Simple but So Damn Cool! A Tweet from Jack Ketchum

Friday afternoon my friend Max Booth III (I cal him MB3) messaged me…. I clicked the link

And this popped up:

 

: Glenn Rolfe’s THINGS WE FEAR, summer fun and psychopaths…

It’s no Glenn Rolfe is amazing and makes me want to be a better writer…but it’s pretty damn cool!

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I met Jack Ketchum in 2014 at the World Horror Convention in Portland, Oregon. He was super cool and we actually had a pretty great conversation earlier in the day. He was excited to find that I was working with Don D’Auria and had nothing but nice things to say about Mr. D and wished me well with my then first novella (Abram’s Bridge).

Fast forward a little less than two years and BAM!  I get that Tweet!

Ketchum’s influence is apparent in my latest piece, Things We Fear. We all know about his ability to scare the shit out of us with a group of creepy people living in a cave down by the water…but the stories that really get to me out the ones where Ketchum paints monsters out of the people we run into every day. In Red, he gave us a family of assholes. In Cover, we get a vet who slips too far over the edge, in The Girl Next Door…well, that one takes the cake, doesn’t it? The horrible woman who puts innocence in harm’s way without a glint of remorse.

In TWF, I made a monster out of the gym teacher from high school with the perfect smile and pile of muscles. Mr. Too Good to be True. I take our Perfect Smile and turn him into a cold, sadistic killer. A trick I learned from one of the masters.

At the end of the day, I am uber-plussed by this shout-out from one of my heroes. I hope to continue busting my butt, challenging myself to writer better, and trying to follow in his massive footsteps.

Thank you, sir!

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I also learned how to NOT look at the camera from him….

Pick up an eBook copy of THINGS WE FEAR today at any of the following links:

AMAZON     Barnes and Noble  Google Play    Samhain Horror

If you prefer reading Print, TWF also appears in my new novella collection, WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN alongside ABRAM’S BRIDGE and BOOM TOWN, available in print edition at the following links:

AMAZON     SAMHAIN HORROR

 

 

(Book Review) THEY RISE by Hunter “Action Jackson” Shea

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Hunter Shea knows how to write a great, crazy horror/thriller. He should be writing movies for the Syfy channel! I love reading his novels though, so I hope he keeps doing this, too.

What Hunter knows even better than plotting out a seat of your pants adventure…is how to craft great characters to make you want to go on those mad journeys. In They Rise, we get a number of fully developed significant players and some well-written extras. We get Whit, the ichthyologist, and his sidekick, Nestor. We get Whit’s ex-wife, Suzanne the climatologist (their being forced to work together again is great), and her team, which includes my favorite extra (Shirley with her Mohawk and Doc Martens). He pulls us in with these very real characters right from the get-go and makes us invest in this “Ghost Shark” of the sea.

When a ship is attacked by this huge “fish” crew members die, but not before they kill the odd beast and bring it to shore. Whit is called upon to check it out since he is a”Ghost Shark” specialist. He decides to hire out Travis and John (father and son fishermen). The group, including Whit’s new buddy, Nestor, head out in search of more of these out of place monsters. Suzanne and her gang are checking on some serious methane releases in the the same vicinity when they too run into a mass of chimaera-like fish.
Once the bloody action kicks in, we get some ode to Jaws type stuff (naturally) and some fun Indiana Jones references. Once these beasts bubble up from the depths chaos conquers the open seas.

If I had any issue with this piece it was this- like Shea’s novel, The Montauk Monster (there’s even a reference to Plum Island), it takes a turn for full-on action movie in the final four or five chapters. Too many crazy booms and blasts and too much military presence for me to deal with. I’d prefer to have had the beasts vs survivors more isolated, but then, maybe Shea didn’t want to make it just a Jaws copy. I can totally respect that.

There are some underlying themes here with Shea brushing on global warming, but I don’t believe it is meant as the main moral play of the novel. They Rise is a pure thrill ride with a fun cast put through hell as the unbelievable is made believable.

In the end, I give They Rise 4 Stars!

