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SLUSH, a Collection of Works by Glenn Rolfe, and Edited by Me, Releases Today!

It’s almost Halloween! But, for now it’s LAUNCH DAY for SLUSH, the collection of horror works by Glenn Rolfe  for which I had the honor of serving as EDITOR! Glenn and I had sooooo much fun working on this together. Late nights, early mornings, evenings, weekends, and we pulled it all together in just a month!!

It’s a collection that will make you cry, cringe, and maybe freak out, but it’s so worth reading. Some of the short stories have been previously published, but updated, some are short pieces such as a poem or a micro-work, but most share a similar theme. Many either take you back in time to teenage years or deal with death and grieving, but all truly make you feel something. I was so pleased that I got to write the foreword to kick off the collection, so you’ll read all my thoughts there….

Oh, also just in time for Halloween, there is a cool new story never before published towards the back with a nod to the season, it’s creepy enough for late night ghoulish reading.

We hope you consider purchasing and let us know if you liked it by leaving an honest review! The cool cover is by graphic artist Jason Lynch.  So psyched, check it out!

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ANNNNDDDDDD……..

Also, get Glenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls, his debut novel, on sale!

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The Haunted Halls

Glenn Rolfe, Biography~

GlennGlenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.

His first collection, SLUSH, will be available for Halloween 2014.

His novellas, ABRAM’S BRIDGE and BOOM TOWN, will be published by Samhain Publishing in 2015.

His debut novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS, available now from James Ward Kirk Publishing.

Look for his punk rock band, The Never Nudes, on Amazon and Facebook.

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Author Glenn Rolfe Interviews Author Mercedes M. Yardley, Who Just Released Pretty Little Dead Girls

Glenn Rolfe is a good friend of mine, and currently I’m serving as editor for his upcoming Oct. 30, 2014 release, a collection of various types of works called SLUSH. I knew he had read Pretty Little Dead Girls by Mercedes M. Yardley and really liked it. When I saw him post this interview, and after I was brought to tears after reading it, I know I had to reprint it. As Glenn told me, she is an amazing woman. She’s been through so much, and I appreciate her spirit. It’s much like mine, open and vulnerable, which of course leads to hurt as well, but when your a writer, it’s inspiration too.

Enjoy this interview, it’s a good one.

Pretty Little Awesome: Mercedes M. Yardley Talks The Bone Angel Trilogy, Pretty Little Dead Girls, and the Power of Heartbreak and Openess

Interview by Glenn Rolfe, Author of The Haunted Halls
Reprinted with permission

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Mercedes Yardley

She’s an amazing woman who has been faced with more heartache and challenges than anyone I’ve ever known and come through life’s shit-storm to pound out some of the most unique, beautiful , and bloody little stories I’ve read this year. Her debut novel, NAMELESS: THE DARKNESS COMES, has garnered mad acclaim and landed her a sweet deal with its publisher Ragnarok Publications  (two more Bone Angel books).

On September 29th, Mercedes M. Yardley and Ragnarok Publications released her next novel, PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS. I got a chance to talk with Mercedes about her whirlwind 2014 and a whole lot more.

First off, Nameless  66 Amazon reviews—40 5 stars, 24 4 stars (2 meat-heads that didn’t get it). Congrats on the success. One of the reviews I saw called it “Buffy meets Odd Thomas”. To quote Dylan: How does it feel?

MMY: It feels surreal. I can’t believe that many people have read it! And to take the time to review? That’s just awesome. It seems to be hitting people in different ways, too. Some say they laughed out loud. Some love Luna, some hate her. Some people identified with the mental illness aspect. Others ask me how I feel about the demonic personally. It’s been a ride.

But a fun one, I’m sure. How are the follow-up books coming along?

MMY: They’re coming. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to continue a series. Do I pick up where I left off? Assume (arrogantly) that everybody has read Book One? Reintroduce characters and risk sounding like I’m talking down to the audience? These are things I hadn’t considered before, and quite frankly, I dig it. The sequels are challenges, and I thrive on challenges.

Any idea when we can expect #2?

MMY: Book Two is slated to release in January of 2015. So just a few more months! Book Three is set to release in January 2016. Things are coming along smoothly, and I’m excited. Book Two will be exceptionally dark. I’m pushing Luna to her breaking point, trying to see if I can shatter her psyche. It’s terribly fun.

