• John R Cowton

Slaughterville by Rod Glenn


The Blurb

There's a newcomer to the small Northumberland village of Haydon...a charming novelist and movie buff, researching a crime thriller about a serial killer on a rampage in a remote Northumberland community. The only trouble is, it's a work in progress and it's going to be non-fiction. 392 men, women and children stand in his way to achieving a sadistic dream. But there is something a little odd with this quaint secluded community. Something doesn’t seem quite right and the would-be serial killer begins to wonder whether he has bitten off more than he can chew. As the worst winter in more than a century approaches, can two investigating detectives trapped with the residents stay alive long enough to figure out just what the hell is going on? A chilling and surreal re-imagining of Rod Glenn’s best-seller, Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre.​

About Rod Glenn

Rod Glenn lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with wife, Vanessa. His writing is of a dark nature with darkly humorous undertones. He is also an actor, some roles include Monster, The More You Ignore Me, American Assassin, The Hippopotamus, Wolfblood, Outside and Ripper Street. Novels: The King of America Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre The King of America: Epic Edition The Killing Moon Sinema 2: Sympathy for the Devil Holiday of the Dead (contributor) Radgepacket Vol. 1 (contributor) P.O.W. Wartime Log of F/Sgt T D Glenn (contributor) Sinema 3: The Troy Consortium Wild Wolf's Twisted Tails (contributor) Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volume 2 (contributor) No Chance In Hell Slaughterville

My Review

It's almost five years since I read the original version of this horrific tale which was entitled 'Sinema.' Now rewritten and brought up to date, I was unashamedly just as engaged this time around as I was the first time. Hannibal Whitman, affectionately known as Han, poses as a writer and has travelled up to a small remote village, Haydon, in Northumberland under the pretense that he is researching and writing a book about a serial killer. He has a prepossessing personality and is able to make friends easily, which wouldn't be too difficult in this friendly part of the country. This is an account of a serial killer at work. The story pragmatically outlines the thoughts that drive an ordinary citizen to become a serial killer. Whitman's contention was to be the most prolific killer and kill more people than anybody else with the hope that when his experiment is over, he can go back to having a normal life again. What the story didn't do for me was to explain why someone would want to do this. But to be fair, for most of us mere humans, this would be an unanswerable question. Despite the horror and gore, Mr. Glenn's style of writing kept it light, and humorous in parts, with some well-known lyrics from popular music thrown in for good measure. In short, Slaughterville is entertaining in so many ways, and I highly recommend this for fans of this genre.​


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