This is Exactly Why We Need “Women In Horror Month,” You Jerk.

Amen.

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Well. I’m mad.

I’m not trying to be inciting or hysterical. But I am angry.

A “fellow” horror writer lambasted a dear friend and amazing woman for doing book signings while in costume and…I’m not quite sure what else. Being a woman? He said women were especially bad at trying to grab attention (“claiming” we’re horror writers when we aren’t) and most of us are hags anyway.

That’s right. Most of us are hags.

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I’m sorry, but how did appearance even manage to worm its way into this conversation? This author has one book out and a second releasing soon. Yet he has the authority to decide who is really a horror writer and who isn’t? And bringing physical appearance into it is exceptionally personal. He doesn’t like the way most of us look? Next time I’ll be careful to wear a helmet while signing so I don’t offend readers…

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Abram’s Bridge and Boom Town gettin’ some attention from Hellnotes, Horror After Dark, Lucas Mangum, and Hunter Shea!

Okay, here’s some all about me stuff…I know, ego, right? Nah, but there’s some talk in different places about my first two Samhain Horror tales, so I thought I’d share them all in one place.

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HELLNOTES.COM  says:  http://hellnotes.com/abrams-bridge-book-review

Abram’s Bridge, the Samhain Horror debut from Glenn Rolfe, is an entertaining, tightly written ghost story that reads like a classic ghost tale with modern sensibilities. The story flows from an innocent, even sweet, ghost story, to a story of father and sons, and finally one of small towns and the secrets they can harbor. Rolfe’s economy of words serves the story well, keeping it moving forward a fast clip. The characters are human and realistic and I found myself invested in their situations.

There are a few instances where the characters’ voices drop out of the dialogue, but it’s not enough to interfere with the flow of the story or make it less enjoyable. The occasions when the dialogue reads like someone wrote it rather than a character said it don’t affect the character’s arcs. Even in this short work, the main characters (five by my count) all evolve from beginning to end. Rolfe’s previous work, the novel The Haunted Halls, is very entertaining and worth reading, especially if you dig a more brutal sort of ghost story.

Abram’s Bridge marks significant growth as a writer, with its tighter story, sharper characterization and consistent pacing through to the explosive climax. I really enjoyed Abram’s Bridge and will continue reading Glenn Rolfe’s work going forward.

Pick this one up for an evening’s read, especially if the idea of a traditional yet modern and character driven ghost story appeals to you.

HORROR AFTER DARK was a little more critical, but still nice enough…http://www.horrorafterdark.com/2015/02/abrams-bridge-glenn-rolfe/

Abram’s Bridge is, at heart, a ghost story and I love ghost stories.

Sweet Kate is lurking underneath Abram’s Bridge when she was discovered by Lil Ron. As their meetings under the bridge continue, Ron realizes that Sweet Kate was murdered and he wants to help discover the killer. With a gritty cast of small town characters this novella has some memorable moments. I liked this premise and I enjoyed the characters. So why only 3 stars you ask? It was the writing.

I believe this is Mr. Rolfe’s first published work and I think he has talent, but the writing needs a little work. I’m not an editor or a publisher, nor do I pass myself off as some kind of writing expert. But when I read an awkward sentence like this one, it takes me out of the story:

” Music is what got him through the mess life had decided to litter his path to adulthood with.”

Despite a few awkward sentences like this one, I truly did enjoy the story. It was intriguing and fast paced and the tale wound everything up very nicely. Overall, I do recommend this story and I will read more of Mr. Rolfe’s work in the future.

HORROR AFTER DARK is also running a giveaway for two E copies. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

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If you want to know more about ABRAM’S BRIDGE from me….check out my guest post over on Hunter Shea’s website:

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Last week’s interview with Lucas Mangum was fun, too:

LUCASMANGUM.COM

And last, but not least…

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Catherine Cavendish, author of The Pendle Curse, had this to say:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1194654294?book_show_action=false&page=1

“Alan Packard lives in a ramshackle house with his higgledy piggledy Flea Market on the ground floor. His is an unfulfilling life, more of a difficult day to day existence in a town which achieved notoriety among ufologists back in 1979. Now, the town is back in the news. There have been unexplained seismic rumblings, apparent mini earthquakes and a feeling that all is not right with the Wisconsin town. However meaningless Packard’s existence, it didn’t need the invasion of the awful blue slime that took over his house…and more.