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In August you announced the upcoming release of Pretty Little Dead Girls. (I FUCKING LOVE that title!)  You said, “…my favorite thing I ever wrote will be coming out this fall…” Is this still true and why is it your favorite?

MMY: Oh, it’s true! I love all of my books. Each character becomes important to me. But this particular story, and the way it’s written…it was a joy.  I wrote this story in three weeks, Glenn. I couldn’t get it out of my head. Everything spilled out onto the page in this great flurry of happiness.

I abandoned the project I felt I was “supposed” to do, and wrote something devastating joyful and unique. It’s a fairy tale with a high body count. It has lyrical language. It breaks the fourth wall. It’s magical realism sprinkled with horror. I love the characters with my whole heart and soul.  Bryony, the protagonist, is all about seizing the moment, about living life as hard as she can before she’s murdered. She’s soft and ephemeral and chats with flowers and stars. She wears fluffy mittens and wears every emotion on her face. When I started writing Nameless, I called Luna the “Anti-Bryony.” They’re both aspects of my personality, but to an extreme. Bryony is open and exceptionally naive. Luna is spiny and sarcastic. These two ladies are Yin and Yang, and I love them fiercely.

There are also several little Easter Eggs in this story. The places she lives. The names of some of the characters, including a shout-out to the Shock Totem boys. The detective is named after members of my writer’s group. If you have read Beautiful Sorrows, there’s a story in there that’s the killer’s origin story. Things like that. Shiny things that tie into other places.

I had the most fun writing PLDG than any other project. I’ll always remember that.

Give us the gist of the story.

MMY: Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish-thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony’s dark destiny.

Sounds so cool! And there will be a limited run of a hardcover edition?

MMY: Yes! Ragnarok Publications is putting out a special signed limited edition hardcover. It’ll have a beautiful piece of art created exclusively for the hardcover by Orion Zangara, who is a phenomenal artist. I mean, I saw his stuff and commissioned him that day, if that tells you how stunning his work is. And Hugo Award Winner and all-around wonderful lady Galen Dara did the cover. It’s exquisite. Dark, ephemeral, and perfectly captures the terrible beauty of the story. The LE hardcover is limited to 100 copies, and they’re currently available for preorder on the Ragnarok site. When they’re gone, they’re gone. You can still purchase paperbacks and hardcovers, I believe, but without the extra bells and whistles.

Awesome. Check that out people!

Some of your works have been audio-ized. Which ones are available and  which ones are coming?

MMY: NAMELESS and APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU: A TALE OF ATOMIC LOVE are both available right now! I adore the narrators they chose. They did a wonderful job. BEAUTIFUL SORROWS will be available fairly soon, I believe. Perhaps in the new year. I’m narrating it with my fellow writer Mason Bundschuh recording, and we still need to do a few overdubs. The problem is that we have 6 ½ children between us, so it’s difficult to find a time when we can get together and record while the kids are quiet. Ha. Those darn kids, playing and having fun. What trouble. 😉

I also caught the “in the closet” photo of you doing the Beautiful Sorrows audio. That’s how I did the vocals for the Never Nudes EP. There’s nothing like getting in there and going for it is there?

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MMY: Did you? I didn’t know that! Yep, that’s Mason and his wife’s closet. His wife had the most beautiful pair of boots in there. I fell in love with them during recording. It was strange and fun lurking in their closet. My house doesn’t have a single closet that big. What a shame.

That’s a damn shame.

Let’s talk shop for a minute….

I recently finished up a couple of pieces and found myself leaning heavily on a couple friends of mine. They really kicked my ass and wouldn’t allow me to cut corners or write anything stupid. Do you have someone or someones like that? If so, who? And what makes you trust them ?

MMY: I do. I rely on my writer’s group, The Illiterati. It consists of Mason, Billie the girl, Ryan, Matt, and myself. I ran into Mason at a city writer’s group, and he brought me into the fold, so to speak. We’ve all been working together for five or six years now, and we’ve become family. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. If one of them tells me something, I’m going to listen. It doesn’t mean I always agree with the critique or the advice, but I know it’s coming from a place of love and skill. They’ve helped me improve so much.

In fact, The Desert Companion had journalist and photographer hang out with us last week at an Illiterati meeting! It was so awesome. They’re doing a write-up on us for the October issue, which I think is pretty cool. The group is amazing. We travel to conventions together. We go to each other’s birthday parties. We play ukuleles and banjos and guitars together. I love these cats.

