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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,053 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Something really strange is happening to Dion, the new boy in school. Odd-girl-out Penelope understands completely. Something is happening to her too. They were made for each other. And together, they're going to raise hell.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Signet
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Edward Lorn
Jan 10, 2016 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bentley Little crammed so much Greek mythology into this book without making it feel like a course study. That alone is a huge feat. There are constant nods to the Old Gods and the unfortunates that served them.

This is nowhere near my favorite Little book, but it's still damn good. Little seems to be the only author of dark fantasy that strays this far from reality and still entertains me. Clive Barker can't do it. Edward Lee is always a miss for me. But something about Little's characters gel w
Kim Smiley
Jul 12, 2010 Kim Smiley rated it really liked it
This was a really good book, but if you cannot handle blood, gore, and perverse sex, do not read it!

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. It's about 2 teenagers, Penelope and Dion. Dion and his Mom move to Napa, where Penelope lives with her "mothers" at their winery.

When these two meet, its instant chemistry. The plot deals with a lot of greek mythology, specifically the greek god Dionysis. The book gets going about 1/3 of the way in, and it's loaded with a lot of kill
Adam Wilson
Apr 17, 2010 Adam Wilson rated it it was ok
Domion was the only Bentley Little I honestly didn't like. I liked it in the beginning but after that I got lost in the weird sex rituals. The story is about a kid who is trying to fit in in a new school but, after meeting a girl named Penelope find themselves mixed up in a take over of the town and a festival for Dion, the main character, whom Penelope's multiple mothers believe to be Dionysus. The novel is violent and involves as much random sex as a Laymon, but I don't like it as much when Li ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
If you are looking for something "deep" then move along--there's nothing to see here. If you are looking for a Stephen King clone, again, move along. If you are looking for a good, pulp, horror novel that makes no apologies in its presentation, then you've found it.

I love Bentley Little novels. They are truly a guilty pleasure. They are perverse, unapologetic, twisted & very jolly in their excess. This novel is no exception.

& it takes place in snobby Napa Valley. Ha! Love it.

It is about
Aug 25, 2013 Kellybrianna rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book when I read it and I have read all of Little's books (except Dispatch which I bought but haven't gotten to yet). This is one of my favorites of his and one of his most unique stories. It's a great horror novel and very original b/c it combines Little's usual take on the world in the face of chaos and mixes it with greek mythology (something I have yet to find in another book). Coincidentally I was taking a Greek mythology course in university at the time I read this bo ...more
Stephen King recommended author. He says: "BEST OUTRIGHT HORROR NOVELIST. Bentley Little, in a walk. Don't know Bentley Little? You're not alone. He's probably the genre's best-kept secret, but at least 10 of his novels are available in paperback; you can pick up three for the price of that flashy new hardcover you've got your eye on. The best thing about Little is that he can go from zero to surreal in 6.0 seconds. My favorites are The Store (think Wal-Mart run by SAYYY-tan) and Dispatch, in wh ...more
Heath Kampa
Dec 07, 2013 Heath Kampa rated it really liked it
I just have to respond to several reviewers comments about the style of Little's writing and how it doesn't come close to Stephen King. I'm sorry but King's writing is in no way complex or deep. He keeps his writing style simple (he's even admitted that fact in numerous interviews and in his book "On Writing") because he's trying to appeal to a large audience and reach as many people as possible. I would by no means ever compare Bentley Little's writing to say a Colson Whitehead or Cormac McCart ...more
Monty Merrick
Aug 23, 2009 Monty Merrick rated it it was ok
I give the book one star for original content which was unsettling in its depiction of excrutiatingly violent sexuality (really a brilliant idea for a horror novel) and one more star for the bittersweet love story.

Aside from that, the writing was very juvenile. Now I can handle some pretty disturbing imagery (this book has plenty) but what made this particularly disturbing was that the writing seemed to improve tremendously whenever he was describing something dementedly violent and sexual. May
H. Anne Stoj
Oct 03, 2014 H. Anne Stoj rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
While the overall premise was interesting and I liked the first initial chapters, it turned a bit too gratuitous and redundant for me. That took away from the feeling of horror and turned it more into excessive gore. There was a lot of potential with the mythology running through it, but it wasn't fully realized for me. Simply not a book for me, but others may very well enjoy it.
Mar 23, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
What can I say? Bentley Little is fabulous. I do want to put it out there though that this is not a "scary book" - this is a book that contains true horror. It is definitely not meant for the conservative! I have to admit, I blushed quite a bit throughout the book, but that did not stop me from reading it. The storyline was fantastic!
Dave Moore
Oct 11, 2015 Dave Moore rated it it was ok
Not up to the usual Bentley Little. The storyline was kind of obvious, the prologue was graphic and disturbing in a "Jack Ketchum" kind of gratuitous gore-for-gore's sake way, and it just wasn't scary, creepy, or compelling. It was more a chronicle of the number of erections the "hero" experienced. Gore and sexual content in every paragraph does not equate to a good novel. Those things are like hot sauce...use sparingly and only if they add something.
Apr 10, 2013 Ron rated it really liked it
I wish I could rate the book's 2 parts separately...I would give part one a "5" and part 2 a 3. I found the first part to be a great horror story with mysteries and hints at some future unstoppable horror. Plenty of gore and bizarre sexual practices and I could tell this was all leading to something really big. In Part 2 the really big event has occurred and now the characters are dealing with the situation. In my opinion the horror aspect of the story vanished and part 2 is more of a fantasy ad ...more
Jun 23, 2007 jordan rated it really liked it
This book is scary, filthy, and sexual in a demonic sort of way. It goes back to the Greek mythology, which is what truly grabbed my attention being a fan of history in the first place. I often had to reference other books and websites to understand certain characters and terminology written in this novel. Not for the weak stomach. Some of the things which happen in this novel made me sick (my mother had to turn it down). The below mentioned ending being sort of like an "acid trip" would hit the ...more
Apr 28, 2009 Jim rated it liked it
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Tracy Robertson
Jan 14, 2014 Tracy Robertson rated it liked it
The first half of the book really had my attention and built up the suspense, but then really got completely ridiculous in the second half. Bentley Little is one of my favorites and I have read several of his books. I was invested enough halfway through that I wanted to see what happened and didn't want to abandon the book, but I was really slow to finish the second half. While it was hard to put down this book in the beginning, the later parts started to make my reading time seem like a chore. ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Lawanna rated it it was ok
I picked up this book based on the style from "The House." I really liked the book at first. I love the plot. The weird sexual rituals and the graphic details became much after a while. It started t o become extremely painful to read. I am not a prude, but this book became difficult to be caught reading. I just couldn't wait to finish it. I think even a mediocre author could have executed this plot and story line with less shock and awe. I have one more Bentley Little book, and am putting it off ...more
Smokkee Singleton
Aug 02, 2014 Smokkee Singleton rated it liked it
It was fun read at first. Kinda lost itself after the the reveal. With a stronger ending, this book would be a must read. Now I'd only half heartedly recommend.
Oct 12, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror

