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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Terror from below!In the summer of 1979, Eckert, Wisconsin, was the sight of the most unique UFO encounter in history. A young couple observed a saucer-like aircraft hovering over HollersHill. A blue beam blasted down from the center of the craft into the hill and caused the ground to rumble for miles. Now, thirty years later, Eckert is experiencing nightly rumbles that st ...more
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Published April 7th 2015 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Paul Nelson
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
In 1979 Hollers Hill just on the outskirts of Eckert was the site of one of the most unique UFO eye witness accounts in history. A saucer like craft was observed hovering over the hill emitting a wondrous blue beam that caused the ground to shake, now 30 years later the tremors have returned and something even more dangerous. Blue Slime, with a mind of its own, complete with the power to turn you into a raving killer.

Boom Town is a horror novella by Glenn Rolfe which was released in April, 2015
I’ve previously gone on record to say I’m a huge fan of Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of The Blob. It was one of my seminal early teenage viewing experiences, so much so that I’m almost frightened to go back and view it now as a crotchety and embittered film and book critic. Thankfully, I don’t have to because some new authors on the horror scene have taken up the mantle left behind by Chuck Russell. Last year it was Exponential by Adam Cesare. This year it’s Glenn Rolfe with Boom Town.

Taking plac
Frank Errington
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The fact that Boom Town is dedicated to Art Bell and George Noory should tell you all you need to know about this fun little romp into the world of the unknown. Be it aliens among us, global conspiracies, or any other weirdness in the world at large, you're likely to hear about it on Coast to Coast AM. Still don't know what this is all about. Take a moment and google it.

Inspired by such madness, Glenn Rolfe has created an entertaining little diversion about the fictional town of Ecker
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Boom Town is very good novella of glowing blue extraterrestrial phlegm that tries to take over the small town of Eckert, Wisconsin. Take them. Bring them. Ascend.

This was my first Glenn Rolfe. Not my last. A well done, fast paced creature feature with a well developed character set and an engaging plot line. 3.5+ Stars.

I received an advance review copy of this release from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The small town of Eckert has been experiencing strange phenomenon for years, starting with the sighting of a U.F.O along with nightly ground tremors or 'booms' as they are known locally. People have started to disappear in the town and two inquisitive teens, Brady and Kim, find a strange blue slime near Allan Packards Flea Market. Brady comes in contact with the slime and is seriously hurt which only ma
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the second book by Glenn I have read and enjoyed. The first was Abram's Bridge which I thought was a very good read. The story takes place in Eckert Wisconsin. Which is known for a UFO sighting back thirty years ago in 1979 over at Hollers Hill. A couple saw a blue beam shoot down into the hill and makes the ground rumble. Now in present day the town is experiencing these booms, seismic blasts over the past five days. One of the characters in the story is Brady Carmichael. Whose brother ...more
I read this right after BECOMING & was taken away by it. I've been away from Goodreads for a bit, but I've still continued to read everyday.

A better review will come soon. I just noticed I hadn't shared that I even read this one! I highly recommend this all!
Ken McKinley
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A novella from a new player in the horror lineup from Samhain Publishing, which is also the home of the excellent author, Jonathan Janz. Glenn Rolfe weaves a tale that is one part The Blob and one part Invaders from Mars. While the story isn't original, its still a blast to read. Rolfe has a style that derives from some of the great storytellers (King, McCammon, etc) where it sucks you in with wonderful, believable characters and realistic dialogue. Nowhere is this more evident than in the way t ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Spoiler-free review of BOOM TOWN by Glenn Rolfe


The copy of BOOM TOWN I'm reviewing was included free (as a bonus) in my copy of Glenn Rolfe's novel BECOMING.

Strange underground tremors are assailing the small town of Eckert, Wisconsin, whipping a frenzy of rumors among the populace. Gossip, however, is the least of residents' concerns: A fetid blue slime seems to be seeping from the ground, and some residents have started acting peculiar, others disappearing. A few brave neighborhood kids sum
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this is the second book of this author I have read, and they keep getting better and better. Keep them coming. I will buy anything by this author. Do yourself a favor and read him too
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
TL;DR: I laughed when it was funny, I went "What the hell?" when I was supposed to, and I read it all in one sitting. Would recommend to friends looking for a sci-fi/horror novella.


