Book review: Out of Range – Glenn Rolfe

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Glenn Rolfe: It feels as if Glenn has been around for a long time, but in fact he is still in the early stages of his career as a writer. I have been impressed with his output so far. His early novellas showed a young writer trying to find his voice, but were impressively well-written, engaging and fun. His debut novel ‘Blood and Rain’ saw Rolfe tackle one of horror fictions most enduring characters; the Werewolf. For a debut,  ‘Blood and Rain’ showed the genre that Rolfe was a writer to watch.

‘Out of Range’ is a short collection (3 stories) of science-fiction-tinged horror that once again showcases Rolfes talent and perhaps even more in interestingly, it shows that Rolfe has ambitions to expand his work to incorporate other genres of fiction.

After a brief (though perhaps slightly unnecessary) blurb from Hunter Shea we get stuck into ‘ Not of this World’ The longest of the three stories and my favourite due to it reminding me of Carpenter’s classic body horror movie ‘ The Thing’. This one has enough blood and guts to keep hardened horror fans thoroughly entertained and is a great way to kick things off. The second tale, and also the shortest was ‘ The Astronauts’ – this one didn’t really do a great deal for me. It felt a little like an early draft of a novella, and had a rushed feel to it. Before I knew it, it was over and yeah, it didn’t really float my boat. The final story was ‘Out of Range’ and was another good one. I recently read a anthology where the theme was horror transmissions and I felt that this short tale wouldn’t be out of place inside of it. A great way to finish.

‘Out of Range’ is a steal for 99c. It shows that Glenn Rolfe isn’t afraid to spread his wings with his writing, and that he is comfortable and capable of entertaining in other genres as well. Would I recommend this to horror fans looking to sample some of Glenn’s work? Yes and no. ‘Blood and Rain’ is still my favourite Rolfe read, although it’s a novel, it showcases his love of the genre and it is a great werewolf tale. His sci-fi novella ‘Boom Town’ is another good one and is one that I’d recommend to newer fans who like the sci-fi angle. For those looking to complete their Rolfe collection then this is a solid addition to the growing Glenn Rolfe catalogue.

Pick up a copy of ‘Out of Range’ from here.

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