currently lives in West Virginia with
his wife and cat. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Five Quarterly, People Holding, Cheat River Review, Sundog Lit, The
Stockholm Review, Sheepshead Review,
and others. West Virginia
is his first novel.
Books by Joe Halstead
When Jamie Paddock learns of his father's suicide, memories of his childhood in West Virginia come roaring back. Jamie lives in New York City, developing marketing videos for YouTube, struggling to write and partying a lot — all while suppressing the accent that gives him away. But now, Jamie has to go home, to stay with his disabled mother and sister in their trailer (conveniently located between two Walmarts). He returns to the place he left behind, to confront what drove him away and search for answers. Read more...