Ronald Malfi Books In Order


  1. The Space Between (2000)
  2. The Fall of Never (2004)
  3. The Nature of Monsters (2006)
  4. Via Dolorosa (2007)
  5. Passenger (2008)
  6. Shamrock Alley (2009)
  7. Snow (2010)
  8. The Ascent (2010)
  9. Floating Staircase (2010)
  10. The Canyon of Souls (2011)
  11. The Narrows (2012)
  12. Cradle Lake (2013)
  13. December Park (2014)
  14. Little Girls (2015)
  15. The Night Parade (2016)
  16. Bone White (2017)
  17. Come With Me (2021)
  18. Black Mouth (2022)


  1. Ghostwritten (2022)


  1. Bare Bone #11 (2009)
  2. Alligators in the Sewers (2017)
  3. We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone (2017)


  1. The House on Cottage Lane (2012)
  2. A Shrill Keening (2014)
  3. Mr. Cables (2020)

Non fiction

  1. Purchase Cards (2003)

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Ronald Malfi Books Overview

The Space Between

When the United States Navy uncovers a mysterious porthole in the waters off the coast of Africa, it looks to astrophysicist Vander Case for answers, not only because of his scientific expertise, but because of the strange connection between the porthole and Alana Barsett, his dead lover. Though he initially refuses to cooperate, unwilling to open the locked doors of his bitter past, Van soon finds himself a prisoner aboard the USS Johanna and halfway around the world. The porthole is discovered to be a transportation gateway connecting the world of the living and the world of the dead. It is believed to have been created by ?the poe,? the dead leader of an extremist cult, and is slowly becoming stronger with the passage of each minute. All fear that once it reaches its full potential, it will open the gateway, enabling the poe?s return from the spirit world. Vander, the only man who possesses the knowledge needed to close the porthole, decides it is finally time to face his past and deal with the present.

The Fall of Never

Kelly Rich, long estranged from her family, is forced to return home when her sister is involved in a mysterious accident. After years of suppressing the events that drove her away she must struggle to unlock the mystery of her past in order to save her sister.

But nothing is as it seems in the foreboding Spires, her ancestral home, where cold hearts rule the hearth and deadly secrets lurk in the forest. Plunged back into the dreamworld of her youth Kelly is faced with the reality of her own role in the tragedies afflicting her family.

The Nature of Monsters

‘Love is the seed embedded in the skin,’ Donna whispered, ‘germinating.’ Robert Crofton, a socially inept and naive young farm boy, arrives in Baltimore to write his first novel and to reacquaint himself with an old hometown friend: poet turned prizefighter Rory Van Holt. In an effort to resume their peculiar and mysterious friendship, Robert Crofton abruptly ensconces himself in Rory Van Holt’s circle of friends. Robert soon finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into the quagmire that is their lifestyle. They are corrupt and privileged socialites, damaged by extraordinary wealth, gluttony, greed, arrogance, and power. Dreamlike, the characters float in and out of Robert’s life with inebriated casualness while Robert’s innocence invites these characters to subtly abuse and ridicule him while also accepting him, for the purpose of their own relief against monotony, into their monstrous society. When Nigel Sweeny, Robert’s eccentric and doomed cousin, falls is love with Rory Van Holt’s fiancee, Donna Taylor, they all suddenly find themselves trapped in a bizarre and often contradictory love quadrangle. The Nature of Monsters is both uniquely modern and delicately classic in its style and execution. The story is an exercise in human frailty and love, while exploring the struggle between personal gratification and the damning, acquisitive allure of monetary wealth.

Via Dolorosa

A young soldier and his wife go on an idyllic island vacation but they can’t escape a tragic past that is slowly unraveling their future, even as they try desperately to hang on to each other. A story of war, love, and moral fortitude, told from the perspective of a man who must reexamine his concept of everything he once believed to be right when everything has gone wrong.


A man wakes up on a Baltimore City bus with no memory of who he is, where he is going, or what has happened to him. His head is recently shaved. His clothes appear new. And written on the palm of one hand is an address. Passenger is a haunting journey of discovery, where the protagonist stumbles through Baltimore’s crumbling streets and a collection of strangely wonderful characters in search of his identity. Yet the more he tries to uncover the mystery of his past, the more he learns it has been hidden from him for a reason.

Shamrock Alley

When Secret Service agent John Mavio infiltrates a ring of organized crime leaders involved in an elaborate counterfeit money operation, including two violent Irish criminals from Hell’s Kitchen, he risks his life to stop what may be the most sinister operation in the country s history. Every step of drugs, booze, and blood brings him closer to his own demise in a gory, dangerous undercover world far removed from his own personal reality, which includes his pregnant wife and terminally ill father. But when these two worlds meet, Mavio must implement every skill he has learned to save himself, his family, and the people of New York City.


A brutal snowstorm has blanketed the area and brought with it translucent phantoms that invade humans and drive them to murder.

The Ascent

After the death of his ex wife, successful sculptor Tim Overleigh trades in his lucrative career for the world of extreme sports, but when a caving accident nearly ends his life, Tim falls into a self destructive depression. On the cusp of madness, an old friend convinces him to join a team of men climbing the Godesh ridge in Nepal. When this journey of mythical and spiritual discovery rapidly turns deadly as the climbers fall victim to a murderer within their group, the remaining survivors begin to wonder if any of them will escape the mountains alive.

Bare Bone #11

With a surgeon’s skill, editor Kevin L. Donihe stitches a diverse collection of fiction and poetry together to bring Bare Bone to life. Another Dr. Frankenstein, he assembles the pieces of others, birthing one complete monster to send lurching towards the darkness. Stories from past issues have received Honorable Mentions in several editions of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and another was reprinted in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13. This issue includes pieces from Cody Goodfellow, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gary McMahon, Kurt Newton, Ronald Damien Malfi, Jeffrey Stadt, Cameron Pierce and Paul Finch among others.

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