Land of Bones
Author: Glenn Rolfe
Category: Horror, Short Story Anthology
Suitable for: Adults
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle copy provided for judgement in the Indie Horror Book Awards 2018.
Demon lights, granted wishes, strange things, and brutal love at the Lucky Lounge Motel. A haunted sister, desperate parents, a little human touch, and the end of the world…
These are the stories whispered among dead leaves, the script etched bare for all to see. When the chills sink deep and your heart begins to pound…are you alone?
Welcome to Glenn Rolfe’s LAND OF BONES
14 tales of the strange and macabre
A fun horror anthology with a variety of monsters, some new and some a twist on the familiar. I devoured this read quickly and enjoyed every minute of it. Each story is like a dark little mystery that unveils itself in new and shocking ways. If you like short story anthologies and horror you can’t pass this one up.
“Her gaze landed on the bone fragment poking from the ruined earth.”
This book was very well written, it was shown not told. I was constantly intrigued wondering what would happen next. I really enjoyed all of the short stories. My favorite was probably the one about the demon fighting urban shaman, Lee Buhl, a follow-up to the author’s novel The Haunted Halls. It was full of action and terror and it felt like it would have come from a longer book, but was packed into so few pages flawlessly. The story Simon about a little girl’s not so imaginary worm friend will make me never look at earthworms the same way again. This book has a mix of dangers including ghouls, vampiresque creatures, psychopaths, alien-like monsters, and even natural disaster. Some stories feature intense action, and others chilling suspense. Overall a fun read that I would recommend and I would definitely read more by the author.
“A late afternoon breeze clattered the dangling skeletal fingers of a nearby tree, wind chimes of the damned. Darkness rose from the depths. The earth stopped cold as he slid the key into place.”
I have no notable issues with this book.
Though not in every story some contain violence, horror/blood/gore, or sex. I would recommend for mature readers.