Bentley Little
Bentley Little is an American author of horror novels. His novels are set in Arizona and the Southwestern United States. He believes that there are no holds barred in getting the readers to squirm while reading his horror fiction. Unlike most authors, he prefers to be judged based on the quality of his work, rather than by self-promotion. He doesn’t even have internet access. Besides a few interviews he does to promote his books, he avoids a lot of the promotion almost every author does. Bentley splits his time between Arizona – where he writes – and Fullerton, California – where he lives with his wife, Wai Sau, and their son.

Bentley Little became a published author in 1990 with the novel The Revelation, which he wrote for his master’s thesis. The novel went on to win the 1990 Bram Stoker Award. He writes at a pace of one novel per year, plus short stories. Below is a list of Bentley Little’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

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
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
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
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

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

Notes: Dominion was published in the UK as Dark Dominion. Death Instinct was published in the UK as Evil Deeds, and originally under the pen name of Phillip Emmons. The Town was titled Guests in the United Kingdom. The House is known as Houses in the UK. University was published in the UK as Night School.

The collection Four Dark Nights also contains stories by Douglas Clegg, Christopher Golden and Tom Piccirilli. Cut Corners Volume 1 also contains contributions by Ramsey Campbell and Ray Garton.

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Bentley Little Synopsis: The Collection is a short story collection by Bentley Little. This collection contains 32 stories, including The Sanctuary, The Woods Be Dark, The Phonebook Man, Estoppel, The Washingtonians, Life with Father, Bob, Bumblebee, Paperwork, The Idol, Skin, The Man in the Passenger Seat, Comes the Bad Time and Against the Pale Sand.

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3 Responses to “Order of Bentley Little Books”

  1. Vince: 2 years ago

    I am an avid Bentley reader. I have all of his books including collections and I love them all with the exception of the last one, Gloria. I think he went a little far with the existentialism. Which by the way I do like for instance Albert camus, but this book for me was a downer. It’s been about a year since that book and I’m hoping that he comes out with another book soon not a storyline like Gloria rather any of his previous books. I check every day and hope to see a new one listed.


  2. Susan Williams: 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for listing Bentley Little. This is the first time I’ve seen a photograph of him..I was starting to think he really didn’t exist!!! He reminds me a great deal of Dean Koontz back in his early days. His descriptions of the American Southwest, it sorta makes me think twice about going there!!! Thank you again…I love this site!


    • Brandon: 11 years ago

      You’re welcome, Susan! There are a handful of “house names” on this site (and one I’m working on right now), but Bentley isn’t one of them.


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