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Snow [Kindle Edition]

Ronald Malfi
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Book Description

Todd Curry wants nothing more than to spend Christmas with his son. But when a brutal snowstorm cancels his flight from Chicago to Des Moines, Todd and a few other stranded passengers decide to rent a Jeep and make the trip on their own. During the drive, they pick up a man wandering through the snow, who claims to be searching for his lost daughter. He is disoriented and his story seems peculiar. Strangest of all are the mysterious slashes cut into the back of the man’s coat, straight down to the flesh…

When they arrive at the nearest town, it appears deserted. Windows dark, car abandoned, fired burning unattended. But Todd and the rest of the travelers soon learn the town is far from deserted, and that they are being watched…

And hunted.


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“Malfi’s narration and descriptive abilities are superb…”-- Horror World Reviews

“Malfi's florid descriptiveness and taut writing style grip the reader right from the get-go.”—Rue Morgue on Passenger  

“An immensely talented writer.” —Literary Strange Digest

“Complex, chilling, surprising and thought-provoking. The Fall of Never is what horror should be.” —SFReader.com

About the Author

A writer, visual artist and musician, Ronald Malfi used to front the Maryland-based alternative rock band Nellie Blide. Malfi has previously been published with Medallion and Delirium (among others). Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi's horror novels and thrillers have transcended genres to gain wider acceptance among readers of quality literature.


Product Details

  • File Size: 433 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843963557
  • Publisher: DarkFuse Publications (April 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XW8JS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Orginal March 16, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Amongst legions of vampires, werewolves, zombies, vengeful spirits of evil entombed ancestors and Lovecraftian water monsters with lashing tentacles, it's gratifying to encounter a creature that's fresh and original, and - though detailed - not over explained to the point of:

"Oh, I see. It's a brand-new twist on an ancient Native American Algonquin Elder Myth of Very Old Beings From Before Time! How silly of me!"

In other words, it's nice to be surprised by something new and still be left hanging at the end, wondering what that thing was, and where and when it'll strike next. Ronald Malfi accomplishes this in "Snow": He uses the always effective horror environment of a small town cut off by a blizzard; then he gives ample reason to fear the snow itself...down to even the tiniest flake.

Todd Curry is a newly divorced dad trying to make up for lost time and wasted opportunities, but torrential snowstorms have canceled all flights from Chicago, ruining his chances of seeing his only son for Christmas. Determined, Todd joins a woman named Kate and an elderly couple as they try driving to their varied destinations. It's risky, but he's desperate enough and Kate seems crazy enough for it to work.

A car accident becomes the least of their worries after they pick up a confused man wandering in the snow, claiming that his daughter is lost in the woods. By proxy, he leads them to a snowed-in town, dark and empty, save for a few barrel fires...and something that darts in and out of the shadows. Something awful and ethereal waits for these four travelers; something that wants more from them than just food...

Malfi's handle of the craft is rock-solid; he crafts a wire-taut, suspenseful atmosphere.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting horror March 28, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Malfi's Snow is the best horror I've read in quite a while. I picked it up off the shelf to kill a few minutes while I was waiting for someone and ended up reading the whole thing that day.

Several of the previous reviewers praise this book's originality. The funny thing is that it does feel shocking and new, despite the fact that it wears its influences on its sleeve, so to speak (a heady mixture of John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, Romero's zombie movies, and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.)

The best thing about it is the characters -- all the important characters feel well rounded and interesting, and with the leads especially you get that essential sense of what their lives are like outside of the events of the book, so you know what's at stake. Too many characters in horror books and movies seem to only exist within the confines of their stories, giving you no reason to root for them or care whether they live or die. Malfi reminded of me of Stephen King in that sense (characters always being King's biggest strength), with none of the latter's self-indulgent tendencies.

Living in the midwest, not that far from where this book is set, I'm sure to think of this one again with a shiver at the next major snowfall.

Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Horror March 13, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I want to first thank Leisure Books for bringing Ronald Malfi to their company. Guys like Malfi, Gord Rollo, Wrath James White, and Jeff Strand are the new generation of horror writers that deserve to be read by the masses. Next, I want to thank author Ronald Malfi for crafting a near perfect tale of horror. He has infused this original novel with every element I look for in a great horror story; a realistic setup dripping with thick, creepy atmosphere, an extremely dangerous antagonist, interesting yet flawed characters thrown into extreme situations, and characters that actually make smart decisions that help themselves instead of just being a tool to blindly help the author's story. And finally, of course - maybe the most important - the book has to scare me. And this did.

This is the first horror novel I've given a full 5 stars to in over a year. Granted, I do have a propensity for stories taking place in snow storms. But still, with Snow, Malfi's done everything right. Beginning, middle, and end. I loved it. A real talent for vivid descriptions, Malfi also has great instincts for using smooth prose and an ear for natural dialogue. I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Snow is an easy candidate for the 2010 Bram Stoker Award.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Original Horror March 1, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
When a group of travelers have their flight canceled due to bad weather, they rent a car and begin a treacherous journey home. They find themselves stranded in a seemingly deserted town. However, there's something alive in the snow...and it's hungry!

Snow was a delight to read. LOL - I admit that I am sick of vampires, zombies, and werewolves (oh my!) and it was great to read something that was totally original. Now, I won't tell you what's alive in the snow - you need to read the book.

And if that wasn't enough, Malfi's grasp of setting and character were stellar. Sure there's gore, but there are also creepy chills and characters you care about - a rare thing these days.

I'm glad I read this and I'm looking forward to the author's next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat thriller.
I enjoyed every minute of this edge of your seat thriller. The storyline never got boring, and every time I thought I would put this book down and do some actual work----I had to... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Frannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read! Kept me guessing at what would happen next, surprises at the end.
Published 2 months ago by Pat B., Louisiana
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and vivid but not scary
3.5/5

Todd Curry is desperately trying to get a flight home for Christmas to visit his young son, but a brutal snowstorm has caused flight cancellations across the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by StephTheBookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I thought this would be a good book to read and I was not wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written story from start to finish, and will definitely be reading more of Malfi's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Shead
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.
Another great read from Ronald Malfi. Tension from the very first page. I couldn't put this book down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Haxxan Dreams
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome snow
Makes you think of snow differently and if there's something else then just frozen water vapor inside it. Different horror style not to be missed.
Published 4 months ago by BooklovrCher
3.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved it loved it , all his books I have read is great must read book just could not put it down
Published 6 months ago by tina moore
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
Moody and scary. Loved it!
Its like a well made scary movie that you just can't stop watching with some popcorn.
Published 6 months ago by Mr Jingles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun read
This was my first read from Ronald Malfi - I enjoyed it a lot. Great vibe to the whole thing, and his style is what makes it such an easy and pleasing read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Craig Saunders
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor character dialog, ok story line
I gave this book a low rating because I felt that Mr. Malfi could have done better with his imagination on the characters and their dialog, especially in the beginning of the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jacki Oltz
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