I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.LAND OF BONES: 14 Tales of the Strange and Macabre by Glenn Rolfe
Published by Alien Agenda Publishing on February 22, 2018
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Noir, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Suspense
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"A rising star in the genre!" – Ronald Malfi, author of BONE WHITE
"A vital part of this generation." – Brian Keene, author THE RISING
Demon lights, granted wishes, strange things, and brutal love at the Lucky Lounge Motel. A haunted sister, desperate parents, a little human touch, and the end of the world…
These are the stories whispered among dead leaves, the script etched bare for all to see. When the chills sink deep and your heart begins to pound…are you alone?
Welcome to Glenn Rolfe’s LAND OF BONES
14 tales of the strange and macabre
LAND OF BONES: 14 Tales of the Strange and Macabre, by Glenn Rolfe, is a collection that centers on feelings of “loss”, in many different forms. The feelings he evokes through these stories are genuine, and several had resonated with me particularly well since they showcased some of my own fears. They range in topic from everyday human losses, to more subtle, psychological ones, and the supernatural.
Personal favorites of mine included:
–“Death Lights”: This story featured Lee Buhl, a character I remembered from one of Rolfe’s novels, THE HAUNTED HALLS. Here, he reprises his role of a demon-fighting shaman in an all new tale.
–“The Fixer”: This one begins with the poignant emotion of sorrow, crushing loss, and despair. When a strange man makes the offer to “fix” things, you just know that something is off-kilter here. Although, the story rings true in a way, as a grieving parent will chose to latch onto any hope given to them, no matter how improbable.
–“Ghosts of Spears Corner”: A supernatural tale that I absolutely loved. Part coming-of-age, and all tinged with horror, every part about this one came as a surprise to me.
–“Little Bunny”: My initial thought on this story was simply, “Wow!”. This one had it all, from psychological, emotional, and visceral horror, completely wrapped up in a tale that we only get glimpses into the full account of. Alice in Wonderland, this is not! Note to self: Never follow the little bunny . . .
–“Simon”: One of the shorter entries in this collection, and yet one I have to say was my personal favorite (with “Little Bunny” a close second). This one showcases how danger can lurk anywhere, under any guise, when vulnerable children are about. A gut-renching tale with an original concept that I have to admire.
Overall, I felt that LAND OF BONES is a collection with many varied “types” of tales to captivate the attention of horror-lovers. Each of these selections was unique in both setting and characters, paying homage to all the different types of “loss” we have to contend with. A great collection with literally “something for everyone”.