Bleeding Springsteen: How Bruce’s Writing Inspires this Weirdo.

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I recently posted a list of fifteen writers who have had an influence on my work. One of those writers was Bruce Springsteen. Does he write books? No, but he does write stories. He creates characters and places and moments in his songs that breathe just as well as Jack Torrance or Scout Finch. You’ve lived in his towns. You’ve felt the pain of losing someone close to you and the joy of doing the things you love. He writes about things that have influenced his day-to-day life as well as yours, and he does so effortlessly. Okay, he makes it seem that way, but I’m sure he fights for his words as hard as any of us writers do.

There are plenty of authors who mention the impact of his work in their own. Brian Keene is the big one that comes to mind (he does have a book called, Darkness on the Edge of Town). For me, it’s that magical ability to make you feel something. His stories are so heartfelt. And the fact that he usually shies away from simple nonsense lyrics, choosing instead to bust his ass conveying an emotion that won’t let him rest that makes all the difference. And you really have to be gifted to succeed at this time and time again.

His lyrics are beautiful, haunting, desperate, and celebratory. His characters feel real and his stories are our own. That’s the magic. His songs resonate. It’s how he started with his debut album in ’73 and is still going today. It’s why he is so beloved by his fans and why being in the crowd at a Springsteen show is like being at church on Sunday morning. His hymns are eternal, yet he takes to that stage night after night after night to earn our appreciation.

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He could ride off into the sunset, retire and relax, but he won’t. His wheels are always rolling, those gears always shifting. There’s always something inside that needs to get out. And that’s how I feel as a writer. It’s why I hear a line a Springsteen song and think–there. Like Brian Keene, I was moved to write a book based on Bruce’s words. When he sings, my wheels start rolling:

Tell her there’s a spot out ‘neath Abram’s Bridge
And tell her there’s a darkness on the edge of town
There’s a darkness on the edge of town

Well, everybody’s got a secret Sonny
Something that they just can’t face
Some folks spend their whole lives trying to keep it
They carry it with them every step that they take…”

I was trying to write a ghost story for a writing group and I had the album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, playing in my headphones. And it was like I heard those lyrics, truly, for the first time.  What is this secret? What’s going on under Abram’s Bridge? What is this darkness? I compelled then and there to discover all of this for myself. I wound up writing my first published novella, Abram’s Bridge.

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Like Bradbury or Matheson to King, Springsteen has provided me with my own desires and questions and what if’s and those moments of magic. I said in a comment on that post that his work bleeds into my own. The story above shows the direct line, and it is far from the only one. His catalog of songs is immense and still growing. For me, he is the Stephen King of songwriters. The body of work is incredible and inspirational.  Whether through sadness and despair of songs like “The Promise” or “Lost in the Flood”, the storytelling of “Jungleland” or “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, or the youthful energy and excitement of “Born to Run” or “Badlands” or the controversial and poignant, “American Skin (41 Shots)”, Bruce Springsteen ignites the fire inside this writer’s heart and soul, and I praise him for it.

The rangers had a homecoming in Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants, together they take a stab at romance and disappear down Flamingo Lane

Well the Maximum Lawman run down Flamingo chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids ’round here look just like shadows, always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand down in Jungleland

 

Burce’s official biography comes out next month, September 27th. It’s called, Born to Run, and it is the first penned by “The Boss” himself.

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Pre order your copy HERE

 

REVIEWS for CHASING GHOSTS

My latest book, CHASING GHOSTS (Sinister Grin Press), came out just under two weeks ago.  I set out to honor some of my horror idols (Richard Laymon and Brian Keene) with this piece, and judging from the early reviews, I just might be hitting my mark.