 

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They Rise, Info

  • Print Length:162 pages
  • Publisher:Severed Press (January 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date:January 4, 2016

 

Some call them ghost sharks, the oldest and strangest looking creatures in the sea. Marine biologist Brad Whitley has studied chimaera fish all his life. He thought he knew everything about them. He was wrong.

Warming ocean temperatures free legions of prehistoric chimaera fish from their methane ice suspended animation. Now, in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle, the ocean waters run red.

The 400 million year old massive killing machines know no mercy, destroying everything in their path. It will take Whitley, his climatologist ex-wife and the entire US Navy to stop them in the bloodiest battle ever seen on the high seas.

Biography, Hunter Shea

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named The Montauk Monster one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, Hell Hole, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, Tortures of the Damned – “A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!”

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D’Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man’s land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at www.huntershea.com, sign-up for his newsletter, or follow in on Facebook and Twitter.

Praise for Hunter Shea

This wholly enthralling hulk of a summer beach read is redolent of sunscreen and nostalgia, recalling mass market horror tales of yore by John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Peter Benchley.” — Publishers Weekly — Voted one of the best reads of summer, on The Montauk Monster

“Bloody good read!  This guy knows his monsters!”- Eric S Brown, author of Bigfoot War and Boggy Creek: The Legend is True, on Swamp Monster Massacre

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness/The Mouth of Madness Podcast

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Talking Reconstruction and Krampus with Matt Manochio, Author of SENTINELS and THE DARK SERVANT

Matt Manochio hit the horror scene with last year’s debut, The Dark Servant. That wonderful little Krampus tale warmed our bloody hearts and got us hip to this up and comer. Now, here at the tale end of 2015, Manochio is unleashing his next novel, a historical horror story called, Sentinels, and he’s following that up with a Christmas treat–his first novella, Twelfth Krampus Night.

I’m excited to catch up with this wonderful author any chance I get. He’s motivated, he’s determined, and he’s a pretty darn nice guy.

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Glenn Rolfe: Nice to talk with you again. How have you been?

Matt Manochio: Hi Glenn! I’ve been busy with life stuff over actually writing. And that leads me and you to your next question.

GR: I know you’ve been through some personal stuff in the last year, how has that impacted your writing life?

MM: What the hell is this personally invasive inquisition?! I’m kidding. It’s totally cool. I got divorced in the last year (a very amicable one, my ex and I are on awesome terms) and that sort of sapped my desire to write (especially over the summer) because I was so focused on other things. I know many people might throw themselves into writing as a distraction or to serve as an outlet when something like this happens. I admire those who can accomplish that, but I can’t. However, I can say that I’ve fired up the jets, so to speak, and am about 5,000 words into my next book. So I’m really just getting started with it. But it’s nice having that feeling again, that anticipatory feeling of sitting in front of the computer screen and going to town.

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GR: I’m reading your latest novel, Sentinels. Great, great cover, by the way. Really enjoying these characters. It takes place in the South just after the slaves were freed. That’s a great time period and choice of location for some natural tension in the story. Have you always been fascinated with that piece of history? What drove you to choose that era?

MM: I was a history major in college, and quite truthfully, the period of history that most interests me is WWII and not the American Civil War, the latter of which served as a perfect backdrop for Sentinels. So I started with very little knowledge of the period immediately following the Civil War. You hear about the Reconstruction Era, but not many people really know how horrendous it was. It birthed the Ku Klux Klan, and saw terrible violence by lawmen against freed slaves. I had no idea Northern soldiers were stationed in the South to keep peace (it makes perfect sense, but it’s not something I automatically thought about). It was that discovery that led me to having both Klansmen and Northern soldiers being massacred by some mysterious force.

GR: I was reading this at work and one of my co-workers asked what it was about. I told her the setup and she just stood there enthralled. She demanded that I tell her what happens and how it all plays out. That was pretty cool. Usually, when she asks what I’m reading and I start spouting off about ghosts and goblins and werewolves, she shakes her head and is gone before I can finish. That says something to me. There’s more to Sentinels than just another horror story. Would you say that’s accurate?

