Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Review: Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe



Chasing Ghosts - Glenn Rolfe

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

My Rating:


 I received a free copy of Chasing Ghosts from Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book in return for an honest review and as part of the Hook of a Book Chasing Ghost publicity blog tour in which my blog Scarlet's Web is taking part.

If you go down to the woods today...

Chasing Ghosts had me cringing at several points. There is one particular scene, which wasn't particularly gruesome, where just the simple visual description and my imagination was enough to give me the heebie jeebies. Despite the fact that there was plenty gory goings on before and after this one particular event, my mind kept going back to it. I just couldn't get it out of my head. In the whole scheme of things it was such a small event but it gave me the mother of all cringes.

Chasing Ghosts isn't a huge read, it's around 100 pages long but there is a lot happening in those pages. Because of this it's kind of a hard one to review without giving a lot away. It launches right into the action from the first page and continues at full throttle throughout. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.

There was a great predatory atmosphere going on. The anticipation of something being just around the corner but never quite sure just when, where or who was going to be next made it a very enjoyable read. There was a nice balance of detail and visuals with just enough given to allow you to picture the scene but at the time allowing the imagination to fill in the gaps, and boy was my imagination happy to oblige. I'll be steering clear of the woods for a while.

One thing that I did notice (it's not a big deal, it's just a personal irk - when I say irk what I really mean is it irritates the heck outta me lol) was the use of "could give a shit". Surely if you 'could' give a shit it means that you do give a shit to an extent, and as a result it is possible for you to give less of a shit than you do now. Whereas if you 'couldn't' give a shit (which is the right way, just saying!) then you give so little of a shit about something that it would be impossible for you to give less of a shit than you do now. Forgive me, I'm typing this explanation at 5am in the morning on only two hours sleep from the previous night and I think my brain just exploded! I really hope it's legible. Must remember to take out all the shits when posting to Amazon cause they give a lot of shits about the shit you put in your reviews. Ok I'll stop, lol. Like I said it's just a personal thing but get it right next time! :P



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Chasing Ghosts, Synopsis
  • File Size: 340 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (August 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2016
 
The Cobbs were ignorant woods-people that died off and left nothing to fear. Locals in Naples, Maine think they know this story. But are they wrong? 

Luke Howard and his mom move to Naples and Luke’s eager to make new friends. When Jason and Davey invite him out to the abandoned Cobb place for a game they call “chasing ghosts,” he’s ready and willing. However, the boys will come to discover that some vacant houses are better left to die alone.

Meanwhile, a punk band set to play in a rented cabin out of town feel eyes upon them. Somebody’s watching, but not their usual audience. When their lead singer strays too far from the group and disappears, his band mates set out in the darkness to find him.

Police Chief Walt Henderson is about to discover that there’s more going on out in the woods of his town than he ever imagined.

Chasing ghosts is more than just some children’s game.
 

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Biography


Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy 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, Jack Ketchum, Hunter Shea, Brian Moreland 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 the author the novellas, Abram's Bridge, Boom Town, Things We Fear, and the forthcoming, Chasing Ghosts; the short fiction collection, Slush; and the novels, The Haunted Halls and Blood and Rain.

His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, was released in March 2016.

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Praise for Glenn Rolfe
 

“Things We Fear is a compulsively readable tale of obsession and dark suspense, with one of the creepiest villains I’ve encountered in recent years.” — Tim Waggoner, author of The Way of All Flesh

“Glenn Rolfe’s new thriller is addictive. A quick, compelling read. Rolfe creates tension with a minimal amount of words. His characters are so well-drawn they come alive (before they die).” — Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage

“Fast paced and tense, with one of the most interesting monsters I’ve read about in recent times.” — Patrick Lacey, author of A Debt to Be Paid

“Glenn Rolfe is quickly establishing a name for himself as one of a number of excellent new writers to ensure the horror genre is kept alive and well.” — Catherine Cavendish, author of Dark Avenging Angel

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Media, information and review copy provided as part of the Hook of a Book blog tour by Erin Al-Mehairi from Hook of a Book Media & Publicity
Follow along the tour with these hashtags: #ChasingGhosts #Rolfed #WoodsPeople





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