The Heart Thief now available!


I am pleased to announce that The Heart Thief is now available for purchase. Currently,  it is available on as an ebook and a paperback. However, as of yet, Amazon has not linked the two different versions. I’m assured it will happen eventually. You can find the Kindle version here.

Sometime soon, The Heart Thief will also be available on Barnes & Noble and Apple. It is already available on Kobo and Smashwords, for those who shop those sites. I will also eventually make it possible to order autographed print copies through this site, if I ever figure out how to do that.

But in the meantime, check it out. Read it. Join my mailing list. And if you care to, go ahead and leave a review.

Anna Dressed in Blood Review (Sort of, not really)


As I was writing The Heart Thief, there was a constant, nagging worry in the back of my mind. Is the violence in it too much, too graphic for the YA audience? Despite my concerns, I forged ahead because that was the story that formed itself in my head and needed to be told; it was what it was. My beta readers didn’t seem to mind, nor did they mention anything about it being too bloody for teens. Yet, I continuously fretted over the notion that young adults wouldn’t be able to handle it. YA authors never get that graphic, right? Of course, right!

And then I read Anna Dressed in Blood.

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The Book of Life

THE BOOK OF LIFEBesides writing, one of my central preoccupations is movies. I love any type of story medium, really, but ever since Star Wars set my imagination on fire in 1976, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the silver screen. So, from time to time, I’ll be writing about the movies I see on this site, especially if I think they bear recommending.

This weekend I caught Guillermo del Toro’s animated feature, The Book of Life, a charming tale based around the Mexican festival Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

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the animated adventures of buffy

I’m going to geek out for a minute.

Anyone who knows me may also know that I’m a huge fan of Buffy. In fact, every few years I go back and watch the entire series. Angel, too. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a huge Whedon fanboy fan. And when I saw the following … well … I need this to be a real thing. I give you The Animated Adventures of Buffy (after the jump).

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kickstarter campaign is in effect!

I have begun a Kickstarter campaign to help fund some of the costs of publishing The Heart Thief. Namely, a professionally designed cover, and, if I can meet my funding stretch goals, professional editing and proofreading.

As of now, 24 hours since it started, I am just shy of 50% of my initial funding goal. Click here to visit the Kickstarter page, and, please consider pledging and sharing with everyone you know.

the new s. lee benedict dot com

If you’ve visited this site in the past, you’ll notice that there’s a definite lack of content at the moment. Gone are all my previous posts as well as the short stories I’d posted here. There are a couple of reasons for this.

First, due to technical difficulties, I was forced to nuke my site, which effectively erased all content. Second, I’m planning on folding the stories that were posted here into a short story compilation which will be published under the title: The Lurkers & Other Strange Tales. I should have that out around the same time as my upcoming YA novel, The Heart Thief.

I plan to be updating this site a few times a week, so please keep checking back for new content.

Thanks for stopping by.

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