About the Book:
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.
About the Author:
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, Ronald Malfi, and Richard Laymon. 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 ghost/mystery/thriller, ABRAM’S BRIDGE (Samhain Publishing, 2015) , the horror/sci-fi mash-up, BOOM TOWN (Samhain Publishing), the short horror collection, SLUSH (Alien Agenda Publishing), the werewolf novel, BLOOD and RAIN (Samhain Publishing), and the forthcoming dark suspense novella, THINGS WE FEAR (Samhain Publishing), OUT OF RANGE (Alien Agenda Publishing, 2016), CHASING GHOSTS (Sinister Grin Press, 2016), THE HAUNTED HALLS (Matt Shaw Publications/Shadow Work Publishing/Alien Agenda Publishing, 2016)
Now the Interview Questions:
Question: Please provide your overview of the book:
Answer: Blood and Rain is about a sheriff of a small Maine town who is struggling with some secrets that come back to haunt him. When the beast he thought he killed years before returns, he must face his mistakes and try to make things right. All while keeping his teenage daughter and his town from being torn apart by the monster among them. It is horrifying and full-throttle. And the title is 100 % accurate.
Question: You have written several books but please describe your journey in writing your first book and how did it compare to writing Blood and Rain?
Answer: The first draft of Blood and Rain was the very first book I ever wrote. It was pretty different from the published version. Lot more explicit stuff, some of the characters were completely different. It was pretty rough. When I was writing it, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wanted to create a book I thought would have been a good fit for Leisure Books Horror Club (LB was crashing at the time). It was just for me. So it was very fun and exciting to work on every night.
I re-wrote Blood and Rain a few years later for Samhain. I’d say I changed about 50-60% of the original characters and content. I love the published version, but I’d love to go back and add in some more of the grit and grime from the original. Maybe do an Author’s Preferred Cut edition.
Question: I found it interesting in the Prologue that Stan’s teeth fell out and were replaced during the transformation process. Please explain a little about the werewolves in your book including the transformation process and their vulnerabilities.
Answer: I didn’t want to be handcuffed by all of the old known werewolf do’s and don’t’s, but at the same time, I didn’t want to be completely radical. I just used what I thought was cool. My werewolves human teeth are pushed out by their wolf teeth. They of course regenerate their human teeth when they change back. I figured the healing power would allow this, and I liked their teeth dropping out and tapping to the ground as they were going through the change. My wolves change with the lunar cycle, but the change starts occurring the day of the full moon rather than just by the light of the moon. I figured if the waves can move with the moon so can my beasts. I also went with the only way to truly kill one is by cutting off its head. Silver poisons it and can completely disable it, but in time, it will recover. Ultimately, the creature’s biggest weakness is its mind. They believe they are unstoppable….until someone shows them that they’re not.
Question: What inspired the character Sheriff Joe Fischer?
Answer: My brother, Greg, who got me into werewolves as a kid, passed away the year before I started writing Blood and Rain. I watched the strongest person I ever knew wither away from cancer. I think bits of him seeped into Joe Fischer. A guy that the town looks at like a mountain, strong and sure. But inside, he’s being eaten away by a number of secrets. Is what he’s doing right? Or is he making things worse? He thinks he’s doing what’s best for those he loves and cares for, but at the end of the day… no matter what we do, life has the final say.
Questions: There have been a number of comments on your approach to character viewpoints in the book, how did you approach character viewpoints and the transitions?
Answer: I always love books with a collection of people. Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is full of wonderful characters and it just makes the small town feel real. It immerses you into the fabric of the town, puts you right in the story. Other writers like Richard Laymon and Bentley Little have used tons of characters in their works, as well. It’s something that I love.
I use the old **** if I’m changing POV in a chapter.
If I had a complaint about Blood and Rain, it might be that I cut too much out. I’ve got lots of great reviews, people seem to like it as is, but I wish that everyone got to know some of these characters a little more like I do. Again…that Author’s Cut might be brewing.
Question: Please tell us why you chose to write a werewolf book including your past experience with werewolf culture and media.
Answer: Like I said, my brother loved werewolves when we were kids. The last movie we were supposed to see before he passed was Wolf Man (2010). When I started writing the book it was just the first monster that came to mind. It was sitting there in my brain, just waiting.
The books that made me want to write a tale like this were King’s Cycle of the Werewolf and Ray Garton’s Ravenous. Two perfect, yet different books. King’s beast is more classic and is that person in town you’d never suspect that is also wrestling with who he is and who the beast wants him to be. In Garton’s, it’s a sexually transmitted disease. I loved that. There was more of a sexual angle alongside the violence and fear.
