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CollectionsYour library (581), To read (1), Read but unowned (2), Favorites (1), All collections (582)

Reviews174 reviews

Tagsnon-fiction (94), horror (79), literary (64), short stories (56), mystery (55), British (42), religion (37), fantasy (36), writing (33), Southern (30) — see all tags

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About meI'm a recovering college English instructor and the executive director of a small-town non-profit that provides financial support for low-income families. I also write the library column for the local paper. From time to time, my "reviews" here may simply be a link to the newspaper website.

I like cottage cheese, The Muppet Show, bourbon, and the color spruce, not necessarily in that order.

A note regarding my "handle." Bentley is my last name. In my teaching days, I taught college freshmen. Since they were new to college, there was always some confusion as to what to call me. I am not a doctor, nor was I a professor, but inevitably they would call me one or the other, and I would have to correct them. (I had colleagues who would simply accept the unintentional promotion for the whole semester, which I always found smarmy somehow.) When asked what I preferred, I would say, "I prefer The Bentley, rather like "The Queen," but I guess I'll answer to Mrs. Bentley." It has subsequently become my handle everywhere I'm online just because it's never already been taken.

About my libraryMy leisure reading of choice is mystery and quiet horror, especially ghost stories. I also have a hefty quantity of textbooks and literary analysis from my teaching days. I dabble in comparative religion and mythology, so you'll see some of that. I'm also a sucker for reading lists, so you'll often see tags of mine that refer to some list I'm trying to read my way through (ML top 100, for instance). You'll also sometimes see the tag "passing notes" which is the name of my column and means I read and reviewed it for the paper.

GroupsBook Lovers Who Love Fountain Pens, Ghost Stories, Past and Present, King's Dear Constant Readers, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night, This Is Halloween..., Top 100 Novels of All time

Favorite authorsShirley Jackson, Stephen King, Michael Malone, Terry Pratchett, Phil Rickman, Thomas Tryon (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesCorbin Public Library

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LocationCorbin, KY

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Member sinceJan 30, 2007

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Found your review of "Good Prose" helpful in understanding the book. Most of the Early Reviewers gave it hight praise but I just couldn't see it. Elaine in Maine
Just started reading The Historian, and so far, although only 60 pages in, completely agree with your incisive, concise review.

Just wanted to let you know that Alfie arrived back home yesterday. Glad you liked the book.
Thanks for the update. I've been wondering. I've read a few anthologies since then, but none have matched that one in terms of sheer quality.
Cool. I hope you like it. The stories (for the most part) are short enough that you can read one right before bed.

Not to spoil anything, but the first story is far from the best one. If you read it and don't like it, don't worry.
Hello again Bentley. I finished the book this morning and dropped it in the mail today. you should have it by Wednesday/Thursday. I didn't mail the dust jacket because it is falling to pieces.

Hope you like the book. I posted a spoiler free review if interested.
Hey Bentley,

I should be finishing Stories for Late at Night this weekend. I have a hundred pages left, but we are going out of town. I'm hoping to get that last hundred pages done.

Anyway, if you wanna give me your address I'll send the book to you Monday. It is an EXCELLENT collection, well worth the read, though I'm not sure of the wisdom of putting the 150 page novel at the end. After all the shorts, it's weird to cap the book off with the longest tale.

BTW: I liked the book enough that I ordered Stories That Scared Even Me and Stories Not For the Nervous (haven't gotten them yet though).
Noticed you liked Ice Storm, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also about a dysfunctional family and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


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just a drive by: I read [Ghostwalk]and throughly enjoyed it.
Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but I thought you might like to know that my new novel, Dirty Little Angels, is now available. Thought you might be interested since people have compared it to Flanney O'Connor, who I noticed was on your shelf. By the way, if you'd be willing to read the book and post your comments here (and on possibly), I'd be glad to send you an e-book version of the book by e-mail. Let me know. Here's a summary in case you're interested:

Set in the slums of New Orleans, among clusters of crack houses and abandoned buildings, Dirty Little Angels is the story of sixteen year old Hailey Trosclair. When the Trosclair family suffers a string of financial hardships and a miscarriage, Hailey finds herself looking to God to save her family. When her prayers go unanswered, Hailey puts her faith in Moses Watkins, a failed preacher and ex-con. Fascinated by Moses's lopsided view of religion, Hailey, and her brother Cyrus, begin spending time down at an abandoned bank that Moses plans to convert into a drive-through church. Gradually, though, Moses's twisted religious beliefs become increasingly more violent, and Hailey and Cyrus soon find themselves trapped in a world of danger and fear from which there may be no escape.

If you'd like to read the first chapter, you can read it here:

Take care,

Thanks for the friends invite. We do have a lot of reading in common. I just wish I had more hours in the day, less work or less LT (bite my tongue) to be able to read more.
I like your choice of books. I have way to many interests to read as much horror as I would like know how that goes.

Talk to you soon,
I LOVE the idea of Clint as Frodo! I actually often think of many fantasy novels as subtitled "Oh, Goodie, we're going on a Quest!" The DT epic, is of course, "We're going on a Quest with a Stoneface!"
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