Bentley Little Books

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Bentley Little is a renowned American author that writes horror. Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1960, he has a communications BA and comparative literature MA both of which he acquired from California State University Fullerton.

Order of Bentley Little Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Revelation 1989 Description / Buy
2 The Mailman 1991 Description / Buy
3 Evil Deeds 1992 Description / Buy
4 Death Instinct 1992 Description / Buy
5 The Summoning 1993 Description / Buy
6 Night School / University 1994 Description / Buy
7 Dominion 1995 Description / Buy
8 The Store 1996 Description / Buy
9 The House 1997 Description / Buy
10 The Town / Guests 1997 Description / Buy
11 The Ignored 1997 Description / Buy
12 The Walking 2000 Description / Buy
13 The Association 2001 Description / Buy
14 The Return 2002 Description / Buy
15 The Policy 2003 Description / Buy
16 The Resort 2004 Description / Buy
17 Dispatch 2005 Description / Buy
18 The Burning 2006 Description / Buy
19 The Vanishing 2007 Description / Buy
20 The Academy 2008 Description / Buy
21 His Father's Son 2009 Description / Buy
22 The Disappearance 2010 Description / Buy
23 The Haunted 2012 Description / Buy
24 The Influence 2013 Description / Buy
25 The Consultant 2015 Description / Buy
26 The Handyman 2017 Description / Buy
27 The Bank 2020 Description / Buy
28 Gloria 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Bentley Little Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Circle (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
2 The Washingtonians ( With: Richard T. Chizmar) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Bentley Little Short Story Collections

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1 Murmurous Haunts (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
2 The Collection 2002 Description / Buy
3 Indignities of the Flesh 2012 Description / Buy
4 Cut Corners Volume 1 (Short Story) ( With: Ramsey Campbell, Ray Garton) 2012 Description / Buy
5 Walking Alone 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Piccirilli Collections with Christopher Golden, Tom Piccirilli

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1 Pentacle ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 1995 Description / Buy
2 Inside The Works ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 1997 Description / Buy
3 The Dog Syndrome (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Deep Into That Darkness Peering ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 1999 Description / Buy
5 A Student of Hell (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2000 Description / Buy
6 This Cape Is Red Because I've Been Bleeding (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2002 Description / Buy
7 Mean Sheep ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2003 Description / Buy
8 Waiting for My Turn to Go Under the Knife (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2004 Description / Buy
9 Bare Bone #10 (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Futile Efforts ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2010 Description / Buy
11 Forgiving Judas (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2014 Description / Buy
12 Bad Dog ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2018 Description / Buy
13 A Little Black Book of Noir Stories (Short Story) ( By: Tom Piccirilli) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Hot Blood Series

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1 Hot Blood Tales of Erotic Horror 1989 Description / Buy
2 Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror 1991 Description / Buy
3 Hottest Blood 1993 Description / Buy
4 Deadly After Dark 1994 Description / Buy
5 Seeds of Fear 1995 Description / Buy
6 Fear the Fever 1996 Description / Buy
7 Kiss and Kill 1997 Description / Buy
8 Crimes of Passion 1997 Description / Buy
9 Hot Blood X 1998 Description / Buy
10 Fatal Attractions 2003 Description / Buy
11 Strange Bedfellows 2004 Description / Buy
12 Dark Passions 2007 Description / Buy
13 Stranger by Night 2011 Description / Buy

