The Forest.
The Mountain.

Words by Joshua Bender
Artwork by Kellie Cox
24 illustrated pages

Inspired by an unexpected personal loss, the visual story of The Forest. The Mountain tells the journey of grief, loss and healing. 

The story follows a wanderer who escapes into a forest desiring to be lost, but keeps encountering echos of civilization amidst the beauty of the natural world. The narrator’s journey from avoidance to acceptance is recounted through descriptive vignettes and impressionistic paintings and illustrations. Dreamlike, thoughtful and at times otherworldly, The Forest. The Mountain. marries the written word and painted image to create a thoughtful meditation on the human spirit.

a novel
by J.A. Bender
410 pages

The complete edition of The Shadows At Their Feet tells the tale of a city full of mysteries, monsters, love, and courage. Ghosts inhabit traffic islands, ogres harass young women, and a mysterious killer is on the loose.

The Shadows At Their Feet is a novel of interconnecting fairy tales and mysteries by JA Bender, and recalling the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez by way of Haruki Murakami and Paul Auster.