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Hall of Mirrors: Trolls and Other Stories FREE at Amazon for 3 Days!!

Huzzah! I've enrolled Trolls and Other Stories (Hall of Mirrors Volume 3) as an Amazon freebie! Great news if you got a Kindle or Kindle Fire or even a computer tablet or smartphone for Christmas, because now you stick one of my books on it for free!!

I was looking at my sales stats, and there's a definite buying trend for Hair and Skin and Other Stories (Hall of Mirrors Volume 1). The only difference between that book and the other story volumes is the many, many wonderful reviews that you good people have left on that book's page. It got a lot of those reviews by being a freebie a month ago, and so I had an impulse to do the same again - and before I knew it, I'd done it! I'd made Trolls and Other Stories a freebie too! Why, well besides wanting to get my work onto your Kindles and tablet reader devices, I'd also be very grateful if you could leave 5 stars and a few words of recommendation for the book on its page. Reviews don't have to be long and wordy, just a paragraph saying it's a good read and that you enjoyed it (which you can say with integrity - I hope - because you've enjoyed the podcast ... I hope)

Now, obviously the leaving of reviews and stars are actions totally at your discretion, I can only ask, and you can, of course, completely ignore me. Free is free, no strings attached. But, as I say, I'd be grateful if you could, because hey, it's good Karma, man ;-)

Now go and grab your free book from one of these Amazon stores!

One Among the Sleepless Ebook Launches

One Among the Sleepless, my first novel, is now available to buy from Amazon (for Kindle) and Smashwords (all other e-reader devices) in all its spank-tastic, asphyxiation-happy gory, I mean glory. And to support the launch, I've put out a festive Sometimes podcast that should be in your itunes inboxes very shortly (if not already).


M.J. Hahn has redesigned the Sleepless cover using its original elements, the idea is to optimise the image for the Amazon store's tiny shop window. As a result, you can now see the larger sunglasses lens with the view of Peter Reynolds' apartment reflected in it.

The original cover and photography are the work of Peter from Surface Impression. In the image below, you can see me wearing the sunglasses and looking up at the building we used on the cover.


In the Sometimes podcast, which you can get by clicking this link, I mention the fact that after 6 years, One Among the Sleepless is no longer available as a free podcast. I decided it's had a good long run in that medium, and now I want it to be available as an ebook-only title for the next year or so. I plan to re-record it and re-release it sometime in 2014. The same is true of the Hall of Mirrors Volume 2 podcast. So Salvation, Night Crossing etc, will only available as ebooks for 2013.

To grab your copy of One Among the Sleepless at its launch price of $2.99 cick on one of the links below ...


I also refer to another website of mine, a blog site called Mike Bennett Author.com (MBA). I try and update the MBA site at least a few times a week. Mike Bennett Podcast (MBP), is for important news, but MBA is where I share anything and everything else.

Enjoy the podcast - it contains the Wayne and Lucy in the love dungeon scene - and enjoy One Among the Sleepless as an ebook!!

Music on the Sometimes Xmas Podcast

Bing Crosby ChristmasBing Crosby
"White Christmas" (mp3)
from "Bing Crosby Christmas"
(Spectra Records)

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This Christmas EPThe Elves of Heaven
"This Christmas" (mp3)
from "This Christmas EP"
(Seaport Music Records)

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Yesterday on Amazon + Free Promotion Extended

Good morning! Well, yesterday was an incredible day on both sides of the Atlantic. Just look at these terrific reviews for Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque, Volume One ...

star star star star star Mike Bennett is a genius who rivals both the horror, comedy and story telling greats in the literature world. Mrs. M.C. Edwards "Manderloo"

star star star star star Simply brilliant! Deborah Kaufman

star star star star star Gruesome horror with a comic twist. Lori Y

star star star star star A superb appetizer for his novel length works. Mary Laura

star star star star star Engrossing Storyteller. Jeana L Smith

star star star star star Simply The Creepiest Horror Since Stephen King! Douglas Lawson

star star star star star Great compilation of creepy short stories. Jason Stubbs

star star star star star Great Horror Fiction. C Griffin

star star star star star Genuis. Scary and funny as hell. Horrorman

star star star star star He writes the best kind of horror Wintermute670

star star star star star Mike Bennett is a wonderful author, this is a great well written collection. t

star star star star star Genius, Roxy J


Fantastic! Huge thanks to all the above for taking the time to leave a review. The value of these on Amazon simpply cannot be understated! And also, my thanks to everyone around the world who went to Amazon yesterday to download their FREE copy of Hall of Mirrors Vol 1. How did it fare in the charts? Very well! Here's what I woke up to this morning. I thought that after a night's sleep, the book would have slid somewhat, but no! This was the chartscape an hour ago ...


As you can see, I'm rubbing shoulders with some very exalted company, here. I'm under Bram!


And below is the US Short Story chart:


Look at all those Christmas-themed titles! There's loads of them. This is clearly a very good time to release a Christmasy romance. One Among the Sleepless is going to fit in here like a meat pie on a shelf of quiche - and the Christmas market seems to be ravenous for quiche! But hey, that doesn't mean that people don't want meat pie; it's just that quiche is the dish of the season. So, writers take note: Christmas sees a big rise in titles that at other times of the year wouldn't be an obstacle.


Anyway, moving on. In the UK, Hall of Mirrors: Volume One has been holding its own as well, reaching 11 in Horror:



Look at James Herbert there in the paid chart! Obviously the current TV adaptation of The Secret of Crickley Hall is doing wonders for Mr Herbert's sales (it's number one, unsurprisingly). I read Haunted, the first book in the Ash series, years ago, and loved it. And as a kid in the seventies, I devoured James Herbert's books like no one else's. Did you ever read, The Rats trilogy? Every kid in my school read The Rats. Dog-eared copies were passed around from chum to chum with frenzied interest. I enjoyed the first sequel, Lair, but for me, the masterpiece was the third book, Domain. Giant rats preying on the survivors of a post-nuclear holocaust London? What's not to like? I read it once, then read it again. In fact, I should read it a third time. You can never get enough of giant rats, especially at Christmas.


