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The Mailman Paperback – 18 Aug 1994

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (18 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747241945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747241942
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great story, written well - equal to the best early novels of Stephen King. So far, none of Bentley Little's other novels come close to being as good as this one. An original plot and well written so as to allow the reader to live the drama, Highly recommended not just for horror fans but anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2007
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Bentley Little is one of the most ingenious authors in the horror genre. His ability to take the ordinary and make it into a fearsome thing is his signature hook. In this early work, we see him take one of the mundane chores in life, getting the mail, and turn it into something to be feared. There is a new mailman in town, and with his carrot red hair and his pale, pasty looks, he is just enough to give one the heebie-jeebies.

Doug Albin, a school teacher getting set to enjoy his summer vacation with his family, notices that the mail delivery is starting to get a bit weird in his small Arizona town. Moreover, the new mailman is getting progressively creepier, and there is something about the mail and its delivery that just isn't right. As everyday people and everyday activities seem to go haywire with the arrival of the new mailman and his delivery of the mail, Doug starts putting two and two together. The only question is whether what he discovers will be too little and too late.

This early work by the author gives a promise of what is to come. It has the idea but not yet the finesse or execution of his later works. The author just sets in place the concept of making the ordinary and commonplace a vehicle for the horrific without pulling out all the stops, as he does in his later works. Still, it is a worthy and original effort that fans of the author should read, if only to see the progress that the author has made over the years.
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Great idea. Its over the top and some of the horror is real. I would have wished Bentley would have found for some of his scenes something else instead, but then the Book wouldn't be what it is now. This book is any way one of his better work straight from the first page to the last.
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So far I have read only three of Little's novels - "The Store", "The Mailman", and "The Ignored" - but I think I'm beginning to see a pattern to his work: a community of some sort that, to begin with, appears quite cosy and friendly, and some entity from outside - the chain store or the new mailman, in two of these two novels - intrudes, and gradually begins to subvert the people's way of life and destroy their sense of community. ("The Ignored" doesn't quite fit this pattern.)
Things start to go wrong. It's only little things to begin with, which hardly attract anyone's attention; but, as time goes on, these little things that are not quite right get bigger and bigger. People increasingly show signs of unease and anger, but they seem to partly acclimatize to the new order of things, a little like the proverbial frog that, if heated in water slowly enough, boils to death instead of leaping out of the warming water.
This may account for why people don't take the action one would normally expect, such as going to higher authorities about obviously wrong things, if the local authorities won't act - or, if they do try to appeal to higher authority, they seem to give up quickly after hitting the first bureaucratic obstacles. This lack of action in the face of trouble is a point that this and other books by Little may be criticized for. Indeed, characters seem to rationalize the events, thinking up reasons why things are not so wrong after all, and saying the strange events are just a coincidence - but they can't accept this entirely, and seem to dissipate their fear by lashing out at each other, instead of following up with higher authorities; this gets bad enough to rip the entire community to warring pieces.
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Through the years I've enjoyed reading Bentley Little books and The Mailman is one of my favorites. I always find it amazing and chilling how Little can take such a simple premise like a mailman and turn it into such a terrorizing story. If you read any of Bentley Little's books, this one should be on the top of the list for sure. I also recommend Little's: The Store, The Ignored, and The Policy.
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