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.

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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
29 DMV 2023 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, Johnathon Schaech) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Bentley Little Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
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 Mondo Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mondo Barbie ( By: John Varley, Lynne Barrett, Julia Alvarez, Philip Levine, A.M. Homes, David Trinidad, Sandra Cisneros, Marge Piercy, Gary Soto, Roberta Allen, Alice McDermott, Hilary Tham, Lyn Lifshin, Rebecca Brown, Denise Duhamel, Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody, Jeanne Beaumont, Lynne McMahon, Kathryn Harrison, Patricia Storace, Richard Grayson, Leslie Shiel, Laura Costas, Sharon Henry, Cookie Lupton, Lisa B. Herskovits, Belinda Subraman, Ellie Schoenfeld, Sparrow ., Gregg Shapiro, Cathryn Hankla, Wayne E. Kline, Jose Padua, Jeff Weddle) 1993 Description / Buy
2 Mondo Elvis ( By: Howard Waldrop, Cornelius Eady, Mark Childress, Susie Mee, Nick Cave, Mark Winegardner, Rafael Alvarez, Greil Marcus, Pagan Kennedy, Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody, Lynne McMahon, Cathryn Hankla, Samuel Charters, Rachel Salazar, Eleanor Earle Crockett, Diane Wakoski, Judy Vernon, David Wojahn, William McCranor Henderson, Janice Eidus, Elizabeth Ash Vélez, Laura Kalpakian, Eri Makino, Ai, Michael Wilkerson, Brian Gilmore) 1994 Description / Buy
3 Mondo Marilyn ( By: J.G. Ballard, Michael Hemmingson, Clive Barker, Doris Grumbach, Beth Meacham, Lynne Tillman, Charles Bukowski, David Trinidad, Tom Whalen, Sharon Olds, Leslie Pietrzyk, Lyn Lifshin, Nanci Griffith, Robert Peters, Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody, Jeanne Beaumont, Gregg Shapiro, Judy Grahn, Sam Toperoff, Julia P. Dubner, Bill Morris, John Rechy, L.A. Lantz, Phyllis Burke, Hillary Johnson, Rita Valencia, Michael Lally, Eleanor E. Crocket, Taylor Mead, Susan Compo, Rosanne Daryl Thomas) 1995 Description / Buy
4 Mondo James Dean ( With: Lewis Shiner, Jack C. Haldeman II, Michael Hemmingson, Chuck Taylor, Michael Martone, Louisa Ermelino, Terence Winch, Lucinda Ebersole, Richard Peabody, Sparrow ., Janice Eidus, Ai, Tino Villanueva, Edwin Corley, Robert Ready, Reuben Jackson, Stephanie Hart, D.E. Steward, David Plumb, Ed Graczyk, Hilary Howard, James Finney Boylan, Miranda Schwartz) 1996 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 Deadly After Dark 1994 Description / Buy
5 Mondo James Dean 1996 Description / Buy
6 Hot Blood X 1998 Description / Buy
7 Four Dark Nights 2002 Description / Buy
8 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection 2003 Description / Buy
9 Corpse Blossoms 2005 Description / Buy
10 Horror Library, Volume 3 2008 Description / Buy
11 The Best of Cemetery Dance II 2008 Description / Buy
12 In Laymon's Terms 2008 Description / Buy
13 Ruthless 2010 Description / Buy
14 Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within 2010 Description / Buy
15 Seeds of Fear 2011 Description / Buy
16 What Fears Become 2011 Description / Buy
17 Necro Files 2011 Description / Buy
18 A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre 2011 Description / Buy
19 The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade 2012 Description / Buy
20 Cut Corners Volume 1 2012 Description / Buy
21 Walrus Tales 2012 Description / Buy
22 Horror Express Volume Two 2012 Description / Buy
23 Psychos 2012 Description / Buy
24 Shadow Masters 2013 Description / Buy
25 Horror Library, Volume 5 2013 Description / Buy
26 Turn Down the Lights 2013 Description / Buy
27 Cemetery Dance: Issue 71 2014 Description / Buy
28 The Gods of HP Lovecraft 2015 Description / Buy
29 Horror Library, Volume 6 2017 Description / Buy
30 D.O.A. III 2017 Description / Buy
31 The Washingtonians 2018 Description / Buy
32 Fantastic Tales of Terror 2018 Description / Buy
33 The Horror Zine's Book of Ghost Stories 2020 Description / Buy
34 Unnerving Magazine #15 2021 Description / Buy
35 Horror Library, Volume 7 2022 Description / Buy
36 Horror Library, Volume 8 2023 Description / Buy
37 The Horror Zine's Book of Monster Stories 2024 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 DMV and was released on April, 14th 2023.

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