Hi friends, good to see you all again. Seems like forever. Let’s talk about fear. Fear is a guarantee in life, from the rational to the irrational, we all experience it in some form of fashion. It seems as though the more fulfilling we live our lives, the more that fear can creep in.
What do you fear?
I have a fear about swimming in open bodies of water. I also have a fear of heights. These are not crippling by any means but it does make some activities difficult. Flying was the the biggest hurdle for a while, and roller coasters. Over the last couple of years I’ve taken steps to, maybe not overcome this fear, but at least to deal with it. It’s all turned out ok.
I also have a fear of over the state of the world. The craziness we see everyday that seems to be constantly escalating. That keeps me up at night sometimes, with my biggest primal fear taunting me, the idea of being separated or away from my loved ones when the shit hits the fan. I’ve balked at vacation plans over this borderline irrational fear.
Today Glenn Rolfe, author of Things We Fear, swings by to talk about something we can all relate to now and again. Mr. Rolfe, the floor is yours.
By Glenn Rolfe, Author of Things We Fear
Things We Fear is a novella that deals with the things in life that steal your breath or cause such anxiety that you can’t move, bust into a cold sweat, or keep you awake well into those restless hours of the night. It also steps into every day territory dealing with body image and people who can’t take no for an answer.
I feel like the stories in my small library of manuscripts have tested different waters. They all float (down here) around horror, but I like to do things a little different each time out. Boom Town visited alien slime, Blood and Rain howled with the wolf man, and my short story collection, Slush, was all over the place. If Things We Fear is on the same highway of any of my previous efforts, I would say it comes closest to my first novella, Abram’s Bridge. Less horror, more suspense/thriller, this new piece is definitely not going to satisfy your thirst for blood. Instead, I hope it challenges your mind. I hope it dips into your reservations, into your insecurities, and unsettles you from the inside.
Some of my personal fears are present here in a character named, Aaron. The one way I hope I don’t die? Drowning. Growing up, I remember traveling Route 126 through Litchfield and Gardiner. There was one spot where we have this old bridge that made a lot of noise when we drove over it. However, before the bridge there is a spot where the only thing between the river and the road was a tiny guardrail. On icy or snowy Maine nights, driving by this particular patch always made my chest tight and my stomach turn upside down. I would either close my eyes or watch my mother’s white-knuckle grip on the wheel. Either way, I was definitely in the backseat praying.
There is a dam just after the loud bridge. Just after the damthere’s a place we called “The Ropes.” It’s basically a tree with a rope tied to it that leans out over the more timid part of the river. Yes, maybe it should be called “The Rope,” but kids don’t care about that sort of thing. I went there many times with my buddies during the summers growing up and Tarzaned my way into the waters on a fairly regular basis. I love swimming. I think my fear of drowning is based mostly in the idea of being in a car that plunges into the water… So, there’s this one time I swing out and decided to spin. I felt like I hadn’t gone out far enough, so I stuck my foot out intending to stop on the tree, drop in the water, and get out and try again. Well, did I mention I was spinning? Yep, my foot lines up, but I’m twirling. BAM! I dropped into the water all right. Luckily, my buddies were there to fetch my dumb ass out of the water.
I carried these memories and settings into Things We Fear in hopes of giving the story a more authentic feel. And as much as it is about these fears, it is also about how some of us choose to face our fears. Do we hide from them or take them on? Do we feign bravery or actually dive in head first?
I hope you’ll get caught up in the moments with me and the cast of this novella. I hope you have to know how it all turns out. And I thank you for giving Things We Fear a chance.
Thank you Glenn for taking the time to give a little insight into your work. And thank you, reader, for taking the time to stop by. It means a lot to me on both accounts.
ZDubbz (The Eyes of Madness)
Things We Fear, Synopsis
• Print length: 98 pages
• Publisher: Samhain Horror
• Publication date: March 8, 2016
Summer has just begun, and fear is in season.
School’s out, and the faculty at Fairington Elementary School are free for the summer. Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her classroom, but she’s afraid of being hurt again. Meanwhile, Aaron is determined not to let his phobia of drowning prevent him from enjoying the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.
But they’re about to learn real fear. Fairington is home to a monster. Phys Ed teacher Matt Holmes has more to offer the ladies than a perfect smile. He’s a killer and he’s got his sights set on Emily.
Who at Fairington will conquer their fears? And who will fall to a psychopath’s hellbent rage?
Print Length: 219 pages;
A collection of the three novellas Boom Town, Abram’s Bridge, Things We Fear
Publisher: Samhain Horror
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Available Print and Digital
Monsters can hide anywhere. Under a bridge, below the earth…or behind a smile.
When Lil Ron realizes the beautiful girl he met under Abram’s Bridge is a ghost, he sets out to make things right for Sweet Kate. His quest leads him into a tangle of small-town secrets as he uncovers a story of heartbreak, violence…and fear.
Thirty years after a notorious UFO encounter, the town of Eckert, Wisconsin, is besieged by mysterious rumbles from deep in the earth. As the earthly tremors grow stronger, two pre-teens discover a dislodged pipe spewing a strange, bubbling ooze. Their curiosity unleashes an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.
Things We Fear
Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her Fairington Elementary classroom, but fears she’ll be hurt again. Aaron is determined to overcome his drowning phobia and enjoy the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.
But real fear lurks closer than they think. Fairington harbors a psychopath seething with hell-bent rage—and he’s got his sights set on Emily.
Biography of 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 his latest, 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 also be released in March 2016. His next book, Chasing Ghosts, will be coming by 2017.
He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!
Praise for Things We Fear
“Things We Fear is a compulsively readable tale of obsession and dark suspense, with one of the creepiest villains I’ve encountered in recent years.” — Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh
“Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller is addictive. A quick, compelling read. Rolfe creates tension with a minimal amount of words. His characters are so well-drawn they come alive (before they die).” — Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage
“Fast paced and tense, with one of the most interesting monsters I’ve read about in recent times.” — Patrick Lacey, author of A Debt to Be Paid
“Glenn Rolfe is quickly establishing a name for himself as one of a number of excellent new writers to ensure the horror genre is kept alive and well. His previous books – Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town and Blood and Rain – have also served to show the extensive breadth of his imagination and Things We Fear carries on that trend. Quite simply, each story is fresh, new, exciting, and unpredictable.” — Catherine Cavendish, author of Dark Avenging Angel
“In this frighteningly real look at true horror, Rolfe manages to up the ante of tension while balancing genuinely heartbreaking moments, while showcasing his talent for creating unforgettable characters placed in equally unforgettable moments.” — David, Beneath The Underground
“There is a definite old school feel about this novella. It isn’t an over the top gore fest. Instead, what we have is a tense, psychological thriller that builds steadily towards a fitting climax.” -Adrian Shotbolt, at Ginger Nuts of Horror
Praise for Abram’s Bridge (a novella within Where Nightmares Begin)
“This is a stellar debut from Glenn Rolfe, a tale that will give you chills as much as it will make you question the hardness in men’s hearts and the spirit of redemption.” -Hunter Shea, Author of The Montauk Monster and Island of the Forbidden
“If you’re looking for a page-turning who-done-it with a touch of the supernatural and a solid all around story that satisfies, then look no further.” -David Bernstein, author of Goblins and Unhinged
Praise for Boom Town (a novella within Where Nightmares Begin)
“Short and sharp, Glenn Rolfe’s BOOM TOWN packs in in for a novella. An excellent blend of horror and sci-fi, with way more character development than you usually see in a shorter work like this.” -Russell James, Author of Q Island
“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.” -Rich, The Horror Bookshelf
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