found scary in these stories--I wasn't wrapped up in the characters' lives, and I wasn't left wondering and worrying about what was about to happen to them next--the settings are the stars of these stories, not the people who live there.

But if you would like to see a lot of colorful (or, occasionally, colorless) bad endings for humanity, then this will be a good collection to check out. There are deadly (but perhaps lonesome?) aliens to see, tainted elixirs to drink, lost songs to hear, and grim and varied worlds to explore.

But I don't think you'll be sleeping with the lights on.
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'Bedtime Stories' is a wonderful collection of short stories all linked together with an unsettling distrust of the future. Some of the stories, such as 'Shiners' and 'Mr. Blue', focus on total disruption between mankind's ability to communicate and interact. 'Padre', a story about a man willing to go into the middle of a Mexican sewer in search for a cure for his daughter's cancer, ends on such a disgusting yet oddly hopeful note that I felt baffled. Even the weaker stories ('Branding' comes to mind) are still excellently written.

Any fan of either horror or short stories should be willing to give this collection a shot. Delightfully macabre.
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If you'll allow me to get meta, science fiction as a genre has a history of doing more than scary or unsettling. Under the guise of invention or far-future fantasy, science fiction can tackle deeper, darker issues than a casual reader might expect. It makes you think, even as it's raising some goosebumps.

That's what the jury has to say about Joel Arnold's Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse. They're chilling in the classic campfire story way, sure, but all the more frightening for the dark societies they posit for perhaps the not-so-far future. One theme that seems to thread through a number of the stories-"Branding Day," "Mr. Blue," "Harvey's Favorite Color"-may be surveillance (in both that creepy totalitarian way and elsewise). "Shiners" and "Burrow" have something to say about trust (or lack thereof). "Padre Sapo" raises the specter of some really terrifying faith healing, and "Mr. Blue" some terrifying medical healing.

Reading time: At 65 pages, this could be polished off on a lunch break. But it's a short story collection, not a novel, and since each individual piece does leave an unsettled feeling in the pit of the stomach-the Scattering advises breaking up the scary sci-fi diet.

Recommendation: With engaging (if dark) ideas and clean, clear prose, Bedtime Stories for the Apocalype is accessible to all audiences. And since the holidays are approaching, it might just be a conversion tool for all those haughty doubters of the powers of science fiction.
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