 

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.” – The Eyes of Madness

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“Chasing Ghosts is a disturbing bloodbath, with some moments of extreme gore, and is an emotionally draining read, but it sure was a nice diversion.A bloody, disgusting read…I loved it!” -Frank Michaels Errington

“With shades of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, Rolfe also summons his inner-Laymon and, in my opinion, outdoes what his predecessor couldn’t do.With Chasing Ghosts, the characters feel like people that we already know facing problems that you can honestly believe – a missing son, infidelity, working stiffs looking to blow off some steam on the weekend. It’s all there and done very well by Rolfe.” – Into The Macabre

CHASING GHOSTS is gory, violent, and very, very scary. If you have a fear of isolated rural forested areas; if you ever wonder if the legends of backwoods inbreeding cannibalistic clans are true; if you just believe in genetic mutations; then this is the story for you.” – Mallory Heart Reviews

“There was a great predatory atmosphere going on. The anticipation of something being just around the corner but never quite sure just when, where or who was going to be next made it a very enjoyable read. There was a nice balance of detail and visuals with just enough given to allow you to picture the scene but at the time allowing the imagination to fill in the gaps, and boy was my imagination happy to oblige. I’ll be steering clear of the woods for a while.” – Scarlet’s Web

” Chasing Ghosts is a blistering, mile-a-minute ride into fear, desperation, and depravity. The villains, the notorious Cobb family, are suitably creepy, with a definite throwback to the near-primitive maniacs found in Richard Laymon’s mountain novels or Jack Ketchum’s cannibalistic ones.” – John Quick, author of Consequences

“(Glenn Rolfe)holds nothing back…with Chasing Ghosts, he brings us – for me at least – his most explicit horror story thus far. The violence is graphic and had me physically wincing. The story grabbed every one of my senses and the ending left me wondering … ” – Catherine Cavendish, author of The Devils Serenade and The Pendle Curse

 

Be sure to follow the reviews and the blog tour by clicking on the photo below:

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The Origins of OUT OF RANGE

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In the days prior to the release of my new novella with Sinister Grin Press, CHASING GHOSTS, I put out a set of alien short stories called, OUT OF RANGE. Since most of the press and guest posts I’ll be doing on my promotional tours will be centered around CHASING GHOSTS, I figured I’d share some info on OUT OF RANGE here on my site.

When I heard from Max Booth III that Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing was doing an anthology called, LOST SIGNALS, I knew I had to write something for it. The very first thing that came to mind was the title, “Out of Range”.  I stole the title from an Ani DiFranco song. I wrote this story and absolutely loved it. I sent it in to Max and he messaged me this: “That was a hard one to let go, definitely. People will love it once you release it…” I mentioned  to him that it would go into my next collection. I was going to put that collection together this summer, but with two releases set for August and September, I decided to try something different. I had this one story that I loved, but I also had two other alien horror stories sitting around that I thought were awesome, as well. So, at the end of the day, I decided to put the  threesome together and release them for 99 cents.

Here’s a quick bit on each of the stories contained in OUT OF RANGE.

“Not of this World”

First, it’s a Danzig song, second, it was going to be the title of the next short story collection. When I decided to write a story to match that title, this is what came out. What I ended up with is the story of a pregnant couple that turns upside down in a horrible way. It is my ode to John Carpenter’s The Thing.  I thought, “What if that creature or something like it, landed in a suburban neighborhood instead of the icy Antarctica?”  I love how it turned out.

“The Astronauts”

This one is a step above a Flash Fiction piece. It is very short, but I think equally potent in its delivery. The aliens (the Astronauts) have come and taken over. The cluster of humans that are left are huddled together in little pockets and living in squalor. The aliens keeping track of their every move and every secret. I can’t tell you more without giving it away, so you’ll have to check it out. This story originally appeared for a week last year on Rich Duncan’s blog, The Horror Bookshelf. Rich is a supporter of my work and I thought it’d be cool to give him something special. Thanks again, Rich!

“Out of Range”

In this story, the aliens send a signal that they are coming….and it’s not exactly friendly. The story has more heart than the previous ones. I imagined what it would be like if single Glenn lived in this world and had to help take care of his niece and nephew. It was pretty easy to create the relationship between the main character and his niece, because I just imagined myself and my teenage niece, Jillian, in this setting. I believe this one to be the most well-rounded of the batch. The first is viscous, the second is thought-provoking, but “Out of Range” has a bit of it all.  Funny story, a reviewer who had just finished LOST SIGNALS read OUT OF RANGE a couple weeks later and mentioned in his review that it would have fit perfectly in the anthology.

