EXCLUSIVE! Cover Reveal for the audio edition of THE HAUNTED HALLS

Joe Hempel (Voice of Joey) finished up the audio for THE HAUNTED HALLS last week. He then got Scott Carpenter to do an all-new, exclusive cover for it.  Scott has done the covers for Blood and Rain, Chasing Ghosts, Things We Fear, Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town….And many others for the Samhain brood.

While I don’t have a release date for the audio book just yet (it will be very soon), I did receive the new artwork from Joe and Scott.

Without further ado:

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For those who have yet to enter these halls….

“an atmospheric, spine-tingler that sustains the reader’s attention until its resolution with the inclusion of vile, cringe-worthy moments that’s sure to accommodate the churning of one’s stomach. Without a shortage of unwarrantable violence, sex, and profanity, Rolfe revels in his storytelling like that of a feverish child during a winter day; blissfully engaging himself in the act of snow angels.”- Horror After Dark

“This is fantastic storytelling with copious amounts of sex and violence. Rolfe’s novel means more to me than just a King inspired horror yarn, this is a book that will proudly be displayed between John Skipp and Craig Spector’s seminal novel The Light at the End, and Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game.” – The Horror Underground

“Glenn Rolfe’s The Haunted Halls pulls out all the stops in delivering a blood-soaked, sexually charged spook show” – Peter N. Dudar, author of A Requiem for Dead Flies

“The Bruton Inn is the scariest hotel I have read about since The Overlook…”- Terry M. West, author of Heroin in the Magic Now

“Fast-paced and chilling, with eroticism and gore delivered with style.” – Russel James, author of Q Island and Dreamwalker

 

THE HAUNTED HALLS

The Bruton Inn, located outside of the small Maine city of Hollis Oaks, is home to something sinister. An icy presence has made its way from a dark past to the present day. Cold spots, shadows, and whispers permeate the halls, and guests are beginning to change.

For two front desk employees, the dark rumors are about to come to light. They call upon an urban shaman and his connection with the spirit world to dig up the truth. Will they be able to stand against this malevolent force? Or will they come face to face with something beyond their most frightful dreams.

Welcome to the Bruton Inn. The Ice Queen has arrived.

Get your eBook copy HERE

(REVIEWS) SALVAGE by Duncan Ralston and OF FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES by Chad Lutzke

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This is the first of Duncan Ralston’s works I’ve read. What a wonderful find.

SALVAGE is a ghost/mystery story centering around Owen Saddler, Rev. Everett Crouch, and the Church of the Blessed Trinity. When Owens sister, Lori, goes off to find out the truth, she winds up finding nothing but trouble. Owen sets out to discover what happened to Lori and winds up in the quiet town of Chapel Lake An array of characters, a series of nightmares, and the mystery of what lies beneath the lake lead Owen in a desperate search to solve this mystery.

There were so many cool things about this novel. The characters are all well done and believable. The mystery of what became of the town beneath the lake (Peace Falls) is a huge driving force along with the need Ralston’s writing initiates in us to discover the truth about Rev. Crouch and his flock. My favorite characters were Owen, Howie, and, surprisingly, Jo. Its always wonderful when you pass judgement on a character upon first “meeting” them only to have the author make you change your mind.

There are plenty of religious aspects to the story, as well. A lot about faith and trust, and the power that both can wield, for better or worse. All in all, a wonderful story that had some really fantastic moments. Definitely recommended reading.

I give SALVAGE 4-4.5 stars!

Get your copy of SALVAGE   HERE

aeae34_4490417dbdc44cbc883161eb9d8a5562Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. As a “grownup,” Duncan lives with his girlfriend and their dog in Toronto, where he writes dark fiction about the things that frighten, sicken, and delight him. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE (Shadow Work Publishing), the anthologies DEATH BY CHOCOLATE (Knightwatch Press), WHAT GOES AROUND (Great British Horror), Extreme Horror Author Matt Shaw‘s EASTER EGGS & BUNNY BOILERS, and the charity anthologies BURGER VAN and THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Vol. 1 (Sinister Horror Company), he is the author of the novel, SALVAGE, and the novellas EVERY PART OF THE ANIMAL and WOOM, an extreme horror Black Cover book from Matt Shaw Publications. He also co-hosts the horror podcast Screen Kings, dedicated to dissecting Stephen King movies and miniseries.

