When I Make Love to the Bug Man

Collected Stories

by Laura Benedict

Gallowstree Press

Mystery: Anthology

April 18, 2022

Available in: e-Book, Trade Size

When I Make Love to the Bug Man
by Laura Benedict

Eleven celebrated short stories—from the darkly criminal to the twisted depths of the supernatural—by the writer whose work USA Today Bestselling writer Alison Gaylin called “Absorbing, addictive, and chilling.”

A Paler Shade of Death — Tragedy has destroyed Becca’s marriage and driven her to live among strangers. Her unraveling sanity exposes the truth of her past and deadly state of mind. (Edgar Short Story Award nomination)

Witches, All — A has-been rocker’s hookup with a groupie spirals into a brutal dream of sex, monsters, and a feverish run for his life.

When I Make Love to the Bug Man — He’s not the handsomest bug man, or the most efficient, but when Robert’s wife falls under the bug man’s intoxicating spell, she learns there are things more terrifying than a few spiders hiding in the dark.

The Erstwhile Groom — A hidden room whose tragic history turns deadly at the hands of two people who love too much.

The Christmas Gnome — The Peter Rabbit Killers — Some little girls are mean, and sleepovers can be murder-y. (lTW Short Story Award nomination)

And more…



Laura Benedict's Bio

Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of eight novels of mystery and suspense, including The Stranger Inside (Publishers Weekly starred review), and the Bliss House gothic novels and stories. Her latest book is a compilation of her short fiction, When I Make Love to the Bug Man: Collected Stories. Her stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Strand Magazine, and in numerous anthologies. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she lives in Southern Illinois with her family.