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Mona Bright, a former police officer, is surprised to learn that she’s inherited a house from her deceased mother. She’s even more surprised to learn that the house is located in Wink, New Mexico, a town that, according to various sources, including maps, doesn’t seem to exist. Curious to learn more about her mother’s past and about this odd little town, Mona takes up residence in the house. But she didn’t count on Wink being full of dark secrets and on the people of the town being determined to keep them that way. The novel starts out curious and odd but quickly becomes terrifying and haunting, as the author reveals more about the people of Wink, who just may be the most curious and intimidating collection of folks you’re likely to meet outside the pages of Stephen King. We, like Mona, feel the town closing in on us, trying to take us over. A beautifully written, claustrophobic, and deeply memorable horror novel. --David Pitt
"American Elsewhere conjures up echoes of the best works of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. ... American Elsewhere manages to surprise, terrify and move the reader."―Los Angeles Times
"This wonderful offering is perfect for fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman."―Library Journal
"Highly impressive."―Kirkus Reviews
"Bennett's novel may remind readers of the early works of Stephen King, presenting a small town where nothing is what it seems.... Bennett's work also evokes a mood similar to that of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, where every darkness may swallow a person only to spit them out into a place akin to Wonderland."―RT Book Reviews
"Bennett gives the idealized image of the American dream a pan-dimensional twist with this alien invasion tale, part Bradbury and part L'Engle with a dash of Edward Scissorhands... Readers will be captivated from start to finish."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on American Elsewhere
"The novel starts out curious and odd but quickly becomes terrifying and haunting, as the author reveals more about the people of Wink, who just may be the most curious and intimidating collection of folks you're likely to meet outside the pages of Stephen King.... A beautifully written, claustrophobic, and deeply memorable horror novel."―Booklist
"Mad and humorous, gory and poignant, American Elsewhere is a sort of mid-20th-century retelling of the embodiment of Lovecraftian Elder Gods by way of Alamogordo's legendary atomic tests. It's not to be missed.―Seattle Times
"So American Elsewhere is basically so good that I want to camp outside @robertjbennett's house until he tells me his secret."―Adam Christopher
I really wanted to live this book more than I did. It seemed ideal for me from the reviews and ratings I saw, and I must admit I found it interesting pretty much the whole way... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sally Pursell
This should be a movie. Main characters are full of surprises. They are very Mysterious and nostalgic, some are suspenseful and scary. Why are they drinking dark Tea. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. M.
With all of the much-deserved praise for City of Stairs, I feel this gem is getting short-changed. I LOVED THIS BOOK! So compelling, I had to tear myself away to get stuff done. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cyanita
Robert Jackson Bennett has a way of crafting the most human responses to the wildest stimuli. The reader follows along with Mona, nodding and saying "Right?! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caitlin L.
A very enjoyable read for fans of Lovecraft or other science fiction. The atmosphere of the town of Wink is well crafted, which is the secret to Lovecraftian writing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kevin Brown
It gives a nice twist to the genre, it could surprise a couple of times.Published 4 months ago by pjt
I really enjoyed 'American Elsewhere'. Plenty of atmosphere (especially the first 2/3rds) and a brooding sense of cosmic things to come ala H.P. Lovecraft. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sabooski's Meow
Weird and wonderful tale. I loved the main character. Keeps you guessing right to the endPublished 4 months ago by LizH