Indignities of the Flesh

Bentley Little
horror, short stories
Indignities of the Flesh - Bentley Little

Bentley Little has forged a name for himself as one of the most startlingly original authors in contemporary horror. His subversion of genre tropes and talent for creating surreal, Boschian-like nightmares from the mundane is without parallel.

Herein you'll meet: the mischievous “Rodeo Clown”, who may very well be evil incarnate, or perhaps little more than an innocent bystander in a ring of coincidence; a man obsessed with dental hygiene to the point of stalking, in “Brushing”; a cynic forced to tag along on an ill-advised trip to a faith healer in “Documented Miracles”; a demented birthday girl whose equally demented birthday wishes are about to come true, in “Happy Birthday, Dear Tama”; a family on the run from cartoonists in search of their god, in “Looney Tunes”; and a man who pays the ultimate price for circumventing a parking attendant in the never before published, “Valet Parking”.

Rounding out the collection are “The Black Ladies” and “The Piñata”, a pair of unsettling stories culled from childhood nightmares, the surprisingly poignant “Even the Dead”, which documents the last days of a tender partnership between two friends, only one of whom is still alive, and “Pray 4 Baby”, Little’s first published story, unavailable for nearly 30 years, the distinctly E.C. Comics-flavored cautionary tale about highway curiosity gone horribly wrong, published exclusively in the Signed, Limited Edition.

Indignities of the Flesh is a superlative gathering of the kind of twisted, darkly humorous, and mind-bending stories for which Bentley Little is best known.


  • Rodeo Clown
  • Brushing
  • Documented Miracles
  • Happy Birthday, Dear Tama
  • Gingerbread
  • Looney Tunes
  • The Black Ladies
  • The Piñata
  • Valet Parking
  • Even the Dead
  • Pray 4 Baby (Limited Edition Only)
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Release date: June 2012
Genres: horror, short stories
Updated: June 12, 2012