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Chad Lutzke’s novella, Of Foster Homes and Flies, is a nice change of pace for me. Its a compact little coming-of-age tale of a 12-year-old boy, his dead mother, and a spelling bee.
The twist is that his mom dies at the beginning of the book and the spelling bee he’s been living for for the last few months is still almost a week away.

Wonderfully written, this story has some real sweet spots to it. Being that it is a novella, these spots are exactly that-short but sweet. The scene with the maggots comes to mind…but also the scenes with Sam. Well done.

Lutzke professes his love for coming-of-age tales in the the “liner notes”. He can sleep well knowing that he’s added a nice little nugget under that umbrella.

Definitely worthy of your time.

I give Of Foster Homes and Flies 4 stars!

Get you copy of OF  FOSTER HOMES AND FLIES  HERE

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Chad lives in Battle Creek, MI. with his wife and children where he works as a medical language specialist. For over two decades, he has been a contributor to several different outlets in the independent music and film scene including articles, reviews, and artwork. Chad loves music, rain, sarcasm, dry humor, and cheese. He has a strong disdain for dishonesty and hard-boiled eggs.  He has written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, andScream magazines and is a regular contributor to Horror Novel Reviews, Halloweenforevermore, and Heavy Planet.  You can find his published work here.

You can also find him lurking around the following websites:

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(Review) STONE WORK by Dominic Stabile

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Stone Work is a cool, futuristic set of stories about a man-for-hire by the name of Stone. He’s been through hard luck and cheap shots, and survived a place they call, “The Wall”. Slightly disfigured, with a new found admiration of shooting the people he’s paid to, and hanging with his tech girl, Megan, Stone is just trying to get his while making it to another day.

Stone Work is a collection of three tales.

“‘Roid Rage” sets things off. We come into the story learning what we can of this cool character and his life. This one starts in one direction and then drops you into a world of mutated freaks, which Stabile has a lot of fun with, making you wonder how the heck Stone and Megan are going to get out!

“Plumb Inc.” was interesting, but not as good. It has a great direction, but for whatever reason, felt too rushed or short or…just not pushed to the borders of its potential.

“Godless City” is by far the winner of the batch of stories. This one, as with the previous stories, pulls you in right at the word go. When a stranger shows up at Stone’s door with a book that exposes the truth about the god’s of City, Stone and Megan are right back in the thick of things.
This one hit a slight hiccup in the middle, dragging out just a bit too long for me, but once Stone and Megan arrive at the church of “Walforg”, we’re in for a load of awesome.
Stabile does a great job tiptoeing around some existential religious questions here adding a layer of depth to the story. His Walforg worshipers are definitely the most interesting and brutal bunch of antagonists in Stone Work.

Overall, Stone Work showcases Stabile’s imagination and his ultimate creation, Stone. Part of writing is making the unbelievable believable and getting away with it. Stabile succeeds over and over within these pages. At times, the story had me thinking of Simon R. Green’s excellent Nightside series. That’s a plus in my book. I can’t wait to see what Stone adventures lie ahead. Take me to City and show me the truth!

I give Stone Work 4 stars!

 

 

 

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Stone Work by Dominic Stabile

Synopsis

City stands in the irradiated dunes of America, nearly two centuries after the Final War. The wall surrounding it is a buffer for the wasteland inhabitants who covet entrance, and a trap for the citizens smothering in its polluted air and drowning in its blood-filled streets.

Stone is a criminal for hire. Robbed of his loved ones and scarred almost beyond recognition, he navigates City’s darkest corners, doing some of its darkest deeds. In this collection, he’ll pursue an elusive thief, bent on raising an army of juiced up mutants. He’ll break into the office building of a mysterious corporation, only to find the executives are less into sending faxes and more into performing hexes.

In the final chapter, he’ll track a man through the Alleys of South City with the help of his tech savvy partner, Megan, and together they’ll face the sentient darkness of City’s deepest underbelly, and confront the violent potential of City’s most dangerous cults.

Part Blade Runner. Part Sin City. Stone Work is an action-packed ride through the rain-slicked streets of a dark, unforgiving urban landscape, rife with sadistic criminals, inter-dimensional abominations, and a creeping darkness that seeks to erase the last, now almost mythical traces of human goodness left in a world always teetering over the edge of its own extinction

A follow-up novel is set to be released in 2017.

