We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a solid read. If I’m being honest, I enjoy his books more than I do this collection. There are 20 short stories in this collection. The stories vary in terms of genre. Some of the stories can’t be defined by one genre. These are a few of my favorite stories.
The Dinner Party is startling. It is about a paranoid wife who is being followed by mysterious men in black. The ending hits you like a ton of bricks.
Learned Children is creepy. Reads like a Stephen King story. Tick tock goes the clock. Students and a scarecrow. A new teacher is in over his head.
Knocking scares the hell out of me. I will keep the closet door shut from now on.
The Jumping Sharks of Dyer Island is sinister. A young couple vacation at the beach. This story is filled with jealousy and savagery.
Under The Tutelage Of Mr. Trueheart is unsettling. A boy talks with Mr. Trueheart often. Warren learns that people are not who they seem.
The House On Cottage Lane wasn’t that scary. Three boys betray a friend. It’s a pretty good ghost story.
I will let you read the rest of the stories. All the stories are good. Some are decent, but overall this collection is very good. This is Ronald Malfi’s first short story collection. I hope to see others in the future.
4/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
· File Size: 543 KB
· Print Length: 379 pages
· Publisher: JournalStone (November 2, 2017)
· Publication Date: November 2, 2017
A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert…
In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi’s debut collection is not to be missed.
Ronald Malfi, Biography
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Bone White, this summer’s release from Kensington.
In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.
Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Praise for Ronald Malfi
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade
“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It’s everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade
“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”—FearNet
“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books
“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon
“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”—Suspense Magazine