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(Review) Splinterlands by John Feffer and Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz

I’ve been a bit behind on my reading in the last six weeks or so, but… I did manage to fit in these two fantastic novels. SPLINTERLANDS by John Feffer and EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz

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Up first, we have one of my surprise finds from the library. John Feffer-SPLINTERLANDS

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The wolf is at the door. I don’t know why you can’t hear it. But I hear it. And I know how hungry it is.”

Am I glad that I’ve started using the library? Heck yes. Browsing the “New Arrivals” shelf introduces me to works I might otherwise never come across. Such as John Feffers’ SPLINTERLANDS.
Is it horror? Not genre-wise, but it is scary as Hell.

“Water boils fiercely just before it disappears. And so it is, evidently with human affairs.”

Its a short dystopian novel that is eerily tied in with far too many things actually happening right before our eyes in 2017. Hurricane Donald (very apropos), the result of our ignoring climate-change, wipes out Washington DC. The world is in flux under the ever-growing number of countries splintering into separate, self-governed states (see Brexit, or the increasingly popular idea of Cal-Exit), geo-paleontologist and author of “Splinterlands”, Dr. West, sets out to write his follow-up report, and also, to reconnect with his splintered family.
The journey is fantastic. I couldn’t put the book down.

This short novel is freaky with how close we are to following in its “fictitious” future’s footsteps.
I won’t give away any spoilers, but I would suggest anyone out there who loves good fiction, horror or otherwise, to track SPLINTERLANDS down. Hell, I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing this book become “mandatory reading” for high school kids and adults alike.

“Empires, like children, think they’ll live forever.”

I fear the future, especially these past few months of “Hurricane” Donald Drumpf with a too-large number of our country’s citizens eyeing immigrants as enemies. SPLINTERLANDS is scary, and it should be. Anything with an honest message of what-could-be, should be taken seriously and carefully considered. We the people should take a lot more things in our country seriously before they land us in this future.

“I don’t doubt that we still have convictions. We just don’t seem to have the requisite courage to follow them.”

I give SPLINTERLANDS 5 stars!

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And I got the chance to read one of my most-anticipated releases for 2017, Jonathan Janz- EXORCIST FALLS

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my most anticipated release of 2017, so my expectations were extremely high. EXORCIST FALLS did not fail to entertain.

This book starts with the original novella, EXORCIST ROAD, one of my favorite pieces by Janz. It was great to re-read it here and love it just as much.

That brings us to the follow-up, the short novel, EXORCIST FALLS.
This story was pretty great, overall.
I loved not knowing what was going to happen. Every time I thought (or hoped) I knew where Janz was going, he took my someplace else. He really did an amazing job of keeping you off guard throughout.

Father Crowder is definitely the star of the show, and you’ll be praying for Danny Hartman to get his. There’s a lot of great gore and wildly imaginative action going on that is also well balanced with the internal struggle between Crowder and his curse. Janz’s writing is on point.

There were a few characters that fell flat (Liz) or seemed to be a little inconsistent from start to finish (Father Patterson, for instance). That said, neither character ruined the experience for me.

The ending….I won’t give it away, but it was both REALLY awesome and somewhat disappointing. Sound confusing? Yeah, it’s a frustrating thing. I LOVE where Janz goes here, but I think he should have written about three more chapters and brought the story to an even more amazing conclusion. Oh well. Not everything works the way we, the reader, want it to.

I still give EXORCIST FALLS 4 stars! Entertaining as hell.
I look forward to seeing it on many, many year end lists.

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I should have some new reviews for Hunter Shea, Patrick Lacey, William Meikle, and Jason Arnopp coming up…..

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(REVIEWS) SALVAGE by Duncan Ralston and OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES by Chad Lutzke

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This is the first of Duncan Ralston’s works I’ve read. What a wonderful find.

SALVAGE is a ghost/mystery story centering around Owen Saddler, Rev. Everett Crouch, and the Church of the Blessed Trinity. When Owens sister, Lori, goes off to find out the truth, she winds up finding nothing but trouble. Owen sets out to discover what happened to Lori and winds up in the quiet town of Chapel Lake An array of characters, a series of nightmares, and the mystery of what lies beneath the lake lead Owen in a desperate search to solve this mystery.

There were so many cool things about this novel. The characters are all well done and believable. The mystery of what became of the town beneath the lake (Peace Falls) is a huge driving force along with the need Ralston’s writing initiates in us to discover the truth about Rev. Crouch and his flock. My favorite characters were Owen, Howie, and, surprisingly, Jo. Its always wonderful when you pass judgement on a character upon first “meeting” them only to have the author make you change your mind.

