Update City: Let’s Get, Let’s Get, Let’s #GetRolfed

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If you’ve never been Rolfed before, September is the best time to acclimate yourself. August 1st saw the release of my Laymon-esque effort, CHASING GHOSTS (Sinister Grin Press), and this weekend (Spetember 3rd) offers those of you new to the Rolfe universe, a chance to own my first novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS (Matt Shaw Publications). There will be a Facebook Release Party for THE HAUNTED HALLS Friday. Stay tuned for details.

Z-Dubz over at THE EYES OF MADNESS coined the phrase, #GetRolfed  We’re hoping it catches on.

For those of you new to my work, I have three novellas with Samhain Publishing (Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town, and Things We Fear). They are also available in a collected book called, WHERE NIGHTMARES BEGIN (also from Samhain).  These three novellas find me branching my horror out into the edge of mystery, sci-fi, and psychological horror, but I’ve always had a thing for the Laymons, Keenes, and Ketchums of the world. If you read my werewolf novel, BLOOD and RAIN, you got a hint at my darker side. With CHASING GHOSTS, you got a full on kick to the teeth (Read the latest review HERE). And if you think that was rough you will be begging for mercy with THE HAUNTED HALLS. It’s my first novel,. It was originally self-published in serial format, then released by James Ward Kirk Publishing in 2014. I signed on with Samhain and they offered to republish it. When Samhain announced that they were closing their doors (which they later decided not to do), I got the rights for the novel back. Within days of getting the rights back, I signed an exclusive eBook contract for it with British Horror master, Matt Shaw. There’s a reason this novel found a home with Mr. Shaw–it is brutal and pulls no punches.  I’m super excited to see it coming back out and can’t wait to see what people think. An audio version will follow, narrated by the talented Joe Hempel (Voice of Joey) who did my audio book of SLUSH. Joe has also recently been busy with Adam Cesare and Mercedes Yardley. Print rights for the book are being shopped around. hopefully, we’ll find a happy home.

Looking ahead, I will have another 99 cent set of short stories for you guys before the end of the year. The stories included will be “The Death Wish” and “One of These Things…” along with a surprise that I can’t mention yet.

My next two novels, WINDOW and WAITING FOR DARKNESS (aka the sequel to Blood and Rain) will hopefully see the light of day before the end of 2017 or early 2018 at the latest. I think these are my strongest two novels to date and can’t wait to share them with you all. I’ll keep you posted.

As for now, I’ll be pushing these two latest piece, both of which I am hugely proud of, and I look forward to chatting with you guys soon.

Keep up to date with all my latest releases by following my Amazon Author page HERE

Stay tuned!

-GR

 

 

 

 

THE HAUNTED HALLS FOR 99 CENTS Today-Monday night June 15th

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  • “an atmospheric, spine-tingler that sustains the reader’s attention until its resolution with the inclusion of vile, cringe-worthy moments that’s sure to accommodate the churning of one’s stomach. Without a shortage of unwarrantable violence, sex, and profanity, Rolfe revels in his storytelling like that of a feverish child during a winter day; blissfully engaging himself in the act of snow angels.”- Horror After Dark
  • “Glenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls pulls out all the stops in delivering a blood-soaked, sexually charged spook show” – Peter N. Dudar, author of A Requiem for Dead Flies
  • “The Bruton Inn is the scariest hotel I have read about since The Overlook…”- Terry M. West, author of Heroin in the Magic Now
  • “Fast-paced and chilling, with eroticism and gore delivered with style.” – Russel James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

Today through Monday night, June 15th, get a Kindle copy of my debut novel about this horror hotel (The Bruton Inn) for just 99 cents!  Also available in paperback.

Please spread the word if you get a chance.  🙂

Preliminary Stoker Nomination News and More

The preliminary ballot for this years Bram Stoker nominees came out this week and I was happy to find out that two books that I’m included in have made that list. This doesn’t mean either will make it through to the final ballot, but it is still pretty cool.