I told you not too long ago that two of my pieces from last year were heavily influenced by Beautiful Sorrows, or at least, I tried to soften my edges and slip into more whimsical/magical realms (even if only for bits here and there). Thank you for that.  What’s the last couple of things you read that you feel really inspired your latest works?

MMY: Glenn, you don’t know how much that pleases me. Thank you! I can’t wait to pick up your newest. Coming from Samhain, right?

Absolutely.

I read this utterly breathtaking book titled THE MOON SISTERS by Therese Walsh. It’s about a mother who may or may not have committed suicide, and how her family deals with the aftermath. Heartbreakingly lovely. Quite frankly, I wish I had written it.

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My debut novel, NAMELESS, has a sort of Dean Koontz feel. It’s been compared to both TICK TOCK, which I loved, and his ODD THOMAS. That’s pretty flattering. I suppose I did borrow some of the tone from TICK TOCK, because I loved it so much. They have this fun banter back and forth that really amused me, and I think the dialogue is one of NAMELESS’ strong points.

Another one of your strong points is your heart, your openness.

Real life’s cheap shots often fuel the artist. In light of some of the hardships in your personal life, do you let your pain in, and how do you use it. Do you lash out with a harder edge, or do you let it lend that extra weight to your more melancholy pieces?

MMY: I have to let my pain in. As an artist, I tend to feel things especially deeply. I was never good at letting things roll off my back or walking by somebody who was suffering. I always manage to get right down there in the trenches with them, to see if I can help. Sometimes a little kindness is all I can offer, but you can’t underestimate the value of kindness when it seems like the world is dark.

Sometimes I lash out. In Luna’s case, she deals with things in a very ferocious, biting manner. I finished the second half of that book after losing two babies, so it was a cleansing and safe way for me to scream at the world using her voice. And sometimes I allow sorrow and loss to drift into some of the softer things I do. That melancholy is always there. It always has been. Melancholy runs under my skin like a thin vein of sorrow, and I don’t think that will ever change. But I try to use it instead of letting it weigh me down to the point where I can’t get back up.

My wife is a children’s case manager. She deals with special needs kids on a daily basis. She was looking over my shoulder while I was going through some of your blog posts. When I read some of your posts, I was like ‘ damn.’ . My wife says, “Some people are dealt a shitty hand because the lessons that they can learn can help others.”  And I feel like with your openness and willingness to share your heartbreak and challenges, that’s exactly what you’ve done and continue to do. Can you touch on that?

MMY: Your wife put it beautifully. Please thank her for me.

Heartbreak and challenges. It isn’t something that most people want to share. We’re taught not to show our weakness, and that’s damaging. We all struggle. We all suffer. To put on a happy face when you’re really falling apart inside is insane. It only hurts us. I’ve found being open about some of our challenges allows others to open up as well. To say, “Oh, thank goodness! I thought I was the only one.” You’re not. Whatever you’re going through, somebody has struggled through it, or is currently there.

My oldest son has Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disease that turned our world inside out. He was abused by a teacher. I had post-partum preeclampsia with my middle child, which the doctors said didn’t technically exist. My organs were shutting down and they called my husband in to say goodbye. My last pregnancy were three beautiful triplets. Two passed away with a rare genetic disease called alobar holoprosencephaly. Be very careful if you research that. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

So we have things that come up and they feel like too much weight to handle. But I’ve found that when I say, “Help,” others are there to reach out and help. When Niko was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, I didn’t know one other person who had it. I started my Williams blog (www.williamssyndrome.blogpost.com) and I was simply screaming into the universe. Now I’m in a support group with over a thousand members, all who understand the syndrome.

There are strong, sensitive people out there who understand you and whatever you’re going through. The Internet makes it especially easy to reach these people. I hope that by talking about things I used to feel ashamed about, like having a bad day with a special needs child, or grief, or anger, or depression, that others will see that they’re not alone. That’s what I think the purpose of life is. Relationships. Giving each other a hand or a hug or a pillow fort when needed. Protecting those you care about. Realizing that there is dignity in all things, even suffering.

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I also saw that earlier this year you were in a book called, Three Minus One. How did that come about? And have you heard back from any of its readers?

