Goodnight, Samhain Horror-Let’s Look at the Future


As many of you know, or will be hearing, Samhain Publishing is going out of business. I was lucky to have worked with Horror Editor and Master of the Leisure Book Horror Club, Don D’Auria. I was lucky to have Don offer me five contracts in the nearly two years we worked together. Three novellas, a novel, and a re-print of a novel that will now have to go someplace else. I loved my short time with Samhain and getting to meet and work with so many cool people. I enjoyed my two trips to HorrorHound Weekend and all the cool fans I got to meet along with all of my favorite writers that I shared the stable with.

Big thanks to Tanya Cowman and Kaitlyn Osborn whom I worked with very closely on all matter of Author Relation type things behind the scenes. Thanks to Lauren Moretto for working with me on the Samhain Blog and all Samhain related social media. And thanks to Jacob Hammer for all the work he puts in for all of us authors, as well.  Thanks to Editor, Tera Cuskaden. I loved our one project together. I was looking forward to working with you for many years to come.  Thanks to the rest of you in the office that I never really got to work with,but probably had plenty of hands in the cookie jar with promotions and putting things together.

Much love to all my fellow Samhain authors, past and present….well, I guess we’re all past now.

Christina Brashear (Owner of Samhain Publishing) did her best. She worked her butt off to get her company up and running and had lots of success on the Romance side of things. In 2010-2011, she decided to add horror and brought in the best man for the job. Unfortunately, things never quite took off and here we are at the end of the road far too soon. I just want to say, thanks for trying, Christina.

Now….where do we go from here.

My latest releases THINGS WE FEAR and WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN are going to be available in eBook (TWF and WNB) and Print(WNB) on March 8th. For how long, none of us know. Buy ’em while you can, I guess.

My novella, CHASING GHOSTS, will be released from Sinister Grin Press in early 2017.

THE HAUNTED HALLS (Art by Jason Lynch)



As for my novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS….well, I’ve already began shopping it around.

I’m currently at work on my next novel, the follow-up to BLOOD and RAIN. We’ll see where that goes.

My next project will be the untitled short story collection I’ve been teasing here and there. With my fall schedule altered (THE HAUNTED HALLS was set to come out in November), I am planning on putting out the new collection on my own. I’d love to have it ready for October 2016, but we’ll see.

Another good thing that may come from this is my book ASCENCION AGENDA.  It was originally going to be a follow-up to my novella, BOOM TOWN. Eventually, I will be able to incorporate that novella into the novel.   Shortly after finishing edits on BOOM TOWN, the idea for the follow-up came to me, followed by an idea for a novelette-sized prequel. I was so pissed. I admired Peter Straub’s novel, A Dark Matter. In that book, Straub threads together a story through decades…we get to see this character and the effects of all that happened and is happening throughout this masterful tale. I wished I could put BOOM TOWN on hold and make the novella one piece of a larger story. It may not happen, but when the BOOM TOWN rights get reverted back to me, I will have the option to actually follow through with this huge plan. It’s on my idea chalk board.

In a perfect world, I’d be rich enough to start my own publishing company and hire the Samhain Crew, plus Don D’Aruria and see this whole shebang through. I think there was a ton of potential.

I hope the very best for all the authors impacted by this new world we’ve been dropped into. I hope the new kids that were looking forward to a great first year in publishing ALL the luck in the world. It sucks to be back to square one, but you are all uber-talented and will find the right home for your works sooner than later. Keep your chins up and keep working the hell out those notebooks or laptops!

Stay positive! We will prevail. We will prosper. We will rock you!




I wrote the song below after my first band broke up. This feels sort of right for this one, too.

It’s called, “Tomorrow”.  It is full of clichés, but so is life.



Zakk reviews Things We Fear & Where Nightmares Begin by Glenn Rolfe

Zachary Walters takes on THINGS WE FEAR and recounts his vibes from ABRAM’S BRIDGE and BOOM TOWN for WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN giving the collection a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

” He brings the mayhem, he brings the chills, but most importantly he brings an old-school style the resonates with me. It’s a vibe that reminds me of how I felt when I was getting into horror. The first time I delved into a King title, the first Simmons & McCammon reads, I feel the same kind of energy when I crack the digital spine of a Rolfe joint.”

Zakk Madness, The Eyes of Madness

The Eyes of Madness presents “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”

Zakk reviews Things We Fear, part of the collection Where Nightmares Begin, by Glenn Rolfe. TWF 98 pages, WNB 219 pages, published by Samhain Publishing LTD (Samhain Horror).

Things We Fear-

“He’d been too clumsy, too out of his element with the Orono girl, and, admittedly, too cocky and aggressive last night with the bartender from Patrick’s, but he would be more focused with this one. Emily Young would be his Everest. There would be no need for alibis and secret graves.”


Summer has just begun, and fear is in season.

School’s out, and the faculty at Fairington Elementary School are free for the summer. Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her classroom, but she’s afraid of being hurt again. Meanwhile, Aaron is determined not to let his phobia of drowning…

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The “Wolf Pack” is Alive!

Arrrooooooo!!!! It’s a full moon tonight and Samhain Horror has a great deal for you eBook lovers. Get the “Wolf Pack” bundle at a 30% discount. Jonathan Janz Wolf Land and my Blood and Rain made a bunch of Horror Top Ten Lists and W.D. Gagliani has been at the head of the pack since the Leisure Books days! Get all three of our latest Wolf Man books for one great price! Limited time offer and available exclusively from the Samhain Horror store. I feel a real howling coming on!
Click the picture below, click on Bundle and get ready to get beastly!


