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The Return

The Return

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by Bentley Little

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From the Bram Stoker Award-Winning "Master of the Macabre"—Stephen King. 
Springerville is famous for the legend of the Mogollon Monster. Of course nobody really believes it. It’s just a good campfire story, something to attract gullible tourists—until an excavation team unearths the figurine of a screaming woman, the jawbone of a


From the Bram Stoker Award-Winning "Master of the Macabre"—Stephen King. 
Springerville is famous for the legend of the Mogollon Monster. Of course nobody really believes it. It’s just a good campfire story, something to attract gullible tourists—until an excavation team unearths the figurine of a screaming woman, the jawbone of a deformed animal, and a child’s toy. How odd that they were buried together. Odd, too, is the foul odor lingering in the air, the strange noises at night, and the man’s face found hanging from a tree. Now the locals are locking their doors. Because after sundown, campfire stories can seem very, very real.
“If there’s a better horror novelist working today, I don’t know who it is.”—Los Angeles Times

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Publishers Weekly
Little's first full-length novel since last year's The Association is clogged with faceless characters and smothered by a preposterous story line involving ancient Indian burial grounds and frizzy-haired mummies. While many of Little's novels focus on the darkness of the human psyche with only touches of the paranormal, this one is too supernatural for its own good. The plot, which is far-fetched even by Little's standards, hinges on a team of archeologists who unearth a series of bizarre finds in Springerville, Ariz. Soon humans and animals are inexplicably slaughtering one another, and others are vanishing into thin air. At the plot's core is the so-called Mogollon Monster, a hideous half-human, half-animal that seemingly dictates the chaos. The fact that all of the main characters happen to be immune to the creature, as if they are chosen ones, requires an even greater suspension of disbelief. Although Little may be trying to make some sweeping statement about human nature or modern society with this book, the effect is lost in a haze of dense plotting, undeveloped characters and sickening scenes that are present more to shock than to advance the story. (Sept. 3) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Return 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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Mokuren More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite horror novel EVER. And I've read a lot of them. I love the way Mr. Little uses artifacts to terrorize, and the monster is what made me want to read the book in the first place. Except for the slight buildup of one of the main characters, I was hooked on every single part of this book. The writing is superb, the characters are believable (I admit not that memorable though except for the kid), and the plot line is unique. I have been able to put this book down very rarely and with great difficulty. Please, give it a chance. It might make you think of certain death practices and Native American cultures a bit differently in the future. It certainly did for me.
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Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I have read MANY Bently Little books and I would not choose this one as a favorite of mine. I really could have done without this one actually. I think it was boring and it reminded me of another horror novel that I have read not to long ago. It was so built up, and then just ended so quickly and easlily! And the title 'The Return?' the author basically described this 'monster' as always being around, so really nothing returned. I love Bently Little and MOST of his books, but I really did not like this one.
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BeckaB76 More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Little. The characters seem to breathe with a life of their own and the plot just keeps getting more interesting and complex with every turn of the page. I love how Bentley Little isn't afraid to write shockingly. Some of the things his characters do are outrageous and I would like to forwarn some sensitive readers that Little's books can get pretty graphic and could offend. But I don't offend easily and I like to escape into a world where if things like that happened, the everyday worries of real life would seem trivial. I mean really, who could worry about layoffs, rent and car payments when demonic mummies can show up beside your bed in the middle of the night, your own home can become the bowels of hell, and your hometown disappears off the face of the map? One thing about Little's books that I've noticed are how simple the solutions to the character's problems seem. It has a tendency to leave you wondering, "Gee, that's all it took?" But all in all, I enjoy Little's books and I recommend this one highly.