Dominic Stabile, Biography

Dominic Stabile’s short fiction has appeared in Fossil Lake III: Unicornado!,SanitariumDominic_Stabile Magazine, The Horror Zine, Atticus Review, Far Horizons, and has been adapted as a radio play by Manor House Productions.

He has held jobs as a warehouse worker, cashier, bookstore associate, textbook manager, and carpenter. He’s a born southerner, transplanted to Penobscot, Maine by a desperate desire to escape retail work.

When not writing or reading, he enjoys horror, sci-fi, and noir films, westerns, and bourbon.

Read his blogs on all things horror at dominicstabile.com or via Facebook.

Praise for Dominic Stabile’s Whiskey for Breakfast

“With Whiskey for Breakfast, Dominic Stabile provides a page turning mystery that kept me guessing as to who the real killers might be….”- Brenda Casto, Readersfavorite.com

“I loved the quick pace and witty dialogue. The writing style brought to mind old school murder mystery novels even though the setting is more recent. I can’t wait for the next one!” -Jen Leboeuf, GoodReads on Whiskey for Breakfast

Purchase Links

Amazon US

Watch for more links to come!

About Mirror Matter Press

Mirror Matter Press is the sister press of Sinister Grin Press. With common ownership, Mirror Matter Press will focus on Science Fiction, Fantasy, Pulp and all fiction not strictly Horror-related. Mirror Matter Press will be bringing the best fiction to market from new and established writers.

www.mirrormatterpress.com

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(Review) THE NIGHT PARADE by Ronald Malfi

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The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi

Kensington Horror

First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer’s Folly–a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he’s bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he’s on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.

Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they’re running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .

REVIEW by Glenn Rolfe

Author, Ronald Mafli (Little Girls and Floating Staircase), delivers in his new novel, The Night Parade. In this story, Malfi unleashes the next great plague upon humanity– Wanderer’s Folly. You daydream, you forget, you see things, until you finally lose it. Some go screaming, some jump to their death, and some wander into a fiery demise. No one knows how it’s spread or why some contract it while others don’t, but one thing is certain—it’s getting worse.

It’s a story that’s been told before, but as with all familiar tropes of fiction, it is the author’s voice that provides the melody over these familiar chords that make it something new, something special. I’ve been a huge fan of Malfi since reading his novel, Snow, and that awe, that amazement over his talent I felt then grows with each novel. The Night Parade is another fine example of his incomparable grasp on storytelling.

This is a beautiful story of a man named David, and his daughter, Ellie, as they struggle with all that has just happened in their world. David has lost his wife and knows that he must do whatever he can to keep his daughter safe. Escaping into the night, they hit the highway, leaving what’s left of their quarantined town behind.

I’m not going to tell you the story. I want you to enjoy the ride yourself. Let me just say that Malfi’s ability to craft these amazing stories and characters in such tight fashion, where you breeze through nearly four-hundred pages like it was a two-hundred-page book is astonishing and wonderful. You don’t want it to end. You want it to stay a little longer, to linger, so you can wrap up in the magic and keep the cold, harsh world at bay. Yeah, even if the story is about a deadly plague. That’s a testament to how good this guys is.

I loved this book. Definitely in my Top 5 of 2016.

I give The Night Parade 5 stars!

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Ronald Malfi, Biography

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including The Night Parade, this summer’s 2016 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.

Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at http://www.ronmalfi.com.

Praise for Ronald Malfi

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade

“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”
—FearNet

“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books

“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon

“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”
Suspense Magazine

Purchase Links

Amazon

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(Giveaway) Enter for your chance to win my latest novella, CHASING GHOSTS

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Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

Chasing Ghosts

by Glenn Rolfe

Giveaway ends September 24, 2016.

See the giveaway details
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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.

Enter to win! One signed copy of from yours truly.

