Meghan: Hey Glenn! Welcome back to our annual Halloween Extravaganza! Let’s jump right into this: What is your favorite part of Halloween?
Glenn: Having NO excuse not to watch horror movies every freaking day!
Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
Glenn: Trick-or-treating with my kiddos.
Meghan: If Halloween is your favorite holiday (or even second favorite holiday), why?
Glenn: For one day a year being a weirdo is completely normal! What’s not to love about that?
Meghan: What are you superstitious about?
Glenn: When things are going really well, I always think “this has to end soon”. That’s really my only superstition.
Meghan: What/who is your favorite horror monster or villain?
Glenn: In general, werewolves, but in movie/books: Barlow from ‘Salem’s Lot. Another villain I love to loathe because he is the most evil one ever created was Dale from The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White. So damn evil.
Meghan: Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?
Glenn: The Zodiac Killer. It was/is such a fascinating case and if they almost had him, that makes it that much more frustrating.
Meghan: Who is your favorite serial killer and why?
Glenn: Feels too weird to say I have a favorite. None of them are favorites. But I find the cases of Bundy, Gacy, Ramirez, and the Zodiac as my top “can’t shut this off” in regards to any doc or podcast.
Meghan: How old were you when you saw your first horror movie? How old were you when you read your first horror book?
Movie: The Exorcist (scared the shit out of me and I couldn’t stop watching it until my mom made me). I was five or six, we had HBO and my parents were always busy doing other things.
First horror book (kids book): The Howling Inn. First horror book (adult): The Dark Half by King. I was 17 when a friend gave me a copy of the King book. I remember not being able to stop reading it. It was amazing to experience something so involved. It blew away watching horror movies, I remember thinking that.
Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?
Glenn: The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White. Dale has the power to bring people back from the dead after he kills them. And when they come back, they don’t remember anything about how they died. Dale does a lot of terrible things to them. It made me SOOOO angry I tore up my original copy. Now, years removed from that experience, the book and Dale have stuck with me. I bought a new copy a couple years ago and reread it. Now, it’s one of my favorite horror novels of all-time.
Meghan: Which horror movie scarred you for life?
Glenn: The Exorcist. It just feels too real for me. It gives me the creeps every time and I don’t even dare to own a copy.
Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween costume?
Glenn: From being a kid, the old Superman ones that were like cheap vinyl with that plastic masks. As for one I’d like to be… Spirit of Halloween has these really creepy ass old people masks. I want to dress up as that one year.
Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween-themed song?
Glenn: Halloween I and II by The Misfits. Also love the cover of Halloween I by Alkaline Trio.
Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween candy or treat? What is your most disappointing?
Glenn: Snickers or Reese’s are always great, but I’m not a fan of candy corn.
Meghan: Thanks for stopping by today, Glenn. Always a pleasure to have you. Before you go, what are your five go-to Halloween movies?
- Goosebumps: Start things off light and easy.
- The Monster Squad: A Classic that ramps things up a notch.
- Evil Dead (original or remake): I love them both, so viewer’s choice.
- Trick ‘r Treat (2007): Who doesn’t love Sam? Plus, there are tons of creepy scenes and sexy werewolves!
- Halloween (1978): This should forever be tops on this list. A classic that stands the test of time. Also, feel free to follow it up with Halloween II right after.
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 has three children: Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
He is the author of August’s Eyes, Until Summer Comes Around, The Window, Becoming, Blood & Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Boom Town, Abram’s Bridge, Things We Fear, Land of Bones, and Slush.
He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!