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my 2nd Bentley Little book- and it was a very good read! After a great & horrifying start, it veers off in a different direction than expected. Stick with it and you will enjoy the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, spooky, didn't want to put it down. Sure, the story line is far fetched but that's why it is fiction, right? Loved it. Bently Little is the best in a wacky, weird, scarry way.......finally a writter with a dry sense of humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was trying something new and thought I would give reading a book a chance and The Return just so happened to be the first book I've read since High School. Although I have never read any of Bentley Little's books something about the cover and the description of this book just pulled me in. I COULD NOT put this book down. I really enjoyed every minute of this book and I look forward to reading the rest of his books in the future. I guess if I would of read some of his other books first I might not of enjoyed this one as much but as my first book by Mr. Little I personally thought it was excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Bentley Little book that I have read and I must say im glad that I didn't let this book stop me from reading his others... Don't get me wrong the book is good it just isnt anywheres near what it promises to be...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book promises a monster story, but does not deliver that at all. Instead, you get a ridiculous tale of Indian ruins with a mind of their own. It was so bad that I had to give up halfway through the book, so I can't attest to anything past that point, but in the first half, the monster only makes one appearance. The rest of what you get is one silly occurance after another. For example, in one scene, some ancient relics including a small figurine and some pottery shards break out of a museum and 'run' down the street while a museum employee gives chase. That's when I called it quits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend this book to anyone. It started out pretty good, but Mr. Little never ties anything together or gives any explanation for any of the strange occurrences that happen throughout the book. I read it to the end thinking that here he would tie everything together and give some explanations but he never did. I felt like I was left hanging. And regarding the ending, it was rediculous! I was very disappointed and would probably not read anything else by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you interested in what is going on. Things are happening so rapidly you don't want to put the book down. I will say this, you have to have a good imagination and an open mind to keep interest and not think that things are cheesy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book was interesting but then it just dragged on and on and then the ending was absolutely horrible! No surprise, not imaginative at all. I'm pretty disappointed seeing as I have every Bentley little book out there and I have always been a big fan but this one has got to go. Really.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of horror novels deal with the impact of the past on the present. Witness Peter Straub's classic GHOST STORY. This book does so as well. But it also shows how OTHER people's pasts can reverberate in our own lives. More than any book I've ever read, THE RETURN gave me a sense of why we Americans of European ancestry are merely travellers on this land, temporary residents of a land we don't understand. Besides that, it's spooky as hell. This is a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My summer was bookended by two great Bentley Little books. The beginning of the summer saw the release of THE COLLECTIION, his brilliant and wildly original anthology of short stories. Now comes THE RETURN, a guts-n-glory hardcore horror novel that incorporates big themes, an intricately involved mythology and as always likeable and believably sympathetic characters. As a reviewer said, "If there's a better horror novelist than Bentley Little working today, I don't know who it is."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly epic horror novel that starts out with one man travelling across country and expands to include the disappearance of entire civilizations. I would describe it as "Lovecraft in the Wild West." What makes this book so great, though, is the author's ability to create bone-chilling scenes and terrifying images that will linger with the reader for days. One scene in a cave involving a short squat skeleton with a bright red afro still stays with me. Bentley Little is one sick and talented man.
harstan More than 1 year ago
He leaves his job in California on Friday fully expecting to return on Monday. However when Glen Ridgeway travels to Kingman, Arizona to sell some land his parents left him he decides he wants to do a little traveling and take a vacation from his life. In Springerville Arizona, he sees some Indian ruins and accepts a job as an intern on an archeological dig in nearby Bower.

The dig is unusual even before Glen arrives. The site has yielded up a pouch of Greek money, a Saxon children¿s toy and a figurine with a mummified children¿s hand attached to it. The day Glen starts working, a woman finds a shard of pottery with her face on it. Glen finds the head of a being that is neither human nor animal but something evil. All across the southwest, strange events are occurring at Anasazi ruins, and museums and digs housing their artifacts. Glen and others are coming to believe the thing that wiped out the Anasazi is coming back and they must find a way to deal with it or become eradicated too.

Bentley Little is a master of horror on a par with Koontz and King (perhaps if he changed his name to Kittle he would obtain the sales and praise he deserves). The RETURN is one man¿s theory of why the Anasazi civilization was wiped out and his imagination is so powerful that readers will believe it too. After reading this novel, the audience will keep the lights on day and night.

Harriet Klausner