Joel Shoemaker

Joel Shoemaker has been a librarian for a decade and a magician for three! He lives in central Illinois with his husband, and his dog, Maximus. He consumes an inordinate amount of cheese. Joel’s debut novel, bacon grief, is available on Amazon.

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Short Fiction


The brand-new baby is screaming. In French.
In German.
No, in French. It's definitely in French.
It isn't obvious, at first. It's not like she's screaming for a Weiner schnitzel or demanding a ... [+]

Short Fiction

Cost of Living

Joe's knuckles bled, the result of inflation.
Tonya was some sort of greedy little Tinker Bell wannabe. She even had the wings to go along with it. She wore them every single day. The whole idiotic ... [+]

Short Fiction


Everyone picks their nose.
Or, at least, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry says ninety-one percent of us do. Yes, the government, also known as you, paid for a study on the matter. Fat lot of ... [+]

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