Movie-wise: Silver Bullet, Wolf (Jack Nicholson), The Howling, American Werewolf in London, and the opening scene in Michael Jackson’s Thriller were all huge influences on my horror mind.
Question: There are many characters who smoke in your book. Do you smoke and why do so many of your characters?
Answer: I have, but never regularly. I know lots of people who are stressed and use cigarettes like medicine. I figured my characters were gonna need a stress relief. I never really noticed or kept track of how many were smokers.
Question: It’s been said “the werewolf in this story is particularly fond of tearing off parts of a body, only to throw them away” this is an unusual attack style for a werewolf particularly in not consuming his victims. Please discuss this unusual trait.
Answer: There’s a lot more going on in my werewolves minds. They get off on the fear they induce. It’s about the lust for that power. Being able to strut like the Hulk and smash whatever it wants. They’re sadistic, the wolf’s raw power, it’s primal instinct to show it’s the king of the ring, that psychology, that way of thinking is like crack for these guys. They get swallowed, consumed by it.
Question: What are your thoughts on the werewolves in the Underworld Series particularly the latest installment: Blood Wars?
Answer: I haven’t seen Blood Wars yet. I loved the first two and Awakening. Honestly, when I saw the first Underworld, I was fucking floored! I loved the look and the feel of the film. I loved the monsters vs. thing. I hate that the werewolves are CGI, but still, at the time the first film came out, I was just happy to the werewolf back on the big screen.
Question: Why did you settle on the scene of Gilson Creek, Maine?
Answer: I’m from Maine. Love the seclusion up here. Lots of trees, lots of bad weather, lots of small town people with big secrets. Seemed like the only place to put a werewolf. I created my own town just so I could have complete freedom in creating it. I used plenty of real spots and towns as the mold’s for the lake and some of the areas in town, but most of it is my own creation.
Question: Tell us how the rain acts almost like a character and affects the story in your book.
Answer: Oh man, the rain. I just love rain. Downpours, stormy weather. It’s so powerful. Up here we get a lot of strong storms, rain, ice, snow, wind… I’ve always been a fan of movies where it feels like it’s not bad enough that there’s a fucking monster or killer on the loose, but even the weather is attacking these poor people. It brings more of that whole immersive vibe, adds to the atmosphere.
Question: What was your experience working with the now out of business Samhain Publishing?
Answer: I had a great relationship with Don D’Auria, and the entire staff there. I’ve been paid for all my work and still get my royalties on time every month. I loved it and I’ll miss working with them.
Question: Why did you choose Alien Agenda Publishing for some of your latest books?
Answer: Alien Agenda is my own publishing name. So it will be self-published. I don’t mind self-publishing, but I would never go all in on it. I always want to have stuff with real publishers. It keeps you honest as a writer. I have two other novels in the works that should find homes pretty soon. I’ll be using publishers for most of my stuff, but I’ll toss out a self-pubbed book here or there.
Question: What do you think of Self-Publishing?
Answer: I take my self-published pieces very seriously. I use a real artist for the covers, professional editors for the
editing, and make sure the product is just as good as anything say Samhain or Sinister Grin would put out. This particular novel (Becoming) was shelved, but someone who had read half of it wanted to know when it was coming out. I re-read it, re-wrote what didn’t work for me and fell in love with it all over again. It’s a fun story.
Question: What do you think of AudioBooks?
Answer: I can’t listen to them. I can never pay attention. But I know people dig ‘em, so I make sure to have them available.
Question: How is the industry changing in your opinion?
Answer: It’s very scary. Love eBooks, but the 99 cent thing is really devaluing the art. It’s great for readers (including me), but it’s shitty for authors (also me). I miss the old glory days of paperbacks. Wish they’d come back, but I don’t think they ever will.
Question: Tell us about some of your other favorite werewolf books and why you love them?
Answer: Well, there’s the two I mentioned above. Others that I loved, Brandner’s The Howling, of course. And WD Gagliani’s Nick Lupo books. I still have a lot to read. There’s so many out there.
Question: What are you working on next?
Answer: I have two upcoming novels, Becoming (coming in either March or April) and Window (publisher and release date TBA) , and I’m finishing up Waiting for Darkness (the sequel to Blood and Rain).
Thanks! Thanks for having me.
We here at Werewolf Book would like to thank Glenn Rolfe author of Blood and Rain for taking the time to answer our questions. You can pre-order Becoming and please visit his website www.glennrolfe.com follow him on Twitter and visit his Amazon Author Page.