MM: 100%. There’s certainly a supernatural element involved, but the story largely revolves around the choices the human characters make. I became a father a little before I wrote Sentinels, and the theme throughout the book is what good people might do to protect his loved ones.

GR: You also wrote The Dark Servant for Samhain Publishing last year. And now there’s a Krampus movie coming to theaters! Was that cool to see or is it frustrating?

MM: Anything that spreads the Word of Krampus is a good thing. I’m curious to see the movie, and I know Kevin Smith of Clerks fame is supposedly working on one too. As far as books, there still really isn’t much out there, but I also expect that to change too as more people learn about the big lug.

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GR: And of course you have next month’s novella, Twelfth Krampus Night. Was it fun dipping back into that world and can you see yourself going back for another merry round?

MM: Yes. I fibbed a little before, I actually wrote Twelfth Krampus Night during the first three months of 2015 while dealing with the aforementioned personal issues. But at the time, things hadn’t reached the point where we knew we were heading for divorce. So I can say I was able to throw myself into the book, and it felt wonderful because I thoroughly enjoy the character, and the other dark servants that are out there. I introduce a hag named Frau Perchta, who punishes bad kids around Twelfth Night by slitting open their bellies. The good kids get a coin in the shoe. Perchta certainly isn’t as well known as Krampus, but she has her own legend in Europe, so I was able to have some fun with that.

GR: For the folks out there that don’t know, which I’m assuming is many, we’re sharing a table at this year’s Scares That Care Horror Convention. Looking forward to that. What makes that Con so attractive to you?

MM: I’ve heard that Scares that Cares is THE convention where you can sell books. And that’s what I want to do. Many of our Samhain colleagues have gone there and had success, and I’m hoping we can too. I’ll have The Dark Servant and Sentinels for sale, and I can’t wait.

GR: Last thing, our publisher is going through changes…what’s your plan for 2016? Any new pieces in the works? Any stories already out there in the submission box? Or are you going to sit back and take some time off to see where it all shakes out?

MM: Even before Samhain began going through its changes I’d made up my mind to submit elsewhere, not because I’m not happy with Samhain Publishing—they’ve been great to me, and I wouldn’t yet rule out submitting to them again. But you can’t put all your eggs in one basket in this industry, especially when you’re starting out. So, yes, I’m firing up the engines on a vampire book (how original). But I hope this one will be. One thing is for certain: my vampires are not sexy and aren’t friends with shirtless werewolves who can’t act. My vampires will be bad in ways that go beyond blood sucking, count on it! The goal is to finish that book this upcoming year and submit toward the end of it.

GR: Thanks for chatting, man. Maybe I’ll see you in Cincinnati.

MM: That’d be great, Glenn. We gotta pick our convention battles because we don’t have Stephen King’s travel budget, but I loved going to HorrorHound in Cincinnati last year and am looking forward to going again this March.

You can check out Matt’s debut the Krampus novel, The Dark Servant, on sale right now for just 99 CENTS!!!!   Click the cover below for the link!

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Sentinels, Synopsis

These are no ordinary killers.

They don’t distinguish between good and evil. They just kill. South Carolina’s a ruthless place after the Civil War. And when Sheriff’s Deputy Noah Chandler finds seven Ku Klux Klansmen and two Northern soldiers massacred along a road, he cannot imagine who would murder these two diametrically opposed forces.

When a surviving Klansman babbles about wraiths, and is later murdered inside a heavily guarded jail cell, Noah realizes something sinister stalks his town. He believes a freed slave who’s trying to protect his farm from a merciless land baron can help unmask the killers. Soon Noah will have to personally confront the things good men must do to protect their loved ones from evil.

Biography, Matt Manochio

Matt Manochio was born in 1975 in New Jersey and graduated from The University of Delaware in 1997 with a history/journalism degree.

He spent the majority of his 13-year newspaper career at the Daily Record in Morris County, New Jersey, where he won multiple New Jersey Press Association Awards for his reporting. He wrote about one of his passions, rock ‘n’ roll giants AC/DC, for USA Today and considers that the highlight of his journalism career.

