Ben A. Bell
Ben A. Bell was born in Boston, MA, but now lives overseas and works as a freelance writer.
His works have been published in: Blood Bound Books-Rock is Dead, Niteblade, Pill Hill Press-Rotting Tales, Emerald Tales, Whortleberry Press-Peace on all the Earths, Pill Hill Press-365 Days of Flash Fiction, Literal Translations, Farspace 2, Sex and Murder Magazine and Moon Drenched Fables.
Horror story online at: http://www.niteblade.com/september-2010/2010/09/the-blue-eyed-boy/
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Le Collier Diabolique
by Ben A. Bell
Approx. 5,180 words.
Published on January 7, 2011.
At the peak of the French Revolution, blood soaks the countryside. Spoiled Rosamonde, facing the worst nightmare of her young life, makes a fateful decision and unleashes a demon from an heirloom necklace. The demon's apetite for blood and destruction far outweighs the guillotine's horrors.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ben A. Bell
- The Last Real New Yorker in the World
on June 28, 2011
As a New Yorker, this story had me at the title. Reading on, I found clever lines, economical prose, and brilliant black humor wrapped up in a fast-paced, sharp SF story. In short, it was terrific.
- Magna's Plea
on Oct. 26, 2013
This prequel short story to Cherie Reich’s new fantasy series is perfect as a teaser. The reader meets the characters, including the tough smart heroine, at a critical time in their lives. There’s excitement, deception, sword play, and magic. My favorite part was a unique creature (male and female in one) used as a messenger between two battling armies. I loved the descriptions and the juicy tidbits of intrigue before the satisfying ending. There’s even a hint of romance.
At the end of the story, there’s a sample chapter of her next novel with even more vivid world building and unique characters along with tension and a gripping chosen-one premise. The details of Ms. Reich’s world were rich and original. I enjoyed reading the short story and sample chapter, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
- The Backworlds
on Nov. 27, 2013
The first book in M.Pax’s Backworlds series does a great job of introducing the hero, Craze, and setting up his story. At the outset, he’s facing the worst day of his life, and with a family and community like he’s got, who needs enemies? It’s no wonder the young man rockets off to seek his fortune in the dangerous Backworlds. His adventures are exciting and pull the story along at a fast pace.
The part I liked most about this book was its attention to detail and the world-building. Those are the criteria on which every SF story should be judged. Just because a set of characters are placed in “the future” or on “another planet” doesn’t mean they’re really unique or original. But in Pax’s world, the aliens are truly alien, with values unlike humanity’s, and complex social rules and histories that ring true while being completely new and different from anything I’ve read before. While I loved Craze, it was the aliens that really drew me into this book. The descriptions, characterizations, and dialog were amazing, and made me feel I was really at the back end of the galaxy where anything could happen. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
- Once Upon a December Nightmare
on Nov. 27, 2013
This novella is a perfect read as the weather turns cold. You can stay bundled up in your blankets, sipping cocoa, and be very grateful it’s the characters who are out in the snowy wilderness and not you. After a wrong turn and car trouble, the four characters in this story end up in a very bad situation. They’re so far in the wilderness that there’s no way to communicate by phone and no way to get help. Despite the fact they’re not dressed for the cold (one poor character is wearing sandals), they are forced into the dark, frigid night in search of aid. Unfortunately for them, they’re not alone. Something else, something with claws, fangs, and an insatiable appetite is also prowling the woods.
I could feel not only the debilitating coldness of the setting, but the characters’ mounting exhaustion and terror. Reich’s solid narration leads the reader down a twisting trail with the characters -- whether you want to go or not! The story ramps up to a horrific climax, but it’s not over yet. More people in the future suffer the same fate and we’re tantalized by a glimpse of where the monster may have come from and what motivates it. But you’ll have to read the second installment, Nightmare Ever After, to find out the answers!