- Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843963557
- ISBN-13: 978-0843963557
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Malfi's use of language and his power of description are sublime."--Fear Zone
"An immensely talented writer."--Literary Strange Digest
"What horror should be! [Five stars]"--SF Reader on The Fall of Never
"Filled with subtle horror, imagination and skill. [Five stars]"--Horror-Web on The Fall of Never
"Ronald Malfi masterfully blends psychological terror and traditional gothic horror."--Dark Realms on The Fall of Never
"A remarkably versatile writer."--Brian Keene, Author of The Rising and Urban Gothic
"Ronald Malfi has a way with words. His command of the language will leave you breathless, dreaming of vivid landscapes, and in terrible fear for your life. The monsters in Malfi's mind become tangible and all too real when he sets them loose on the page. Snow is an incredible modern horror story with a decadent feel, and the perfect marriage of beauty and brutality. His writing is reminiscent of the old classics, but has all of t --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
A writer, visual artist and musician, Ronald Malfi used to front the Maryland-based alternative rock band Nellie Blide. 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. Malfi has previously published with Medallion and Delirium (among others). Snow was his first novel with Dorchester.
Top customer reviews
To say any more of the plot would ruin it, but I will say that this is an original, very scary take on the whole "trapped in an isolated town while being hunted" theme that we know from movies like(as other reviewers have mentioned) '30 Days of Night,' 'The Thing,' and 'Night of the Living Dead.' Malfi certainly can write, as the characterization was top-notch, especially for a 300-page novel. The characters felt real, and I cared about them, and feared for their safety, a rarity in pulp-type horror. The suspense never really lets up, and it's hard to stop once you've started.
The reason for four instead of five stars is that, while it's obvious that Malfi is a skilled writer, with a mastery of language and characterization, parts of the book just felt rushed, with a lot of repetitive information being thrown at the reader, sometimes within only a few pages of each other. Also, some of his metaphors were clunky and didn't make much sense to me, which became somewhat distracting and took me out of the story at times.
Still, 'Snow' was one of the more absorbing and intense horror novels of the past few years for me, and I've already purchased Malfi's previous horror novels, published under his full name, Ronald Damien Malfi. From what I've read so far of 'The Fall of Never,' he's certainly one of the best newer names in horror, and is at the forefront of new authors writing "literary horror."
The story flows with a good blend of narrative and dialogue. All of which serves the story.
The characterization is first rate and you identify with and develop empathy for them quickly.
And the story itself has some original elements- use of the snowstorm as a genesis for the creatures in particular, that I havent seen in a zombie story before. Quite a feat when you consider how worked over this genre is.
This is a good one and i will read more of Malfi's stuff- hopefully on sale the next time :).
I liked this book well enough to keep it for my collection and I don't do that with too many. I will definitely be watching over my shoulder the next time I'm out in a snowstorm.
It seems like a good portion of the books/movies I have been enjoying lately are taking place in frigid weather i.e. Snow,The Tenderness of Wolves,30 Days of Night and Frozen. It's no wonder I'm running around with my sweatshirt on all the time, shivering.
Monsters are scary enough, but when they manage to make themselves appear human they become even more frightening. How long does it take to figure out that your mom is now something that is calling you not for dinner, but AS dinner? Then it becomes a matter of trying to stay alive.
This was a fun story. The suspense and "oh crud" moments keep building higher and higher as the story goes on. This is not for the squeamish- where there are monsters there is generally blood, bone, mayhem, and other assorted unpleasantness. The action leading up to the end was gut wrenching at times.
I enjoy Mr. Malfi's books and this one is no exception. I wonder how cool it would be to sit and have a couple of beers with him. And talk about monsters.