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“Julian tried to keep a pleasant smile on his face, though already it felt strained. He was uncomfortable with people who used the word blessed as a part of their everyday speech. The implication was that God was intervening in the minutiae of their lives, hanging around and helping them with their jobs or children or household chores as though He had nothing better to do.
Maybe it was true, Julian thought wryly. Maybe that was why there were wars and murders and earthquakes and hurricanes. God was too busy helping real estate agents find new listings to deal with those other issues.”
Bentley Little, The Haunted
“A light wind blew through here that carried with it scents of sadness and loss, not recognizable odors but smells that corresponded to nothing, chimerical fragrances able to evoke melancholic memories.”
Bentley Little, The Vanishing
“Her last call, at midnight, had been the worst. "I'll pull your cock out of your asshole," she'd said, and for some reason her voice at that moment had reminded him of his mother's.”
Bentley Little, The Walking
“remember: not all that is fiction is fictional, and not all that is true is transparent.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“This can't be constitutional," he said. "This is America, damn it. We still have freedom of speech here.”
Bentley Little, The Store
“No one said a word; it was as if they were waiting for me to retract my question. Jan's hand found mine and held it.
"What the hell is this? A wake?" My grandpa came out of the house carrying a tray of buns.”
Bentley Little
“My father saw him one time. We live in mexico, on the farm, and Father went to feed the horses. At night. Little man was standing there giving hay to the horses. And Father watch and he came and he told Mother, 'Jedushka Di Muvedushka feeding the horses'. He don't get scared, nothing. In the morning we go look, the horses' hair all braided. So Beautiful! All their hair braided.”
Bentley Little
“her only comfort was to curse each searing day with a creative lexicon she didn’t know she possessed.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“If you ask me, people are unnecessarily gloomy about the end of the world.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“I was reminded of the Winchester Mystery House, which I’d seen as a child on a trip with my parents. From above, there was the same sort of random conglomeration—peaked roofs connected to flat roofs, shakes and shingles, tarpaper and skylights—and I realized that Frank had constructed his house from the town, connecting the buildings until they made one enormous edifice. “Jesus,” I breathed.”
Bentley Little, The Handyman
“They lived in a Wikipedia world, where knowledge was no longer required and only the ability to access it mattered.”
Bentley Little, The Academy
“his father’s punishments were driven by disappointment, partly in the boy, mostly in himself.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“After the first draft, I sat back and thought to myself, “where did that come from?” That thought was quickly followed by “what is wrong with you?”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“The cool breeze that ruffled her hair felt like something more than wind. ”
Bentley Little, The Influence
“We believe that the dead have power,” May translated. The old man gestured toward the corner of his room, where framed black and white photos of an Asian man and woman stood between two sticks of incense in front of a red backdrop decorated with gold lettering.”
Bentley Little, The Handyman
“He seemed born to find flaws in everything, a task at which he excelled and in which he seemed to delight.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“He could wait, because hatred is patient.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“his shoulders slumped as though he were a human-shaped balloon that had just lost half of its air.”
Bentley Little, The Influence
“On the Today show, there was a story about a new poll that had been conducted regarding religious beliefs. A majority of Americans reported that they believed in angels, and a significant number thought they were personally protected by a guardian angel.  He changed the channel to CNN, where they were covering a shooting at a North Carolina high school, a subject more comfortingly normal. ”
Bentley Little, The Influence
“People with daddy issues can always spot a fellow traveler.”
Bentley Little, The Influence
“and I passed an Arby’s and The Store before my GPS told me to turn right off the main street.”
Bentley Little, The Handyman
“...und was lediglich eine saisonale Wampe gewesen war, war jetzt sein dauerhafter Ganzjahresbauch.”
Bentley Little, Haunted: Horror
“I thought I’d been getting along fine with the weekend visits and occasional summer sleepovers, but suddenly I was aware of all I’d missed, the little intimate everyday things that amounted to a real relationship. I remembered Dad tucking me in at night when I was little, sitting next to me on the couch watching TV, taking me to the hardware store with him to buy some small item he needed and, afterward, stopping off to get an ice cream cone. Despite everything everyone said about spending “quality time” with kids, I realized that it was “quantity time” that was more important. I never cared what I did with my dad, I just wanted to be with him for as much time as possible.”
Bentley Little, The Handyman
“New Year’s has never been a real holiday to me anyway. There’s no gifts, no feast, just…bad TV.”
Bentley Little, The Influence
“anyone in horror’s path is irrevocably altered.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“The dead don’t think of the living,” Ethan said. “That part of their life is over.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“And in the background, behind everything he did or said or thought, like a low hum, was an unyielding sadness, an emotional blackness that threatened to bloom into depression should he pause to examine it.”
Bentley Little, The Haunted
“A dreamcatcher is supposed to catch the bad dreams, to let the good ones through. When I was a child on the reserve, I had one hanging above my bed. I remember staring at it as I listened to my mother cry for hours in the dark. I have never known one to work.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5
“It was in that old Yellow Front building past the corp yard. The one they’re tearing down now for The Store. It’s been empty for a long time, but some lady reported seeing teenagers breaking in. So I went over to check it out.” There was a brief pause. “The shadows were in there.”
Bentley Little, The Handyman
“Are you selling something?” “Only happiness.”
Bentley Little, The Best of Horror Library: Volumes 1-5

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