The Short Stories of B.H. Bentzman

by Bruce Bentzman



Book Details

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Publication Date : 9/1/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 188
ISBN : 9780738828558

About the Book

This is a collection of fictional short stories about people who must deal with personal dilemmas.  All but two have been published on the Internet, although I have permitted myself to revise them for this book.  Below I provide a one line summary for each of the fifteen stories.

"The Greatest Escape"

An eyewitness to Houdini's greatest escape.

"Katherine’s Night Out"

Katherine, a suburbanite, takes a walk one night during a snowstorm and has an adventure.

"The Patron"

An artistic photograph fouls the relationship a good man has with his family.

"A Brief History of Saint Jasper"

A short summary of the holy life of a little known saint who never made it to heaven.

"For Paula, Drunk and Alone . . ."

Paula cannot enjoy her holiday because she doesn't know the test result of a medical exam.

"Mr Longstreet’s Short Excursion to Pittsburgh"

Mr Longstreet tries to escape his unhappiness by driving.

"Between Rage and Despair"

A married couple, having separated, still has difficulties ending the relationship.

"The Good Book"

The surprising beginnings of romance.

"Choice of Weapons"

Ken is afraid to be without a gun and must come to terms with it.

"The Cheshire Downs Dialogue"

A brief conversation between a doctor who performs abortions and a man who is religiously opposed.

"The Gospel According to Judas"

The Gospel as told from the point of view of Judas Iscariot.


Mr Longstreet gets a speeding ticket.

"At the Gates of Hell"

The story of a man's reluctance to attend his high school reunion.


A man wakes to find himself sleeping in a strange bed with a strange woman who claims to be his wife.

"The Healing of SK"

The reunion of two Vietnam veterans, one of whom is supposed to be dead.

About the Author

Born in the Bronx, I have been orbiting the Sun since 1951. I grew up, but very slowly, mostly in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I was an average student whose academic education petered out about midway through college. Although I endured lots of jobs in my youth, since 1979 I have supported this writing habit and other pleasures by working for AT&T as a Communications Technician. I am presently enjoying a successful second marriage, and this time it was a package deal that included two kids, now grown. I am a practicing Peripatetic Minister of Secular Humanism.