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review 2016-02-07 20:19
Valley of the Scarecrow - Gord Rollo
Valley of the Scarecrow - Gord Rollo

A homage to the slasher films of the 1980s with a few twists and turns. A body is found inside the walls of an old Iowa theater in a hidden sealed room. Now in an assisted-living facility, Kelly's grandfather has been harboring a secret from his childhood past for all these years. A forgotten small town deserted since the 1930s, buried in the thick woods of rural Iowa. The old, dilapitated church still boarded up after all this time and inside still remains the Reverend Joshua Miller where he was last left by the towns people - lashed to the church's old wooden cross. His body mumified from decades of intense, dry heat and intertwined with old, dried cornstalks that have grown up through the rotting floor. The townspeople long gone to their graves thinking that the evil that took over Reverend Miller and caused them to turn against the town's founder was dead too. But evil never dies. It simply waits for it's time to be resurrected again.

 

I loved the premise of Valley of the Scarecrow. The Iowa setting was different than most stories and I loved the back history of what happened in Miller's Grove in the 1930s. It gave the slasher story a unique place to grow from. Thats a hard thing to do from a tired horror genre. Rollo weaves the interestiing characters and events from the past into the present day storyline. He succeeds for the most part, but still falls in some of the traps that make the slasher scene a worn out one. You have the group of college age kids - the oversexed boyfriend and girlfriend, the awkward artistic type, the slutty bimbo, the token black guy, and the normal, all-american girl that you know is going to survive until the end. The other thing that kept sticking out like a sore thumb is that Rollo kept having his midwestern characters say the word Bloody all the time - bloody hell, I can't see a bloody thing, it might be worth a bloody fortune, etc. I'm from the midwest and I've been to Iowa. I have yet to run across any native Iowan that says the word bloody to describe anything that doesn't have blood running down it. Also, a couple of the characters come across a stash of Agent Orange that their dad happened to have stockpiled. OK, I needed this to be a little more fleshed out. Where the hell would he get a banned military defoliant that was never legal to use in the states? It would be like pulling a fully operational tank out of the barn without explaining how they got their hands on it. But other than that, the story was rather enjoyable. If you can overlook a few of the flaws, there are enough creepy moments to make it worth the read. Rollo does a good job at wrapping the material he has all together.

 

3 1/2 dessicated scarecrows out of 5


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review 2016-01-03 15:47
Gord Rollo's Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers
Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers - Gord Rollo

In a word, this short story is a masterpiece. I liked this one EVEN MORE than Timothy Meek. What a surprise Paper Flowers was. Read it!! 

Find this and more great writing on Gord Rollo's Amazon author page

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review 2016-01-03 15:36
A quick thought on Gord Rollo's Timothy Meek.
Timothy Meek - Gord Rollo

Gord Rollo is an amazing writer. I just discovered him in 2015. At 22 pages, this is short, but a real example of fiction done right. I invite you to spend a break time with this one. If you haven't experienced Gord Rollo, this is a good place to start. Solid 5 star effort here.


Find this and some other fine works at his Amazon author page.

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review 2015-11-25 08:00
Timothy Meek
Timothy Meek - Gord Rollo

I picked this one up as a freebie on Amazon since I never can resist some good apocalyptic fiction.

 

After the disaster that struck when a government-designed superbug struck the planet and killed millions of people, that same government now claims to hold a cure. Timothy Meek is sceptic and decides to instead build his own cocoon and wait this one out. All the while he is slowly losing his sanity.

 

I didn't particularly like it. It wasn't awful, but given the premise which sounded really good, I had just expected more from it, I guess. I found the writing, or maybe just the character Timothy too much and to me it didn't fit the story. Also, as is often the case with short stories, it felt cramped because it all had to fit into the short story. Might have worked better as a novella.

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text 2015-08-25 13:44
Upcoming reviews
Lost in a Field of Paper Flowers - Gord Rollo
Timothy Meek - Gord Rollo
Seeing Evil - Jason Parent

There is only so much time in the day. Reviews to come later in the week on these three great titles. 

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