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Praise for CHASING GHOSTS

“Chasing Ghosts is one of the scariest books I have read in a while and it may just be Glenn’s darkest work yet…definitely my favorite novella of the year” – The Horror Bookshelf

“Rich with gore, baked with deranged backwoods madmen, and topped off with a breakneck pace, Chasing Ghosts manages to not only channel Laymon’s Beast House series, but includes more than passing nods to Jack Ketchum’s Off Season and sequels.”- Horror After Dark

“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.” – Into the Macabre

“This story is bloody, violent, and fantastic for horror lovers who aren’t squeamish. Glenn Rolfe outdid himself with this nasty little book! I highly recommend this fast paced and graphic 5 star read.” – Catherine Cavendish, author of The Pendle Curse and The Devil’s Serenade

“The horror was just enough, right there whispering in your ear, leaving you with shivers and a bad taste in your mouth. And the ending… the ending left things way too wide open for my comfort and I’m not sure I’ll sleep comfortably for a few nights at least.”  – Nikki, Amazon/GoodReads Review

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That Damn TBR Pile…What I’ve got lined up for the final quarter of 2016.

We all have that ever growing mountain of books that we want to read. Whether authors or publishers are throwing books your way, or you’re addicted to the 1-click download of each sale title on Amazon, maybe you use the library,or maybe you’re old school and enjoy thoughtfully perusing and selecting something off the shelf of your local bookstore, whatever you’re flavor,  that to-be-read pile seems insurmountable.

Believe me, I’m right there with you. This is my “planned” reads of the final quarter of the year. I love reading new books, so I can make the best Best of possible. I will miss plenty of books, but I will try.

Here’s my schedule…sort of:

SEPTEMBER

Ronald Malfi- The Night Parade    Finished.  5 stars!   MY REVIEW

Chad Lutzke- Of Foster Homes and Flies

Jack Ketchum- The Secret Life of Souls

Patrick Lacey- Dream Woods

Duncan Ralston- Salvage

OCTOBER 

Richard Chizmar- A Long December

Damien Angelica Walters- Paper Tigers

John Quick- Consequences

Kristopher Rufty- Seven Hill Road

James Newman- Odd Man Out

NOVEMBER

Paul Kane- Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell

David Bernstein- The Blue Demon

Adam Cesare- Zero Lives Remaining

Jason Murphy- The Black Goat Motorcycle Club

DECEMBER

Brian Keene- Pressure

Lee Thomas- Shine Your Light on Me

Paul Tremblay- Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

Sarah Pinborough- 13 Minutes

Joe Hill- The Fireman

 

Obviously, I may not get all of these finished, but I will try my best. I own 9 of these titles and will hit up the local library for a couple of the bigger titles.

Here’s what I’ve read so far this year: GOODREADS CHALLENGE 2016

Wish me luck!

 

What’s left on your 2016 reading list?

Welcome to THE HAUNTED HALLS: Matt Shaw re-releases my debut novel today exclusively for the Kindle!

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“More than just a King knock-off, this is a truly gruesome and fun ode to the splatterpunk days that are long since gone. This is fantastic storytelling with copious amounts of sex and violence. Rolfe’s novel means more to me than just a King inspired horror yarn, this is a book that will proudly be displayed between John Skipp and Craig Spector’s seminal novel The Light at the End, and Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game. The Haunted Halls is a tremendous read that is hard to put down.” – David Sharp, Beneath the Underground

“The Bruton Inn is the scariest hotel I have read about since the Overlook…
Glenn Rolfe runs at the front of the pack with the best of today’s emerging horror authors.” – Terry M. West, Author of Heroin in the Now and the Night Things series

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“The Haunted Halls is a terrifying novel that is full of blood and guts but most importantly – a very engaging plot. Rolfe has definitely come out of the gates swinging on his debut and has established himself as one of many excellent up and coming horror writers.” – The Horror Bookshelf

“The Haunted Halls is a fantastically creepy ghost story. The setting of the Bruton Inn works very well. For me, old hotels always seem to have a sense of history and impersonal menace. Although the ghosts you find at the Bruton are anything but impersonal. They are straight up evil and out for blood.” – Horror Maiden Reviews

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“Creepy, darkly humorous, and absolutely terrifying – yet smart and intelligent, not to mention character driven, there’s a lot going on here that will appeal to the masses. Part Laymon, part King, complete Rolfe, this is a book that any horror fan needs to read. Essential.” – Stuart Keane, Author of Grin and Charlotte

GET YOU COPY HERE:  AMAZON US      AMAZON UK     AMAZON AU   AMAZON CA

Much thanks to Matt Shaw for taking this  novel under his dark cloak and bringing it back to the light!

Any reviews are greatly appreciated. Hope this one bleeds your horror heart and scares the shit out of each and every one of you.

Stay tuned!

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