Friday, January 4, 2019

THE WINDOW by Glenn Rolfe

Publisher: Alien Agenda Publishing
Published: September 28, 2018
Pages: 255

I've read several books by Glenn Rolfe. My favorites are BECOMING and ABRAM'S BRIDGE. He can write with the best of them. His stories are complex and compelling. To me, THE WINDOW is one of the best books Rolfe has ever written. 

What kind of demons await you tonight? 

That's a loaded question, isn't it? Especially for Richie. He's lost his business and his wife. Richie drinks more than usual as of late and the depression has set in, leaving him susceptible to lustful demons. His soon to be 14 year old son, Richie, is having a rather terrible summer, but he's looking to turn it around by visiting his father. After all, they've missed each other for quite some time. 

I will never look at windows or mirrors the same way again. The Window is a coming of age story. The story is filled with friendships, separation of parents, bullies, and so much more. Richie starts acting strange. James notices and takes action, along with his friends, of course. The Window is a tale of possession and good vs. evil. 

The setup is awesome. The short chapters and excellent prose make this story sing. Glenn Rolfe does a great job with the demons and young teens. I dig the pop culture strewn throughout, too. There are some scenes that I can't get out of my mind. Rolfe doesn't use a lot of descriptors. He lets the reader see for themselves, which makes for a great reading experience. The characterization is solid. I was fully invested in the characters. 

What kind of demons await you tonight?

For Richie, life's constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything that he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father's behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night?
Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is James' imagination getting the best of him?

Summer's almost over.
And life is about to change.
Will the son be able to save the father? Or is it already too late?

The Window holds the answers...and the key.

The new and terrifying novel from Glenn Rolfe, author of LAND OF BONES and BECOMING

Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter 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, Richard Laymon, 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 Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Boom Town, Abram's Bridge, Things We Fear, Land of Bones, The Window, Out of Range, and Slush. 

He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

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