Blood And Rain: Glenn Rolfe
Reviewed By Steve Stred
KR: Please note, Kendall Reviews only recommends you buy the Cemetary Dance digital version of this book.
Boy, do I love me some werewolf fiction.
I think it all started many moons ago, when I was first scared to my core while watching The Monster Squad. Then Mr. King threw his book ‘Cycle of the Werewolf‘ at my young eyes and ever since then I’ve been such a fan of reading all things Lycanthrope.
I’ve also really enjoyed reading Glenn’s work. From first discovering his work with ‘The Window‘ to most recently reading ‘Until Summer Comes Around,’ Glenn continues to craft monster stories with music influences and characters coming together to defeat the evil.
What I liked: ‘Blood and Rain‘ follows the events surrounding some grisly killings that are at first attributed to wild animals. Rolfe quickly shares that our Sheriff knows better and that the events are related to things that occurred a few years back. As the next full moon approaches, the town is stressed and things come to a horrific head.
Rolfe always creates such fantastic characters in his work. These are people that are relatable and easy to root for. No matter what their walk in life is, we learn about what makes them tick and when push comes to shove, it creates that sorrow readers yearn for when beloved characters get ripped limb from limb.
What I didn’t like: In this case, I felt some of the book was similar to the approach used in ‘The Window,’ even though that book came after this one. It was minor stuff, but once Rolfe starts splashes the citizens with buckets of blood, the gore takes over and I soon forgot about it.
Why you should buy it: Rolfe writes some fantastic stuff and to think this is one of his earliest is amazing. The gore and brutal violence in here are great. It stands up alongside the best of the best in werewolf fiction that I’ve read and I’m a bit ashamed it took me this long to get to it. Definitely a must-read for fans of the full moon monsters, but also for fans of the horror genre in general.
Blood And Rain
Gilson Creek, Maine. A safe, rural community. Summer is here. School is out and the warm waters of Emerson Lake await. But one man’s terrible secret will unleash a nightmare straight off the silver screen.
Under the full moon, a night of terror and death re-awakens horrors long sleeping. Sheriff Joe Fischer, a man fighting for the safety of his daughter, his sanity and his community, must confront the sins of his past. Can Sheriff Fischer set Gilson Creek free from the beast hiding in its shadows, or will a small town die under a curse it can’t even comprehend?
One night can—and will—change everything.
Steve Stred is the author of a number of novels, novellas and collections. He has appeared in anthologies with some of Horror’s heaviest hitters.
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