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The Revelation

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,805 ratings  ·  111 reviews

Strange things are happening in the small town of Randall, Arizona.

The local minister vanishes, his church defiled by blasphemous obscenities scrawled in blood...A crazed old woman in her eighties becomes pregnant...Herds of animals are discovered butchered in a field...And one by one, the good folks in town are falling victim to the same unsp
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Signet (first published January 1st 1990)
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
I think this is the scariest Bentley Little novel I’ve read. The Mailman was scary, too, though; it is a hard call. Regardless, Little’s debut novel is a shocker, almost sure to rattle the nerves of even the most jaded horror reader.

A wave of crime is hitting the small town of Randall, Arizona. Churches are desecrated. A local minister and his family have gone missing. Fires are set. Over the course of only a few days, this town goes straight to Hell and it’s up to a handful of people to save it
Anthony Vacca
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A first novel through and through, Little's The Revelation visits a small mill town in Arizona where the locals are besieged suddenly by diminutive, cackling fiends that want to paint all the churches with goat's blood before burning them down, gnaw on entire families and turn household pets into confetti. Our protagonists--an overwhelmed sheriff, a blue collar laborer with a baby on the way, an Episcopal priest with light ESP--though lacking much personality, are at least stalwart about perform ...more
joyce g
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Creeps, it gave me creeps!
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
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Story - 4.6
Narration - 4.2

What a frightmare!
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read Little's "The Walking" years ago and really didn't like it. I decided to give this, his first novel, a try, and I'm glad I did. This book is not for everyone, but if you are a fan of pulpy horror novels by writers with names like Laymon, Garton, Lee, Keene, etc., you most likely will really enjoy it. Its way, way over the top in the gore and mayhem departments, so if that's not your thing, I don't recommend it. Horror fans will get a good kick out of it.
Jun 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Some choice moments from this novel:

Two main male characters bond over their refusal to share the same donut, chuckling: "I don't want your AIDS germs, man!" Charming!

My favorite scene is toward the end, set in a Western bar with country music on the jukebox, in which suddenly evil vampiric babies fall from the ceiling fans onto the cowboy hats of the bar's denizens and chomp right into their heads. All this has something to do with the Rapture, but that's never properly explained. Ridiculous!

This book reads like a horror B movie. Thin plot, cardboard characterisation, stupid heroine, nightmare scenes (you often wake up from these), posessed monsters, mass slaughter, pints and pints of blood...there are even pitchforks!! Everything for the B movie lover... but not really for me.
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was my 2nd read from the author & the more I read from him the more I like him. This book had a unique story the characters were very likable & like always with this author the suspense is sooo intense. He builds it up throughout the book sooo much you will definitely just keep wanting to read more & more. The ending was a good ending I just wish there was just a tab bit of more action, but still really good overall. For his first book not a bad one at all. He is definitely a new favor ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well here we go with another from the bag of books given to me while I was healing up from surgery. This one was worse than The Burning, by far. This takes place in Randall, Arizona and pretty much sums up the end times, or if you are a Ghostbusters fan, "dogs and cats living together"....... yeah you get the reference. Bad things happen. God and Good versus Satan and his lively road show. Don't even try to read this one. It's barely entertaining, and this writer won the Bram Stoker Award? I wan ...more
Melissa Bennett
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Supposedly this was Little's first book. It won the Bram Stoker award for best first novel. For a first novel, I would have to say it was very good. It has some pretty creepy parts to it. Some gore included. This is only the 2nd Little novel I've read. I enjoyed this one better than the first one called The Walk.
It's about a small town in Arizona called Randall. It's the typical small town. Quiet, not much going on then all hell breaks loose. In comes a creepy preacher who wants the people to fo
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, re-read, 2015
After my attempt to read Ramsey Campbell's body of work went bust (The Doll Who Ate His Mother's popularity befuddles me, and I gave up on The Face That Must Die after realizing that none of the characters were in any way likable), I started looking for other horror authors to read or re-read. I remembered Rick Hautala and Ray Garton were writers I once followed, but then I remembered Bentley Little's curious style of horror, and that I had read only a couple of his books, and decided that he wo ...more
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was introduced to Bentley Little by a fellow bibliophile that knew how much I loved a good horror story. She told me that Little would give Stephen King nightmares.

I don't know if that's true... but Bentley Little does give me nightmares. I never thought I'd find myself saying that a book was too gruesome or too frightening.... but those are the words I'd choose when describing "The Revelation." And frankly, the other three Little novels I read this year, all of which are currently listed on
Kim Smiley
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was surprisingly a good book! The plot of the story is that in a small town in Arizona, strange things begin to happen. All of the goats on numerous farms have been slaughtered and their blood used to write vulgar words on the churches in the town. People are being murdered and mutilated. A strange looking preacher arrives in town, preaching to whoever will listen, promising the coming of Satan.

This book was scary at times. I'm glad I don't know anyone with a baby because Bentley Little has
Leah Polcar
Probably around a 3.3

Ancient, literally, evil meets small town in Arizona. Demonic weirdness starts happening -- churches defaced, people missing, everyone like whaaaat? Nothing really novel here per se, characters are a totally underdeveloped (actually, I found the relationship between the major couple, whose names I already forget, rather confusing -- was I supposed to like them? Was Marina -- I think that was her name -- nice? Was Gordon -- is that his name -- nice?) and story is relatively
Jul 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: age-adult, 2001, horror
Where do I begin with this one?

