Guest Post by Horror Author Glenn Rolfe

Please give a warm welcome to friend and fellow horror scribe, Glenn Rolfe. You may remember my interview with him a few months back. Today he’s here to talk about the joys of the Halloween season and his brand new werewolf novel, BLOOD AND RAIN.



This month, Samhain Publishing released my werewolf novel, Blood and Rain. I cannot express how cool it is to have this baby come out in October. I mean, this is the month of all months, right? Halloween? So cool.


For most of us horror guys and gals, we like to delve into the dark side any time of year, but for the majority of the people out there, October is the perfect season for scary reading. It’s when your aunt Mae puts down her Patricia Cromwell or Janet Evanovich novels and reaches for the Dean Koontz book in the dark corner of the bookshelf. It’s when Uncle Eddy sets Robert Parker to the side and dives into Pet Sematary. If Eddy or Mae are feeling especially wicked, and maybe they happened upon a copy of Ketchum’s Off Season or Laymon’s The Cellar at the Goodwill this summer, maybe they brave the unrelenting horror waiting within those yellowed paperback pages. Any way you slice it, they’re in for a treat.


In Blood and Rain, I take a small town sheriff and pit him against one helluva monster. There’s no cute love story. There’s no conflicted beast trying to decide whether or not to give into its primal urges. There are no perfect people. And if you think everyone is coming out of the next full moon alive and well? You will be in for s surprise. This is a mean machine of a novel that decided to treat like a trail of gasoline–open page one, drop the match, and get ready for this story to fucking burn.

What would Mae or Eddy think if they stumbled across my book? Well, that’s the other thing. While it is definitely a horror novel, I want it to be that next book in the dark end of the bookshelf at your aunt and uncles. These characters are real. Their flaws are flaws that we all have. The town could be any small town you’ve lived in or passed through. Gilson Creek, Maine is like a mash-up of Farmingdale, Gardiner, and Augusta, the places I grew up. I hope in writing my people and the places the way that I have it will make them and my story accessible to any fiction fan out there. Even Mae or Eddy. But definitely you and me.


There are a lot of horror books out there today (and a lot of GREAT ones this year in particular). I hope whether you’re a full-time fan of horror fiction or just a once and a while spook-seeker, you’ll give Blood and Rain a chance to scare the hell out of you. Happy October reading!


Glenn’s Amazon Page

Glenn’s Samhain Page

New Interview

Hi all,

I was interviewed by the awesome Tiffany Scandal on her blog. We discussed the forthcoming FLESH AND FIRE (forthcoming August 14th), my lifelong love of Stephen King, dinosaurs, bizarro, and horror.

Check it out on her website


If naked girls are your thing, it’s also featured on Suicide Girls blog.

Thanks for having me, Tiffany!

Interview with Donna Galanti by Lucas Mangum for A Human Element Blog Tour


I’m delighted to have the talented author, Donna Galanti, here at the Dark Dimensions as part of her blog tour for her debut novel, A Human Element. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her process, the novel, and her journey as an author. A Human Element is one of those novels that refuses to be put in a box. At times it is horrific, romantic, and heart-wrenching. The characters are impossible to forget, and you’ll be compelled to read on until the satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend it.

Read on for the interview.

Lucas Mangum: What was it about A Human Element that made it stand out for you among your other ideas?
Donna Galanti: The entire story – even the character names – came to me in a flash one day driving to work. It’s as if the idea spoke to me from some place I hadn’t tapped into. That was nearly fifteen years ago. I shelved the idea until recently when it kept haunting me to write it.

LM: What parts of the novel were the most fun to write?
DG: I love writing from the dark side but also love bringing characters together in love scenes. I think because violence and love both come from the same well of passion. It was especially fun writing hideous acts of the tormented villain X-10. I am driven to write about things I would get tossed in prison for life (and probably solitary confinement too).

Here’s an excerpt from a fun scene with X-10:

X-10 crushed his hands together and shrieked a demonic wail, pressing into her brain, probing with points of fire. Pain. He wanted her to feel so much pain. She fell to the floor, hugging herself. He watched her from his mind’s eye writhe and moan. When he faced her in person he would bring her to her knees and kill her while he stared into her forlorn eyes. Those big, brown eyes. He would snuff them of life so no human could enjoy them again.