Kim and Brady are two pre-pubescent kids. Best friends. Both from homes that have known tragedy and heartbreak. These two will grow up together. Probably date soon. That is until the day Brady discovers the broken pipe and the bubbling blue ooze…

I love horror and I love sci-fi. Put them together in a well-crafted blend and I am a happy reader. Boom Town proved to be just such a blend. I read the story in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened. It contained all the elements of mystery, suspense, scares, cliffhangers and a cast of characters who worked. I believed them. I rooted for them. I feared for them. This is a fast, satisfying read and I highly recommend it.”  (5 star review)

All in all, some nice words from folks this week!  My stories aren’t perfect, but I hope you enjoy them just the same.

Thanks to Tim, Charlene, Hunter, Lucas, and Catherine for making my week!

FROZEN IN FEAR: SAMHAIN HORROR’S FEBRUARY RELEASES

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The house of madness!

Transplanted from her native Sweden to the drawing rooms and gas-lit parlors of Gilded Age New York, Anine Atherton will want for nothing in the lavish row house her rich new husband bought for her. But Anine’s house doesn’t seem to like people. The caretaker hangs himself in the entryway. The maid drops dead her first day on the job. Anine herself is becoming anxious and terrified, and not just because of the ghostly laughter she hears in the middle of the night. Her gentle, charming husband is slowly turning into a domineering brute. And whatever shadowy entity lives in her house, it can read Anine’s mind and use her darkest secrets against her. The last woman to live in the house went insane. Will Anine be next in line?

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The legends were true. The creatures were real. And now they’re back!

People have whispered about the tiny humanoid creatures in the woods and cornfields of Doverton for decades. Three years ago a wildfire devoured much of the rural village, but as the ashes were cleared, more questions were uncovered—including abandoned houses, missing people and dead bodies. Since the fire seemed to wipe out the majority of the town’s woodland acres, the murmurs about the creatures have gone quiet. The residents have begun to rebuild their lives, trying to forget about the tragedy that nearly killed them all. Yet the mysteries remained unsolved.

Now a group of people will go there with good intentions, venturing into the dead heart of Doverton, thinking it’s safe. But they will find out that the legend was only sleeping. Now it’s awake. And ready to kill again.

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Four hundred years ago, ten convicted witches were hanged on Gallows Hill. Now they are back…for vengeance.

Laura Phillips’s grief at her husband’s sudden death shows no sign of passing. Even sleep brings her no peace. She experiences vivid, disturbing dreams of a dark, brooding hill, and a man—somehow out of time—who seems to know her. She discovers that the place she has dreamed about exists. Pendle Hill. And she knows she must go there.

But as soon as she arrives, the dream becomes a nightmare. She is caught up in a web of witchcraft and evil…and a curse that will not die.

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Interview with Horror Author Glenn Rolfe

Hey kids….my friend and fellow Horror author, Lucas Mangum, interviewed me this week. Check it out.

Lucas Mangum

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LM: Tell us about your latest release, ABRAM’S BRIDGE.

GR: Abram’s Bridge was supposed to be a short ghost story, but once it got rolling I realized it was bigger than that. I got the idea from the lyric in a Bruce Springsteen song. “tell ‘em there’s a spot out ‘neath Abram’s Bridge, and tell ‘em there’s a darkness on the edge of town”. I set out to discover what happened beneath Abram’s Bride. I started with a boy (Li’l Ron) and a girl (Sweet Kate) and let that take me where they wanted. Before I knew it, I had a real mystery tale on my hands. Ron finds out Sweet Kate is a ghost and he sets out to discover what happened to her. It’s a ghost/mystery/thriller. I’m super proud of it.

LM: One of the most interesting aspects of the novella is how classical it felt. Were there…

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