The set is available now in eBook exclusively through Amazon. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can nab a copy to read there, too.Reviews are welcome!  Good or bad, honesty works best.

You can grab a copy of OUT OF RANGE HERE

CHASING GHOSTS is also available in eBook and Print. Purchase a copy HERE 

And here is the over , cover art, cover copy, and Amazon link  for the LOST SIGNALS Anthology from Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing:

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What’s that sound? Do you feel it?

The signals are already inside you. You never even had a chance.

A tome of horror fiction featuring radio waves, numbers stations, rogue transmissions, and other unimaginable sounds you only wish were fiction. Forget about what’s hiding in the shadows, and start worrying about what’s hiding in the dead air.

With stories by Matthew M. Bartlett, T.E. Grau, Joseph Bouthiette Jr., Josh Malerman, David James Keaton, Tony Burgess, Michael Paul Gonzalez, George Cotronis, Betty Rocksteady, Christopher Slatsky, Amanda Hard, Gabino Iglesias, Dyer Wilk, Ashlee Scheuerman, Matt Andrew, H.F. Arnold, John C. Foster, Vince Darcangelo, Regina Solomond, Joshua Chaplinsky, Damien Angelica Walters, Paul Michael Anderson, and James Newman. Also includes an introduction from World Fantasy-award-winning author, Scott Nicolay.

Purchase the eBook or Print edition of LOST SIGNALS HERE

 

 

 

RELEASE DAY! CHASING GHOSTS is HERE!

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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.

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Yes, the day is here. My latest novella, CHASING GHOSTS (Sinister Grin Press), is out today and available in eBook and Print. This is my first piece for Sinister Grin Press and I think they are the perfect home for the piece. Last summer I started re-reading The Woods Are Dark by Richard Laymon. twenty pages in, I got the overwhelming urge to craft my own piece of Laymon-esque horror. He’s long been a favorite of mine, and I walked that Laymon line with my first novel, The Haunted Halls, but I hadn’t  written anything as rough as that since. Well, maybe some parts of Blood and Rain fit the bill, but as a whole, I purposely tried to force myself out of that box. Well, I was compelled to jump back in.

I dedicated this novella to Laymon, Brian Keene, Jack Kecthum, and Jonathan Janz. That should tell you the direction I wanted go in.  I’m not any of those amazing writers, but I sure had fun scribbling this little story into existence. I think it has that old Leisure Books paperback feel to it, and I hope, if you do decide to buy a copy,  it gives you a few hours of fun or at least makes you think twice about venturing to see your favorite band play a show in the woods.🙂

Anyways, I hope you dig it, and as always, any shares/re-tweets/word-of-mouth is greatly appreciated. #SharetheHorror

You can follow all the forthcoming reviews and posts for the promotional tour (courtesy of Hook of a Book Media)  here:

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And be sure to visit my Amazon page for some sweet 99 cent deals (Things We Fear and Out of Range) .   Glenn Rolfe at Amazon.com

 

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Scares That Care: What a Weekend!

I recently attended my first Scares That Care Weekend. I have to start off by thanking fellow author and friend, Matt Manochio, who jumped in to save the day. I was about to cancel my trip when Matt stepped up and offered me a ride and a room. He said if I could make it to Jersey, he’d make sure we got there.

DAY ONE

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We got to Virginia, set up, and then…I had to go run the 5K. It was hot as hell and I hadn’t run in some time, but I did my best and finished 56 out of over 150 participants. I’ll take that. So, I come back in sweaty and with a cool new Scares That Care t-shirt and a cool medal. I’m happy. Matt and I worked the table and made some sweet sales. By the end of the night, we were zonked.

DAY TWO

Saturday was great for sales. We moved a lot of units and met a lot of fine folks. I think I finally got face time with like four or five Good Reads/Facebook friends that I’d never met before. Brian and Nick are the first two that come to mind. Thanks, guys!

At five pm , it was time for Patrick Lacey and I to do our readings. We found out David Bernstein had come in too late to make his reading Friday, so we pulled him into ours.

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We all read from our short story collections. Sleep Paralysis, A Mixed Bag of Blood, and Slush.

