Posts Tagged ‘Glenn Rolfe’

The Window by Glenn Rolfe

December 9, 2018 - 10:00 pm No Comments

The Window by Glenn Rolfe

Published on 28th September 2018

339 pages

James has moved away with his mom and her new boyfriend. Missing his dad and his friends, he was overjoyed when he was told that he could stay at his dad’s for the remainder of the summer. Richie, James’ dad was battling depression and alcoholism, wanting to make James’ time with him as enjoyable as he could, he did not count on an unwanted visitor.

James was your typical teenager. A lover of horror and 80s rock music, he would spend time in his room chatting to his 2 best friends Eric and Kevin. So when there was trouble with his dad they were the 1st ones to call. The three together reminded me of the Goonies and were up for an adventure.

From the start, you’re introduced to Domineus a demon that was looking for 3 vessels, to house himself, his wife Sanikus and his son Kyrus. Playing on Richie’s weaknesses Domineus went to work on him. Like the majority of the demons, he liked to mess with their minds but had an unusual way of entering them and I cannot remember reading another book that a window was used for possession. Also, Eric’s research came from an unusual source and it is amazing what you can find online.

This book was addictive and it was one book that gave me a book hangover, as I read into the middle of the night, just to find out what happened. The story intensified right to the end and the action kept going on and on. The teenagers were believable and even when their hormones were going into overdrive, none of the scenes were cringy and as a mom, I can remember those talks. The demonic scenes were in parts quite graphic, but it wouldn’t be a horror without them. As other reviewers have said this is also a coming of age story and it I enjoyed see James mature into a caring young man, taking into consideration other’s feelings.

This is the first book that I have read by this author I will look out for more from him. If you like demonic possesions and horror than pick up this book.   

Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue

August 4, 2018 - 7:29 pm No Comments

Welcome to the Show: 17 Horror Stories – One Legendary Venue by Brian Keene, John Skipp, Mary SanGiovanni, Robert Ford, Max Booth III, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Hayward, Bryan Smith, Matt Serafini, Kelli Owen, Jonathan Janz, Patrick Lacey, Adam Cesare, Alan M Clark, Somer Canon, Rachel Autumn Deering and Jeff Strand.
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 3rd August 2018
220 pages

Based in San Francisco, The Shantyman had been around for years, so long that its history was oozing out of the walls. Now the doors of the club have been opened, come in, sit down and Welcome to the Show.
For this review I am going to choose some of my favourites.
Night and Day and in Between by Jonathan Janz: The year is 1926, Raft a PI has been hired to find Clara. His leads take him to The Shantyman, where a singer matching Clara’s description is performing. The early scenes in the club, were just how I imagine a speakeasy. The sultry blonde, singing seductively accompanied by a piano. What starts out as a simple missing person case soon takes a turn to the dark side when Clara’s secret is revealed.
Pilgrimage by Bryan Smith: Jason, George and Karla were sightseeing, stopping outside the Shantyman to learn its history, they decide to get off the bus and get a feel of the place. What they don’t factor in is the odd, stoned passenger that joins them. Things get stranger when the drug they take, takes them to different times. The story continues around Jason and his time in the club. What wasn’t expected was him running into 2 infamous people from history.
Master of Beyond by Glenn Rolfe: Sean now the owner of the club decides with his staff to play with a Ouija board. Jillian the manager wants no part of it and leaves, but the following day not only has she got to deal with a big concert but also what was called. All I will say is that there is a reason why I will not play with Ouija boards and this story enforces this.
Open Mic Night by Kelli Owen: We have all heard of the 27 club, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison to name a few. This story is how the famous became members of it and Harry is the one man who can stop it, but he needs the help of Gwen who works the bar on open mic. I enjoy the speculation of the 27 club and this story puts a different spin on it.
Just to be Seen by Somer Canon: The story of a fan and her infatuation with the singer Will Fontaine. This story could be real live account as there are some fans that have such a stalker obsession it could result in death.
I have been spoilt by Crystal Lake Publishing, the anthologies published have all had some great stories and this book is no different. Welcome to the Show has 17 stories, each with a different insight of what goes on behind The Shantyman’s four walls