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

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

Order of Bentley Little Short Stories/Novellas with Richard T. Chizmar

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

Order of Bentley Little Short Story Collections

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

Order of Tom Piccirilli Collections with Christopher Golden, Douglas Clegg, Tom Piccirilli

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

Order of Hot Blood Series

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

Order of Richard T. Chizmar Short Stories/Novellas with Richard T. Chizmar

1Dirty Coppers (Short Story) ( By: Ed Gorman, Richard T. Chizmar) 1997Description / Buy
2Devil's Night: A Halloween Short Story (Short Story) ( By: Richard T. Chizmar) 2012Description / Buy
3Brothers (Short Story) ( By: Richard T. Chizmar) 2015Description / Buy
4Widow's Point ( By: Richard T. Chizmar) 2018Description / Buy
5The Washingtonians ( With: Richard T. Chizmar) 2018Description / Buy

Bentley Little Anthologies

1 Borderlands 11990Description / Buy
2 Borderlands 31991Description / Buy
3 Hottest Blood1993Description / Buy
4 Hot Blood X1998Description / Buy
5 Four Dark Nights2002Description / Buy
6 In Laymon's Terms2008Description / Buy
7 What Fears Become2011Description / Buy
8 A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre2011Description / Buy
9 Cut Corners Volume 12012Description / Buy
10 Horror Express Volume Two2012Description / Buy
11 Turn Down the Lights2013Description / Buy
12 D.O.A. III2017Description / Buy
13 The Washingtonians2018Description / 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?

The next book by Bentley Little is Gloria and will be released on October, 21st 2021.

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