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Nerding Out with Glenn Rolfe

First off, I would like to thank Glenn Rolfe for taking the time to answer some of my questions.  This is my first entry into the blog tour world and I’m honored to be part of it.  I’m a big fan of Rolfe’s work and I’m currently reading his new novel Blood and Rain, a badass werewolf tale released just in time for the Halloween season. 

Glenn and I took a few moments to discuss a subject of the utmost importance.  I am, of course, referring to pop-culture.  We are around the same age which means we shared roughly the same cultural POV, with similar points of reference influencing the world around us.  So let’s take a trip back to when Goonies NEVER SAY DIE, the Fat Boys were disorderly, and Dokken dared to challenge that bastard son of 100 maniacs, Freddy Krueger, with unwavering courage fueled only by the power of rock.

Note: Not all questions will pertain to the 1980s. Any semblance of continuity here is completely coincidental.

Duane Mincel:  What is your favorite werewolf flick?

Glenn Rolfe:  The Howling.  As much as I love Silver Bullet (I mean, Gary Busey and Corey Haim? C’mon how rad!), The Howling is just untouchable. From the story to the special effects…that werewolf transformation is the shit. I also tend to get turned on by it. My wife rolls her eyes every time I mention that movie. Elisabeth Brooks as a horny werewolf? Everything about this movie brings out the beast in me.  

Duane Mincel:  Give me your top 3 desert island albums.

Glenn Rolfe:  Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses; Darkness on the Edge of Town by Bruce Springsteen; and for some fun and sun 1989 by Taylor Swift.

Duane Mincel:  What would your dream film collaboration be between two different artists, be it director, actor, writer?  I’m talking about a teaming of talents from any era.  Envision, in an alternate-universe, Hitchcock directing Britney Spears in a psychological thriller version of Crossroads.

Glenn Rolfe:  Ha! I like that one. I always thought Adam Sandler could have made a good badass in a Tarantino flick. Not the funny version, but that psycho explosive version of the Sandman, ya know? I think 10 years ago, that might have been awesome.

And with all the rumors of Scarlett Johansson doing Creature from the Black Lagoon? Imagine if she did and that was directed by Clint Eastwood? His movies always look so great. He’s a phenomenal director. I’d love to see him take on a horror flick.

Duane Mincel:  Seriously, how great is Stephen King?

Glenn Rolfe:  The best storyteller out there, man. I look to him most. He doesn’t go by all the writing rules. He’s not as clean and perfect as “writers” want him to be, but dammit if he can’t spin the tale, any tale, like nobody else. His characters are always so real. His voice is perfect every time. ‘Salem’s Lot is my favorite book ever, but I also love stuff like Joyland, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and The Green Mile. I’m reading Bag of Bones right now…so good.

Duane Mincel:  What is your impression of the horror community as a whole and how has being a part of this community influenced your life?

Glenn Rolfe:  There’s a lot going on. From classic, to literary, to bizarro, and all the rest. I won’t discuss what I don’t care for. I like to keep it on the pros, but yeah, man, it’s a fairly healthy beast right now. You have the top dogs like King and Barker, then you have guys like Maberry who is right there. Then you have our amazing independent scene. Publishers like Samhain, Dark Fuse, Deadite, and upstarts like Crystal Lake and Perpetual Motion Machine…You also have a slew of self-pubbed guys like Iain Rob Wright and Scott Nicholson who are killing it.

As for how I fit in, I’m just happy that since horror is still that misfit when it comes to “real” writers, we tend to gravitate toward one another and share this very cool unifying family vibe. All Hermies and Rudolphs are welcomed on this island of outcasts. I’m happy and grateful to be allowed through the gate.

Glenn showing his gentler side

Duane Mincel:  If you had to be a monster, while still generally adhering to the universally agreed upon mythos of said beast, what type of monster would you be?

