Joe Stephens

Melliflua

He pursed his lips and blew gently on the rich, brown liquid, creating tiny decaffeinated tsunamis that crashed on the far shore of his cup. He needn’t have bot...

Wild & Wonderful Donuts

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? Well, probably somebody doesn’t, but I think we can agree those people are highly suspect. The problem many folks have, though...

Big Fish

Traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his lovely wife Sandra should be on top of the world. Their successful son Will is getting set to marry a beautiful, sweet-hearted woman they love and Edward has even figured out that Will’s blushing bride Josephin...

Hillbilly Elegy

J. D. Vance is quite vocal about being a hillbilly. He states it in the first page of his book, Hillbilly Elegy, and reiterates it several times per chapter. He...

The Shire

Tucked appropriately in the lower level of a small building in a quiet little out-of-the-way corner of a large shopping center in the city’s south side, you’ll ...

Falling from Horses

Bud Frazer is a nineteen-year-old kid from Oregon who grew up on a ranch and he’s really good with horses. It’s 1938, the heyday of the movie western and they’re always in need of good stunt riders, or, Bud discovers, at least they need fearless ones...

Around the World in 80 Days

Most people are at least passingly familiar with Jules Verne’s classic, Around the World in 80 Days, though possibly less so than his oft-adapted seafaring sc...

Company

Robert isn’t exactly surprised by the party his friends throw for him on his 35th birthday. Nor is he really shocked to find that all of them, couples either ma...

Kona Ice

When Michelle Huxley was looking for a career change, she and partner John Church visited trade shows, considering opening a food truck. When they decided that idea wasn’t appealing, though, they started talking with a friend from Athens who was a fr...

Duffels for Domestic Violence

While it is an uncomfortable topic for some, domestic violence is a shockingly common problem in our community. According to the website for the Family Crisis I...
Joe Stephens

Joe Stephens

Author

Joe is a teacher at Parkersburg High School, a blogger, and the author of a series of detective novels known as the Shalan Adventures.

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