I picked this up while I was on a cross country road trip, I had run out of reading material and found it at a flea market or something. I think there was some kind of blurb from Stephen King about what a great horror writer Bentley Little is on the front and that certainly must have influenced my decision, plus it takes place in Arizona which is where I was traveling through at the time. Sorry, but I really have to justify to myself why I read this book. It was T
James Campbell
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, fast paced story but one of my favourite horror writers. To narrow it down, this would be classified as religious horror. Another well told tale with all the elements of a good horror story but without the gratuitous graphic sex and violence. It takes some ordinary everyday folks and puts them into scenarios that are anything but everyday.
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of Village of the Damned (or Midwich Cuckoos, same story, but a book instead of a film), then you'll definitely want to read The Revelation. Set in a rural town, it follows the residents as a series of horrific and disturbing occurrences come up.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
'The Revelation' was a good read, I had some creepy dreams the night I started reading it. I don't know how I haven't heard of Bentley Little before this, but I look forward to reading more of his novels.
It was a snowy afternoon, and as I perused my row of unread paperbacks this first novel from Bentley Little piqued my interest. And the first 3/4 of the book was some good horror. That last quarter is where things just turned into a complete pile of ‘can-we-just-wrap-this-up-already?’ I’ve read more recent books from Little and I know for a fact he’s really honed his craft since this first outing, so I can’t be too harsh. The problem with this novel, like a lot of other horror novels, is that on ...more
Kim Taras
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite Bentley Little book yet!
Brian Schwartz
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
The Revelation is an outstanding first effort for a writer and compares favorably to Robert McCammon’s Baal as a good first effort.

The book closely resembled plots of many early 1970s slasher films. This book could have easily served as source material for Mario Bava or Dario Argento. Much of it is crudely violent. The descriptions of the killer babies are crude. But it’s a crude that works for Little. It has served him well over the years in later work.

It does have a few weaknesses in the c
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not as good a writer as he's been trumped up to be. The plot felt somehow thin. It's almost as if one day he heard a dead baby joke and decided to build an entire novel around it. The good vs. evil thing also rings stale today. Lastly, the characters' actions are sometimes not believable.

I can understand a stupid woman whose fragile mind has been infected with feminist claptrap talking back to her husband, but when it's a matter of LIFE OR DEATH, and she still opens her filthy mouth to curse at
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I picked up this book because I've heard that a lot of Stephen King fans like Bentley Little's writing too. That and the recommendation on the front cover by SK himself. Plus it was only a dollar, so hey I was like "sure!". This book reminded me of all the scary stories I used to devour when I was a kid, like RL Stine and Christopher Pike and others, only a lot gorier. It would make a good scary-schlock kinda movie. The writing style was alright, there were some parts where it was just impossibl ...more
Sean McBride
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Time again for Horror October! I just wish I could read a little faster so I could get through more books! This, now the third Little book I've read, really shows how goofy horror can be at times. The story line is reminiscent of the old "Goulies" movies, where small creatures attack humans. Not really all that scary, and just a little bit of gore to add to the absurdity. There are many little issues (for example in the desecration of a church one of the characters "knows" that the feces spread ...more
Rowan MacBean
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it

The one problem I frequently have with Bentley Little's books is his tendency toward Shyamalan-esqe genre twists at the end. You're reading along, thinking what a great story this is, with such a plausible human threat, and suddenly it's aliens or demons or some completely bizarre supernatural thing the author came up with. I still always like Bentley Little's books. I just sometimes feel a little ripped off, because I like human threats more than supernatural ones.

This book didn't give
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought Bram Stoker winner was a good way to get introduced to this author. Oddly enough as I read this book, I kept having deja vu, like I've read it before and pretty much completely forgot it except for certain parts. So not particularly memorable or maybe award worthy (don't know what the competition was like that year), but this was pretty a pretty entertaining and lightning quick (under 3 hours) read with a decent twist on the same old something's off in the small town theme and a whole ...more
Aaron Martz
Dec 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is like a B-horror movie in the form of a novel with ridiculously over-the-top violence and gore and the very definition of an un-PC climax, with aborted fetuses as the bad guys. If you like that type of thing, it's well-paced and a whole lot of fun, and it's so gross at times, all you can do is laugh. The plot is essentially the same as any end-of-days thriller with an other-worldly preacher uniting the good people in a small town against increasingly powerful evil forces. It's not as good ...more
Kylelynn Fubelli
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: excellent
I do have SOME issues with some of the more "uncomfortable topics" in Bentley Little's books, but blaming him for that is like blaming the reporter for REPORTING the news that has already occurred. Don't shoot the messenger, LEARN from the MESSAGE! Overall, his books are quick reading, with some great creative/historical, creepy & chilling storytelling... add some fun, romance, wickedness and alas, even some morals!!! rolled in, too! and I have got to say, I am a BIG fan of Bentley Little and hi ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Bentley Little's first book, and it's surprisingly good, at times even genuinely scary (something I've certainly not come to expect from him going by his other works). There's a lot of blood and gore, murderous aborted fetuses and whatnot, but the imagery is a lot more sedate than some of his later books, and not completely over the top. A little more subtlety would have suited the story, but subtlety is not a word in Bentley Little's dictionary.
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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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