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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,220. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Horror » General
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.
The Independence of Carolyn Woltkowski
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Carolyn Woltkowski has been running for the last two years: running for her life, running from the man she once loved, running from a past she can't forget. In a town where time is frozen and hiding is easy to do, someone has found her. Has her past come to claim what's due, or is her imagination playing games with her sanity?
Sketches from the Spanish Mustang
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,520. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
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.
The Five Fortunes of Fulano
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » General
Far from home, Fulano is on a mission: to rescue his family from poverty, give them a new life and save his son. One mistake, however–one promise made in the throes of death–and he is forever changed. The fortune he seeks may not be the fortune he’s after.
Cpl Thomas Tweed's War
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,150. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Thomas Tweed is paranoid and lost. In an alley in the cold February air, he is given a warning: someone wants him dead. Unsure of what to do or where to go, Thomas finds himself on an adventure far greater than he ever imagined but in a town and surrounded by people he should have remembered.
Mighty Chief Chappose Picks Berries
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,040. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Dan Chappose is a stereotype who doesn't want to be one. He's an outcast living in a world he didn't create, a world taken from his ancestors. But Dan isn't alone with that feeling. There are others who feel it, too--dead or not. And they want revenge for the sins of the past.
The Rebirth of Veronica Draper
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,640. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00 from 1 review)
Veronica Draper has a problem. Three problems, actually: her mother, her daughter and herself. Somewhere lost in that triad is a way to dig herself out of the mess she's in and find peace. But where can peace be found in a town struggling to cope with avarice, greed and sloth? How, in death, is there life?
The Retribution of Nathan James
Series: Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,370. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Shortly after his wife killed herself, Nathan James learns the truth about her affairs of the flesh. With nothing to lose and enough cold rage to fuel his quest, Nathan seeks nothing more than revenge. Will he find it or is something more sinister going on?
Regarding Dead Things on the Side of the Road
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,320. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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.

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  • 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.