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Published by Sinister Grin Press on August 1st 2016
Genres: Dark Fiction, Extreme Horror, Fiction, Horror
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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.
CHASING GHOSTS, by Glenn Rolfe, didn’t waste any time in getting the reader into the “creepy atmosphere” and sending them plunging into the depths of a blood-drenched mystery. This fast paced novella put me in mind of some of the works of Jack Ketchum, in terms of unabashed savagery and body count, but with a touch of emotional connection that Rolfe utilizes to play on the readers’ sympathies.
We first see young Jesse storming out of his trailer to bike over to meet his friends, Davey, and the new boy in town, Luke. In response to his father, Derek’s, question as to where he was going, Jesse replied: “Chasing ghosts. . . “
They were off to a wooded, isolated area that was rumored to be filled with “redneck cannibals”–of course that was where the neighborhood boys went to prove their “courage”. It all began with a prank at the house of the reclusive Zachariah Cobb–a house that Jesse knew should have been empty . . .
From there, we get to know a little more about Jesse’s parents, Heather and Derek, both falling apart from their son’s disappearance. It doesn’t take long before they begin chasing ghosts of their own.
Aside from some new characters, the bulk of this story is fueled by adrenaline, murders, and the mystery behind it all. Fans of the genre will find no shortage of gore and horrific mutilations to satisfy themselves. Rolfe gives us just enough to make our skin crawl, and then backs off–leaving us mentally begging for more.
One of the better backwoods stories I’ve read in quite a while! My only criticism is that, given the characters and scope of this novella, I would have loved to see it expanded into a full-length novel.
“. . . knew what happened to . . . He’d finally caught up to all those ghosts.”
About Glenn Rolfe
“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!