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An Interview with Glenn Rolfe

Published April 1, 2017 by MommaCat

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Please tell us about your upcoming books and their production schedule.

I’m currently talking about my re-released pieces. My first novel, THE HAUNTED HALLS, the story of an evil-as-all-hell spirit that takes up residence at a small Maine inn and wreaks all sorts of havoc, has a new eBook edition from Matt Shaw Publications and a new, beautiful print edition from Shadow Work Publishing. Two of my Samhain Publishing novellas just came back out in new editions from Crossroad Press, too. ABRAM’S BRIDGE is a small town mystery/ghost story. Has more of a Ketchum vibe with real life horror at home. THINGS WE FEAR is probably my most ambitious novella in regards to how many issues I tried to tackle within its pages. Each character has their own fight with fear, and of course, it all comes together like one immense car crash. Those are available now.

My next new release will be my novel, BECOMING. I’m aiming to get it out for April 1st. 

This one is about a town where people are vanishing or changing. The stranger things get, the more trouble my three main characters realize they are truly in. Inspired by a mix of James A. Moore’s RABID GROWTH and King’s THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, I’m excited for people to read this one.

Who are the authors that have influenced your writing the most?

For me, King, of course, and Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, and more recently Ronald Malfi and Brian Moreland.

I love the way King and Ketchum work horror into reality. That’s what makes them so huge. Little is just nuts and fun, Laymon had a way of bringing this insanity and viciousness into a pulpy, movie-like realm and keeping you at the edge of your seat. He got a bit ridiculous at times, but like the other, he was fearless in his writing.

Malfi and Moreland are the two authors I look at as my modern gold standard. To me, they’re head and shoulders above the rest right now. They should be publishing with the majors. They are my next King and Ketchum. Their writing is beautiful and characters and stories are fresh and inspiring.

Who would you like to have drinks with?

Well, I had a drink in my hand and a good buzz when talking to Jack Ketchum at a Samhain after-party…does that count?

That was cool. I’d love to have a beer and take in a Red Sox game with King. Can we get that arranged?

If you could live in (or just visit) any world, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

Man, I’d love to visit Australia. It seems so cool. I mean, besides all their freaky, poisonous critters. I’d consider moving to the west coast of the US, too. New Mexico, Arizona, or maybe Oregon or Northern California.

Most authors have held many many jobs on their way to becoming successful. What are some of the jobs you have had?

Too many. I loved delivering newspapers in the middle of the night. Did that for a long time for extra money. I’d listen to Coast to Coast AM and get all freaked out. Also worked at movie theaters a few times. Free movies is always a great benefit. My current hotel job allows for a lot of reading time during the day and writing time on my overnights.

If you were able to trade bodies with one person for one day who would it be and why?

Axl Rose. I’d love to get up there with that voice and those songs, with Slash and Duff and just go for it.

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What are you reading now?

I just started Stephen King’s IT and Michael McDowell’s THE ELEMENTALS. I’ve never read either of them. I’m already in reading heaven.

I’m also going to squeeze in Kristopher Rufty’s new one, SOMETHING VIOLENT.

Do you have any guilty pleasure books/authors? You know the ones…stuff you don’t let your friends see you reading.

Not really. I don’t care what people think. I can admit to enjoying Dan Brown, can’t I?

THE DAVINCI CODE is amazing. I don’t think “page turner” has ever been more appropriate.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing or reading?

Hang with my wife and kids and listen to tunes or watch movies.

What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen King, Bruce Springsteen, Noel Gallagher, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Irwin.

How do you want the world to remember you?

However they want, just remember me! I hope to leave a few great books behind.

He’s off to a great start!  This is one author you won’t soon forget.

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I read Abram’s Bridge.  This was a ghost story that was every bit as poignant and heartwrenching as anything to come from the pen of Willie Meikle. Originally published by the now defunct Samhain, it is currently being published by Crossroads Press.  I believe it was Glenn’s debut novella.

It depicts the dark side of life in a small, rural town.  Secrets are handed down from generation to generation.  You’ll be glad you read this.

Buy ABRAM’S BRIDGE at Amazon.com

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An Interview with Willie Meikle

Published March 1, 2015 by MommaCat

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1) We’ve talked about DANCERS before, how it’s both of our personal favorite of your short stories; would you talk about that story a little bit and how you came to write it?