In the non-fiction catagory:  Horror 101: The Way Forward  (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2014) 

This one features a TON of authors and editors, etc.  The eBook edition contained the interview I conducted with Leisure Books/Samhain Horror maestro, Don D’Auria.

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Horror 101: The Way Forward – a comprehensive overview of the Horror fiction genre and career opportunities available to established and aspiring authors.

Have you ever wanted to be a horror writer? Perhaps you have already realized that dream and you’re looking to expand your repertoire. Writing comic books sounds nice, right? Or how about screenplays?
That’s what Horror 101: The Way Forward is all about. It’s not your average On Writing guide that covers active vs. passive and other writing tips, Horror 101 focuses on the career of a horror writer. It covers not only insights into the horror genre, but the people who successfully make a living from it.

Covering aspects such as movies, comics, short stories, ghost-writing, audiobooks, editing, publishing, self-publishing, blogging, writer’s block, YA horror, reviewing, dark poetry, networking, collaborations, eBooks, podcasts, conventions, series, formatting, web serials, artwork, social media, agents, and career advice from seasoned professionals and up-and-coming talents, Horror 101 is just what you need to kick your career into high gear.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is not your average On Writing guide, as it is more focused on the career options available to authors. But don’t fret, this book is loaded with career tips and behind-the-scene stories on how your favourite authors broke into their respective fields.

Horror 101: The Way Forward is perfect for people who:
• are suffering from writer’s block
• are starting their writing careers
• are looking to expand their writing repertoire
• are planning on infiltrating a different field in horror writing
• are looking to pay more bills with their art
• are trying to further their careers
• are trying to establish a name brand
• are looking to get published
• are planning on self-publishing
• want to learn more about the pros in the horror genre
• are looking for motivation and/or inspiration
• love the horror genre
• are not sure where to take their writing careers

Includes articles by Jack Ketchum, Graham Masterton, Edward Lee, Lucy A. Snyder, Emma Audsley, RJ Cavender, Scott Nicholson, Weston Ochse, Taylor Grant, Paul Kane, Lisa Morton, Shane McKenzie, Dean M. Drinkel, Simon Marshall-Jones, Robert W. Walker, Don D’Auria and Glenn Rolfe, Harry Shannon, Chet Williamson, Lawrence Santoro, Thomas Smith, Blaze McRob, Rocky Wood, Ellen Datlow, Iain Rob Wright, Kenneth W. Cain, Daniel I. Russell, Michael McCarty, Richard Thomas, Joan De La Haye, Michael Wilson, Francois Bloemhof, C.E.L. Welsh, Jasper Bark, Niall Parkinson, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Ramsey Campbell, Tim Waggoner, Gary McMahon, V.H. Leslie, Eric S Brown, William Meikle, John Kenny, Gary Fry, Diane Parkin, Jim Mcleod, Siobhan McKinney, Rick Carufel, Ben Eads, Theresa Derwin, Rena Mason, Steve Rasnic Tem, Michael A. Arnzen, Joe Mynhardt, John Palisano, Mark West, Steven Savile, and a writer so famous he’s required to stay anonymous.

The second book that made the prelim ballot is in the Anthology category: Journals of Horror: Found Fiction (Pleasant Storm Entertainment, INC, 2014)

This one is edited by Terry M. West and features a ton of great writers and one of my freakier pieces, “Killing Jessica”.

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It would be cool to make the final ballot, but this is still rad, too.

On the downside, my debut novel, The Haunted Halls (James Ward Kirk Publishing, 2014) was ineligible, because I had self-published pieces of it in 2013.  😦   Oh well, you live and learn.

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Another thing that surprised me was the lack of consideration for any of the stellar Samhain Horror titles from 2014. The company (yes, they happen to be my publisher)  released a ton of terrific novels and novellas that I believe should have appeared….somewhere on the Stoker lists.