After the reading and before the mayhem….

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And then…the party started. We (Patrick and Carissa, David and Sandy, and Matt and I) grabbed a table and got ready for some dinner, drinks (lots of drinks), and Scareyoke.

It was here that i got to hang for a few minutes with one of my favorite writers, Ronald Malfi. He also kicked up some ’90’s dust with a great rendition of a Live song. I got up and did Vacation by The Go Go’s.Matt Serafini and Adam Cesare also grabbed the mic for some Rocky Horror Picture Show and Grease tunes.

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And drinks. Did I mention the drinks?

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Yeah, it was pretty epic.

I stumbled across Bryan Smith and his new bride, Jen. We talked some Guns N’ Roses and somehow I started doing Ric Flair impressions until Bryan and Jen went back inside and some dudes I can’t remember let me share their Uber back to the Super 8.

From there, rather than put Matt through my possible puke moans, I stayed outside until I felt well enough to sleep without spinning. I ended up passing out on the sidewalk by our room and opening my eyes as the sun was just coming up.

 

DAY THREE (aka The Hangover 4)

I had to run around and let people know I survived. Matt took on a larger role as the salesman, letting me rest half-zoned out for the first few hours. Thank you again, Matt.

As the day headed to a close, I made my way to the bigger authors next door to our room. I got to chill for a bit with Kristopher Rufty, Ronald Malfi, and managed to squeeze in a quick hug with my bud, Jonathan Janz.

Then, I had a terrific conversation with Brian Keene. He bought a copy of my book and made me sign it.If you had told me in 2004, when I bought The Rising, that ten years later he’d be buying my book? Yeah, I would have told you to fuck off.

The gig was over. It was time to go home.

I suck at getting pictures during these types of events. The ones you see above were mostly from those I was hanging out with. Next time….next time…

Matt and I got back to Jersey by like 1 am. I left for Maine in the morning and got home safe and sound to my wife and three monkeys.

I have to say thanks (again) to Matt Manochio for everything. To my wife for letting me go do this. To Patrick and Carissa Lacey for being so damn cool. To David Bernstein and Sandy for also being wicked awesome. To all of those I met and hung out with. To all of those folks who bought copies of my books, and to Brian Keene and his guys that throw this whole event together. It’s to raise money for those in need, and it also gives us a place to chill out and get crazy.

AND…if you guys want to help out these families that Scares That Care take care of, you can do so year-round by going to this link: DONATE.

Until next year!

 

 

The Go Go’s Vacation from Myfanwi Meyrick on Vimeo.

New Release, New Deal: Aliens and Things We Fear– It’s a 99 cent summer!

I have two sweet deals for you!

I grew up loving alien movies. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Flight of the Navigator, the TV series, V. These started my love affair. Then I found Alien, The Thing, Fire in the Sky, and The Watch. There’s a billion others, but those are some of my favorites.

After years of listening to Art Bell and George Noory on Coast to Coast AM, I finally scribbled my first alien-themed tale, my novella, BOOM TOWN.  It just wasn’t enough.

Today, I present to you three more tales of extra-terrestrial horror….OUT of RANGE.

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Edited by Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi (Hook of Book Media), with a fantastic cover from Jason Lynch (Jlynchgraphics.com), and an alien-tastic foreword by the great Hunter Shea (author of The Dover Demon and The Jersey Devil), this trio of alien/horror stories is coming at you for the nice price of 99 cents!

Featuring my stories: “Not of This World”, “The Astronauts”, and “Out of Range”

Grab you copy:   AMAZON US   AMAZON UK 

Also, my last novella, the thriller,  THINGS WE FEAR, is on sale until the end of August for 99 cents, too.

 

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?