MMY: I have heard back from some readers on that one. Three Minus One is a book dealing with the death of a child. I was still processing my feelings about it and I saw the submissions call. I wrote about the conflict of losing two of my three triplets. Celebrating birthdays and death days, and how difficult that is. I was shopping for a stroller and a casket on the simultaneously, and it was so conflicting and surreal. But the readers seem to find comfort in the book, in knowing they aren’t alone. That’s what I hoped to do by contributing my story along with the others.

It is an amazing ability to be able to accept what comes our way, and an even more admirable gift to be able to put yourself out there and be that someone for those who think no one else gets it.

I want to switch gears back to writing and inspiration.

A couple months ago i watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (great flick). It really inspired me to sit down and write.     Give me the one or two movies that when you watch them they make you want to sit down and craft a new story.

MMY: Stranger Than Fiction made me want to write. I enjoyed it through and through. Also, watching the series LOST made me want to write, too. They dealt with such a huge cast and all of these intricately woven plot lines! I want to do that! Challenge myself by dealing with a large cast of crazy characters. That would be very cool.

What is the scariest novel you ever read?

MMY: Stephen King’s IT scared me. I was eight years old and snuck out to the big, comfy chair in the living room to read it in the middle of the night. Pure terror. We had a gutter and grate right by my house. I was sure Pennywise lived down there. I was also scared by The Amityville Horror. Some of my mom’s romancing were pretty frightening, as well. I thought, “Ewwww! I don’t know what’s going on, but that seems disgusting!”

What’s one novel you haven’t read yet that you’ve TOTALLY been meaning to?

MMY: Oh, geeze. There are so many. I’ve always wanted to read MEIN KAMPF to figure out how a person with such vile views could, with a straight face, explain them. I’ve heard he was a passionate, convincing speaker, and I’m interested in that from a sociological standpoint. I also have so many books from my friends that are on my To Be Read pile. I have three piles, actually. One on my son’s shelf, one in the linen closet, and one by my bed.

I want to read anything that Lee Thompson puts out. Oh, and Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS. Armand Rosamilia’s CHELSEA AVENUE. And James Walley’s THE FORTY FIRST WINK. These are all books in my TBR pile or currently on my Kindle.

What about you? What novel have you TOTALLY been meaning to read?

I’ve been meaning to dig into Robert McCammon’s catalog. I read BOY’S LIFE and was dizzied by the magic on the pages. Ronald Malfi’s DECEMBER PARK is also on my very soon list. I also have that friend’s To-be-read collection.

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Now, everybody loves food. I know you dabble in the kitchen quite a bit.

Personally, I’ve been barbecuing like a mad dog since the beginning of May (I make some pretty tasty BBQ chicken these days). What is the latest kitchen masterpiece from the Yardley home?

MMY: I can’t barbeque to save my life. That’s awesome you do it. I hereby invite myself over to dinner with your family! I’ll bring dessert

We’ve been trying to eat a little healthier. The other day I made potato quinoa patties with curried chickpeas. It sounds bizarre, but it really was delicious and filling. It tasted like comfort food. I’m always making new treats! I made my first full-sized trifle not too long ago. Lemon raspberry, and it was a success. I’m really into making soups right now. Potato, or split pea. Even cauliflower. I pair them with homemade bread sticks or cheddar biscuits with flax and kale added to it. It sounds like it would be dry, but it’s really good.

My biggest achievement right now was putting together freezer meals. I went shopping, cut everything up, and assembled twenty different meals that I can freeze. Pork chops and sweet potatoes, sausage and peppers, rosemary chicken, etc. Then I throw those suckers in a crock pot. Voila, dinner. Because I have three kids, three chickens, a bunny, a turtle, and a fish. Oh, and some insane, brain-exploding deadlines. I just gave myself twenty nights where I don’t have to cook, and that hour and a half will be put toward writing to knock these projects out. It’s crunch time and I’ll use every trick in the book to get things done.

If you guys ever want to come all the way over to the east coast, you are more than welcome.

Thank you so very much for making the time for me. Best of luck with the new book!

MMY: Thanks, Glenn! It’s absolutely a pleasure. And good luck with yours! I’m excited to pick it up.

Find Mercedes and her blog, books, and stories here:

A BROKEN LAPTOP

MERCEDES’S AMAZON PAGE

RAGNAROK PUBLICATIONS

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The Haunted Halls Volume 2 in Glenn Rolfe’s Suspense Horror Serial Keeps Momentum Moving!

