Q&A with Glenn Rolfe 08/2016

September 3, 2016

 

Q: What is your most recently published work?

GR: My latest is the novella, CHASING GHOSTS. Sort of a straight for the throat horror story. Inbreds in the woods make life suck for some pre-teens and a group of punk rockers in their thirties. It’s my homage to Richard Laymon and early Brian Keene.

 

Q: When did you first begin writing fiction?

 

GR: I started in 2011. After playing in punk bands for a long time, I needed something new to focus my creativity on. I loved horror books and once I started writing, I thought, “this is fucking fun.”

 

Q: How long did you write before people took you seriously?

 

GR: It was some Facebook friends that really confirmed that I had something with it. They encouraged me (Michelle and her mom, Peggy). I wrote to a bigger author and asked him if he’d check out my first three chapters. He surprised the hell out of me by saying sure and came back with some great critiques and also told me I had talent.

 

Q: How many rejections slips away from quitting did you feel early in your career?

 

GR: None. I got plenty, but I was just having so much fun. It becomes a challenge. If you learn to listen, and consider that you need to get better and you let that drive you…. That drove me. I made my first pro sale in 2012. I got $120 for a short story and thought I’d made it!I didn’t make another sale for more than a year. That humbled me real quick and got me in that me against the world attitude that every artist needs to get better.

Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He 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 of numerous novellas, collections and novels .

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Q: Do you have any stories you regret writing or releasing?

 

GR: I tried self-publishing a serial novel in 2013. It made me a lot of connections and some of my best and most loyal fans, but it was a rookie mistake.

 

Q: Is there a subject or theme you haven’t written about, but would like to, if so, why?

 

GR: I feel pretty strongly about a number of subjects I haven’t jumped into yet. I’d like to take on Global Warming, for sure. Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers ignited a fire in me that showed me you could put out a great horror story with really strong themes beneath the green haze and death. I’d like to do that.

 

Q: What is your favorite scary book and why?

 

GR: ‘SALEM’S LOT by King. It has everything I love about the genre. Great, believable characters, legit, scary fucking scenes, creepy house on a hill, and the town itself feels like a character that King slowly and painfully bleeds dry. It is the best.

 

Q: What is the dumbest thing you did as a teenager?

 

GR: Shitting on a playground slide? Dumping a bottle of piss in an open car window? Getting drunk and dipping my head in a clogged toilet of puke and piss? There are just too many classic moments. Ah, youth.

 

Q: What is your favorite horror novel 30+ years old?

 

GR: ‘SALEM’S LOT. I also love Richard Matheson’s HELL HOUSE.

 

Q: What are you reading now and is it any good?

 

GR: I just finished reading THE JERSEY DEVIL by Hunter Shea, and it is a lot of good horror fun.

 

Q: Do you listen to music while you write, if so, what genre(s)?

 

GR: Usually metal or hard rock. Danzig, Megadeth…or some Dokken.

 

Q: What was the first scary movie that you saw and what about it scared you?

 

GR: The Exorcist. And EVRYTHING about it scared me. That movie still freaks me out. I won’t watch it alone.

 

Q: What is the worst scary movie you’ve seen and why does it suck?

 

GR: Too many. I hate movies with bad acting and shitty dialog. That’s a lot of horror movies.

 

Q: How do you feel about reality TV?

 

GR: HATE IT. I think it has made a mess of our society. Trash is successful.You can be the worst human being alive and become a star. It is awful.

Luckily, scripted TV shows have come back from the brink of extinction. Shows like The Walking Dead, Fringe, True Detective, Breaking Bad, and even American Horror Story saved us from some of that shit.

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Q: If you could go a new body part anywhere on your body, what would it be, where and why?

 

GR: I wonder if I had a bigger mouth if I could sing like Steven Tyler? I’d do that.

 

Q: Are you binge watching anything right now, if so, what?

 

GR: I get caught up in NCIS, Supernatural, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. Those are my Netflix jams.

 

Q: Do you have any reoccurring dreams, if so, what are they?

 

GR: No.

I love to dream. I wish I could record them sometimes.

 

Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island with a member of the Family Matters cast, which would you choose?

 

GR: Steve Urkel, right? He’d build us a ship and get us out of there.

 

Q: If you were to write a how-to book, what would the subject be?

 

GR: How to Drink Coffee and Listen to Green Day: Waking Up the Right Way by Glenn Rolfe.

 

Q: Who’s your 80s rocker spirit animal?

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GR: Slash.  He doesn’t show off, but what he plays is fucking perfect for every song. I’d like to do that with my writing.

 

Q: If you could make a TV or literature duo a trio, which pairing would you join?

 

GR: I would have liked to be the third guy in Psyche. That USA show? Shawn and Gus were a lot of fun.

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Q: If there was a cereal made in your honor, what would be in it?

 

GR: Little green alien Marshmallows, chocolate bats, and plenty of bran.

 

Q: If you could play only one video game for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

GR: Madden football. It pretty much is the only video game I still play.

 

Q: Is there an editor you haven’t worked with, but would like to?

 

GR: Dave Thomas from Dark Fuse.

 

Q: If you were an alien, do you think you’d be more like E.T., Alf or Alien?

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GR: E.T.  I can walk around in a housecoat, drinking beer, and eating Reeses Pieces. Sounds like the life.

Q: If you could write a story with any author, living or dead, who and why?

 

GR: Ronald Malfi or Stephen King. King for the obvious reasons. He’s the best. Malfi because I love his stuff so much. I love his storytelling and his descriptive prowess. He kind of has that Slash thing I wasn’t talking about earlier—not too much, but what he lays down is brilliant.

 

Q: What are you working on now?

GR: I’m working on a few novellas and the follow-up novel to my werewolf book.

 

Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He 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 of numerous novellas, collections and novels .

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