Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a product of northern West Virginia’s identity complex. Born in the coal town of Fairmont but raised in the college town of Morgantown, he graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in History and English. He then went on to teach at the University of Vermont, where he also received a Master’s degree in English.

Currently, Mr. Welton is pursuing a Ph.D in History at Boston University. He has been everything from a driving range gopher, a law librarian, a fast wood worker, a military policeman, a QA tester, and an office manager.

Mr. Welton is also a freelance journalist, with numerous articles in The Atlantic, The Weekly Standard, VICE, Metal Injection, Listverse, and The Smart Set to his credit. He is the author of two ebooks: Hands Dabbled in Blood and Doomsters at the Drive-In.

Book Reviews by Benjamin Welton

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Talty’s narrative is engrossing and well told. This is an inspiring work about courage in the face of unbelievable odds.”

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“Bad Weekend is crime comics at their finest, so why not waste a boozy weekend with this graphic novel.”

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“Although there are few answers and far too many questions, the strange tale of Kieran Kelly shows that human monsters can prey on their fellow man for years, and so long as the victims bel

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“When I Arrived at the Castle is the perfect horror story for a rainy day or some night shrouded in fog.”  

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“O Josephine! is the perfect Jason graphic novel: short, stoic, and surreal.”

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“Rust Belt is an undeniably sobering graphic novel that is as much journalism and sociology as it is fiction.”

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Released on an unsuspecting world in 1974, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most revered and reviled horror films of all time.

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“As bleak as this collection is, a bright ray of light shines through. That ray is called ‘talent,’ and Young-ha Kim is an author who deserves to be very famous.”

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“Marijuana dependency is a real thing, and this book uses big data to highlight the shocking fact that ‘every day in 2014 almost 250 people showed up at emergency rooms all over the United

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“Tyler Cross: Angola is the perfect graphic novel for those sick of superheroes. . . .

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“Berserk contains all of the primary ingredients: sex, violence, horror, sadism, and adventure. What is not to love about this manga?

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“Ghosts, elementals, demons, and even the dreaded wendigo all appear here, and most have starring roles in the best horror stories evert committed to paper.”

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“Although America and Israel have been best of friends since 1967, Mellen’s latest work claims that this friendship is based on betrayal and spilt blood.”

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Wrath of Fantomas is the type of cutting-edge, yet charming crime story that today’s adult comics readers desire.

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“If America is indeed entering a new Gilded Age, then Jack Kelly’s The Edge of Anarchy should be read by those with a serious desire to avoid another civil war between workers, man

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“EC produced the best comics of the era and The Vault of Horror Volume 5 is evidence enough that EC produced an idiosyncratic brand of horror that is undeniably American.”

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The Brexit vote in 2016, the election of Donald Trump as America’s president, the rise of Matteo Salvini in Italy, and the enduring popularity of Russia’s Vladimir Putin have all made those on the

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“Soldier, Priest, and God uses the latest archaeological findings from the Near East and India in order to reexamine what role religion played in Alexander’s massi

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“The Prague Coup reminds readers that sometimes writers lived lives more interesting than the ones they created in their novels.“

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Storm Clouds over the Pacific is an excellent primer about World War II in Asia prior to the involvement of the United States, . . .

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“Ian Fleming and Operation Golden Eye leaves no doubt that Fleming’s service during World War II provided him with all of the research necessary for his later care

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The fall season is a time of death. Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween, All Saints Day.

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Thanks to an army of great and critically acclaimed mystery writers, the Scandinavian country of Sweden is, in 2018, synonymous with murder.

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By all appearances, Beijing looks on track to become the world’s largest and most productive economy in a few years.

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Erle Stanley Gardner was once one of the most popular and widely-read American authors. Almost everyone who spoke English knew his name.

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“The Chrysalis has a creepy concept, but its focus on interpersonal relationships among the bourgeoisie crowd detracts from and mystifies the true nature of the vi

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“The House by the Cemetery is blood-soaked fun for gore lovers.”

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The year 2016 began a new era of political populism throughout the developed world. In the United States, the face of that populism is President Donald Trump.

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“The Order of the Day is smug, self-important, and pedestrian history.”

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In November 1849, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was very much a sleepy town run by Harvard University.

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“There is something absolutely American about the notion that you, my friends, are getting screwed.” Thus begins writer Chris Stirewalt’s readable book, Every Man a King.

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Charlie Husk is not like other boys. Charlie grew up in the deep, dark woods of rural New Hampshire. He was 28 when he first used a cell phone, surfed the Internet, and smoked a joint.

