The Haunted Halls, Vol. I
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Glenn Rolfe is offering up a serialized novel, two of which are available NOW from Amazon, and the first installment of which I read and am offering a review. Set in Maine, The Haunted Halls is a time-bendy tale that leaps between the 1980s (and earlier) and the present day. Even more than that, the tale twists among realities—those experienced in the cold light of day, the colder dark of night, and in the coldest grip of night terrors. At first, I believed this to be a simple “Woman In White” type of ghost story. Who could blame me? I mean, it starts with, basically, a retelling of a Woman In White story. Well, there was the water twist. And the dripping … no, wait, no spoilers. I don’t want to spoil it. Suffice it to say, there were enough twists to keep me wanting to read.
All kinds, past and present, check in to the hotel of Mr. Rolfe’s imagination. Some have pasts that will make you cringe, some have presents that make you want to hold them out at arm’s length and say to the beasties, “Here you go, honey, have at.” Some of the backstory was a bit too graphic for my taste (remember, this is my taste we’re talking about. It doesn’t take a lot for me to “get it,” and I don’t need detail like some people need, but that is always my clearly-labeled bias when it comes to reviewing).
Rolfe also has some nice turns of phrase. Some of his writing is reminiscent of older-style Gothic horror. I like that in a story. I’m one who lives for a lush description, a wedding of words, and the idea that the person writing for me is in love with the language, too. Any hack can whack you with an axe. It takes style and grace and wit to curl a hand around that hatchet and make the reader welcome every stroke. That said, there are also several places in the story where I became confused by the action and who was where and when. I’m chalking this up, however, to this being a serialized novel and not the entire story. I’m looking forward to watching Rolfe draw together what seem like disparate threads as the series progresses.
The dialog is well done and believable. The characters are drawn to life and I found myself wondering if these were people Rolfe encountered in his OWN hotel experiences. It’s an effective beginning to what promises to be a compelling series. The good news is, Volume 2 is out now as well, so if you decide this is YOUR cup of tea, you can get a refill and keep going!
Without further ado, I would like to welcome Glenn Rolfe to A Diamond In The Dark!
I’ll say what I do know about Glenn is that he is from Augusta, Maine. As for his writing? How’s about we let him talk about it.
Amy: Hey! Welcome to the blog! We’ll start with the easy stuff. Ready? If you had to sum up a description of your book in 40 words or fewer, what would you say?
Glenn: The Haunted Halls is a creepy tale that follows a cast of characters through hell. The entity bringing the trouble is a bad bitch. She is not to be messed with.
Amy: Nice! See that? You’ve got your pitch all together now! Where did you get your idea for the book?
Glenn: I work at a hotel. I walked past the pool room one night doing an overnight shift and imagined seeing someone come up and out from the pool. I imagined them being a ghost and chasing me down the hallway. I went back to my desk after that and wrote the prologue.
Amy: O__O Seriously? I mean … SERIOUSLY? You still work there? You still work there after WRITING THAT? Whoa … I know Volume 2 is out now, but when did Volume 1 hit the streets?
Glenn: Volume 1 was up at the end of January.
Amy: We talked about it being part of a series. How many installments can we look forward to?
Glenn: Six parts that will be released roughly every other month through 2013. Volume 2 came out on April 1st.
Amy: Cool! That will keep people reading through Christmas! We all know how tough it is to reach potential readers, so, in this forum with lots of potential readers looking on, what is the most important thing you’d like to share about your book?
Glenn: I love to read horror, but lately, I’ve been less than thrilled by some of the titles out there. I wanted to write something that encompassed all of my favorite authors and would keep me up all night having to know how it ends.
Amy: I agree with that. And, being a series, your readers will lovingly tell you you SUCK if you leave cliffhangers (those are terms of endearment and are meant to encourage you to write FASTER, by the way). Speaking of writing faster … What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Glenn: Time. I work 40 hours a week, go to school part time, have 3 kids, and play in a punk rock band.
Amy: Wow. You are busy! You have, however, hooked readers with a series and they won’t let you off the hook. In addition (I can’t believe I’m asking this now) to all that, what are you planning for your next writing project?
Glenn: I’m currently finishing up a novel to send to an editor, and hopefully get into the hands of a publisher before year’s end. I also have a new serial started on the Jukepop Serials website (www.jukepopserials.com). That one is called, Becoming. And I’m trying to finish up a novella for a May submission. Plus, I’m always working on short stories.
Amy: Wow. Just. Wow. Good luck to you!
And, just so everyone knows where to find Glenn Rolfe and get all addicted to his Haunted Halls series, check out these links:
The Haunted Halls Volume 1 is available as an eBook from Amazon. To make ordering easy, just click the cover art at the top of the page and it will take you out to Amazon so you can share the terror!