It was the second story I wrote, and the first I sold, way back in 1992. The writer’s magazine, WRITER’S NEWS in the UK ran an annual ghost story anthology and I had a go. I had an idea of an old man in a snowy cemetery, and it just grew from there. It got 2nd place in the competition, earned me 100 pounds, and has since appeared in three newspapers, been read on three radio stations, appeared in six foreign languages and been made into a short movie. Not bad for something that took me two hours flat out to write while sitting on a train :—)

2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

I like the comforts of the present day right here, but if I had to go somewhere else, it would probably be The Shire, for a beer, a smoke and a chinwag with Bilbo and Gandalf before all that nasty business with Sauron.

3) What are the next three books you plan to read?

On the shelf I have:  Ray Russell’s SARDONICUS, Adam Nevill’s HOUSE OF SHADOWS, Dashiell Hammett’s THE GLASS KEY.

4) Do you consider yourself handy around the house?

Nope — apart from in the kitchen. I can cook pretty well but any kind of DIY is mostly beyond me.

5) What’s your comfort food?

Apart from beer? Pizza — homemade with a lot of chilies and more cheese than is healthy.

6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

Stephen King. I’d smuggle a chapter of mine into his current WIP.

7) Where is the last place you went on holiday?

Alberta in Canada, staying in Banff and Jasper and driving among the Rockies in late April while the snow was still on them. We had a great time.

8) Who would you like to co-author a book with?

Of the dead, William Hope Hodgson. I’d love to work on a Carnacki novel with him. Of the recently dead, David Gemmell — I’d have loved to do a Jon Shannow, Jerusalem Man novel. Of the living, Brian Lumley to work on a new NECROSCOPE book or Michael Moorcock to resurrect the Eternal Champion.

9) What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Robert Louis Stevenson — my favorite writer of all time, Alexander the Great — every dinner party needs a megalomaniac, Lao-Tsu for some philosophy, Marilyn Monroe — just because it’s Marilyn, Bessie Smith  for some songs and serious drinking.

10) Would you talk about your upcoming books and their production schedule?

2014 was another stellar year for me on the writing; another year of maintaining full time status, and some really nice story and book sales along the way.

I’ve had novels and novellas published by the likes of DarkFuse and Dark Regions Press, collections from Dark Renaissance and Crystal Lake, a handful of new audiobooks from Gryphonwood, some very nice Lovecraftian sales, and I repeated the trick of selling a story to Nature Futures along the way to reaching double figures in pro short story sales for the third year in a row.

So there was all of that, which was nice. But I can’t go resting on any laurels yet. There’s a whole slew of things lined up for 2015 and beyond.

Coming very soon Sherlock Holmes: The Hackney Horrors (novella) (TPB) / Dark Renaissance Sherlock Holmes: The Lost Husband (novella) (TPB) / Dark Renaissance Sherlock Holmes: The Long Sleep (novella) (TPB) / Dark Renaissance Sherlock Holmes: The London Terrors (3 novella omnibus) (HC) / Dark Renaissance Myth and Monsters (collection) (TPB) / Knightwatch Feb 2015 Tormentor (novella) (HC) / DarkFuse Apr 2015 The Dunfield Terror (novel) (HC / TPB) / DarkFuse Jun / Jul 2015 The House on the Moors (novella) (HC) / Dark Renaissance Sep 2015 Pentacle (novella) (HC) / DarkFuse TBA Sherlock Holmes: The Dreaming Man (novelette) (HC / TPB) / Dark Renaissance TBA Berserker and Other Cryptids (collection) (TPB) / Knightwatch On the short story front, I have a story coming in a major new Sherlock Holmes collection and a whole bunch of pro Lovecraftian tales lined up in anthologies. There are more audio books lined up, and more foreign language editions, including The Amulet in German, Island Life in Spanish and the three Midnight Eye Books in Portugese.

Alongside all of that, I am contracted for three more novels for DarkFuse to take me up to 2017 at least and I’m currently waiting on publisher feedback on a new Carnacki collection.

11) How do you want the world to remember you?

As a good man and a good storyteller. In that order.

It was great having a look inside your mind today, Willie. Thank you so much for visiting Cat After Dark. I hope you’ll come back and tip a few with us again soon.  

Visit Willie’s blog. Follow him on Twitter @williemeikle. Find him on Facebook.

*Dancers can be found in Willie’s story collection SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES 

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