Releases from Adam Cesare, Jonathan Janz, Hunter Shea, Tim Waggoner, JG Faherty, Catherine Cavendish, John Everson, David Bernstein, Eric Red, Matt Manochio, and many, many others all went unsung. That’s some sort of shame.

I proclaim 2015 the year of the SAMHAIN ARMY!   We will make our presence known!

Let’s get the word out starting NOW. Click the logo and grab some great horror.

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My personal Year in Review. Wonderful year despite the bookend hospital trips!

Year in review? Sure.  From top to bottom, this has been an exciting year.

Let’s start on January 7th: That’s when I slipped on the ice and broke my collarbone. I ended up having a metal plate put in a couple weeks later.

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Shortly after that I received notice that three of my short stories had been accepted: “Charley Sings the World Away” ended up in Apokrupha’s Vignettes from the End of the World, “Simon” wiggled into Dark Moon Digest 15, and “Sweet 16” was presented in Parasomnia Press’s Pavor Nocturnus II. 

In February my band The Never Nudes, put out our first EP. Our drummer, Roger, did the amazing cover:

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In March, I received an email form Don D’Auria accepting my novella, Abram’s Bridge, for the Samhain Horror line. This was always my goal from the day I started writing. Get Don to take one of my stories!

In May, the family and I went to Portland, Oregon. I attended the World Horror Convention, and thanks to Don, my wife and I also got to go to the Bram Stoker Awards and the Samhain after party. Got to hang out with Jack Ketchum and meet Brian Keene and Gord Rollo (very briefly-but it was still cool).  Got to hang out with some cool writing buds (Kristin Dearborn, Russel James, Rena Mason, RJ Cavender, Lucas Mangum).

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In July, my family and I moved to our new place (LOVE IT), Don accepted my second novella, Boom Town, and James Ward Kirk put out my debut novel, The Haunted Halls. My wife and I celebrated our 9th anniversary! Love you, dear.

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August brought the saddest moment of 2014 for me, the news of Robin Williams death.

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October saw the release of my shorts story collection, Slush. Thanks again to Erin for busting ass and helping me make this one happen. You can get the Kindle edition right now for 99 Cents!

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November was pretty rad. Don accepted my first full length novel for Samhain, Blood and Rain!

And this month…well, it was pretty cold, rainy, and then Axl swallowed a battery. Thank God everyone did what they did after the fact. We ended up in Portland and the doctor was able to fetch it out of his belly.  He is 100 % okay and we had everybody in one piece for Christmas!

Overall, pretty rad. I also got to interview a bunch of people I have tons of respect for-thanks Mercedes Yardley, Kevin Lucia, Jonathan Janz, Hunter Shea, and John Everson.

Here’s some of my favorite pics of the year:

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Bring on 2015!

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Available January 6th, 2015
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Available April 7th, 2015

REVIEWS: “The Haunted Halls” is a quickly engaging and hyper-active read. Roaring out of the turnstile on page one…”

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I got my first few reviews for The Haunted Halls. I’m glad people seem to be digging it.  Here’s a couple of them from Amazon. Thanks to Zach and Cami!

“You’re not even worth a half-proper burial.”, August 29, 2014

By 

Zach @ The Mouths Of Madness Podcast

This review is from: The Haunted Halls (Kindle Edition)

In the small Maine town of Hollis Oaks there lies an old hotel, the Burton Inn, that housed shadows and secrets before the birth of the cold entity that calls the Burton Inn home. Those shadows remain as this Ice Queen strengthens her presence enough to trigger her endgame, rebirth.

A ragtag group of employees and a true shaman who has shunned his legacy in favor of a dishonest life of showmanship are all that stand in the way of the frigid, sordid, spirit.

“The Haunted Halls” is a quickly engaging and hyper-active read. Roaring out of the turnstile on page one, it maintains a fairly constant pace throughout. There’s not a lot of downtime, not many catch-your breath moments, which keeps you from wanting to put it down.

