Last weekend's bookfair went great and I'm gearing up for another this Saturday. I'll be riding there with AR Miller, and we'll likely do too much gabbing and laughing along...
I met fellow Samhain author Glenn Rolfe at HorrorHound weekend and found him to be a friendly, energetic guy with a passion for reading, writing, horror, and his family. When presented with the opportunity to host him during the launch of his new novella Boom Town, I jumped at the chance.
So without further blabber from me, here’s Glenn and more info about Boom Town!
“We’re a Happy Family”
by Glenn Rolfe, Author of Boom Town
My direct relationship with Samhain Publishing began in March of 2014 when Don D’Auria accepted my novella, Abram’s Bridge. Prior to that acceptance, I had been an avid fan of the horror work coming from the company. You know when Don’s the gatekeeper (as he was in his previous post with Leisure Books), you’re going to get top quality work. Needless to say, I am humbled to now be a part of this wonderfully talented stable of fear-inducing writers.
At Samhain, it really is more like a family. I consider these guys and gals my brothers and sisters. Everyone is so open and willing to help with advice, encouragement, love, and support, and despite their busy schedules, they’re an eager brood willing to make time to read, review, and share each other’s works.
The team behind the scenes is just as raring to go. I attended (alongside my host, Tamara) the Horror Hound Weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2015 that Samhain Horror sponsors. Meeting the marketing team, and the office staffers who help make us look good and get us out there for the readers to find, was just as awesome as meeting my fellow authors. There’s a crazy love for what we all do. That feeling is contagious and I couldn’t help but smile the entire weekend.
There are plenty of indie houses out there with great rosters too—Dark Fuse, Dark Regions, Sinister Grin Press, Ragnarok (to name a few)— but I have enjoyed the vibe from top to bottom at Samhain as being warm, welcoming, and inspiring. Whether you’ve released a dozen novels or you are putting out your very first novella, Samhain authors and staff members make you feel like you belong. That’s an amazing feeling.
My newest release from Samhain is a novella called, Boom Town.
Thirty years after a famous UFO sighting over the town of Eckert, WI, a series of nightly mini-earthquakes have the town folk talking everything from mole people to the Rapture. Certain residents are hearing a whispered refrain: Take them. Bring them. Ascend. By the time they realize the voice is not their own, it is too late. Two pre-teens (you can call them Brady and Kim, I prefer to think of them as Kevin and Winnie) stumble across a broken pipe out back of Packard’s Flea Market that is oozing a strange blue goo. Mr. Packard approaches the young curious couple, but he does not look right. Mr. Packard hears the whispers: Take them. Bring them. Ascend.
And the terror fun begins.
I hope Boom Town succeeds in pressing as many buttons in my readers as possible. There is tension, fear, suspense, mystery, loads of alien ooze, and a heartwarming little love story to boot! I hope you’ll take a leap of faith and give Boom Town a read.
Lastly, I’d like to offer my host, Tamara Jones, my official “Welcome to the Family!” Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to reading Spore!
More about Boom Town:
File Size: 722 KB
Print Length: 81 pages
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 7, 2015)
Terror from below!
In the summer of 1979, Eckert, Wisconsin, was the sight of the most unique UFO encounter in history. A young couple observed a saucer-like aircraft hovering over Hollers Hill. A blue beam blasted down from the center of the craft into the hill and caused the ground to rumble for miles.
Now, thirty years later, Eckert is experiencing nightly rumbles that stir up wild rumors and garner outside attention. The earthly tremors are being blamed on everything from earthquakes to underground earth dwellers. Two pre-teens discover a pipe out behind Packard’s Flea Market uprooted by the “booms” and come into contact with the powerful ooze bubbling from within. What begins as curiosity will end in an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.
“…Stephen King-lite. (Boom Town) is quick, punchy and goes places you may not see coming before the final page is swiped or turned.” – Horror After Dark
“Boom Town is quick and entertaining read that harkens back to the 1980’s brand of small town (or intimate invasion) alien pieces. Like a reader’s digest version of Late Night Horror Television presentations (every region had one, for me it was “Fright Night Theatre”) of “Invaders From Mars”, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “Night of the Creeps” or “Xtro”” – Zachary, Mouths of Madness Podcast
“Rolfe weaves a wonderful tale of big, bad things happening to a small, good town. A sure winner!” – Hunter Shea, author of Island of the Forbidden and The Montauk Monster
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Glenn Rolfe, Bio
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy 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 three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
He is the author the ghost/mystery/thriller novella, ABRAM’S BRIDGE (Samhain Publishing, Jan. 2015) and his latest novella, a Horror/Sci-Fi mash-up, BOOM TOWN (Samhain Publishing). A full-length novel, BLOOD AND RAIN, will come out this Fall from Samhain Publishing and THINGS WE FEAR, a novella, is set to publish from Samhain in 2016.
His debut novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS (James Ward Kirk Publishing, 2014), is available now, as well as his short story collection, SLUSH (Alien Agenda Publishing, 2014).
Look for his punk rock band, The Never Nudes, on Amazon and Facebook.
Check out his website: www.glennrolfe.com