Paul G. Bens Jr.'s Blog: Original Fiction That's Just Slightly Bent

May 6, 2018

It is rare for me to get extremely excited by an impending book release, but this week pre-orders went up for Alan Brennert's forthcoming Daughter of Moloka'i, a follow up to his amazing novel Moloka'i.

"Moloka'i" is one of the very best reads I have experienced in the last 10 years. A captivating historical novel. He followed that novel up with equally amazing Honolulu and then with enchanting Palisades Park.

If you want a really engaging read, I HIGHLY recommend all of these books and urge you to check out "Daughter of Moloka'i" when it comes out. All of the previous novels are stunning works by an author who has become one of the few whose future releases truly make me "not able to wait."

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Published on May 06, 2018 08:24 • 55 views

January 27, 2018

Kama A Mini Macabre by Paul G. Bens Jr.

Probably my most popular short story, Kama: A Mini Macabre, is free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow (1/27/18 & 1/28/18).

If you pick it up, I hope you will consider leaving a review on Amazon.

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Published on January 27, 2018 10:24 • 10 views

January 23, 2018

Toe Tag A Mini Macabre by Paul G. Bens Jr.

Toe Tag: A Mini Macabre will be FREE on Amazon Kindle on Wednesday, Jan 24 and Thurs Jan 25th!

One Man's Foot is Another Man's Fetish...Cyrus knows what he wants. He demands the best and usually gets it. This time he thinks he's found the perfect pair of feet...but will the man who owns them measure up to Cyrus' exacting standards? Black Quill Award-winner Paul G. Bens offers up an erotic story of a man on a mission.

Check it out and if you are so kind, can you please leave a review at Amazon.

Thanks!

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Published on January 23, 2018 19:24 • 13 views • Tags: toe-tag

January 14, 2018

I am fortunate enough to have over 75 ratings of my novel KELLAND here on Goodreads and I thank the readers so very, very much for that.

I do have a favor to ask...the 2nd edition of Kelland has only 4 reviews currently of Amazon and as we all know, Amazon review very much influence purchase decisions there.

So, if you read Kelland and enjoyed it (or even if you didn't) would you please consider leaving a review on Amazon. If you would I would be so very grateful.

I'd like to drive more sales to it for the simple fact that my publisher is a struggling small press that does very good work and I have donated all of my royalties back to them. They were kind enough to pick up the book for a 2nd version and save it from obscurity, but I fear their sale have been virtually non-existant.

Thanks so very much.

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Published on January 14, 2018 23:09 • 16 views • Tags: kelland

January 3, 2018

Today (Wednesday 1/3/18)

Da Manapua Man A Mini Macabre by Paul G. Bens Jr.

"Da Manapua Man" is FREE on Amazon Kindle. I hope you will check it out and if so I hope you would consider leaving a review here and on Amazon!

Happy New Year all!

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Published on January 03, 2018 11:52 • 17 views

January 1, 2018

Da Manapua Man A Mini Macabre by Paul G. Bens Jr.

On Wednesday, January 3 only, Da Manapua Man will be FREE on Amazon Kindle. I hope you will check it out and if so I hope you would consider leaving a review here and on Amazon!

Happy New Year all!

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Published on January 01, 2018 21:24 • 11 views • Tags: da-manapua-man, freebie-day

November 20, 2017

Those who have read some of my short works and "Kelland" may notice that Benison's Pass (wherein a large portion of my novel Kelland takes place) shows up several times.

Benison's Pass is a fairly fictionalized version of my home town in Kentucky. I find it helps when you already know the geography of a place to write convincingly about it. SO, I decided to take a big old paint brush to Ft. Mitchell and Benison's Pass was born.

Now the name took a while to decide upon. I couldn't very ell use the name of my hometown and besmirch its sterling reputation a a wholesome, family place now could I?

I played around with several names but ultimately decided on Benison's Pass....which means "Blessings End."

And there ya go!
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Published on November 20, 2017 19:02 • 7 views

June 25, 2017

An entertaining little piece, but I give this one only three stars because the interior logic of the story just doesn't track for me. The lead suggests a particular old man for an experiment because he remembers him well. But later, when things go awry, he states he didn't really remember that much about the old man. It just didn't make sense to me.

Still an enjoyable read and while the ending may seem predictable today, it was far from such when first published.
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Published on June 25, 2017 17:54 • 30 views
Philip K. Dick's first published short story and a little gem it is. It does have a lot of things to say about mankind but it does so with humor and pathos and an extremely likable alien. Be careful what you wish for on your plate.
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Published on June 25, 2017 17:49 • 11 views

May 31, 2017

I know Dick's novels, but I had yet to investigate his short stories and I started with "The Hanging Stranger."

A lovely exercise in simplicity, Dick beautifully ratchets up suspense and creates mood, but keeps it simple. And the ending is incredibly satisfying (and, frankly, I'm surprised I didn't see it coming as I usually can see endings coming a mile away.)

If you're looking for a short read, I highly recommend this. Probably take an hour to read, tops, and probably less (I was interrupted a lot during reading).

You can find it free on Amazon kindle along with a plethora of other PKD short stories.
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Published on May 31, 2017 15:58 • 42 views • Tags: philip-k-dick

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