There’s an almost non-stop amount of splatter and gore, and a fair share of skin and inappropriate behavior, from an interesting cast of characters. Add solid, believable dialogue and vivid set pieces into the mix and you have the makings for a perfect dark-and-stormy-night read. And what better setting is there than and old hotel saturated with history (and blooooood, mua-ha-ha!)?

I dug this book quite a bit and I am eagerly awaiting Mr. Rolfe’s next offering. I’ll be there in line on day one with a charged Kindle (and perhaps a shot or two of Jack Daniels Honey), and until that time I’ll gladly place “The Haunted Halls” on both the “to be re-read” pile and on the “recommend to others” list.

 
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The Ice Queen will have you frozen in fear, August 17, 2014

By 

Cami Forschen

This review is from: The Haunted Halls (Kindle Edition)

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, this is the novel to read! You are taken back and forth between the 80’s and present day at the Bruton Inn where Sarah starts murdering the married men she’s screwing, and then she and her friend murder each other. Fast forward to the present and the murders start again, but some are transformed into demons helping to kill as many of the guests as possible so that she may become more powerful. A Shaman and desk clerk team up against the demon and her minions, but will they win? 

 

Order your copy today!  3.99 for the Kindle (or read as part of the Kindle Unlimited)   $9.44 in paperback

THE HAUNTED HALLS (James Ward Kirk Publishing, 2014)

 

Welcome to the Party, Pal.

“Welcome to the party, pal.”

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In a matter of weeks I’ll be holding my baby in my hands, The Haunted Halls. That’s the old adage, right? Your novels are like your babies? They take months (sometimes years) to incubate, cook, and fully develop. From the initial horribly lovable idea, to the day you hand in your pretty and polished manuscript, and of course, eventually, to the day your little monster is released upon the world for all to see (and let your co-workers in on the fact that you’re not normal).

Even their journey through our world is similar. Once they come out, they are their own unique creation. As their proud parents, we can help guide their path, but, ultimately, they will go their own way. Whether destined to fall by the wayside among the rest of those never read, never looked at, or fortunate enough and bright enough to stand out in a sea of words, we must let them go.

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Unlike babies, after these creations are unleashed, we often put the majority of our attention directly onto the next one. The next novel. Maybe the Duggers can relate here, but as writers, we catch and release. We grab hold of that magic, play with it until it’s this beautiful creature, and then we ship it out and never look at it again. Not because we don’t care about it, but because there’s more magic to be captured.

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So today, I let my baby go. The Haunted Halls, my precious tale of an evil spirit and the hotel it just can’t let go of, is available for the world in eBook. The trade paperback will be available in about a week and a half (or so). I’m proud of this story, and I hope you’ll be gentle with it, although I can’t promise that it will treat you the same (the Ice Queen and her minion are a pretty nasty bunch).
Stay tuned for more madness!
-GR

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Coming Down the Mountain….

I have some fun stuff coming along in the next few weeks here on the Blog. 

Tonight (6-27), I’ll have my review of Kevin Lucia’s Devourer of Souls.

Wednesday (7-2), I’ll be posting the interview I did with Kevin.

Wednesday (7-23), I’ll be reviewing Hunter Shea’s The Montauk Monster.

I’m also working on a few more interviews for July (I’ll let you know when I have things set up).

As for me, I should have a release date for you for The Haunted Halls very soon! 

Also, I’m very proud to announce that I signed my second contract with Samhain Publishing for my next novella, Boom Town. Don D’Auria described it as “The Blob meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.  Very cool. 

Lastly, my short story, “In the Basement of the Amazing Alex Cucumber”, will be included in James Ward Kirk’s “Best of 2013” Anthology coming out sometime in the first couple weeks of July.

Stay tuned for more MADNESS!

The Strange Journey of The Haunted Halls, and the People Who Have Taken it With Me.

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The release of my debut novel, The Haunted Halls, is weeks away. I’m sort of excited.  I figured I would take a minute and let those of you not familiar with me or my work in on the history of this book.