  • 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 and The Last Mile
  • “Whoa! Glenn Rolfe is on a roll! Following the success of his last book, Blood and Rain, he has another gripping story to tell, Things We Fear. This story has all the makings of a good horror flick. We have a plot within a plot that intersects at just the right moment. The chills are there, the characters are identifiable and the intensity of their actions all make for an entertaining time. All in all, well worth the price of admission!” – Horror Novel Reviews
  • “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.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • “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… a testament to Rolfe’s growing ability to spin a story that sets him apart from his peers and displays the talent of a horror author that wants to do far more than scare you – he also wants you to think.” – Beneath the Underground
  • “Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller (Things We Fear) is addictive. A quick, compelling read.” – Duncan Ralston,author of SALVAGE
  • Things We Fear is a taught,character-driven tale of terror that delves way too close to reality and makes you wonder who may be watching you.” – David Bernstein, author of A Mixed Bag of Blood and Relic of Death

Grab a copy :   AMAZON   BARNES AND NOBLE

Some sweet summer deals!

Stay tuned for the release of my next horrorific novella, CHASING GHOSTS (Sinister Grin Press, Aug. 1st) and the re-release of my novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS (Matt Shaw Publications, Sept 3rd).

Also, I’ll be attending Scares That Care in Williamsburg, Virginia this coming weekend. Stop by the vendors room and find Matt Manochio and myself signing books and wearing masks–yeah, just look for Krampus and the Wolf Man!

 

Stay Frosty, people!

 

 

(INTERVIEW) SISTERS OF SLAUGHTER TALK MAYAN BLUE

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At some point in mid-2015, I started hearing about these two sisters that wrote horror together. After the release of my novel, Blood and Rain, I was welcomed into the Facebook Wolf Pack. Among those first to welcome me was Michelle Garza (half of the Sisters of Slaughter- the Sisters of Slaughter moniker refers to Michelle and her twin sister, Melissa Lason). Michelle and I started up a pretty cool friendship and I’m grateful for it.

Fast forward just a bit and Michelle tells me that the Sisters of Slaughter will be putting out their first novel, MAYAN BLUE, with Sinister Grin Press. I got an early glimpse of the amazing cover and was totally on board.

The book came out a little earlier this summer. I started seeing lots of super positive reviews and my already high expectations grew. This could have been bad….it is so easy to get disappointed when your expectations are up in the clouds. I’m happy to confess MAYAN BLUE lived up to the hype. (You can peep my review HERE)

I was happy to get the opportunity to interview these awesome ladies. So, without further adu…..I give you, the Sisters of Slaughter (Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason)

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Glenn Rolfe: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me! And thanks for writing such a great horror story. Let’s start with that novel (Mayan Blue from Sinister Grin Press).

I’ve read that you guys did a lot of research for it. I find the Mayan culture and people extremely fascinating which is a huge lure to a story like this. Of all the information you guys uncovered, what are a few of the things that really blew you away? And did they make it into the book?

Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason– There were definitely a few things that either didn’t make it in there or we changed a bit, like a few of the trials people are put through in Xibalba. For instance, the ball court where human heads were used as balls for the games and even a few of the underworld deities we weren’t able to add though they were really intriguing.

GR: I mentioned to you two the other day about an episode I saw of Expedition Unknown (Travel Channel) that I caught right as I was finishing up Mayan Blue. They focused on a pre-Aztec community built around the city of Teotihuacan. They found some cool tunnels and chambers beneath a pyramid and found that they had a huge mine of green obsidian.

Your Mayans do a lot of damage in this story with obsidian. Was it fun getting to dig into all this history and getting the opportunity to use some old weapons and legends that maybe we don’t see a lot of in horror? I mean, these guys seemed perfect for a story of this nature. How did it open up your creative freedom compared to a more traditional horror world like werewolves or serial killers?

M&M– We’ve always been fascinated with ancient civilizations, how they lived, who they prayed to and how they killed, so getting to use the obsidian daggers for removing organs was right up our alley. We really love mythology and often turn to it for inspiration so this book became a mixture of things we really dig. We also decided early on that our first novel had to be about something kinda unique so it would stand out and get people into reading our stuff, plus some guy wrote a book called “Blood and Rain” and we knew we couldn’t top it with any werewolf book we could possibly write.😉

GR: I mentioned in my review that you guys got to utilize some great imagery in this piece. I really like the owl headed creatures and the inclusion of owls in general. Such cool and mysterious animals. Also, the simian army had a slight Wizard of Oz feel which of course scared the bejesus outta me as a kid. Which of these freaks and creeps was your favorite to create and why?