Glenn Rolfe:  Wererolfe. :) You know, the change would suck, being away from the wife and kids every full moon would bite…but, heck yes! Let me howl at the moon and race through the woods at night. You wanna talk about running out your problem? Getting some aggressions out? Perfect, man..

Duane Mincel:  Choose Your Zombie Apocalypse Team:  You get to pick 3 fictional characters from ANY universe to be part of your zombie apocalypse team of survivors.  The only stipulation is that they have to be human, without any supernatural powers or abilities in the paranormal, psychic, or magical arts.  Who do you pick? 

Glenn Rolfe:  Okay, Black Widow (film version)…Scarlett? I mean how could you not, right? She kicks ass and she’s gorgeous. John McClane-yippy-ki-yah, mother fucker. You wanna talk about surviving? And last, but not least-- I’m bringing in The Bride, baby. Beatrix Kiddo. My team is going to smoke the hell outta the zombie wasteland.

Duane Mincel:  Basically, all life experiences and general themes can be filtered through the lens of a horror novel, short story, etc.  The creative versatility that can be utilized within the horror genre is one of its main appeals.  Do you have aspirations to dabble into other literary genres? 

Glenn Rolfe:  Absolutely. I’ll never stop writing horror, but I don’t want to be pigeon holed into any genre. I want free reign. I have a couple of stories set aside, just basic ideas, that are non-horror. One is a mystery/thriller; the other is a total drama piece. I’m hoping to continue building my writing skills through horror and hopefully, when I feel like I have this writing thing down, I’ll write these other two novels. And to suggest that horror is any less than other genres…that’s not what I’m implying. I just think in horror you have your monsters and your killers to lean on, for me, I think writing without those crutches is a terrifying prospect. And I think that’s what makes me want to do it more.

Go pick up Glenn’s new book, Blood and Rain, from all major booksellers.  Links provided below.  And join me next month for the second installment of Nerding Out, as I sit down with another rising star in the horror genre to discuss all things slighly serious and certainly silly. 


Blood and Rain, Synopsis

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.

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Biography, Glenn Rolfe

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 novellas, Abram's Bridge, Boom Town, and the forthcoming, Things We Fear (March, 2016), the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain (October 2015). His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, will be released in March, 2016.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!


Praise for Blood and Rain

“A major new talent rises from the Maine woods…Rolfe is the real deal, and Blood and Rain is a classic monster novel, full of blood and teeth and the kind of razor sharp writing that makes the pages sing. Small town horror is back, with a vengeance!” –Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Sparrow Rock, Diablo: Storm of Light and Day One

"With slashing claws and blood-soaked fur, Blood and Rain will have you howling in terror and delight. A welcome addition to the werewolf mythos, and proof that we're in the presence of a rising star in the genre. Highly recommended!" -Ronald Malfi, author of The Floating Staircase

“Rolfe tells a tale that captures your attention like King without all of the wordiness. He also spills the red stuff like Laymon…” – Into the Macabre

“Blood and Rain is a monumental piece of horror fiction. It represents everything I love about werewolves, creature features, siege films, and everything else in between. It is still early in the year, but this is a clear cut candidate for my favorite book of 2015.” — Horror Underground

“Wow! Easily one of the best werewolf books I’ve ever read.” – Hunter Shea, author of Tortures of the Damned and The Dover Demon

“Some good ‘ol fashion violence and gore…” – Jason Parent, author of Seeing Evil

“Glenn Rolfe takes a swing at the werewolf genre and hits a home run.” – Russell James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

“…not just another werewolf story, Rolfe has managed to take the werewolf to a-whole-nother level…” – Horror Novel Reviews

 “The best werewolf novel I’ve read since Jeff Strand’s Wolf Hunt.”–Horror After Dark


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For a chance to win a print copy of Glenn Rolfe’s short story collection, Slush, or a chance to win your choice of any of his titles in e-book format, go to the link below for the Rafflecopter sign-up. Good luck! The print copy is only good for those in the United States. Questions can be referred to Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook(at)hotmail(dot)com.