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Glenn Rolfe ‘The Haunted Halls’ Review


Written by: Matt Molgaard

You don’t flirt with the Bruton Inn’s Ice Queen. The bitch will tear you to pieces. No, I mean that. She’s violent as all Hell; and Glenn Rolfe relays her existence and physical abrasiveness in savage, straight forward fashion that circumnavigates atmosphere only to collide face first with primal violence… and boy does it work.

Your typical haunted house (or inn, in this case) tale proffers slow burn shocks and frugally dispatched sequences of outright terror. But those stories work wonderfully in manufacturing that tangible sense of unease that doesn’t seem to want to part ways immediately after wrapping the book. Think Shirley Jackson’s, “The Haunting of Hill House”, one of the most frightening novels ever crafted. It’s not frightening because of the gruesome imagery we do see, it’s paralyzing because of everything we don’t see.

Glenn Rolfe said screw that idea, let’s rip apart the stereotypes and expected!

I really can’t get too deep into the plot of the story, at probably 12-14k words, this one is brief, and it’s really only a glorified introduction. The story doesn’t wrap with a tidy red bow adorning the package. There’s more to come. I’m guessing a lot more. There are too many unanswered questions tossed in the direction of the reader to imagine this one being remotely near completed, but Rolfe assures us of that with a simple “To Be Continued…”

I’m waiting.

Rolfe’s prose is consistently articulate, and he nails dialogue wonderfully. His descriptive nature is rewarding without flirting with the boundaries of wordiness and that’s an admirable talent. Glenn’s a guy who tells a smooth story, easy to follow – despite the breakneck speed at which it unfolds – and genuinely engaging. In addition, I’ve got to say that the man’s constant tributes are a welcomed addition for me, who happens to be a former musician and current film critic (you now know to expect frequent music and film nods) myself. That’s good stuff there Glenn!

Order The Haunted Halls right here. If you go the ebook route, you cannot lose. This is well worth a buck!

Rating: 3/5

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

2 Comments on Glenn Rolfe ‘The Haunted Halls’ Review

  1. Wayne C. Rogers // March 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm // Reply

    This is the first part out of six serialized stories that will make up his horror novel, The Haunted Halls. All of of them are planned to be out this year. The second part is due in April. Since I seldom read e-books, I’m hoping this will come out in paperback.


  2. thats cool to know – I got a kick out of this opener! I suggest people look into this one.


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