There are plenty of religious aspects to the story, as well. A lot about faith and trust, and the power that both can wield, for better or worse. All in all, a wonderful story that had some really fantastic moments. Definitely recommended reading.

I give SALVAGE 4-4.5 stars!

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aeae34_4490417dbdc44cbc883161eb9d8a5562Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. As a “grownup,” Duncan lives with his girlfriend and their dog in Toronto, where he writes dark fiction about the things that frighten, sicken, and delight him. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE (Shadow Work Publishing), the anthologies DEATH BY CHOCOLATE (Knightwatch Press), WHAT GOES AROUND (Great British Horror), Extreme Horror Author Matt Shaw‘s EASTER EGGS & BUNNY BOILERS, and the charity anthologies BURGER VAN and THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Vol. 1 (Sinister Horror Company), he is the author of the novel, SALVAGE, and the novellas EVERY PART OF THE ANIMAL and WOOM, an extreme horror Black Cover book from Matt Shaw Publications. He also co-hosts the horror podcast Screen Kings, dedicated to dissecting Stephen King movies and miniseries.

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Chad Lutzke’s novella, Of Foster Homes and Flies, is a nice change of pace for me. Its a compact little coming-of-age tale of a 12-year-old boy, his dead mother, and a spelling bee.
The twist is that his mom dies at the beginning of the book and the spelling bee he’s been living for for the last few months is still almost a week away.

Wonderfully written, this story has some real sweet spots to it. Being that it is a novella, these spots are exactly that-short but sweet. The scene with the maggots comes to mind…but also the scenes with Sam. Well done.

Lutzke professes his love for coming-of-age tales in the the “liner notes”. He can sleep well knowing that he’s added a nice little nugget under that umbrella.

Definitely worthy of your time.

I give Of Foster Homes and Flies 4 stars!

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Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs.  He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, andScream magazines and is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Halloweenforevermore, and Heavy Planet.  You can find his published work here.

You can also find him lurking around the following websites:

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(Review) THE NIGHT PARADE by Ronald Malfi

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The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi

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First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .

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Author, Ronald Mafli (Little Girls and Floating Staircase), delivers in his new novel, The Night Parade. In this story, Malfi unleashes the next great plague upon humanity– Wanderer’s Folly. You daydream, you forget, you see things, until you finally lose it. Some go screaming, some jump to their death, and some wander into a fiery demise. No one knows how it’s spread or why some contract it while others don’t, but one thing is certain—it’s getting worse.

It’s a story that’s been told before, but as with all familiar tropes of fiction, it is the author’s voice that provides the melody over these familiar chords that make it something new, something special. I’ve been a huge fan of Malfi since reading his novel, Snow, and that awe, that amazement over his talent I felt then grows with each novel. The Night Parade is another fine example of his incomparable grasp on storytelling.

This is a beautiful story of a man named David, and his daughter, Ellie, as they struggle with all that has just happened in their world. David has lost his wife and knows that he must do whatever he can to keep his daughter safe. Escaping into the night, they hit the highway, leaving what’s left of their quarantined town behind.

I’m not going to tell you the story. I want you to enjoy the ride yourself. Let me just say that Malfi’s ability to craft these amazing stories and characters in such tight fashion, where you breeze through nearly four-hundred pages like it was a two-hundred-page book is astonishing and wonderful. You don’t want it to end. You want it to stay a little longer, to linger, so you can wrap up in the magic and keep the cold, harsh world at bay. Yeah, even if the story is about a deadly plague. That’s a testament to how good this guys is.

I loved this book. Definitely in my Top 5 of 2016.

I give The Night Parade 5 stars!

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Ronald Malfi, Biography

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including The Night Parade, this summer’s 2016 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.

Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at http://www.ronmalfi.com.

Praise for Ronald Malfi

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade

“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”
—FearNet

“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books

“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon

“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”
Suspense Magazine

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REVIEWS: The Martian Chronicles, Death Do Us Part, and Northwoods

Thought I’d share my early 2016 book reviews with you guys:

Along with Kristopher Rufty’s excellent new novel, DESOLATION, I’ve finished three other pieces-NORTHWOODS by Bill Schweigart, DEATH DO US PART by JG Faherty, and the brilliant THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury.

 

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“Named but unnamed, and borrowing from humans everything but humanity.”