A few months ago I reviewed Glenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls, Volume 1. If you haven’t read any of The Haunted Halls yet, see this first review, which will really give you a feel for how the serial novel starts. Read the review of Volume 1 HERE, then read the rest of this blog post to see my thoughts on Volume 2. Releasing every few months, Volume 3 is also now available for purchase!

The Haunted Halls, Volume 2, Review~

HH2 PICGlenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls serial reading pleasure has continued for me with Volume 2.  With many moments of terror and psychological twists seeping and flowing exquisitely around action-packed scenes, Volume 2 keeps the momentum going. Volume 1 really had me wanting to read more and I wasn’t disappointed with Volume 2 as it picked right up for me and kept me engaged in the story.

I am extremely anxious to read Volume 3 now because Volume 2 had just enough suspense and left just enough clues and questions to make me crazy for Volume 3.   If I had the entire book, I’d probably stay up way too late reading it, so at least Glenn is allowing me some rest in between, but the pace of the book is propelling me into grabbing the next installment as soon as possible!!

His characters are developing even further and we begin to see some of their intentions or sinister plans, while with others we feel just enough to wonder what will happen to or with them as the story moves on. I am suspicious of almost everyone. I think he did a great job of juxtaposing between the past (in the 1980s) and the present, integrating characters and leaving us trying to connect the proverbial dots. And he did leave us hanging on many occasions, which is also a great move when selling a serial.

Glenn has just enough suspense, especially in the past scenes, intertwined with some great action scenes, especially in the hotel and the pool room, to mesmerize me. I love the shape shifting succubus avenue, and at least for me, I feel as if I am reading something original.  His writing is clear, characters well-developed (some very evil and sinister), plot seems tight so far, and he has those great elements of soft and haunting coupled with bold, blunt and action-packed horror scenes.

Even though I may never be able to swim in a hotel pool again, it will be worth it to have gotten to read such a well-written, modern, and psychological horror tale.

I am eager to know what these characters are up to next and look forward to Volume 3!

Author Glenn Rolfe, Biography~

GlennGlenn Rolfe is an author from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have two girls, Ruby, and Ramona. They currently reside in Augusta, Maine.

His short story, “Sins of My Past,” was published in December in “Paranormal Horror Anthology” (edited by Elle Pryor). His next short story, “Skull of Snakes,” is set to be published in October of 2013 in the anthology, “Coins of Chaos,” from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (edited by Jennifer Brozek).

 For all the latest news on Glenn Rolfe, check out his Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/glennrolfehorror

 The Haunted Halls, Synopsis~

HH1 coverWhat lies in wait at the Bruton Inn? Where did it come from? What does it want? People are checking in, but the little voices, the nightmares, the deep cold sinking into their marrow is changing them. What haunts these halls will alter those within its confines. Something big is unfolding, something dark- something evil. The haunted halls of the Bruton Inn welcome you. Checking in?

The Haunted Halls – A six part serial horror novel being self published throughout 2013. There are plans for a one book paperback version to be released in early 2014.

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How Does a Horror Author Debut His Talent? Interview with The Haunted Halls Author Glenn Rolfe

I’ve got a really interesting and exclusive interview with new to the scene horror author, Glenn Rolfe! I’ve enjoyed the first volumes of his The Haunted Halls serial, as well as the first part of another serial, Becoming. He’s a writer with promise and I highly recommend you get hooked on his writing.

You can read my review of Volume 1 of The Haunted Halls HERE and then today (May 29) and tomorrow (May 30) download for FREE just previous to Volume 3 publishing!! They’re worth money, so get them at a steal while you can!! 

Amazon Link Vol. 1: http://www.amazon.com/The-Haunted-Halls-Volume-ebook/dp/B00B6ZPZQC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369850179&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Haunted+Halls

Amazon Link Vol. 2: http://www.amazon.com/The-Haunted-Halls-Volume-ebook/dp/B00C4CSLKS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369850179&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Haunted+Halls

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Enjoy the interview and be sure to comment and tell Glenn and I what you think in the comments! And he’d be happy to answer more questions if you leave them in the comments, as well!

Hey Glenn!! It’s so great to finally have you here at Oh, for the Hook of a Book! I’m loving your The Haunted Halls serial book for the Kindle!

Glenn: Hello Erin. Thanks for having me. Glad you dig the tale.

