by Paul G. Bens Jr.

Fiction · Paperback · 252 pages
ISBN 978-1-934081-19-8 · Out of Print

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When the Truth Is All That Matters

The truth begins with a family evacuated from Saigon during the final days of the Việt Nam War. Or perhaps it begins later, with a devoutly Catholic child with the voice of an angel who is troubled by visions both sacred and profane. Or perhaps later still, with a couple drifting apart following a tragedy.

Kelland appears to them all in the guise of a small boy, a lover, a priest...Kelland is an enigma, a puzzle, and an almost imperceptible presence. Kelland is violence, sorrow, and joy. Kelland is the common thread tying five disparate strangers together.

"Paul Bens is a master storyteller. Kelland is an engaging read with characters that simply won't let go of you. If this is a first novel, Paul Bens has a fine literary career ahead of him." - Noël Alumit, author of Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon

Click here to read a review of Kelland at Lavender Magazine.

Click here for a review of Kelland and here for an interview with Paul G. Bens Jr. at Edge.

Click here to read an interview with Paul G. Bens Jr. at Small Press Reviews.

Click here to read Richard Labonte's review of Kelland at Pride Source.

Click here to read a review of Kelland on the Dark Discoveries Magazine blog.

Click here to read a review of Kelland in Dark Scribe Magazine.

Click here to read a review of Kelland at the Uniquely Pleasurable website (includes spoilers!).

Click here to read the first chapter of Kelland.

A native Kentuckian, Paul G. Bens Jr. has lived in Los Angeles for the past twenty-five years and has worked in just about every segment of the entertainment industry. His short stories have appeared in Cemetery Dance, HeavyGlow, Velvet Mafia, Outsider Ink, Chick Flicks, Twisted Tongue, The Egg Box, Scared Naked, Bleeding Quill, and Dark Discoveries. His website can be found at

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