Order of The Diogenes Club Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Shadows Over Innsmouth ( By: Stephen Jones) 1994 Description / Buy
2 Best New Horror 5 ( By: Harlan Ellison, Chet Williamson, Edward Bryant, Elizabeth Hand, Charles L. Grant, Kim Newman, Barry N. Malzberg, , S.P. Somtow, Steve Tem, , Christopher Fowler, Karl Edward Wagner, Michael Marshall Smith, , Poppy Brite, , , , Stephen Jones, , , Thomas Ligotti) 1994 Description / Buy
3 Cthulhu 2000 ( By: Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny, Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, , Lawrence Watt-Evans, , Esther M. Friesner, Poppy Brite, F. Paul Wilson, Fred Chappell, , Thomas Ligotti, Bruce Sterling, , James P. Blaylock) 1995 Description / Buy
4 Dark Terrors 2 ( By: , Harlan Ellison, Graham Masterton, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Steve Tem, Brian Lumley, , Michael Marshall Smith, , Conrad Williams, Clive Barker, Stephen Jones, Caitlín R. Kiernan, , Paul J. McAuley) 1996 Description / Buy
5 Dark of the Night ( By: Richard Christian Matheson, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Douglas E. Winter, Stephen Laws, Christopher Fowler, Michael Marshall Smith, Stephen Jones) 1997 Description / Buy
6 White of the Moon ( By: Stephen Jones) 1999 Description / Buy
7 Where The Bodies Are Buried ( By: Kim Newman) 2000 Description / Buy
8 Infinity Plus One ( By: Keith Brooke) 2001 Description / Buy
9 Embrace the Mutation ( By: William Schafer) 2002 Description / Buy
10 The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14 ( By: Joe Hill, , Brian Hodge, Stephen Gallagher, Jeff VanderMeer, Neil Gaiman, , Ramsey Campbell, Kelly Link, Kim Newman, , Graham Joyce, China Miéville, Stephen Jones, , Caitlín R. Kiernan, , Paul J. McAuley) 2003 Description / Buy
11 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection ( With: Robin McKinley, Brian Hodge, Karen Joy Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Edward Bryant, Joan D. Vinge, Elizabeth Hand, Neil Gaiman, Terry Dowling, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Dickinson, Kelly Link, Kim Newman, , Christopher Fowler, Adam Roberts, Conrad Williams, Graham Joyce, , , China Miéville, Lucy Taylor, , Thomas M. Disch, Luis Alberto Urrea, , Haruki Murakami, Jeffrey Ford, Kevin Brockmeier, Theodora Goss, , , , Terri Windling, Ellen Datlow, , , Carlton Mellick III) 2003 Description / Buy
12 Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth ( By: Stephen Jones) 2005 Description / Buy
13 Best New Horror 16 ( By: Stephen Gallagher, Lisa Tuttle, Tanith Lee, Neil Gaiman, , Ramsey Campbell, Kelly Link, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, Poppy Brite, Tim Lebbon, Christa Faust, Stephen Jones, Brian Keene, Dale Bailey, , , , Tina Rath) 2005 Description / Buy
14 Adventure ( By: Chris Roberson) 2005 Description / Buy
15 The Man from the Diogenes Club ( By: Kim Newman) 2006 Description / Buy
16 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2006: 19th Annual Collection ( By: Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, Charles de Lint, , Edward Bryant, Joan D. Vinge, Elizabeth Hand, , Elizabeth Bear, Kelly Link, Delia Sherman, Kim Newman, , , China Miéville, Geoff Ryman, , Isabel Allende, , Jeffrey Ford, , , Bruce Sterling, Theodora Goss, Laird Barron, Sarah Monette, , , Ellen Datlow, , , , Adam Nevill, , , , , , Dave Hutchinson) 2006 Description / Buy
17 Best New Horror 18 ( By: , Richard Christian Matheson, , Al Sarrantonio, David Morrell, Elizabeth Hand, , Michael Bishop, Gene Wolfe, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, , Christopher Fowler, Mark Morris, Geoff Ryman, Stephen Jones, , , Mark Chadbourn, Caitlín R. Kiernan) 2007 Description / Buy
18 Summer Chills ( By: Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, , Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Holder, Kim Newman, Brian Lumley, Christopher Fowler, Karl Edward Wagner, Michael Marshall Smith, , , Clive Barker, Stephen Jones, , , , , Sarah Pinborough) 2007 Description / Buy
19 Infinity Plus ( By: Keith Brooke) 2007 Description / Buy
20 The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club ( By: Kim Newman) 2007 Description / Buy
21 The Fair Folk ( By: Marvin Kaye) 2008 Description / Buy
22 Best New Horror 19 ( By: Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Neil Gaiman, , Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, , Christopher Fowler, Michael Marshall Smith, Conrad Williams, Tom Piccirilli, Stephen Jones, , Tim Pratt, , Caitlín R. Kiernan, , Gary McMahon, , , , , Steven Erikson, Simon Kurt Unsworth) 2008 Description / Buy
23 Digital Domains: A Decade of Science Fiction & Fantasy ( By: Ellen Datlow) 2010 Description / Buy
24 Mysteries of the Diogenes Club ( By: Kim Newman) 2010 Description / Buy
25 Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth ( By: Brian Hodge, Ramsey Campbell, H.P. Lovecraft, Kim Newman, Brian Lumley, Michael Marshall Smith, Conrad Williams, , Stephen Jones, , Caitlín R. Kiernan, , John Glasby, , , Simon Kurt Unsworth) 2013 Description / Buy
26 The Mammoth Book of the Mummy ( By:) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Horror Library Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Horror Library, Volume 1 ( By: John Rector, , , , , , , , , , John Peters) 2006 Description / Buy
2 Horror Library, Volume 2 ( By: ) 2007 Description / Buy
3 Horror Library, Volume 3 ( By: ) 2008 Description / Buy
4 Horror Library, Volume 4 ( By:) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Horror Library, Volume 5 ( With: Eric J. Guignard, , , Ray Garton, , , , , Jeff Strand, , , , , Adam Howe) 2013 Description / Buy
6 Horror Library, Volume 6 ( With: Eric J. Guignard, John M. Floyd, Jeffrey Ford, , , , J.G. Faherty, , , , , Edward M. Erdelac, Carole Johnstone, , , , , , , , , , , , , , Lucas Pederson) 2017 Description / Buy
7 Horror Library: Volume 7 ( With: Terry Dowling, Eric J. Guignard, Lucy Taylor, , William Meikle, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Michael Harris Cohen) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Cemetery Dance Magazine Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Cemetery Dance: Issue 71 ( With: Jack Ketchum, Bev Vincent, Richard T. Chizmar, , , , Blake Crouch, , , Simon Clark, Keith Minnion, , , , , , , , , , , Eric Red) 2014 Description / Buy