Unique would be an understatement. Bentley Little goes where few writers dare to tread. How many authors have attempted to take Greek mythological Gods and mold them into a modern story? With the exception of Neil Gaiman I cant think of others.

Dionysus is reborn into human form, surrounded by his faithful maenads he reek's havoc upon the California wine country.

Dominion is an enjoyable read, the characters are well developed the dialogue rings true and Mr. Littles prose run slick and
Donna Humble
Jul 22, 2014 Donna Humble rated it liked it
A good book but, not a great book. It was entertaining but, seemed a little lacking to me.
Jun 11, 2011 Woowott rated it it was ok
Another well-known horror writer whom I have only recently read. I would attempt once more, but this book also left me cold. There were slightly interesting mythological references. But the story relied far too much on sex, gore, mutilation, and genitalia--a trend I feel I've read quite a bit lately; this does not enhance the story. It often detracts, because it is seldom used well enough to justify it. I would like to read something else by Mr Little to see if such things are the norm, or if th ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Evlondo rated it liked it
Although it's a wonderfully perverse book, it would've been much better if the author focused more on the inner lives of the main characters.
Nancy Carbajal
Oct 18, 2012 Nancy Carbajal rated it liked it
When I first read this book, I had problems with it. Years have passed, and now I was able to complete it. Dion and his Mother Alice move from Arizona to Napa Valley, a fresh start. Dion meets Penelope who has more than one Mother and they run a winery. Dion and Penelope are made for each other, literaly, for Dion will soon be transformed into the God Dionysus and Penelope will be his way to bring back the other Gods. But things dont go as planned. Violence, Sex and deviant acts are all over thi ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Emalie rated it really liked it
After being sick for a few days, I finally finished this one. Another good novel by Bentley Little. I like the Greek mythology aspect to the book and the storyline was good. However, there may have been a little too much hardcore sex scenes to me to stomach. If I wanted to read about blood all day, I'd be going to medical school. It's just not my thing. Less blood would have been nice. All in all though, a decent story and I felt for the characters and was "rooting" for them which I feel trumps ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it
Not my favourite Bentley Little horror novel. It started out fine and appeared to be very promising. However, once the Gods came into the story full blown, it started to read more as a demented zombie story. Only I wish it had been zombies. They would have probably had less violent sex, less wine drinking and would have just been after eating some brains. I think I like my horror stories to be more about sadistic killers that might actually be real. Gods returning to the earth would never happen ...more
Sep 30, 2014 Todd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easily the worst book I've read in a long time. Giving it 2 stars out of charity and because I actually finished it. Seriously terrible.
Alex Norcross
Oct 19, 2009 Alex Norcross rated it did not like it
There are so many books in the world, some great, some pretty good, some mediocre, some poor. This book is less than poor; it is not worth the paper and certainly not worth the time. I am ashamed to say that I have read not one but two books by this author. Please heed this warning. He is no where near the same caliber as Stephen King. His writing is insubstantial, uncreative, shallow, and short-sighted. Please do not read this author. This writer should have starved a long time ago.
Jan 28, 2014 Alissa rated it really liked it
Saw Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych a while ago, reminded me of this book. Haven't been able to find a good picture online, don't know how to post links but its pretty cool.
Sep 20, 2010 Beth rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
No stars. I love horror, especially when combined with other genres such as mythology. This book, however, was a complete waste of time. I don't mind sex in books, but this was grotesque and gratuitus. Uncle Stevie, I love you, but this is the last time I'm buying a book you recommend. First The Ruins, and now this. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don't bother with this waste of paper.
Picked it up at the paper back stand while waiting for a train.

Don’t bother- totally gratuitous with nothing to back it up.
Not even done well enough to be guilty pleasure romance romp or gory horror distraction. Now I know why wine takes such a key role in this book- it not because of it’s place in Dionysus mythology it more because you’ll need a bottle (maybe two) to get through this foolishness
River fields
Mar 13, 2008 River fields rated it liked it
my favorite horror author. i loved the idea of this story, i mean right on the cover there u see the satyr and thats pretty much the beast of the story. its kinda fantasy mixed with gore. lots of if was cliche, dunno if that was on purpose or not, either way it made for a good read on the weekend or after work. kinda made me horny too, youll know what i mean when u read it.
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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