For those who remember the X-Files episode "Field Trip," you will see ghosts of that in Boom Town, along with shades of The Puppet Masters, and a hint of The Fall of the House of Usher, in a kind of oblique way, and I'd say that Lovecraft's "A Color Out of Space" is referenced in the narrative as well.

Zakk Madness
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Overall score: 4.5/5

Take them. Bring them. Ascend

"Boom Town" is quick and entertaining read that harkens back to the 1980's brand of small town (or intimate invasion) alien pieces. Like a readers digest version of Late Night Horror Television presentations (every region had one, for me it was "Fright Night Theatre") of "Invaders From Mars", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "Night of the Creeps" or "Xtro". Making it easy to picture these characters as a Jason Lively, a Tom Atkins, a James Karen
Catherine Cavendish
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alan Packard lives in a ramshackle house with his higgledy piggledy Flea Market on the ground floor. His is an unfulfilling life, more of a difficult day to day existence in a town which achieved notoriety among ufologists back in 1979. Now, the town is back in the news. There have been unexplained seismic rumblings, apparent mini earthquakes and a feeling that all is not right with the Wisconsin town. However meaningless Packard’s existence, it didn’t need the invasion of the awful blue slime t ...more
Angela Crawford
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Growing up, I used to spend every Friday night curled up with my Grandma watching the late night horror movies on TV. Most folks who grew up in the 80's could tell you that these movies were the great old classics and some of the cheesier newer ones. I still remember the feeling I had as I watched Steve McQueen save the day in The Blob. Glenn Rolfe's writing in Boom Town is s
Michael Hicks
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Thirty years after a UFO paid a visit to a small Wisconsin town, earthquakes are shaking things up and a blue muck is oozing out of the ground. After possessing a local flea market owner, the mission of this sentient goop is made clear and the body count starts rising. Thrust into the middle of this are two love-struck teens, coping with their own personal tragedies and making it day-to-day when suddenly things start to go boom.

Glenn Rolfe's BOOM TOWN is an 80-page novella, and it's a very fast
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

It is the summer of 1979. In the small town of Eckert, Wisconsin a UFO invades the town and sends a blue beam of light into the town causing massive tremors. A few years later, the tremors happen again covering the townspeople with a blue ooze and weird voices causes one of them to commit horrific deeds. When teenagers Brady and Kim discover the blue ooze and see the town infected, can they stop the chaos before it is too late
Hunter Shea
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boom Town is an alien invasion novel with, gelatinous teeth, the be exact. The booms of the 70s have returned, but they're nothing anyone expected. Rolfe weaves a wonderful tale of big, bad things happening to a small, good town. A sure winner!
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For whatever reason, I found myself struggling to get into Boom Town, a short novella by Glenn Rolfe. While it bears no shortage of horror elements, I simply didn't find it as engrossing as Becoming. That could be due to lack of character development.

The only characters we truly get to know this time around are Kim, Brady, and their immediate family. There's no real attempt to establish their home town outside of the flea market, and aside from the main villain, Alan, the focus on the alien-like
Hal Bodner
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Glenn Rolfe’s BOOM TOWN is a nice, solid piece of work. There’s nothing earth-shaking or particularly thought provoking in this novella but it nevertheless provides a pleasant and fairly entertaining read.

