Benjamin X. Wretlind
Benjamin X. Wretlind, has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications and curriculum developer.
Ever since he ran with scissors when he was five, Mr. Wretlind has always wanted to write.
He has been published in many magazines, to include The Horror Express, All Hollows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Horror Carousel and Bare Bones. He's penned a few novels, deleted a few novels, edited a few novels and is, of course, writing a few novels.
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A Difficult Mirror
Four-year-old Justine has been lost to the world and with her an ability feared by many. But the balance of power has been shifting for years, and Justine may be able to tip those scales for good...if someone can find her in a pitiless place of sorrow and pain.
Sketches from the Spanish Mustang
A jilted husband with a grudge, a bomb, and a dead wife; three mothers facing life and death; a warrior in a battle with his memory; a man at odds with the stereotypes surrounding him; an immigrant looking for fortune in the wrong places; and a woman who can't stop running for her life. These are the subjects of a woman with a gift, a woman who has already lost everything.
Regarding Dead Things on the Side of the Road
Benjamin X. Wretlind presents fourteen short stories--some bizarre, some horrific, some soft and quiet like scissors through skin. Some of the stories have been published in magazines like The Horror Express, All Hallows, Horror Carousel and the Bare Bones anthology series, while others have never been published before.
Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Written as a memoir that pulls you into the tale, CASTLES is a literary horror novel that's uncomfortable and very real. This book may offend and upset you, but it's definitely worth the read.
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on May 23, 2011
Very well written and very creepy with an ending I didn't expect (and I did expect a lot of different endings).
- Monkey Love
on May 28, 2011
The imagination of John Paul Allen is a strange yet exciting to place to find yourself. I read MONKEY LOVE and still, after a day or two, find myself basking in his images of sensuality and anthropology. The transformation of Sandra and the weakening of her inhibitions in this story is well-played. The ending was unexpected. This is a one-sitting read and I enjoyed every minute of it. John Paul Allen is an exceptional writer with a dark and twisted mind. I agree with Norman Applegate: the next time you're at the zoo, you may just see the gorillas in a different light.
on July 05, 2011
At its core, Mama by Robin Morris is a thrilling, edge-of-your seat chase thriller. However, the thrill of the chase is secondary to the development of the characters--both protagonist and antagonist--as they are each faced with circumstances that are unfamiliar. It is a fun read, easy to get into and packed with scene after scene of relentless action.
The Conovers--mom, dad and two kids--are on their way back to Illinois after Jeff Conover's failed attempt to find work as an actor in Los Angeles. The action starts and ends on this trip, and as one who has taken the same route as the Conovers through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and into Colorado, I appreciated the descriptions and detail Robin Morris uses to set the scene. There is a hopeless feeling--even an empty one--knowing the land is so barren that help may be too far away. This, in itself, can elevate the stress levels, but throw in a crazy Mama (who may not be what she seems) and her three kids hell-bent on death, and the stress level is sure to go through the roof.
I enjoyed my time reading Mama. It is well thought out and pieced together with care. There are a few bumps in the road, but nothing that would throw you off the path.
- The River Runes
on July 17, 2011
When I was a wee one, I buried myself in quite a few fantasy worlds. As I grew older, however, and the lure of being scared out of my wits took over, I pushed fantasy back and let the horror take over. What was it, I thought, that led me from one genre to the next, and why have I never looked back?
Setting. To me, it was all about the setting. I loved to be transported to a world that was not unlike our own populated with vivid characters who fought and loved and died in front of me and did so without all the technological trappings we have now. When fantasy books no longer transported me to that world, I turned away.
So, with trepidation I took hold of THE RIVER RUNES by Ken Lindsey and hoped for the best. Would I be transported to the world of my youth? Would the characters speak to both my inner child and my adult self? Would I find that chivalry had not died? In short, would I like it?
In the world occupied by the characters of THE RIVER RUNES, I found my inner child once again. I was easily transported to the city, to the magicians' castles, to the walls where the battles took place. I felt for the characters, watched them grow, and got my insides all twisted up when they made mistakes. I tore through the battle scenes page after page and felt the tension inside me grow.
In short: THE RIVER RUNES is a page-turner, a great story of love and conflict, and a true fantasy in every sense of the word. There were loose ends that could have been tied up better, and personally, I would have liked to have stayed in that world longer, but I often think that if I really want to stay in a book longer, then the book must have been very good.
It was exactly as I remembered fantasy being when I was that wee one, and I am very glad I read it.