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When the first major contingent of conventional U.S.

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Between the winters of 1976 and 1977, an evil force prowled the blue-collar and tony towns of Oakland County, Michigan.

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Zombies never, ever die. Nobody knows that fact better than John Russo, the man who penned the screenplay for the first modern zombie flick, 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.

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“For those willing to stomach the brutality, In the Name of the Children is a revelation and a testimony to the fact that some individuals cannot be cured.”

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“Cavalcanti’s book is about one unique human named Julio Santana—a professional killer with a code of honor and a sincere belief in God and redemption.”

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“The Moment Before Drowning is a highly lyrical novel.”

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“. . . be forewarned: The war against radical Islamic terrorism has no end in sight. This is a war of ideas, not a war of attrition.”

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There are few topics more controversial in modern American life than the right of citizens to own firearms.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is quite candid about his support for President Donald Trump. This fact will immediately turn off readers of a moderate, liberal, or progressive bent.

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Many authors are currently interested in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.

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There has always been a dash of romance when it comes to Royal Air Force of Great Britain.

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Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Hollywood, television, and true crime publications have depicted the Russian mob (known as the mafiya) as almost superhuman—a va

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“You have the right to remain silent.” So begins the reading of the Miranda Rights. The name stems from Miranda vs. Arizona (1966), a landmark court case that ended when the U.S.

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Legendary comics writer Lee Falk will probably always be best known for The Phantom, the costumed vigilante that he created back in 1936.

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Nick Brokhausen spent the 1960s and early 1970s on the sharpest edge of the spear. Back in those days, the Minnesota native was a member of the U.S. Special Forces.

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Detroit is synonymous in contemporary American politics with dilapidation, crime, and hopelessness.

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Some of the generals of the Great War have entered into common currency. Almost everyone knows about the American General John J.

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True crime books will always sell. Humanity’s thirst for the macabre is quite insatiable. It has always been this way.

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“Yates crafts a tough look at what trauma can do to adults, and how personal connections between people and their timelines can cause as much malice as mirth.”

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If you keep up with American politics, then you almost certainly know who James O’Keefe is.

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When ISIS first stormed across the border into Iraq in 2014, the jihadist army looked all but unstoppable.

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One of the great rallying cries of politics in the 21st century is anxiety over rising income inequality.

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Ever since April 30, 1945, the spirit of Adolf Hitler has floated across the minds of Western Europeans and North Americans like a vampiric miasma—a perennial threat that is often invoked whenever

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The election of Donald Trump as America’s president has shed new light on something called the “deep state.” This term, which was first widely used in the case of the Republic of Turkey, specifical

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“Siemens shows that the entire Nazi mission and ideology was born within and maintained by the SA.”

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“Havana Libre works well as a sociological commentary, but as a mystery novel or a thriller, it’s a dud.”

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“great fun and a spectacular read. The story of the Carrion King story is so good that you’ll want it to be real. . . .

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“an exceptionally good book. . . . Violated may be the honest portrayal of the seedy side of the college experience.”

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Ever since the election results of 2016, millions of American liberals, moderates, and even a few “establishment” Republicans have lived in a type of mental limbo.

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“Mystery lovers will certainly relate to the adventures of Jourdan and Crackerjack, while kids can easily take to this novel’s humor and carefree attitude.”

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“The Dark Net is a fun romp through the blackest recesses of contemporary tech.”

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“a captivating portrayal of an American warrior at the very cutting-edge of the War on Terror.”

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". . . should be required reading for all Western policymakers who keep making the same mistakes regarding Islamic terrorism."

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“fun and entertaining detective novel . . .”

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“The Strange Death of Europe may be one of the most important philosophical books of our time.”

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War is hell. War is also peace. Hate is hate, but hate is also love.

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“The Broken Hours is a lovely homage to the fantastic dreams of the often heartsick writer who inspired it . . .”

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“a psychological puzzle box that ultimately explores multiple levels of illicit passions.”

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Africa today seems like one, giant nightmare. The enormous continent, which easily dwarfs the United States, is currently in the grips of several regional conflicts.

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Twilight Warriors is a textbook on the modern world’s gravest infliction.”

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More chilling than outright terrifying, The Graveyard Apartment is a traditional ghost story gone cinematic. . . . a very, very good horror novel.”

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Security is a fast-paced, highly evolved thriller that clearly marks Wohlsdorf as a force to be reckoned with.”

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In 1320, a body of armed men began burning, looting, and killing their way through a large swath of France.