Tales from the Joe Zone

Sixteen Entertaining Stories

by Joe B. Stallings, Jr.


Book Details

“Wherever the story starts, readers can only be sure of one thing: that it will end up somewhere unexpected. . . . Readers will rarely find themselves bored.”

—Kirkus Review

Inside are sixteen entertaining short stories that I’ve written over the past few years. You’ll find the stories teeming with delight and among the most original short stories you’ll ever read: someone being blackmailed, a teenage girl digging a tunnel, a boy and a girl on a school bus, a man renting a . . . well, you’ll see. Although I’m an avid reader, I read mostly nonfiction, which has helped me immensely in weaving my fiction stories together. After reading my stories, you’ll agree I am quirky.


About the Author

Joe B. Stallings, Jr.

I’ve lived a normal life except perhaps in my youth during the 1960s and 1970s, when I lived in both Spain and Germany as an Air Force brat. My career as an accountant and financial planner required little if any imagination, creativity, or knowledge of grammar. Reading was of no interest to me until I reached the eleventh grade. Grammar was of no interest until a few years ago, when I asked my wife, “When should I use affect, and when should I use effect?” I didn’t understand how effect could be a noun. Wasn’t a noun supposed to be a person, place, or thing? I’ve been reading grammar books, diagramming sentences, trying to learn new words, and writing ever since. Dictionaries are my constant companions, and I have nine close at hand, one copyrighted in the 1930s. I’ve never had so much fun!

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