M&M– Definitely the Wayobs, the owlmen, It was our chance to throw a shapeshifter in the story. They could be either Owl or Men or somewhere freakishly in between, absolutely remorseless in their killing and liked to taunt their victims a bit.

GR: Obviously, being the Sisters of Slaughter, you managed to make this one mean and nasty piece of work. I caught glimpses of early Brian Keene in here. Was Brian a big influence? And who else really gets your horror juices flowing past and present.

M&M– We Dig Brian Keene and have always looked up to him as a writer, he’s read Mayan Blue and gave it his stamp of approval which is like some crazy dream come true. We also enjoy Jonathan Janz, James Newman, Ronald Kelly, Shane McKenzie, Adam Cesare. Just to name a few.

GR: I find it amazing that you two collaborate on these stories. You couldn’t tell. It was freaking seamless. How does it come off so natural? Have you ever butted heads on a part, and if so, how does that compromise come down?

M&M– We think it is because we’ve written together since we were eight years old, it’s just how we’ve always done it. We also have creepy twin powers and it feels like we are sharing the same brain. It’s like our wonder twin powers activate into the form of a horror writer and we kinda meld together until the story is complete. We’ve never had major issues when working on a story, if we come to a part that we both don’t agree on then it gets changed or tossed.

GR: Michelle, what do admire most about Melissa’s writing?

Michelle– She comes up with some really good twists that really helps take a story to the next level.

GR: And Melissa, what do you admire most about Michelle’s?

Melissa– I like the way she can figure out how to end stories, she helps make those links in my brain to get to that final scene and make it really good.

GR: Lastly, what can we expect in the next year or so from you two, oh, and any chances of you guys doing solo work (just asking, not looking to start a split)?

M&M– We are writing a horror novel and a sci-fi novel at the moment. We will also be in a couple short story anthologies. In 2017 we’ve already agreed to write a horror novel and a dark fantasy novel as well. J

GR: Thanks, ladies, for taking time out for me. Rock on!

M&M– Many thanks, Wolfbrother!!! You rule so hard for taking the time to read Mayan Blue and setting up this interview. We really appreciate your support and friendship. J

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Mayan Blue, Synopsis

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  • Publication Date: May 25, 2016

 

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Xibalba, home of torture and sacrifice, is the kingdom of the lord of death. He stalked the night in the guise of a putrefied corpse, with the head of an owl and adorned with a necklace of disembodied eyes that hung from nerve cords. He commanded legions of shapeshifting creatures, spectral shamans, and corpses hungry for the flesh of the living. The Mayans feared him and his realm of horror. He sat atop his pyramid temple surrounded by his demon kings and demanded sacrifices of blood and beating hearts as tribute to him and his ghostly world.

These legends, along with those that lived in fear of them, have been dead and gone for centuries. Yet now, a doorway has been opened in Georgia. A group of college students seek their missing professor, a man who has secretly uncovered the answer to one of history’s greatest mysteries. However, what they find is more than the evidence of a hidden civilization. It’s also a gateway to a world of living nightmares.

Biography

Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza have been writing together since they were little girls. Dubbed The Sisters of Slaughter by the editors of Fireside Press. They are constantly working together on new stories in the horror and dark fantasy genres. Their work has been included in FRESH MEAT published by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by Fireside Press, WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction.

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Praise for Mayan Blue

From the outset, Garza and Lason let the blood spill, plunging their small cast of characters into the depths of Mayan hell. There’s plenty of action to go around as the group is confronted with a number of horrors, from the labyrinthine and booby-trapped maze of the newly discovered Mayan temple to the angry gods and their owl-headed, sharp-clawed servants.” –Michael Hicks, Author of Convergence

“Their short works are wonderful to read. However this book proves that they can tackle longer works without missing a beat.” –Tom, GoodReads

“These two show no quarter dragging the characters–and by extension, the reader–into the depths of the Mayan version of Hell. There’s vividness to the scenes they craft that made me want to make sure I was reading in full daylight, or at least with most of the lights on.” –John Quick, Author of Consequences

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