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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Revelation (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mailman (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Evil Deeds (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Instinct (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summoning (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night School / University (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Dominion / Dominion (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Store (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Town / Guests (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ignored (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Walking (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Association (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Policy (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Resort (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dispatch (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Burning (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Academy (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Father's Son (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearance (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Influence (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Consultant (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Handyman (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bank (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gloria (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
DMV (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Circle (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Washingtonians (With: Richard T. Chizmar,Johnathon Schaech) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Murmurous Haunts (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collection (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indignities of the Flesh (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cut Corners Volume 1 (With: Ramsey Campbell,Ray Garton) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Alone (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mondo Books

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 at Amazon
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 at Amazon
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 at Amazon
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 at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Borderlands 1(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borderlands 3(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hottest Blood(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly After Dark(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mondo James Dean(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Blood X(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Dark Nights(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shivers II(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixteenth Annual Collection(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Corpse Blossoms(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Library, Volume 3(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance II(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Laymon's Terms(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruthless(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seeds of Fear(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Fears Become(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Necro Files(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cut Corners Volume 1(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walrus Tales(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Express Volume Two(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Psychos(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Masters(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Library, Volume 5(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turn Down the Lights(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Dance: Issue 71(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gods of HP Lovecraft(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Library, Volume 6(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
D.O.A. III(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Washingtonians(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantastic Tales of Terror(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror Zine's Book of Ghost Stories(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unnerving Magazine #15(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Library, Volume 7(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Horror Library, Volume 8(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror Zine's Book of Monster Stories(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bentley Little is an American author that writes horror stories. Bentley is an enigmatic figure whose reclusive nature and disinterest in engaging with the masses has allowed the mystery of his persona to grow.

+Biography

Bentley Little was born in 1960 in Arizona. The author speaks fondly of the fact that he was born soon after his mother watched the movie ‘Psycho’. Bentley’s parents had no idea what to expect when they went to watch the Hitchcock film.

And it has been reported that Bentley’s mother screamed so hard at some of the scenes that they feared she would accidentally give birth to Bentley there and then. Whether or not the incident was a sign from the stars that Bentley was destined to write horror, the author definitely took to the genre at an early age.

Though, because of the attitudes of the times, as a growing boy, Bentley never held any meaningful hopes and dreams of actually making it as a writer of horror. Rather, Bentley set his sights on pursuing a more practical career which is why he attended California State University Fullerton and earned a degree in Communications.

The author eventually proceeded to acquire an MA in Comparative Literature. It was during those early days that Bentley’s journey to writing success began.

Shortly after getting his Communications degree, Bentley Little wrote and sold a story to ‘The Horror Show’, a David Silva magazine.

Bentley should have been looking forward to tackling the employment pool. But he had instead chosen to go back to school. His objective was to acquire a Master’s in Political Science to increase his chances of securing a job as a journalist in the future.

Selling his first short story to a magazine and seeing it published changed everything. Suddenly, Bentley gained a new appreciation for his creative talents. More importantly, the author realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life writing fiction.

So Bentley changed gears and enrolled for a Master’s in Creative Writing. ‘The Revelation’, Bentley Little’s first novel was actually written as a thesis for his master’s. And the author was so impressed by the manuscript, he decided to submit it to a publisher.

Bentley was certain that the manuscript would make him wealthy within a matter of months. Not only did it take Bentley two years to finally sell it but he only made a few thousand dollars. And he had to wait for another year to see it published.

Bentley has admitted that he only got his chance at publishing success because of Dean Koontz. Bentley was a massive fan of Robert McCammon at the time and he was quite eager to attend his idol’s book signing.

Robert and Bentley got to talking. Bentley told Robert that after all the short stories he had written and seen published in magazines and anthologies, he was ready to move forward with an actual novel.

Bentley explained that he had already completed the novel in question, and now he wanted help getting it published because he had no idea how to proceed. Bentley expected sage advice from his literary hero.

Robert merely told him to get an agent. Bentley was quite frustrated by the response. His first novel (The Revelation) hadn’t elicited any interest from publishers and Bentley was starting to get discouraged.

His decision to attend a Dean Koontz signing sometime later changed everything. Dean knew of Bentley Little because both authors had written short stories that the same magazine had published.

Koontz not only appreciated Bentley’s short stories but he was eager to find out if the author had written anything longer. When Bentley revealed that he had actually produced a full-length novel that he had no idea how to publish, Koontz took down his contact information and, within a few days, connected him to an agent.

That same agent (Dominick Abel) has represented Bentley since then.

Even with Abel’s help, Bentley Little struggled to find his footing in the publishing field. Editors kept telling him that the horror genre was dead. They would coerce him to experiment with mystery and suspense and thriller, but all those attempts ended in failure.

And Bentley remembers hating the process of creating books like ‘Death Instinct’. The author knew where his talents lay but the publishers of the time were too busy trying to follow trends to let him play to his strengths.

Eventually, Bentley stopped trying to fit into the mold and refused to write anything that wasn’t horror. Bentley has seen great success as a result.

The author stands out because he doesn’t market his book. In fact, Bentley Little has no significant social media footprint to speak of. His official website was started and is run by his fans because the author doesn’t have internet access.

Bentley believes that his work can speak for itself and that promotional strategies are irrelevant.

The author’s unorthodox approach has worked for him on many fronts. For example, Bentley saw his short ‘The Washingtonians’ receive an adaptation for the television show ‘Masters of Horror’. The adaptation was aired in the second season (Episode 12).

There has also been a lot of talk about turning ‘The Store’, a Bentley Little novel, into a movie.

If that wasn’t enough, Bentley’s books have been praised by the likes of Stephen King.

+The Association

Barry and Maureen are tired of California. So they think they’ve hit the jackpot when they land a great but reasonably priced house in a gated community in the mountains of Utah.

They learn that joining the homeowner’s association is a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to live in the community. Neither Barry nor Maureen thinks much of this condition. They realize too late that the Association has the power to exert all manner of control on their lives, this including their décor and interactions with the outside world.

+The Store

A man living in a small Arizona town has a perfect life. Not only does he have a great family, with a beautiful wife and loving daughters, but his job lets him work from home. Things change when ‘The Store’ opens an outlet in town and the small downtown shops begin to crumble as a result.

The man wants to stay positive. But ‘The Store’ keeps ignoring all the town’s zoning laws. Even more bizarre are all the dead animals on their premises, not to mention all the small shop owners that start to disappear.

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2 Responses to “Bentley Little”

  1. Michele Matthias: 1 year ago

    Thank you for your work on this! Bentley Little has recently become my favorite author and now I know all of his publications so I can read them all.

    Reply
    • Graeme: 1 year ago

      Yeah I am a big fan of Bentley. Have a few friends who are horror fans and I made sure to buy them all a copy of The Store 🙂

      Reply

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