Published by Alien Agenda Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Creature Feature, Horror, Science Fiction, Suspense
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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 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 town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change...for better or worse.
Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe. Includes the bonus novella, Boom Town.
Becoming, the latest release from up and coming writer Glenn Rolfe, is the story of a small town in the US under quiet attack from some kind of thing that lives in the local lake. You see, this thing drags a few people down into the depths, does something to them, and when they emerge, they aren’t the people their family, friends and neighbours once knew. Oh no. For one, their eyes emit a glowing green luminescence; while their appendages are capable of, well … Their family, friends and neighbours will soon find out exactly what new abilities are on offer as they are dragged, kicking and screaming, toward the lake where the thing lies waiting …
Like most of us, Rolfe is an unabashed fan of Stephen King. So it is no surprise that this latest slice of small town horror reads a great deal like early Stephen King-lite. The characters are fewer in number, and far less complex in their arcs, but Rolfe does just enough to sketch in his main protagonists so that they feel like largely believable characters. In fact, I believe one character even makes reference to the novel of King’s I was most reminded of while reading Becoming, and that is The Tommyknockers.
There is also an Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibe to this one, as Rolfe later in the novel plays with characters not revealing their intent until a better opportunity comes along.
Like most Rolfe novels, Becoming moves at a very brisk pace. Though, that said, I was pleased to see that he has grown as a writer, reducing the number of characters who exist only to die very quickly, and replacing them with more page-time for the main characters who he wants the reader to invest in. Becoming is probably also less graphic than some of his previous work, which is by no-means a bad thing, as there would be little need for this book to become an all-out gorefest.
Overall, Rolfe has delivered another enjoyable slice of small town horror, which should satisfy most creature feature fans. There are a few speed bumps here and there in terms of an awkward turn of phrase or dialogue that does not quite ring true, and I was a little disappointed in the somewhat convenient finale, but otherwise, there is much to enjoy within the pages of Becoming.
Oh and Rolfe is kind enough to include his novella Boom Town at the end of this one – a book I previously reviewed and enjoyed quite a bit. So how can you go wrong with two for the price of one?
3.5 Extreme Desires to Fit In for Becoming.
Full disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you think I’ve therefore improved my score on this basis, you haven’t read (enough of) my previous reviews.