Ray Bradbury’s classic, The Martian Chronicles, is a collection of Mars stories written by the author over the course of a few years that he compiled and threaded together (wonderfully, I might add) in this beautiful piece of fiction.
The stories take us to Mars and its inhabitants. Their chameleon-like species that wears our look and copies our perceived actions, but often times lacks our free will, inhibitions, and fiery emotions. This begs the question: Is our humanity our best and worst asset?

There’s so many great stories to be found in these ages, too many for me to go through. I’ll just point to a few of my favorites:
Ylla- A Martian’s romantic dream of a fascinating man from New York named Nathaniel York arriving in a rocket ship. This one was a highlight for me. LOVED it!
The Earth Men- Another expedition to Mars delivers three astronauts to the red planet and finds them unable to elicit excitement of their arrival to any of the planets inhabitants. We eventually find out why they receive such a ho-hum welcome and it is fantastic.
The Martian- The story of a Martian who makes himself look like the departed loved ones of anyone he comes in the vicinity of…he longs to be loved and accepted. Unfortunately, his costumes bring too much attention.
And the Moon Be Still as Bright- A man named Spender sees the shape of things to come. How our humanity that has led to wars and the downfall of Earth will eventually bring the same to this beautiful, untapped planet. One of my favorites!
Usher II- This one is for the horror lover in us all. When humans finally bring their rules and regulations, their awful government and unwarranted censorships to the red planet , one man and his sidekick strike back in entertaining and apropos fashion. LOVED IT! Horror fans will eat this one up.

The Martian Chronicles is a fun and inventive read and a wonderful trip through the imagination of one of the best in the business.

I give it 5 Stars!

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I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What an amazing read! Northwoods takes us on a trip through the world of cryptozoology (a world I’m loving more and more) with a great cast of characters. Ben and Lindsay work for Richard Severance, a man of wealth, obsessed with this unnatural world. Ben and Lindsay, with the help of Alex , survived a meeting with a mystical creature in Virginia A year later, they wind up in the thick of something even bigger and more wide-spread.

The town of Barnabas is under attack by a pack of shapeshifters and finds itself upside down before anyone knows for sure just what in the hell is happening.

When Customs and Border Protection agent Davis Holland is pulled into the madness attacking the once quiet town he has been taken in by, the story kicks into even higher gear. With his military training and battle -ready skillset, Davis makes the perfect ally in Severance’s new army of cryptid seekers.

This fight is bigger than the survival of one small town-humanity is about to be tested!

Bill Schweigart is now on my list of Must-Read authors. Northwoods is the second book in a series, Beast of Barcroft being the first, but if you missed that one, have no fear, Schweigart will take you under his creative wing and gives you just enough of “what came before” that you feel fully connected to this cast and their previous relationships.

The characters are fully realized and wonderful. The story is terrific, and the writing is perfect.

I give NORTHWOODS 5 Stars!

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Death Do US Part is the latest novella from JG Faherty. While not as great as Legacy, I found this one to be a quick and fun piece of horror.

A police officer (Art) in a loveless marriage falls for his wife’s sister ((Missy). Hours after Art tells his wife (Catherine) that he wants a divorce, tragedy strikes.
Months after Catherine’s death, strange things began to happen to Art and Missy who have since made their relationship official. Is it Catherine’s ghost? Is she coming back to haunt the ones who betrayed her?

There is a decent mystery wrapped up in the story and Faherty does a great job leading us from one end to the other.

I give this vengeful novella 4 stars!

 

 

 

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!

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Boom Town- Horror/Sci-Fi Fun!: Check Out These Early Reviews

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The official release date for Boom Town is April 7th. Less than two weeks from now. I’ve been happy to see that early reviewers are really into this one. It is my first dabble with flavoring my Horror with Science Fiction, but I really, REALLY enjoyed writing this piece. I’ll be doing a blog tour for BT starting April 30th. You’ll see why it means so much to me.

I’ve received three new reviews just this week for my little Horror/Sci-Fi tale:

TOP OF THE HEAP REVIEWS says:

“…a well thought out mix of sci-fi and horror, terrific characters, and breakneck pacing, you can’t help but want more.”

See the full review: HERE

CONFESSIONS OF A REVIEWER says:

“It’s tense. It will have you shifting in your seat as your heart rate quickens. It will have you reading with one eye closed and it will make your jaw hit your chest.”

See the full review: HERE

SPLATTERATURE says:

“…a terrifically entertaining novella with a great one-two punch of fun story and characters…. (Rolfe) tackles science-fiction with a decidedly old school drive-in feeling and it’s nothing but fun…”

See the full review: HERE

Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

I should have the blog tour schedule up soon. Stay Tuned!