Bitter bile filled his throat and he swallowed hard, forcing it down. It was time to go. A few hours sleep was all he needed and when dusk fell again he would be off, running the last few miles toward his prey. He was so close. By tonight he would be upon her. And they would be face to face.

He thumped his chest in a war cry and ran through the farmhouse door, a wild beast with one thing in mind. To kill.

LM: What draws you to the paranormal genre? Do you feel they are the same things that draw the rest of us?
DG: So many things fall under the paranormal, but I think we are drawn to it because they all have the same theme: the mysterious unknown. Are ghosts real? Do we have the power to read minds? Can we heal with our touch? Can we move objects with our thoughts? Can we kill with our mind power? Research says we use a very small percent of our brain power. I like to imagine the possibilities if we could access the remaining percent. We may not need physical bodies at all or need to talk to communicate.

LM: What was the biggest challenge in crafting the story of A Human Element?
DG: Bringing multiple characters together across years to a final conclusion. This challenge also included creating believable and consistent characters from childhood into adulthood.

LM: Who are some authors that have inspired you along the way?
DG:Dean Koontz. Stephen King. John Grisham. Robert James Waller. Laura Ingalls Wilder. That last one may not fit, I know! But Wilder’s Little House series is a series I re-read every year. Why? Because the characters are endearing. They suffer and love and adapt and have love of family at the core of their strength. I want them to overcome their struggles. This is the basics to a good book, I believe.

LM: So you’ve sold your first novel, what’s next?

DG: So many things! I am busier now than when writing A Human Element. Ongoing promotion takes up a lot of time. I am also editing a middle grade adventure novel I wrote last year and writing the sequel to A Human Element – A Hidden Element. I already envision the final book, A Healing Element. Then there are workshops and conferences to attend to keep improving my writing craft. Plus going to fun reading events like your Awesome Reading Fests, Lucas!

LM: You managed to sell a debut novel in a publishing industry that can best be described as chaotic. Aside from writing a damn good book, what else do you think contributed to your success?

DG: Thanks for the praise, Lucas. As far as success I would have to say: Never giving up. Really. I loved my book and wanted to share it. This meant editing it to be the best it could be and not being bothered by rejection. I would get a rejection, toss it with a smile and send out another query. Working on creating an author platform and surrounding myself with a supportive network of writers was a big part of it as well.

LM: What is a little known fact about you that readers of your work and fans of this blog may like to know?

DG: I’ve always been one to balk at authority. I was a non-conformist (hint: another word for trouble maker) at my Catholic high school. I’m not Catholic but my parents thought it would straighten me out. I skipped class. I was forever called down to the Principal’s office. I played tricks on the nuns. Once locked the library nun in the library. Another time stole the wheelchair ramp so the nun couldn’t get to class and hid it in the bathroom. Smoked in the chapel. So go figure, why I joined the U.S. Navy (although I had lots of fun in boot camp)! I think I have found my balance in life now as a writer. I am able to live my life now the way I choose and not dictated by others. If those others don’t like it, too bad. Life is too short. Besides, aren’t we writers all non-conformists in our own way?


One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test.

With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.

Readers who devour paranormal books with murder, mystery, and steam will enjoy A HUMAN ELEMENT, the new novel about loss, redemption, and love.


Reviewers are saying…
“A HUMAN ELEMENT is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart. Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of ASSASSIN’S CODE and DEAD OF NIGHT

“A HUMAN ELEMENT is a haunting look at what it means to be human. It’s a suspenseful ride through life and love…and death, with a killer so evil you can’t help but be afraid. An excellent read.” –Janice Gable Bashman, author of WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award.


Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense A Human Element. She has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs. Visit her at:

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Top 10 Latter Day Stephen King Books

In honor of today’s release of 11/22/63, Stephen King’s alternate history novel about a man who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK, I’ve decided to list some favorites from his more recent years. I’m picking out of his later projects because everyone knows The Stand, The Shining, It, and ‘salem’s Lot are awesome. Whether I make mention of it or not will make no change in their cult status. That being said, here are some post-Green Mile works that I found to be captivating.

10. Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass- Here King takes a look at the backstory of Roland, the hero of the iconic series, and delivers a story that is every bit as tragic as he hinted in earlier entires. The romance between Roland and Susan is so much larger-than-life that you want to believe that things will end well for them. The Big Coffin Hunters, Marten, and Rhea of the Coos all serve as sinister, memorable villains. It provides great backstory for Roland and serves as a nice break in the quest before the last three novels.