Sorry, I digress. 


In UK Short Stories, HoM1 reached No 5:



Again, here we can see a couple of Christmas-themed titles above me in the freebies. And there to my left, my opposite in the paid charts, we see the perennial literary love affair with books about abused children continuing with the cannily-titled (and jacketed) Abused - a Daughter's Story. That wouldn't be my cup of tea, but I remember when I was working in a bookshop in the late nineties, books like this were HUGE. Remember, A Child Called, "It" and it's sequels? Apparently, the trade term for the genre is Misery Lit. Nothing like a book full of misery, especially at Christmas.

Sorry, slipping off on another digression there. 


The main thing is, what's going to happen with Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque - Volume One next?


Well, the period of its FREE status (can't write that word big enough) runs for today - AND - into tomorrow. Yes, I've extended it a day. I figure, why not? If there's a buzz, why kill it? So if you haven't yet got your FREE copy of Hall of Mirrors Vol 1, get it NOW! And tell a friend at work today so they can get it TOMORROW. The push is far from over, and I would LOVE the book to get into the Amazon free top 100 (obviously). 


Can you help it get there? 


The psychological effect of this on me - let's be honest - is wonderful! It inspires me. It tells me that you support me. It makes me want to write - and what I'm writing, when I can - is Underwood and Flinch 2. So, it follows that if you support me in this, you encourage me to write Underwood and Flinch 2. So come on, inspire me! Download Hall of Mirrors Volume 1 now! It's FREE! And the long-term results will be Fang-Tastic!!

Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque - Volume One at Amazon.com

Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque - Volume One  at Amazon.co.uk

Hall of Mirrors: Volume One. FREE at Amazon for 48 Hours.

Hall of Mirrors: Volume One.

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Grab your copy now! Anyone who leaves five stars and good review is ACE!


Sometimes 19

Sometimes 19!

My first new podcast since the end of U&F.


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In this podcast I give all my news, including details of the Hall of Mirrors e-book releases and the Amazon giveaway of Hall of Mirrors: Volume One for 72 hours. Offer starts at 12.00am Pacific Standard Time tomorrow, Thursday 29th November and continues to 11.59pm on Saturday 1st December.

There's also my reading of Ambrose Bierce's classic chiller, The Stranger.

Plus music from Jah Wobble and Julie Campbell.


Psychic Life EPJah Wobble, Julie Campbell
"Feel " (mp3)
from "Psychic Life EP"
(Cherry Red Records)

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Hall of Mirrors: Ebooks Now on Sale

After a seemingly endless process of editing and formatting (just thinking about it makes my head spin), the Hall of Mirrors books are now available to buy from Amazon for Kindle, and Smashwords.com for all other e-reader devices.

There are four mini-volumes, each containing three stories (except Volume Four, which contains an extra story "Dessert") and a fifth, "Complete Edition", that contains all the stories in one book! Check the "Books" tab at the top of this blog for details and links.

Not only are the books full of tales of horror and the grotesque, but the covers also are delight of horror and the grotesque, thanks to M.J.Hahn, who has designed a beautiful range of horrifying images, as suggested by stories in each volume.

The individual mini volumes are on sale for $0.99 each, or you can save a dollar and grab the Complete Edition for just $2.99!!

So whizz over to your ebook store now and grab your copy or copies of Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque!

The Lull by Saki

Another addition to my YouTube collection. This time it's The Lull, by Saki, which originally aired on my Sometimes podcast back in May 2011. It's one of my favourites. Hope you enjoy it.


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Man-Size in Marble by E. Nesbit - Restored and on YouTube

Back in October 2010, I released a huge special edition Sometimes podcast especially for Halloween. The featured story was E. Nesbit's classic spookster, Man-Size in Marble.

I also had the reading of Man-Size available on YouTube, but back when I uploaded it, YouTube was only taking videos of about 15 minutes in length, so it was broken up into three separate videos. This - as anyone who's ever tried to follow a segmented video on YouTube can testify - was a pain in the a*se. Part One got viewed a million times but the other parts barely got a look in.

However, today I'm happy to announce that as YouTube now permits much longer videos, I've restored and uploaded the full-length recording of Man-Size in Marble in all its creepy glory. You can get it here.


It's a bit early for Halloween, but it works just as well on any dark winter's night, and by gosh, we're certainly getting those lately (or at least we are in my part of the world) Smile

For a playlist of all my readings of classic short stories on YouTube, click here.

Underwoood and Flinch on YouTube

I've decided to add Underwood and Flinch to YouTube. It's an experiment, so whether I upload the entire 45 episodes depends on how well it goes. It's basically for all those people who see subscribing to podcasts as hassle, so if you know a podcast-phobic vampire fan, please pass on this link to the U&F YouTube Playlist and plug them into it.


Don't expect all the episodes to arrive immediately, doing this is going to be a lot of work. But the bonus for me (and you, I hope) is that I'm cutting off the music and intros / outros, which will result in a product that's more audiobook than episodic podcast novel. Awesome? I should co-co Smile

Award Arrives

Look what arrived in the post this morning! Time to shove all the human skulls and dessicated hands from my mantelpiece and put something really cool up there! It's lovely, isn't it? I'm happily surprised at how large and weighty it is (actress - bishop).


Many thanks to the team at the Parsec Awards for sending it to me, and for doing such a smashing job this year and every year Smile

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