Derailment and getting personal

Do yourself a favor and Buy Nikki’s novel, HABEAS CORPSE!!!

Nikki Hopeman

train derailment Oh no!

This is a tough blog post to write. There’s nothing inherently negative… nothing catastrophic has happened in my life to change things irrevocably… but I’m not good at personal. I tend to be fairly private, especially where emotions are concerned. They make me… uncomfortable. But no anxiety, friends, I have no terrible, life-altering news.

This is also tough to write because I have so much to say and so many ways I could approach it. And some things that are at the heart of my problems I can’t say much about. I’m surprised and grateful that I’ve had a few people approach me about resuming blogging (mostly the reviews… who knew?), some of whom I don’t know at all.

The third reason it’s so painful is that I feel like I’ve failed. I’m not good at admitting this. I’m also not good at compartmentalizing. When I feel anxiety…

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“Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller is addictive. A quick, compelling read.”

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“Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller (Things We Fear)  is addictive. A quick, compelling read.” – Duncan Ralston, author of SALVAGE

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Duncan Ralston has landed some tremendous praise for his debut novel, SALVAGE, and also for his collection, GRISTLE & BONE.  Follow him on GoodReads and check him out at

E-Book lovers, be sure to pre-order your copy of THINGS WE FEAR at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Samhain Horror.

The novella will also be available in print via my novella collection, WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN.

Both pieces will be available MARCH 8th from Samhain Horror.

Contract Signed: CHASING GHOSTS lands with Sinister Grin Press

I’m so happy to announce that my novella, CHASING GHOSTS, will be published by the fine folks at SINISTER GRIN PRESS.


None of my little successes have been solo acts, so I would like to send out a big thank you to Matt and Tristan for taking the chance on my work. Thanks to Erin for busting her butt and helping me with the early edits, and also for suggesting a more proper name for the story.  Thanks to Laymon, Ketchum, Keene, Janz, Cesare, Rufty, and Bernstein for writing the sort of horror that inspired this particular piece. While I’m not sure I went as hard and heavy as them, they made me want to push that horror button a little harder.   Thanks, guys.

Originally titled, The Last Show,  this one started off with me taking my punk rock experience and setting my band out to play a show in the woods.  Never turn down a gig, right?  Well, maybe they should have….

That was were it started, but as stories tend to do, The Last Show became about a lot more….

Here’s the basic synopsis for CHASING GHOSTS:

Locals think they know the story. The Cobb’s were ignorant woods-people that died off and left nothing to fear. But what if they were wrong?
Luke’s the new kid in town. He follows two boys out to the old Cobb place to play a game they call, “chasing ghosts”. The trio gets more than they expected. Luke’s hell is just beginning.
An old punk rock band set to play a show at a rented cabin out of town has no idea that this show may very well be their last. Someone’s been watching them since they arrived.  When their singer walks to the trees to take a piss and doesn’t return, the rest of the band ventures out to find him.
When police chief Walt Henderson responds to a number of incidents, he discovers that there’s more going on out in the woods of his town than he ever could have imagined.
Chasing ghosts is more than just some children’s game.


We’re looking at a late 2016/ early 2017 release date.  In the meantime, be sure to check out the great Sinister Grin roster and catalog for more fantastically evil tales.

And I won’t mind if you pick up a copy of my forthcoming novella THINGS WE FEAR or novella collection, WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN on March 8th. Both are coming to you courtesy of SAMHAIN HORROR.

I will have print copies of WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN and BLOOD AND RAIN for sale at Horror Hound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio (March 18-20). Come out, meet all the cool authors, and get some sweet swag (and great books) from Samhain Horror.



Cover Reveal – FLESH AND FIRE

My friend, Lucas Mangum has his debut piece coming from Journal Stone Publishing. As part of their Double Down series, Mangum’s FLESH and FIRE wil be released with Jonathan Maberry and Rachel Lavin’s new collaboration, DARK of NIGHT. Can’t wait!

Lucas Mangum


Here we are friends, the front cover reveal of my debut, FLESH AND FIRE. The release date is April 22nd, and it comes to you as part of Journalstone’s Double Down series with DARK OF NIGHT, a new novella from Jonathan Maberry and Rachael Lavin.

Back cover copy for FLESH AND FIRE: In the midst of a midlife crisis, Todd is haunted by Chloe, the lover who died not long after their relationship ended. When Chloe escapes Hell in search of the peaceful rest that has eluded her, a demon named Samael is on her trail and she needs Todd’s help. While on the run Todd and Chloe face demons real and personal, soul-threatening danger, and their long-buried feelings for each other.

Jonathan and Rachel’s piece brings together Joe Ledger, Dez Fox (DEAD OF NIGHT), and Rachael Elle (BITS AND PIECES) into one adventure.


With the pub date getting closer, I’m…

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Hey gang,

This week, Samhain Horror has put together this “bundle” of eBooks featuring three great titles from the Horror line.  For under $10 you get Jonathan Janz’s HOUSE OF SKIN, Hunter Shea’s THE WAITING, and my novella, ABRAM’S BRIDGE.


Don’t miss out on this terrific deal!

I’ve read each of these and would recommend them to any ghost lover/ suspense reader out there!  The bundle is available exclusively at the Samhain Horror Store.  Click the picture above, or go to SAMHAIN HORROR.  Make sure you select “Bundle” and get ready to download your haunted package!