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Published by Alien Agenda Publishing on February 27, 2017
Genres: Creature Feature, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural
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Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth....
A change has come today.
After Michele Cote's best friend disappears, no one believes her story of about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.
When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
You can't destroy what you don't understand. For the small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change...for better or worse.
Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe.
BECOMING, by Glenn Rolfe, is a “creature-feaure” type of story, putting me in mind of favorite “B-horror movies”, with a hint of Lovecraftian creations thrown in for good measure. It may seem strange to describe a horror tale as “fun”, but that is exactly how it felt to me while reading this. The elements such as characters, location, weather, and most especially the small town with a population of 461, all combine to give the book a very fluid feeling. The scenes seemed to effortlessly flow from one to the next, without any jarring intrusions to snap you out of the momentum of the action taking place.
We have our initial impression of Jade Lake, in the town of Avalon, Maine, drawn as a beautiful, peaceful setting–in stark contrast to nineteen year old Clint Truman, whose physical and mental scars from years of abuse at the hands of his sadistic father, keep him apart as a character, and almost secluded from the rest of the town–mentally, if not physically. Clint is the first to notice the strange green glow from the lake, but as he is so fundamentally “hurt” inside from his daily torments, he simply returns back to his own seclusion. . .
NOT what this “Lady of Jade Lake” had in mind.
“You can’t destroy what you don’t understand.”
Then we get to some of our main characters. Fourteen year old Michele Cote and her best friend, Greg Hickey, are looking around Jade Lake. What Michele witnesses next is something that nobody believes, and Greg is listed as a “missing person”. However, Greg is just the messenger this entity had been looking for.
“One by one, we’ll all become.”
From this point on, Rolfe fills each page with non-stop action as the “Green Lady” sends out her tentacled reach in an effort to convert the entire populace. During this period, characters, their family dynamics, faults and loves, are all gradually given to the reader, forming a solid connection with the inhabitants of this little community. Although you will grow to care about many, Rolfe doesn’t hold back when it comes to gore and carnage. Several twists come out during the tale to further heighten the excitement, and bring forth an entirely new level of horror to contemplate.
“In all my years lived never have I witnessed such evil. The devil in the waters . . . “
When the final stage is set, even I was surprised at what ensued. An enjoyable read that left just enough ambiguity to give readers something further to ponder on their own.
“One-by-one, go to her. Become!”
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!