Erin: It’s awesome!  Let’s grab some coffee, hang out on the couch and discuss you and your work…here we go.

Q:  How long did you know you wanted to be a writer?

A: I flirted with the idea back in my early twenties. Nothing serious though. I just started reading a lot more. Mostly Leisure Book Horror stuff.  I’ve always been a creative type, but my focus was on the bands I played in. I eventually scribbled a couple of silly short stories (with horrible endings) in a notebook and thought, hmmm.  It was about six years later that I tried writing again. I was out of work, and needed something to do. I found a short idea I had scribbled down and started writing and sharing that with a couple of my horror book reading friends on Facebook. They loved it and wanted to know what happened next…three months later, I had completed my first novel. That’s when I said, I like this.

Erin Comments: Glad you did!

Q:  What authors inspired you most growing up? Who inspires you now?

A: Not so much anyone when I was a kid. Like I said, I started reading on a semi-regular basis when got in my twenties. It was definitely Stephen King.  Now, I love Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, Robert McCammon, Ronald Malfi…the King boys, of course. Short story-wise, I’ve been reading a lot of David B. Silva.

Q:  When did you really start to take your writing to the next level—to pursue it even more seriously?

A: I wrote that first novel in 2011. Pretty much after that I started writing as much as I could. I have a great wife who believed in me from the moment I said I think I want to be a writer. From there I started doing research, bought some how to write your novel type books…and joined the Horror Writers Association. I figured if I invested money in it, I would be more inclined to stay the course. I’m too old to be trying on careers.  I’ll continue to write no matter what my future holds.

Erin Comments: It’s refreshing to see someone so goal-oriented in their writing. And if writing is in your blood, it’s hard to stop it!

HH2 PICQ:  I think you really capitalized on the craze for the serial novels with The Haunted Halls! Where or how did you come up with the plan to publish that way?

A: Honestly, I had no clue that there was a serial novel revolution or resurgence happening. I was shopping short stories and looking for places accepting new works. I found this cool site called, Jukepop Serials. The only serial I had ever read was The Green Mile. I looked through my short stories and searched for one I thought seemed like the beginning of something more. I had a short called, Night Swim. Once Jukepop accepted it, it became the prologue to The Haunted Halls. So would try to write a new chapter a week to put up on the site. 

As far as the writing of The Haunted Halls, I am writing it in sections.  I have a loose outline (emphasis on loose),but I like to let the story write itself. That way I’m on the journey of discovering what happens right next to the reader (I do try to stay a few steps ahead).

Erin Comments: That’s why you were lucky you got on the very front end. See how it exploded in the last 6 months or less? Samhain Horror has one coming out with Jonathan Janz, Kindle started their own versions, and many people are enjoying the short reads and the suspense. Great timing.

Q: You’re very self-motivated in your dreams. How did you decide to take it further and self-publish The Haunted Halls through Amazon?

A: . My problem became my impulsiveness. I would write a chapter and throw it up, half ass editing the thing. Then I would find loads of typos and stuff that was just wrong. And on Jukepop, you can’t edit it after you submit it. It goes live and that’s that. At the same time, I had been playing with the idea of self-publishing. The two things smacked into each other at about the same time. The mistakes in my work up on Jukepop were driving me crazy…I went back and fixed them in my files and decided I had to put out the best possible version of the tale.  Amazon has an easy to use system. I am very happy with how it all turned out. I eventually asked Jukepop to take down The Haunted Halls (and all of its mistakes).  I offered them my new serial, Becoming.

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Q: Has that been a good decision with The Haunted Halls? Why or why not?

A: I love it. It’s a hell of a lot of work, but that’s life. Some people have the will, some do not. I enjoy the challenge. And I believe this story is worth it.

Q:  What are your hopes for The Haunted Halls? How do you plan to increase readership with each segment and also will you publish it all combined for a price one it’s complete?

A: I’m hoping a couple people like it … and those people follow it through to its completion.  And then it becomes a mega blockbuster movie and bestselling novel! Nah, as long as someone likes it, I’m happy.

Erin Comments: Always good to feel successful from alot of hard work. Writing is hard work and writers don’t get enough in return. I hope it really does well for you.

When it’s finished, I’ll look at my options. I would love to have someone publish it. One way or another, it will be out as a single unit eventually.  As for when that happens, I have no idea. I would guess at some point in 2014 between January and December.

