Zakk reviews Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

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Zakk reviews Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe, 144 pages published by Sinister Grin Press, 2016.

“Jesse knew it was a bad decision. His dad always said it was sacrilegious to mess with dead things. It was even worse to fuck with the Cobb house. The guy who lived there had supposedly ate his own baby. This was the guy who had “lost” his other daughter, and later, nearly died himself dragging his wife to the road after they were attacked by a rabid bobcat. Zachariah Cobb was a man better left alone.”

Synopsis:

The Cobbs were ignorant woods-people that died off and left nothing to fear. Locals in Naples, Maine think they know this story. But are they wrong?

Luke Howard and his mom move to Naples and Luke’s eager to make new friends. When Jason and Davey invite him out to the abandoned Cobb place for a game they call “chasing ghosts,” he’s ready and willing. However, the boys will come to discover that some vacant houses are better left to die alone.

Meanwhile, a punk band set to play in a rented cabin out of town feel eyes upon them. Somebody’s watching, but not their usual audience. When their lead singer strays too far from the group and disappears, his band mates set out in the darkness to find him.

Police Chief Walt Henderson is about to discover that there’s more going on out in the woods of his town than he ever imagined.

Chasing ghosts is more than just some children’s game.

“He opened the bike up. After a few minutes, he let off the throttle. He slowed to a stop near Cobb Road. He knew the boys liked to ride bicycles out here and cause the old guy trouble. Ghosts. They always said they were chasing ghosts. Derek never liked it much, that they came here, but he never believed all that stuff they said about Zachariah Cobb, either. Besides, boys will be boys. They need something to keep them busy.

It was the last thing his boy had said to him before going out. He’d asked his son where he was going and Jesse had said, ‘chasing ghosts.'”

Any opportunity to get caught up, to get Rolfed, by new Glenn Rolfe fiction is a cause for celebration. All reader bias front and center, stand at attention, Glenn has quickly become one of my favorite authors in the current dark fiction scene. His work taps into everything I love about horror. Not just the splatter and gore, not only chills & thrills, but also the giddy anticipation of being trapped in the spectacle of shadows. It channels everything that captured me as a young lad, as I was cutting my teeth in the genre.

In swaggers Chasing Ghosts, 6’8″ and looking to kill. It is a deceptively titled quick read and Mr. Rolfe’s first release with Sinister Grin Press, a great pairing, if I may say so. The first of many, one can hope.

Chasing Ghosts is a vicious backwoods romp that gives you nary a moment to collect your bearings. The narrative escalates quickly, savagely, maintaining the amped-up speed through to the finale. It’s a blast of a read, especially if you’re a root-for-the-antagonist type of fan.

True to Glenn Rolfe from, Chasing Ghosts is populated with a great cast of entertaining characters, it’s a bit unfortunate that most don’t get to hang out longer, giving us readers more time to form of a connection. But that’s how it goes sometimes. Safety is fleeting at the best of times, an illusion at the worst. And here no one is safe.

Which will be apparent early on. The violence is robust and gnarly, just what I needed to quench my bloodlust.

So if you find yourself craving a bit of moonshine tinged revenge, take Chasing Ghosts for a spin, I think you’ll dig it.

“Luke grabbed Davey’s forearm and tugged him backward.

Davey shook him off and bolted forward.

Luke watched Jesse disappear into the house. His boots bumped up over the sill and then vanished.”

Overall score: 4.5/ 5

Zakk is a big dumb animal!

**Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher/ publicist on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.


Biography

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, Jack Ketchum, Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland and many others. 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, Things We Fear, and the forthcoming, Chasing Ghosts; the short fiction collection, Slush; and the novels, The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain.

His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, was released in March 2016.

Praise for Glenn Rolfe

“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.” — Catherine Cavendish, author of Dark Avenging Angel

“There is a definite old school feel about this novella (Things We Fear). 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


Purchase Links

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Sinister Grin Press
Also available in paperback!


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