-Glenn

UPDATES: Ascension Agenda, Becoming, Things We Fear, plus reviews, interviews, and Cons

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First off, I want to thank everyone who has purchased, read, reviewed, or shared my debut novella, Abram’s Bridge. It has certainly been an exciting couple of weeks since its release. I am extremely proud of this story, and judging by the flood of reviews, so are you guys, so thanks! My newest review came courtesy of one of my favorite horror authors out there today, Mr. Hunter Shea:  READ HUNTER’S REVIEW 

This year I will be aiming to make it to three conventions: Horror Hound Weekend (in Cincinnati, OH, Late March), World Horror Convention/Bram Stoker Awards (in Atlanta, GA-Early May), and AnthoCon (in Portsmouth, NH, June). Like I said, that’s the plan…

WIP:

I will be tightening up my next novel, BECOMING, with hopes to share it with my editor in March. I will also be sending him my finished novella, THINGS WE FEAR. The piece I’m most excited about right now is my Horror/Sci-Fi follow-up to BOOM TOWN (my next Samhain novella-April 7th). I started ASCENSION AGENDA a couple weeks ago, and I am loving it!

I will also be finishing up my fourth novel, WINDOW. The goal is to have TWF and BECOMING subbed by March. WINDOW by June and AA toward the end of 2015/early 2016.  Those are pretty lofty goals with all I have to do, but if I have to push them back, I will. I don’t want to just put out a bunch of books. I want to put out a bunch of really good books. That’s my promise to you guys, you’re putting in the time to read these tales, the least I can do is give each and every one the time they deserve to make them the best I can.

Coming up on the blog….

I will be re-posting the interview I did with Russell James over on iHorror.com. I’ll be posting a few select reviews of things I’ve read the last couple months, endorsements if you will, and you may see a few more of my Samhain Horror friends popping up here with guest spots.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite jams right now…Cheers!

Ratings and Reviews: When Expectations Fall Short

Have you ever been worried about reviewing a book you weren’t thrilled by? How about posting a less than four or five star review on a book by someone that everyone loves (including you)? As I begin to advance in my own career as a writer, and start to meet some of my fellow authors, I feel like I’m heading to a cross roads as a reviewer.

About a year and a half ago Ronald Malfi posted something nice on his Facebook page about a piece of my work. I was psyched and humbled. I then messaged him to see if he might do me the honor of a proper review. He was kind in his reply, and stated that he didn’t do regular reviews anymore. I thanked him anyway and went about my business. It wasn’t until recently, when I started releasing my own books, that I began to understand the benefits of opting out of posting reviews. It all goes back to that question: What if I don’t like it as much as everyone else? What if that person is a now a friend? It’s a hard position to be in. You never want to irk somebody (or their fans), and us writers are a pretty sensitive bunch.

So far, I’ve been lucky. The majority of works I’ve read by people I know have been good, really good, or great. Still, there are those few…

I love to read, I know writers love reviews, so I keep on going about it as I always have: honesty, with no spoilers! But it this year, I had to stop reading a few books because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give them nice reviews. One book was like a horrible B movie, one insulted me, and one was just bad. Those ones were easy, I didn’t finish them, so I didn’t review them. The more difficult reviews to post are now the three star reviews. In the Goodreads world that seems to be littered with glowing four and five star reviews, a book that rates with Orion’s belt seems like a sad, sad thing.

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And it’s not! I’ve actually been applauded and chided over the lesser (in some eyes) rating. Personally, I would love to get three stars, and have. A couple years ago, when I was just starting out, I ran into one of the authors I gave three stars. They told me I was the only one to give them that low of a rating. They didn’t say whether or not it upset them (this person didn’t seem irritated at all), they just noted it to my face. I’m quite certain I blossomed into ten shades of red. Although it was a little uncomfortable, we have remained friends. My little three stars paled before the heaps of love this particular novel received, but that didn’t erase the fact that I felt bad. It really does seem silly that I almost don’t dare to do reviews for the less than four star books. I wonder if I’m the only one with this problem, if I’m an oddity, but doubt that I am.

Going back to the Ronald Malfi stance…If I were as big and well-respected an author as he is, I guess my “opinion” might be more damaging. I can see that, especially if their fans are your target audience. It puts one in an interesting position.

If I ever reach the status of a Malfi or a Keene, maybe I’ll adopt the no review philosophy. Until then, I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing and hope I don’t ruffle too many feathers in the process.