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« on: March 30, 2017, 12:24:46 AM »

New novel from Bentley coming from CD this year. I don't know the exact release date, or what it's about, but it's mentioned on his agent's website dalainc.com/wordpress/?page_id=736 and also on reddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/horrorlit/comments/5663hh/bentley_littles_next_novel_will_be_the_handyman/

I don't know if it's a sequel to THE CONSULTANT, or if he will ever write a sequel to THE CONSULTANT. I suppose the only people who would know would be those at Cemetery Dance.

Regardless of whether he writes a sequel or not, a quick look at amazon reviews for THE CONSULTANT shows there are a lot of people who want to know what BFG stands for.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2017, 05:02:24 AM »

I'll be picking up The Handyman  for sure.  Loved The Consultant.
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2017, 07:25:16 AM »

I'll certainly get this one...while Little can be uneven, I'm a big fan of his work, especially those with titles similar to this one, where surreal horror intrudes on prosaic reality (e.g. THE MAILMAN, THE CONSULTANT, THE STORE, THE POLICY, et al).
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 09:04:21 AM »

A new title from him is always good news IMO.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 02:16:49 PM »

I'll definitely get it. I love Little, but The Consultant was far from a favorite. I've always run hot and cold on his work, but that's kind of what makes him so interesting. I'd never miss one.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2017, 11:34:13 PM »

http://www.cemeterydance.com/the-handyman.html

http://www.cemeterydance.com/the-handyman-graveyard.html

Sounds good and a nice cover too. It looks like the graveyard edition ($50) doesn't have a dustjacket, but the cheaper trade edition ($25) does. Too early to say for sure but I think Amazon will probably only sell the trade edition.

Have been reading some of his short stories lately that I've never read before and I've been extremely impressed. His short stories are excellent. Some standouts I've read are STRANGE SKIN, NOTES FOR AN ARTICLE ON BAINBRIDGE FARM and MOM.
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2017, 07:12:09 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2017, 11:04:14 AM »

That's a good looking cover. Is it another KPB?
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2017, 11:07:20 AM »

That's a good looking cover. Is it another KPB?

Indeed it is!
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2017, 11:26:43 AM »

 I snagged a copy of the Graveyard Edition...the free shipping and collector's club coupon made it irresistible.
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 05:42:25 AM »

ordered.
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2017, 06:55:44 PM »

ordered.

I need to do the same.
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2017, 08:17:53 AM »

The Publishers Weekly review is a good one!

"Little wraps a fascinating supernatural mystery in a suffocating cocoon of horror. Daniel Martin is a typical Southern California kid in the 1980s, until his parents decide to purchase a vacation home in rural Arizona. Their new house will be constructed from a prefab kit—and the strange handyman across the street offers to build it for a low price. Little do Daniel and his innocent family realize that everyone who comes into contact with weird and evil Frank Watkins meets malevolence sooner or later. After Frank moves away, the corpse of a child is found in the basement of his old home. Shortly thereafter, Daniel's brother dies gruesomely. And that's just the beginning. As the story unfolds, readers see that the evil Frank causes has popped up across the country and over decades. With each taut chapter, Little skillfully reels in the reader, climaxing in an oddly believable paranormal finale. Little's horrifying tale will entice even readers who are not fans of the genre, and stay with them for a long time to come."

http://www.cemeterydance.com/the-handyman.html
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2017, 09:25:56 AM »

I missed out on the ordering for the Graveyard Edition...didn't think it would sell out that fast.  I'm hoping there'll be copies on the secondary market.  As with any new Little novel, I'm really looking forward to this one.
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