9. Low Men in Yellow Coats- While I didn’t love every story in Hearts in Atlantis, Low Men is classic King. Bobby Garfield’s experiences recall the coming of age elements explored thoroughly in It and Stand by Me, but introduce plenty of new elements. His relationship with his mother is hauntingly real.The titular villains are described with perfect menace, and their methods elicit creepiness about things that are commonplace.

8. On Writing- Full of examples and exercises, it is a worthy addition to the cramped shelves of books about writing. What sets it above is that he makes it personal, telling a story while writing about storytelling. It’s a brilliant move, and is sure to even entertain folks who aren’t reading it as a reference book.

7. Cell- I know I’m in the minority here, but Cell blew my mind. Making use of the now popular cinematic prose, where the book reads like a long movie treatment more than a novel, he crafts a fast-paced wild ride from page one. He spikes his apocalyptic brew with social satire (a bad cell phone signal turns people into zombies!), and it works. Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, the ‘bear Jew’ in Inglorious Bastards) was once attached to direct a film adaptation, but that sadly fell through.

6. Desperation- Like in The Stand, King sets out to tell a tale of Biblical proportions. Though he uses the will of God as a plot device, it never treads into preachy territory or anything too kooky. The Sheriff, in the throes of demonic possession, is one of King’s coolest villains. It’s also one of his most action-packed books. While the characters never leave the town, there is constant motion as they desperately try to escape.

5. Under the Dome- This is one of those thousand-page books that doesn’t really feel as long as it is. The pace is pedal-to-the-metal all the way through. All of his novels contain he always has human characters who are just as meanspirited as the supernatural threats. In Under the Dome, the supernatural force is almost a neutral entity, and the humans are left to be nasty to each other. It really explores the dark side of the human condition and what particularly disturbed people will do when the opportunity to seize power arises.

4. Full Dark, No Stars – Speaking of the dark, nasty side of human nature… Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four novellas that explore humanity at its most wretched. There isn’t a single spark of hope in these tales, which might make them too unpleasant for some readers. It’s in the craft where they shine though, setting the stories above ‘nastiness for the sake of nastiness.’ For example, the story, “A Good Marriage” follows a pretty basic plot, but the pacing, the language, and credible, realistic characters make it stand tall.

3. Just After Sunset- I know I’m not alone when I say that some of King’s best work is his short stories. Even as far back as Night Shift, he has balanced stories that were illogical and terrifying with ones that were told in a melancholic, literary voice. This collection is no different. From the novella N., where he ties Lovecraftian & Machen-esque elements with OCD, to The Things They Left Behind, a post-9/11 tale, he proves the vast range that his storytelling covers. It’s every bit as good as Night Shift (review) and Skeleton Crew. Just saying…

2. The Green Mile- Come on, can you go wrong? Really?

1. Everything’s Eventual- This collection is the one that even the un-Constant Readers will tout as containing some of his best work. From the funny Autopsy Room Four and the haunting The Man in the Black Suit to the existential That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It is in French and the gripping Riding the Bullet, Everything’s Eventual kicks ass. It is so much more than a horror collection, and everyone who has not experienced it yet absolutely should.

The Friday Five 7/22/11

This week’s Friday Five! Things I’m psyched over that you should be too.

1. I can’t help it! I saw the footage for the new BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD series, and found a lot to like. It was classic Mike Judge humor at its best. Watching them poke fun at Snooki and the Jersey Shore was particularly special.

2. Tuesday, THE DAMNED HIGHWAY: FEAR & LOATHING IN ARKHAM comes out from Dark Horse. This collaboration between Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas brings the gonzo journalism style of Hunter S. Thompson crashing into the uncanny horror of H.P. Lovecraft. Featuring the cult of Cthulhu, led by Richard M. Nixon, this is one of the most anticipated books of the year for me.

3. 2 days ago, legendary horror publisher, Cemetery Dance, opened their ebook store! Titles from Peter Straub, William Peter Blatty, Stephen King and more…

4. Roxsy Tyler released their first Carnival of Horrors DVD where they host Attack of the Giant Leeches while having a Blood Drive. Also includes a never before seen blooper reel and the music video for Demon Feeder! Get yours at for only $5.99 plus shipping!

5. John Skipp’s ROSE made, and exceeded, it’s goal on Kickstarter! Now the world is a little closer to bizarro, zombie goodness!

It’s been a fun week, with more fun also on the horizon for the next.