The thrust of BOOM TOWN’s plot, which deals with alien “slime invaders”, treads familiar ground. One cannot help but be strongly reminded of Jack Finney’s BODY SNATCHERS and Stephen Kings “Weeds”. Unlike King and Finney, however, I’m not sure that Rolfe is using his aliens as a metaphor for an
John Collins
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's something different at work in Glenn Rolfe's novella Boom Town. The best horror novels of the last few years have taken familiar troupes and twisted them on their heads. Boom Town seams to recognize this. We have seen small town horror before ( King's Salems Lot, which makes nice appearance by the way). We have have seen aliens, possession and murder before. So what's a good way to deal with subjects we've read before?
Simple. Don't give some many answers. Boom Town doesn't spell everyth
David Bernstein
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boom Town is a FUN novella and reads like good old fashion alien horror. The feeling I got while reading was like when I saw Invasion of the Body Snatchers or something out of the X-Files. Brought me back to the 80s too, but with a current feel. It's part coming of age. Childhood stuff and hanging out with friends, remembering what it's like to be a kid. And part terror and the unknown. Small town horror and what ifs. Rolfe really lets you feel for his characters and does so with immediacy and n ...more
Dominic Stabile
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boom Town is the first Glenn Rolfe book I've read. I say "the first" because I now plan to read the rest of his work. Rolfe's prose is accessible but never dry. The characters read like real people, not just victims for the monster (or goop) to devour. I think Boom Town has a certain Horror fan in mind, too; the Horror fan who grew up on those wonderful, small town Horror movies of the 80's, and sat up nights or on long drives reading King novels. He wants to make sure you feel close to the char ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Boom Town is a fast-paced sci-fi horror thriller which conjures to mind elements of some of my favorite alien flicks from the 80s (Night of the Creeps, The Blob). In my opinion, it’s Glenn Rolfe’s best work to date. It’s fascinating to experience the growth of an author as his work progresses and Rolfe is clearly in tune with his latest novella.

Boom Town is a classic race-against-time story in which two teenage protagonists attempt to unravel the mystery of the unexplained tremors that have bee
Russell James
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Short and sharp, Glenn Rolfe’s BOOM TOWN packs in in for a novella. An excellent blend of horror and sci-fi, with way more character development than you usually see in a shorter work like this. Glenn continues his mastery of setting scenes and builds a town you can see and feel throughout the story. The haunting mantra that peppers the scenes as aliens take control, “Take them. Bring them. Ascend.” is chilling and perfect. Glenn has followed his strong novella ABRAM’S BRIDGE with a work just as ...more
Autumn Is Azathoth
Classic science fiction horror in extraordinarily vivid life, as only Glenn Rolfe can deliver it. I recommend this one especially for readers who love J. F. Gonzalez' CLICKERS and Kristopher Rufty' s LURKERS and THE NIGHT EVERYTHING CHANGED. I particularly appreciated the taut combination of sci fi and horror, and the existence of sentient "others," who think, plan, and calculate. Those qualities just intensify the horror, adding that essential implacability.
Dave Thomas
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good old-fashioned fast-paced B-movie-horror fun.
Rich D.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided for an honest review as part of the Boom Town blog tour

Ever since I read Glenn Rolfe's debut novel The Haunted Halls, I had a feeling he was destined to be one of the most exciting new authors to break out into the genre. It was a no-holds-barred novel that blended psychological horrors and blood and guts violence for a memorable debut. Rolfe takes that adrenaline-fueled approach and applies it to his latest novella for Samhain Horror, Boom Town.

In 1979, the sleepy small tow
Aaron Bunce
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boomtowns sprung up across America in the mid-19th century, usually focused around concentrations of natural resources. Ironically enough, Glenn Rolfe’s science fiction novella Boom Town shares the same name, but for a different reason. Or, is it? Rolfe has injected some subtle themes throughout. Ones which will undoubtedly keep your gears turning well after you finish reading.

Born of equal parts “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, “Fire in the Sky”, and “The Blob”, Boom Town sets out to forge its
Nev Murray
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A copy of Boom Town was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author Glenn Rolfe in exchange for an honest review. This is said review.

Eckert, Wisconsin has a history. 1979 saw reports of a unique UFO encounter. 30 years later and strange rumblings around town have people baffled. Some think they are earthquakes. Some think they are caused by underground earth dwellers. Some think the UFO left something behind. Two kids, Brady and Kim, discover something after the latest “boom” to hit the tow
Joe Hempel
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

With each passing story I become more and more impressed with Glenn Rolfe. BOOM TOWN is his latest work that I’ve been privileged to read and this was a wonderful throw-back to the old 80’s B-Movies and stories that you all know and love.

The setup is quite simple, there are tremors that are affecting life in Eckert, Wisconsin and everything from earthquakes to aliens are being blamed for it. Two teenagers happen to find the true secret behind the tremors inside an upr
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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 wei ...more
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