*Disclaimer – I received free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Spears Corner never knew it had an uninvited guest in its midst that August afternoon. One that would make the skin crawl on every parent in town if they understood what kind of monster was roaming their streets. In a green Dodge van, it searched for the next boy to quench a thirst and an urge that never failed, never eased, never disappeared. The downtown area, a two-block stretch along Water Street, was full of adults and children alike enjoying a beautiful sunny day. Squeals of laughter bellowed from little ones chasing each other up the brick sidewalks. The group of teens standing in Nirvana and Liz Phair t-shirts on the corner flung curses at the monster as he passed by: “Look, its Chester the Molester and his fuck van!” “Fuck off, creep!” “Suck it, asshole!” The van rolled along. Just down the street, an old Credence Clearwater Revival song was being murdered by a howling kid with a beat-up acoustic guitar on the steps of the Spears Corner Public Library. This one caused the monster to brake. Salivating, its sweaty hands clenching the steering wheel, a desperate heartbeat throbbing in its neck, it always liked the loners. They made the best company.
Police sirens blared to life behind the van. Startled, the monster let off the brake and pulled ahead. The two police cruisers, their lights flashing, sped by. The moment had passed. The van moved along, driving out of the crowded downtown area, and up the hill toward quieter parts of the town.
When dreams start bleeding into reality, a social worker is forced to face the mistakes of his past.
A serial killer has found a way to make his land of graveyards a sinister playground to be bent at his sadistic will.
The secrets behind August’s eyes will bring two worlds together, and end in a cataclysm of pain and ruin.
August’s Eyes is not a novel for the faint hearted. Dealing with some of the worst atrocities anyone could ever commit, on children no less, this is a story of pain, evil, and shame. Told mainly through the eyes of social worker John as he struggles with horrific nightmares of eyeless children in a graveyard that seem all too real, we see first hand what running away from the past can do to a person. As his nightmares begin to manifest in reality, and he sees a van around town that’s trying to claw painfully out of memories he doesn’t want to acknowledge, John relationship with his love Sarah begins to crumble and he feels his life falling apart.
Not only this, but Pat, a teenager who John has developed a close bond with through his social work is also seeing the same van, possibly reliving what John refuses to remember. A story that blends the supernatural with the horrific realities of a tortured psyche, August’s Eyes is everyone’s worst nightmare told with superb clarity and strengthened by flawed and real characters.
The dream manifestations of two young boys known as One Eye and August prove to be eerie, unsettling, and create some intensely memorable images that are sure to make your skin crawl. I doubt I will be forgetting August’s Eyes any time soon, and look forward to a second reading.
About the Author –
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 and 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!
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