It all started with a short story I wrote in November of 2012, “Night Swim”. I work the front desk at a hotel in Augusta, Maine. One night while doing the night audit I walked past the pool and imagined something crawled out. I ran down to my laptop and wrote “Night Swim”. A few weeks later, while surfing Duotrope for a place to send the story I stumbled upon JukePopSerials.com. They were paying for serial novels. I had never written a serial novel, but recalled the way Stephen King originally unleashed The Green Mile back in the late-nineties and decided it might be fun to try.  I looked at “Night Swim” again and thought, “Hey! That could really be a great opening chapter.” In late December (of 2012), the people at JukePop Serials thought so, too.

At JukePop (at the time), after you submitted your chapter, there was no way to edit it. I didn’t have an editor and was still pretty new at this writing game. Within my first few weeks working with the site I found a number of horrifying mistakes.  These errors were so bad that I didn’t want to share my story. That’s when I took a look at Amazon’s world of self-publishing. I devised a plan. I would release the Haunted Halls on my own. I would carry on the serial idea by releasing the story in volumes. In order to get JukePop to give me back the story I had to offer them a new one.

Throughout 2013, with the help of my artist/musician friend, Jason Lynch, doing the amazing covers,  I managed to release the first five (out of six) volumes of the story. It was perfectly clear as I released volume five that the story was good, but it still needed a professional edit. Volume five went up and came back down within a couple of weeks. I then took down volume two, three, and four, while I began my search for an editor. I spoke online with Robert S. Wilson about taking a look at the manuscript and he was all for it. It took me a few months to scrounge up some cash to move ahead with Bob, but in that time, I found my publisher, James Ward Kirk.

Four of my short stories have been published by James in various James Ward Kirk anthologies. When James heard I had a completed manuscript, he was instantly excited and told me he’d love to put it out. We hatched a plan to release the book in February of 2014…then March of 2014….and then summer of 2014.  Okay, Bob is a busy, busy guy. He writes, he edits…oh, and he runs a little indie publishing company called, Nightscape Press. You know, the guys that have produced the last two Bram Stoker Award-winning books in the Best First Novel category? With Jason, Bob, and James busting their humps for me, The Haunted Halls is finally the shining gem we all thought it could and would be.

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The date isn’t exact (July 9th is the one I’m using), but the novel will be available next month. James agreed that the print version should also include all six of the volume covers that Jason created. Jason agreed to craft a brand new piece for the front cover. That cover will be revealed this week!  Whether it’s Thursday on HorrorNovelReviews.com or Friday here on my blog, is still up in the air (Matt from HNR is also a VERY busy fella).

I want to take this minute to say thanks to some of the special people who have had a hand in this novel’s journey from JukePop, to Amazon, to next month’s official release:

Jodi and Jerry at JukePopSerials.com. Anyone who voted for the first batch of chapters while they were live on the site. Jason Lynch for the brilliant covers and friendship. Matt Molgaard at HorrorNovelReviews.com for being one of the first to review volume one way back in February of 2013. Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi at Oh, For the Hook of a Book! For coming into my life soon after. She has been a HUGE supporter of this novel since getting her hands on volume one. She beta read a bunch of the volumes that followed. Joe Hempel at HNR and Topof theHeapReviews.com. Joe covered each released volume and called me out when I missed a step. Thanks, Joe! My best friend, Ben Pinard, for pushing for Lee Buhl. Ben was my keeper of the Mendoza line. Thanks for your honesty, man. Bob Wilson for his edits and challenges. And of course, James for working with me and allowing me to do this the way I want to do it.

There are others who helped out and supported this baby over the last year Jeanann, Lisa, Amy, and anyone else who reviewed a piece of the original story.

Another couple of thank yous to two authors who read volume one. Rena Mason, for telling me that I  had a good voice. It meant a lot to hear that. Thank you. And to Ronald Malfi who posted on his Facebook page that volume one was “…deliciously creepy…” and shared the link. He didn’t have to do that, but he did it anyway. Ronald has been a bit of a quiet mentor to me since 2012. Ronald, your time and opinions are appreciated.

