Welcome to The Kingdoms of Evil, the website of Daniel M. Bensen.
THE BLOG for news and musings
WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEAS for short-shorts and story-sketches
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Daniel M. Bensen was born in Chicago and has since lived in Maine, California, Montana, Japan, and Boston. He currently lives with his wife, daughters, and in-laws in Sofia Bulgaria, where he teaches English as a second language.
Dan writes stories across the spectrum of fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. His Sidewise Award-winning short story “Treasure Fleet” is available in the Tales from Alternate Earths anthology. His novella PETROLEA is available from Alban Lake Publishing and his novel GROOM OF THE TYRANNOSAUR QUEEN is self-published on Amazon. Other works of his have been published in the Tales from the Universe and Domesticated Velociraptor anthologies, Alternate History Fiction Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Scifiideas. He was the editor for the English-language version of GAME TALE (Bulgarian winner in the “Best creator of children’s sci-fi or fantasy books” category at Eurocon 2014). Daniel also has an editing credit on Simon Roy‘s science fiction comic “Habitat.” He is represented by Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary Agency.
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People with very long memories might remember Dan’s high-school work on OPUS: Dinosaur and the Speculative Dinosaur Project. His dinosaur artwork has been displayed in the Lexington Children’s Museum and on the TV program Animal Icons: “Prehistoric Superstars” by Prometheus Entertainment/FtvS.
If you live in or plan to visit Sofia Bulgaria, you’re welcome to join Dan’s Conversation Swap, where we have tea and help each other practice English, Bulgarian, and other languages. You can also hear his interview on Bulgarian National Radio (start at 36:59). If you don’t happen to speak Bulgarian, you can find the translation here. You can also see his interview with Bulgarian Public Television (at 22:14) and his appearance in the comedy sketch show Ala Minut (at 1:30, 5:00, and 10:17).
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