Monday, October 12, 2015

Blood and Rain - by Glenn Rolfe - A throwback to a pure werewolf story

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Glenn Rolfe is still a relative newcomer to writing horror, but he's definitely a name worthy of your attention.  In addition to a number of short stories, Glenn has already had a couple of novella's published, the ghost story Abram's Bridge and a tale of alien slime called, Boom Town.

In Blood and Rain he turns his attention to the classic werewolf story.  Rolfe is not breaking any new ground with this story and that's OK, what he does give us is a pure tale of terror in an otherwise quiet Maine town.

The opening for the book sets the readers expectations and then Glenn does a very good job of delivering the goods.

"The light of a full moon reveals many secrets.

Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen.

Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend?

One night can—and will—change everything."

There are a number of well-developed characters in Blood and Rain.   One of my favorites is Nick Bruce who works for a rag similar in concept to the old Weekly World News and listens to Art Bell reruns on a local AM radio station.  Any horror story that mentions Art Bell automatically scores points with me.

And there are plenty of visceral images, too.  For example.

"Crimson covered the dashboard and the police detector gadget attached to it, the stereo console, the steering wheel and the seats.  Even the cup holders were filled with pools of dark fluid.  The bodies were worse.  Only the lower halves of the two people remained inside of the vehicle.  The lap bands of the seat belts were engaged, securely holding the bottoms of both bodies in place."

Blood and Rain gives the reader exactly what you would expect from a solid werewolf story and is available now in both paperback and e-book formats from  Samhain Horror.


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