We’re almost there. Stay tuned for the official cover reveal and the official release date.I can’t wait to share this with all of you.

 

Say hi to my friends:

Erin at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!

Matt at Horror Novel Reviews

The artwork of Jason Lynch at Jlynchgraphics.com

Discover and follow some great serial novels at JukePop Serials

 

and keep up with me at my website:  Glenn Rolfe Horror

 

 

Thanks for a great first quarter! I am eternally grateful.

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2014 has been a very busy year. I’ve sold three short stories, had two published that were accepted at the end of 2013, managed to get the interview I did with editor Don D’Auria included in Crystal Lake Publishing’s Horror 101, and landed my first big deal with Samhain Publishing. My novella, Abram’s Bridge, will be released in the first part of 2015 from what I consider to be the best horror line on the market (no disrespect to all of the other fine dark fiction publishers). My serial novel, Becoming, has maintained its rank among the top 20 at Jukepopserials.com…and if that’s not hectic enough, my band, The Never Nudes, released our debut self-titled EP a couple months back.

Obviously landing a piece with Don D’Auria at Samhain is my greatest writing achievement thus far, but a close second to that is the fact that I’ve committed to donating all of the money I make from short story sales and JukePop Top 30 payouts to the National Children’s Cancer Society. So far, I’ve earned $115.00 from sales and payouts. I donate as I receive the money owed to me, so the amount officially donated sits at $45.00. Not too bad for a guy who never thought he’d be in any of the positions I’m in.

I’d like to take a quick second to thank some of the wonderful people that have contributed to my first quarter success: James Ward Kirk, Geoffrey Liu, Lori Michele, Jacob Haddon, Hydra M. Star, Joe Mynhardt, Don D’Auria, and all of my great writer/editor/sounding board friends: Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi, Kristin Dearborn, Todd Keisling, Erinn Kemper, Selene MacLeod, Chris Martin, Caroline Phillips, Mike Braun, and of course, my terrific writing group, The Tuesday Mayhem Society: Peter Dudar, April Hawkes, Jo-Jo Mason-Schnopp, and Sylvia Bourgoin. And last, but not least, anyone who has read, voted, or shared the link to my serial novel, Becoming.  Each and every one of you has helped me out far more than I deserve. Should the rest of this year turn up with zero sales from here on out, I shall still consider it my best.

Also, HUGE thank you to my wife and kids and everyone at The Hampton Inn Augusta, Maine for putting up with me.

I’m now gearing up for a number of things: First up, my family and I will be heading out to Portland, Oregon for the 2014 World Horror Convention and to attend the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony for the second straight year. I’m not going empty handed. I have a new novella (Boom Town) that I will be pitching Saturday to my publisher, Don D’Auria, and also to Michael Baily at Dark Regions Sci-Fi.  I’m also looking forward to getting a chance to meet two of my writing heroes, Jack Ketchum and Brian Keene.

Once I return home, I will began the next round of edits and re-writes on my debut novel, The Haunted Halls (being edited by Robert S. Wilson, and published by James Ward Kirk). I am very proud of this haunted hotel story and look forward to sharing it with you by the end of July. After that, I’ll be trying to finish two other novels I currently have in-progress.

Keeping at it one sentence at a time, I look forward to crafting more quality dark fiction. I also look forward to meeting  many wonderfully demented, like-minded souls throughout the rest of the year. Thanks for reading this. Thanks for being so cool.

Cheers,

Glenn

 

The following anthologies/magazines/books my 2014 works can be found in:

Ugly Babies 2 (James Ward Kirk Publishing)

Pavor Nocturnus Volume II (Parasomnia Press)

Dark Moon Digest 15

Infernal Ink Magazine April 2014

Horror 101: The Way Forward (non-fiction, Crystal Lake Publishing)

Vignettes From the End of the World (Apokrupha Publishing)

 

These can all be purchased via my Amazon Author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Glenn-Rolfe/e/B00AXYEBTY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_2