“Ex Libris The Eyes of Madness, simple reviews from a simple reader…”
Zakk reviews Becoming by Glenn Rolfe, 370 pages published by Alien Agenda Publishing, Feb. 27th, 2017.
“Despite his burgeoning gifts, he couldn’t break Jack Truman’s stranglehold. He bowed his head on his way down the cluttered hall and walked past shelves of books no one had touched since his mother’s passing. She’d been the reader, and the peace beneath the home’s slanted roof. And apparently, the cage to the monster his father had hidden away.”
Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.
After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story of about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.
When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse.
“A vital part of this generation.” -Brian Keene, author of THE COMPLEX and THE RISING
“Entering the darkness, the trees dancing with the wind, he felt the gift surge within him. Standing at the edge of the woods, dripping wet, the green haze radiated from his eyes, and cast the soil and rocks in its emerald glow. He smiled, extending his arms into their new forms. He lashed out with the tentacles, slapping branches from his path. Trees thinned as the trailer park came into sight. Outdoor lights illuminated porches and front yards, new and old cars and trucks parked silent and still. Inside, families gathered and zoned into their plethora of devices, distracted from reality, unaware of the creature in the dark.”
I got hit with the Glenn Rolfe bug a few years back with his awesome hotel scarefest, The Haunted Halls. I was won over pretty quickly, one could say that I Got Rolfed! And each subsequent release and charmed it’s way onto my Kindle or into my life. Glenn’s work taps directly into what I loved about horror when I first fell in love with the genre. His writing style/ subject matter and my reading interests flow along the same vibe, a common wavelength making a connection with the work a seamless event. Saying it’s a kindred spirit kind of thing is the only way that I can put words to describe reading a Glenn Rolfe Horror.
And this all applies directly to Becoming as well, a great time of a read that plays out like something you’d find yourself watching as part of Sunday afternoon matinee double feature or even on late night premium cable. The vibrations resonating through the words are equal part body snatcher, IT (on a much smaller scale) and Croatoan lore. Becoming is fast paced, constantly amped up, and hella fun. Which is pretty much pare for the course for Mr. Rolfe.
I greatly enjoyed the dramatis personae pushing this yarn along. There aren’t any insanely deep or complicated characters here, but there doesn’t need to be and it wouldn’t really fit if there were. What you, the reader, do get is realistic, damaged, characters acting in a grounded fashion, speaking and interacting in a realistic manner. It really is a big deal to the health of a read. The dynamic between Clint and his abusive father is bleak, heavy, commanding. And the shift in personalities as folks “Become”, especially the interaction between Laura and her aunt, is a treat. It’s the backbone of Becoming with the creepiness, the grotesqueness fleshing out and bedazzling the read.
SEEEEE the horror! RUUUUN for your lives! FEEEEEL the Becoming! This weekend at DRIVE-IN!
“Shane felt sorry for the kid. Losing his mother, having a difficult father, and now having to shepherd the man to his death couldn’t be easy. No wonder the guy was so suspect of everyone. Still, the smirk hadn’t been there before. People only grin like that when they know something that you don’t.”
When it comes to Glenn Rolfe brand fiction I am all-in, all the time. I’m not afraid to say that I gush at the mention of a new GlennRolfeHorror, and the felling Becoming offers is no different. It’s a lot of fun and I stand behind it as a recommended read.
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I read Becoming via paid Kindle Unlimited subscription. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
Praise for BECOMING
“Old-fashioned creature feature…BECOMING is raw horror.” – The Haunted Reading Room
“Classic horror. Original and entertaining.” – Catherine Cavendish, author of THE PENDLE CURSE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE
“BECOMING shows that Rolfe is indeed, becoming a force to be reckoned with. Back in the day when John Saul, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King, were getting started in their horror writing careers, this was the type of story they would write and I would want to read.” – Horror Novel Reviews
“BECOMING is a creepy horror tale with depth. Rolfe proves he’s a master of capturing the essence of small towns–how communities come together, for good or ill. Claustrophobic!” – J.H. Moncrieff, author of CITY OF GHOSTS and MONSTER IN OUR WAKE
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, Chasing Ghosts; the short fiction collection, Slush; and the novels, The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain.
Visit Glenn at www.glennrolfe.com
Follow him on Twitter @grolfehorrror
Find him on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Follower. (That last one is Glenn’s idea of a joke).
Get your copy of BECOMING here: http://mybook.to/GetBecoming