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{Review} THE WINDOW, Glenn Rolfe

{Review} THE WINDOW, Glenn RolfeTHE WINDOW by Glenn Rolfe
Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 28, 2018
Pages: 339
Format: eBook
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What kind of demons await you tonight?

For Richie, life's constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father's behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night?
Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is Jame's imagination getting the best of him?

Summer's almost over.
And life is about to change.
Will James be able to save his father? Or is it already too late?

The Window holds the answers...and the key.

The new and terrifying novel from Glenn Rolfe, author of LAND OF BONES and BECOMING.

THE WINDOW, by Glenn Rolfe, is a novel that had virtually everything you could ask for in a horror story. There was great characterization, some “coming-of-age” themes, demonic possession, evil, torture–both mental and physical–betrayal, tests of loyalty, and an ever present feeling of fear.

Did I mention the demons?

After the initial, jolting introduction, we meet our main characters. James is a young teenager, trying to adjust to his parents’ divorce, changing feelings, and a forced move. His father, Richie, lives in a trailer with his new girlfriend–shrouded in despondency over what he feels are his own weaknesses. He doesn’t have enough work to support them, and his son was taken away from the town he grew up in, and all of his friends. Rolfe does a great job of showing us his all-too-human faults. The reader can instantly sympathize with both he and James, and feel the turmoil in each of their lives.

“. . . but need and want are not mutually exclusive, are they?”

When James gets to spend part of the summer with his father, we get a real “coming-of-age” story with his maturing, growth, and the dynamics between he and his three best friends–Carrie being the only female.

“. . . Thankfully, Eric’s brain didn’t spark with the same amount of brightness as most of their friends . . . “

When the supernatural enters into the equation, the situation is one that the reader can readily accept, due to the prior build up of the primary characters. Not only can we believe in their actions, but we can sympathize and understand why they do what they do. This takes the story to a higher level, mentally.

“. . . wasn’t your normal problem. In fact . . . this wasn’t even close to being a normal situation.”

Overall, a unique story where even the demons have attainable goals, great characterization all around, and a coming-of-age angle that blends perfectly into the direction of the novel. Rolfe certainly shows his growth as an author with this emotional and action-packed tale.

“. . . There was no light without the darkness.”


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!


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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