He left newspapers in 2011 for safer employment, and currently lives in New Jersey with his son.

Praise for Matt Manochio

“Matt Manochio is a natural born storyteller.” -Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Savage Dead

“A real page turner. Matt Manochio has gained a fan in me!” -David L. Golemon, New York Times bestselling author of the Event Group Thriller series, on The Dark Servant

“Beautifully crafted and expertly plotted. A clockwork mechanism of terror! Highly recommended!” -Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered, on The Dark Servant

Purchase Links

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Sentinels-Matt-Manochio/dp/1619230984

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sentinels-matt-manochio/1122273970?ean=9781619230989#productInfoTabs

Samhain

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5622/sentinels

 

 

 

Here Comes the Blood: Blood and Rain Blog Tour and Publisher’s Weekly

“Rolfe hits his mark whenever he buckles down to describe a killing…” – Publisher’s Weekly

Hey, hey, my, my!  We’re just a few weeks away from the official release of my debut novel for Samhain Publishing, Blood and Rain. That means I’ll be posting a lot of new links for you all to check out as part of the Blood and Rain Blog Tour with Erin from Oh, For the Hook of a Book.  It’s not too late to grab a slot for an interview or review if you want to help us spread the word. If you  have a website or podcast or  an active blog and would like an eCopy of Blood and Rain to review, contact Erin via email: hookofabook@hotmail.com   and let her know! I love doing interviews and podcasts!

I will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Augusta, Maine in late October (Date TBA). And I look forward to chatting it up with you guys online for the next few months.

On a Very COOL/Not so cool  front….as you may have noticed above, Blood and Rain was reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly!  Woot!  But, despite my nifty little blurb there, they were not so kind.  Oh well, you can’t please them all, right?

Here is the link if you wish to see the smack down: Blood and Rain-Publisher’s Weekly

On a more positive note, I’ve had a plethora of rave reviews to counter the PW judo chop.

“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon

“Some good ‘ol fashion violence and gore…” – Jason Parent, author of Seeing Evil

“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

“…not just another werewolf story, Rolfe has managed to take the werewolf to a-whole-nother level…” – Horror Novel Reviews

“Rolfe tells a tale that captures your attention like King without all of the wordiness. He also spills the red stuff like Laymon…” – Into the Macabre

I was also interviewed this week for Mangled Matters 

Thanks for all the love, guys! See you on the tour!

Enjoy some werewolfage:

Boom Town is a Hit!

boom-townMy new novella, Boom Town, has been out for less than a week, and I can’t stop smiling. The people have spoken and Boom Town is a hit!  Check out some of the praise this piece has garnered.

“Boom Town brings a bit of the classic sci-fi horror feel back to a whole new generation of readers.” – Book Worm Reviews

“Boom Town is a fun, fast-paced read packed with action, copious amounts of alien slime and an aura of creepiness that is sure to appeal to both Horror and Science Fiction fans.” – The Horror Bookshelf

“I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next…Horror and Sci-Fi lovers everywhere will want to grab this 5-star read!” – Horror Maiden’s Book Reviews

“Glenn Rolfe’s writing is a breath of fresh air, followed by a jolt of adrenaline.” – Iain Rob Wright, author of The Final Winter

“I love Horror and Sci-Fi. Put them together in a well-crafted blend and I’m a happy reader. Boom Town proved to be just such a blend.” –Catherine Cavendish, author of The Pendle Curse

Boom Town is an alien invasion novel with teeth…blue gelatinous teeth, to be exact. Rolfe weaves a wonderful tale of big, bad things happening to a small, good town. A sure winner!” – Hunter Shea, author of The Montauk Monster

I just want to say thank you to all of you reading this story, reviewing this story, and taking the time out of your busy schedules to let the world know what you think. You have had me gushing all week and I love you for it.

Special thanks to Tim Busbey for the rad new header for this site. Thanks, Tim! Cheers!

Click to order your copy of Boom Town HERE Be sure to follow the rest of the Boom Town Publicity Tour HERE boom-town-tour-logo