Erin Comments: Great! Keep us updated!

Q: I think using the hotel as the scene of the novel is original as well as your type of scary “character.” Where do you come up with your ideas?

A: I work full time at a hotel in my hometown. Two of my shifts are the overnights. The origins of “Night Swim” which became the prologue, came to me one overnight as I walked past the swimming pool. I kind of imagined seeing something come out of the pool and then I actually got goose bumps. I stopped in the bathroom on my way back to the desk, and imagined it following me…When I got back to the desk, I wrote it all down. So now, when I’m wondering where to go next with the story, I walk down to the pool room and walk around it talking my ideas to the imaginary beast. Usually she says –“yes, there it is. That’s what should happen next!” 

Erin Comments: I will never stay in your hotel in your hometown because I wouldn’t sleep knowing that woman was in the pool, or could be anyone walking by me…shiver!!!!

Q: What other kinds of short stories and/or novels do you write? Are they all horror? What other themes surround your horror writings? And if other genres, what else and why?

A: Whatever strikes me, that’s what I write. It has all been horror so far. I’m sure I’ll write some non-horror stuff sooner or later. But I love horror literature so much. My finished novel is a werewolf novel. Sort of a Cycle of the Werewolf meets the Narrows. I have another novel started, but that’s on the backburner until I get these first two out of the way. I’d rather keep quiet on that one until it’s finished.

My short stories are all over the place. I have gathered a collection I’m extremely happy with since last year. I would love to put them out as such, but I’m still shopping many of most polished ones, so that will have to wait a bit, too. Subject wise…I’m not big on Lovecraft, zombies, or vampires. Although, I do love Ann Rice and what I’ve read of Robert S. Wilson’s Empire of Blood books. So vampires may be down the road somewhere…way down the road. I have a ton of stuff to get to first.

Erin Comments: You have to go where your muse takes you, but please NO ZOMBIES!!

Q: Without putting yourself in a box, what type of horror do you describe your writing as?

A: I don’t know. I try to keep it real (as real as the devils allow). I like my stories to have heart. Even though The Haunted Halls contains some brutal stuff, that would not work if I couldn’t get you to care about the main characters. It would just be a crappy slasher that you would forget the moment you put it down. I want my work to resonate with the reader.  I can’t really say who or what I write like…but my aim is to be a mix of King, Laymon, and little…with a dash of… Malfi. If I eventually get anywhere close to that I would be happy.

Q:  Is there some kind of vibe in New England for writing horror? I know you recently went to book signing with Joe Hill and his father, the amazing Stephen King was there. Did you grab some of their mojo? 

A: I wish. There’s another great guy from Maine, Nate Kenyon, oh, and Kristin Dearborn. She went to school with me and is gearing up for her second published novel! But yeah, it probably has something to do with the long winters and short summers. The cold seeps into the marrow…maybe it sticks with us and warps our minds.  🙂

Erin Comments: I LOVE Nate Kenyon. He rocks. 🙂 Yea that cold chill, creepy fog, dense dark tree lines, and history….all those ghosts you know…..

Q:  I know you also love music and have been in a band. What type of music do you like? Does music spark your creative side? Help you write better?

A: I’ve played in punk rock bands since the late nineties. I’m currently playing (when I can) with a group. We call ourselves the Never Nudes. But yeah, music is my first love. I usually like to have something dark or heavy on when I’m writing. If not either of those, its hair metal. I love everything from Poison to Rancid to Bruce Springsteen and Carrie Underwood.  

Erin Comments: CARRIE UNDERWOOD?? Are you mad? Ok, the picture of you singing Jesus, Take the Wheel just isn’t there for me. lol

Q:  I also understand that you don’t like a lot of horror movies, even though you love horror novels. I am the same way!  Why do you think that the characters are so much more well-developed in the novels?

A: I have NO idea how most of those movies get made. I want to like them…but most of them suck. I think it has to do with not having enough time to develop good characters and having to get so much blood and gore and scares in there…I don’t know. Give me a great Tarantino or Will Ferrell movie any day of the week. Horror flicks (especially post 80’s) are random hit, but mostly miss.

Erin Comments: I kinda agree. I need deep emotional ties to characters.

Q:  Who has been your favorite character in a horror novel? Why?

A: Now you’re making me think? Jeesh.  I think Ed Logan from Richard Laymon’s Night in the Lonesome October. That character really struck a chord with me.  He was a heartbroken wanderer. I was that kid once upon a time.  I love that book. 

