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Death Rhythm [Kindle Edition]

Joel Arnold
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Book Description

Andrew Byrd figured his mother was over-protective; the way she stood in his doorway at night, watching him fall asleep, the way she'd call him her baby doll, even after he was much too old for that sort of thing.

But sometimes madness is buried deep.

After an accidental meeting with Mae Stone, an aunt he'd never known, he learns of his mother's sadistic past, and the awful things she'd done.

He learns of another aunt as well - one who played an old drum to drown out the screams coming from the basement, an aunt who didn't survive his mother's torments.

When he meets Mae's strange neighbors - the beautiful redhead Natalie and her father Hector - he realizes that his mother's horrible past has not entirely disappeared.

In fact, it has merely lain dormant, waiting for something - or someone - to bring it raging back to the present.

And will they drown out the screams?

"From the opening scene of this book, I was hooked...Joel Arnold has written a novel that would make King fans not only proud, but thoroughly satisfied...I dare you to read this book without the hairs on your arms standing completely on end."

- Tiffany's Bookshelf

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About the Author

Joel Arnold's writing has appeared in dozens of publications, ranging from Weird Tales and Chizine to Black Static and Cemetery Dance's anthology Shivers VII. Three of his short story collections are already available for the Kindle, as well as his novel Northwoods Deep. He received a 2010 Minnesota Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as the Speculative Literature Foundation's 2010 Gulliver Travel & Research Grant.

He lives in Minnesota with his wife and kids, two cats, a dog, and a ball python. Plus he makes a mean coffee cake.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Studio City; 1 edition (May 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N2QB4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A horrific journey into deadly secrets February 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Joel Arnold creates an interesting atmosphere that's somewhere between mystery, horror, and's really kind of hard to place the genre. One thing is for's creepy.

A deadly family secret is the forefront of the novel, and Joel gives you "just" enough information to lead you know there's more to it, and you want to find out. There's no real twists and turns in this novel, it's straight forward, but the with the twisted mind of Joel Arnold, some of the descriptive scenes can be pretty brutal.

The only thing I'm kind of confused on, is to why the book is titled Death Rhythm....the book does have a band snare drum....but it really doesn't play a huge part in the novel.

This book was entertaining, and I've already picked up another of his books "Northwoods Deep" and look forward to reading it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but kept me wanting to read more July 7, 2013
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The author is a good writer and the book is not wholly predictable. I would say it is was weird as it touched on a creepy kind of madness that was unsettling. Yet I kept wanting to find out what happened and kept reading on and on so I must have liked it or I would have put it down and gave up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thrill ride!!! January 11, 2013
By Marina
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Horror is my favourite genre and I have read a lot of it by many different authors and this one is right up there at the top. The suspense kept climbing and all through the book there was an air of unsettling anticipation. It was hard to put this book down because you just can't wait to see what happens next. The ending did not disappoint but was a complete surprise! A good one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror without a lot of blood and guts! It didn't need that as the story as it was was able to carry itself just fine without it. If you love horror you must read this book.
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More About the Author

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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