- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 85 pages
- Publication Date: May 1, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003K16U0U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bedtime Stories for the Apocalypse Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Any fan of either horror or short stories should be willing to give this collection a shot. Delightfully macabre.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the first books I downloaded for my Kindle. I would have to say that the stories are interesting but the endings in each story are horrible. Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by S. Walczak
I read this after reading Arnold's anthology Bait, and I thought the stories were not quite as strong over all as those in that collection. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Cathytg
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