Laymon

Q:  With as busy as you are with work, writing, and have three small children, how do you find the time to write? Any advice for the other writers out there?

A: I do a lot of my writing and editing on my two overnights. It’s quiet at the hotel in the midnight hours…other than that, I write whenever I find a good hour or two to do so, either late at night, or when the kids are on one adventure with mom or nana.

Advice…write what feels right to you. Don’t force anything (dialogue, action,  etc.) I like to let the story tell me where we’re going next. Sometimes it takes a little while, but if you wait and listen…it comes. Quiet definitely helps! If you have a family, it helps to go somewhere else and write, which takes a good partner. My wife will let me run away to Barnes and Noble if I need to.

Erin Comments: I need quiet too, and never get it. Probably why I stay up so late. Great advice though!

Q:  Does writing come naturally for you? How have your perfected your craft?

A: I certainly have not perfected any facet of my craft. I’ve been writing for the past two years this month. I think (I hope) I’m just getting started.   The writing does come pretty natural. I’ve been the main songwriter in all of my bands, so I guess you combine that with an overactive imagination and let it roll.

Q: Whenever I encounter you online, you are always very happy and friendly. What gives you your sunshine? And many of us laugh about how it’s the friendliest and nicest people writing horror…agree?

A: It seems that way. Although Brian Keene seems like a fucking badass. I’m not sure that he really is, but he seems like it to me. But yeah, everyone that I’ve had the pleasure of being in contact with seems so nice.

 I love being alive, I love my wife and monkeys. I love music, books, movies… I don’t know. I’m just grateful for what I have in my life.

Erin Comments: See, how could someone not think you are terribly humble and sweet after you write that? My friend Brian Moreland once told me “We are so friendly because we get everything out on the page and don’t have to carry anymore of it around.” I haven’t met Brian Keene though…..so…lol.

Q:  What else is on the horizon for you as a person and as a writer? What other books will you be writing or trying to publish?

A: Well, Volume 3 of The Haunted Halls is out in a couple days. After that, I’m working on getting the aforementioned finished werewolf novel, Blood and Rain, published the traditional way (fingers crossed). Lots of short stories… back to work on the new Jukepop serial, Becoming, and after I do get the Haunted Halls finished, I’ll get back to the other novel I started last summer.

Personally, I’m taking the whole family down to New Orleans for the World Horror Convention in a couple weeks! My first Con, trip to New Orleans, and vacation! We’re pretty excited about that. When we get back from that, I have to lay guitar and vocals down on the band’s first EP. That should keep me busy for a little bit.

Erin Comments: You are going to have so much fun at WHC!!!! Take a camera!

Q: If you could eat anything for dinner, what would it be?

A: ALWAYS Spaghetti.

spagetti

Erin Comments: Do you eat it like this? Mmmmm, me too.

Q: Where can fans and fellow writers connect with you?

A: Twitter (www.twitter.com/glennrolfe ) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/glennrolfehorror).

Erin:  Thank you so much, Glenn, for coming by. You’re a bundle of positive energy and a superb writer that has a very bright future! I wish you so much luck and am sure I’ll see you back here again soon!

Glenn:  Thank you so very much for having me. It’s been rad. BYE ERIN!

Erin: You only said bye because I told you too….funny guy. *wink*

Author Glenn Rolfe, Biography~

GlennGlenn Rolfe is an author from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have two girls, Ruby, and Ramona. They currently reside in Augusta, Maine.

His short story, “Sins of My Past,” was published in December in “Paranormal Horror Anthology” (edited by Elle Pryor). His next short story, “Skull of Snakes,” is set to be published in October of 2013 in the anthology, “Coins of Chaos,” from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (edited by Jennifer Brozek).

 For all the latest news on Glenn Rolfe, check out his Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/glennrolfehorror

The Haunted Halls, Synopsis~

HH1 coverThe Haunted Halls– A six part serial horror novel being self published throughout 2013. There are plans for a one book paperback version to be released in early 2014.

 What lies in wait at the Bruton Inn? Where did it come from? What does it want? People are checking in, but the little voices, the nightmares, the deep cold sinking into their marrow is changing them. What haunts these halls will alter those within its confines. Something big is unfolding, something dark- something evil. The haunted halls of the Bruton Inn welcome you. Checking in?

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