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{Review} Where Nightmares Begin by Glenn Rolfe

by Glenn Rolfe
Published by Samhain Publishing on 3.8.16
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Psychological Horror
Pages: 216
Format: eARC
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Monsters can hide anywhere. Under a bridge, below the earth…or behind a smile.

Abram’s Bridge

When Li'l Ron realizes the beautiful girl he met under Abram’s Bridge is a ghost, he sets out to make things right for Sweet Kate. His quest leads him into a tangle of small-town secrets as he uncovers a story of heartbreak, violence…and fear.

Boom Town

Thirty years after a notorious UFO encounter, the town of Eckert, Wisconsin, is besieged by mysterious rumbles from deep in the earth. As the earthly tremors grow stronger, two pre-teens discover a dislodged pipe spewing a strange, bubbling ooze. Their curiosity unleashes an afternoon of unbridled terror for the entire town.

Things We Fear

Emily Young can’t deny her attraction to Aaron Jackson, the Ed Tech from her Fairington Elementary classroom, but fears she’ll be hurt again. Aaron is determined to overcome his drowning phobia and enjoy the sun and the sand of Maine’s best beach town.

But real fear lurks closer than they think. Fairington harbors a psychopath seething with hell-bent rage—and he’s got his sights set on Emily.

Where Nightmares Begin is a collection of three novellas, one of which I’d previously read. I’ve also read Mr. Rolfe’s short novel, Blood and Rain, which I enjoyed, so I was happy to try out this collection when it came up for review here at HAD.

Abram’s Bridge-This is the novella I read previously. However, I noticed some improvements in the writing since my original read, so my rating has changed. This is a ghost/revenge story with a gritty cast of characters, fast pacing and a satisfying denouement. 3.5*

Boom Town-A few years back there were stories in the news about a town which was experiencing mysterious “booms” and it seems that this story is loosely based on that town. In real life, the mystery was solved, but in this book, only the reader is fully privy to the cause of the booms.  The premise was (mostly) original, the execution was good and it left me wanting more. (Which, it turns out, I’m going to get because Glenn is working on a sequel.) This was my favorite story in the collection. 4*

Things We Fear– This novella was cool for a few reasons. First, it was set in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, which is a place I’ve visited dozens of times. I always get a little thrill when I’m familiar with the setting in a book. (I’ve eaten those Pier Fries and I’ve ridden rides in Palace Playland.) Second, the author was brave enough not to give this the “happily ever after” ending, which I love and respect. I did not feel though, that the premise was truly original, but that’s okay, because Things We Fear was still a fun ride. 3.5*

When I add these ratings together, I come up with a 3.66 and since that option is not available, I rounded it up to 4 stars even. I think that Glenn Rolfe is an author to watch. I’ve already seen improvements in his writing and it is my firm belief that it’s only going to get better. When he becomes a famous, rich guy I hope he remembers that I said this.

Recommended for fans of dark fiction novellas, ghost stories, serial killer tales, and those who love OOB.

*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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About Glenn Rolfe

Biography

“A vital part of this generation.” – Brian Keene, author of THE COMPLEX and THE RISING

Glenn Rolfe is an author/singer/songwriter 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, Ronald Malfi, Jack Ketchum, 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 a Splatterpunk Award nominee and the author of Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Abram’s Bridge, Things We Fear, and the collections, A Box Full of Monsters, Out of Range, Slush. and Land of Bones.
Check out his latest novel, The Window.

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

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