Bentley Little Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Borderlands 1 1990 Description / Buy
2 Borderlands 3 1991 Description / Buy
3 Hottest Blood 1993 Description / Buy
4 Seeds of Fear 1995 Description / Buy
5 Four Dark Nights 2002 Description / Buy
6 The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection 2003 Description / Buy
7 Corpse Blossoms: Volume 1 2005 Description / Buy
8 In Laymon's Terms 2008 Description / Buy
9 What Fears Become 2011 Description / Buy
10 A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre 2011 Description / Buy
11 Cut Corners Volume 1 2012 Description / Buy
12 Horror Express Volume Two 2012 Description / Buy
13 Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane 2012 Description / Buy
14 Turn Down the Lights 2013 Description / Buy
15 Cemetery Dance: Issue 71 2014 Description / Buy
16 D.O.A. III 2017 Description / Buy
17 The Washingtonians 2018 Description / Buy
18 Fantastic Tales of Terror: History's Darkest Secrets 2018 Description / Buy
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‘The Revelation’, his first novel, which he published in 1990, began as a thesis for his Masters. Following his graduation, Bentley was so confident in the potential success of the novel that he spent a lot of time doing temp jobs.

The author was certain that his debut novel would wow audiences, at which point, the money would roll in, turning the writer into an overnight success. This did not happen. First of all, it took him several months to secure an agent.

But even after he jumped this hurdle, it was another two years before ‘The Revelation’ found a publisher that was willing to buy it. By then, the author had wised up and secured proper employment. He was working as a technical writer (Southern California Municipality) when his novel was finally published.

Bentley’s publishing journey grounded him. The industry was far more grueling than he had anticipated. Fortunately, he was willing to persevere. The author was quite young when he decided that he wanted to write fiction.

However, he never told anyone. His parents thought he wanted to commit suicide when they found a story he had written in the first-person in his room. It came as a surprise to some people when he abandoned journalism in favor of pursuing English in college.

One of Bentley’s turning points was the success he had in selling his first two stories. The author had already acquired his communications BA by this stage and he was ready to tackle a Political Science Masters program.

The stories he had sold encouraged him to bet everything on a career in publishing, which is why he decided to Major in English. His efforts paid off when Dean Koontz and Stephen King discovered and ultimately encouraged people to read his work, turning the author into a beloved horror icon.

Despite his achievements, Bentley Little lives a very low profile life. He does not promote his work in any significant manner. He doesn’t have an official website and he tends to avoid interviews. While most authors go to great lengths to encourage readers to consume their work, Bentley is a rare sight at conventions.

He is just as disinterested in book signings. However, the author disagrees with people that call him a recluse. Rather, he argues that as a writer, his job is to write. He is neither a publicist nor a marketing professional, and he has no interest in filling those roles. He is confident that the right people will discover his work.

The notion of opening social media accounts to run after potential readers does not interest him. This has only added to his allure.

Bentley Little Awards

Bentley’s first novel won the Bram Stoker Award.

Bentley Little Books into Movies

‘Masters of Horror’ turned one of Bentley’s short stories (The Washingtonians) into a TV episode.

Best Bentley Little Books

Even though he writes about ordinary people, Bentley has developed a reputation for filling his novels with disturbing scenes of a sexual and violent nature. Some of Bentley’s best books include:

The Store: This novel follows a simple man in a small town in Arizona who had everything he could ask for, not just a loving family but a job with convenient working hours. Everything started to change when ‘The Store’ entered the picture.

The city council should have protected the town from its influence. But then ‘The Store’ started flouting laws during construction and no one stepped up to stop them. Even worse, small shop owners started vanishing. Before anyone could fully comprehend the power of ‘The Store’, they had conquered the entire town, forcing one man to carry the responsibility of saving his community.

The Association: For Barry and Maureen, approval of their application by the Association brought with it some unexpected restrictions. Yes, they were now authorized to live in an exclusive community. But they were also expected to give the association full control over their lives, not just their decor and landscaping but also the friends they chose to make and the jobs they decided to pursue.

Even worse, any failure to adhere to the Association’s rules was likely to incur severe punishments, with the most notable being death.

When Does The Next Bentley Little book come out?

Bentley Little doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Gloria and was released on October, 21st 2021.

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