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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...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Leisure Books (first published 2010)
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William M.
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, interes...more
Kasia S.
I belong to the Leisure horror book club so this was sent to me automatically, but even if it wasn't I would still snatch this if I saw it in a book store. I love these kinds of tales; woods, snow, strange things happening, possible ghosts/monsters/something wicked roaming around, people acting strange, yum! Malfi created a fun and entertaining story that is realistic enough to make the reader worry about the characters that are believable even if most of them don't get to witness any happy endi...more
Sep 28, 2010 Nate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
A good, solid horror book, with a few caveats. Reminiscent of Koontz's Phantoms for me, the story deals with trapped travelers being hunted by ethereal beasts hiding in a snow storm. They become solid just long enough to kill and inhabit human bodies. Creepy, a bit gory, with fairly cookie cutter characters that nonetheless remain interesting.

Unfortunately it appears Malfi has no idea what a gun looks like or how it works. With multiple descriptions that completely throw the reader out of the s...more
Ronald Malfi's debut novel for Leisure Horror is an interesting and tautly written horror story. While some might label this as an atypical "people cut off from the world in a small town by some imaginable horror" I actually liked it for what it was...and the main characters in this novel which made it all the more intriguing. Todd Curry, a lawyer trying to make a cross-coutry flight to see his son for Christmas, gets stranded with dozens of other passengers...and a few of them decided to band t...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
I was introduced to the work of Author Ronald Malfi with his “Floating Staircase,” a novel of literary horror and familial entanglement, an excellent story. “Snow” is more “straight horror,” a novel which might edge on science fiction, but is primarily horror, and very horrifying indeed. The implacable nature and extent of the threat to our protagonists and to the townspeople of Woodson kept me awake, determined to finish the novel so I could actually sleep.

Snow: a natural occurrence in many lo...more
Nice, actually it´s a 3.5 stars, because of some issues I had with the characters (the typical "falling-in-love-whilst-times-of-the-apocalypse"- shit) and and some illogical sequences. But all in all a really good horror-story. I like :-)
mark monday
efficient and unremarkable. interesting monsters, but overall: eh.
Todd Russell
Forget abominable snowmen, bring on snow monsters! I got the feeling the author has been or is from the midwest where it snows like a mother. The main character, Todd, has his flight canceled and co-rents a car with another stranded passenger. Todd wants to get to his son for Christmas and the only way is to drive through a brutal blizzard. Alas, they don't make it, stopping by a small, isolated town under siege by...well, read this and find out.

This is the third story by Malfi I've read and he...more
Birdie Tracy
Cold Killing

Todd Curry is trying to get to Iowa to see his son for Christmas. Nothing unusual about that. Unfortunately a severe snowstorm forces a cancellation of flights and he decides to rent a car for the rest of the journey. A lack of four wheel drive vehicles results in him sharing a ride with an elderly couple and a young woman named Kate. Slightly dangerous but it beats sleeping in a plastic seat in the airport and waiting for clear weather. It turns out to be a terrible mistake.

I bought this book for $1 at a dollar store, so I didn't hold out a lot of hope that it would be fantastic or anything. However, the first half of the book was promising, even with a less than imaginative premise. People get stranded in a small town where scary things happen. The characters were pretty generic as well. Sexy-sassy lady, down-on-his-luck guy, old couple head over heels in love. But half way through the book things start going to shit. The descriptions of things just get stupid.

I did enjoy this book but there are some things I just didn't like. It was fresh and new. I hadn't heard of creatures like these so, props for this!
Cristin Bundy
Outstanding book for fans of horror-fiction! I could have finished it in one sitting if it wasnt for responsibilities!
Angie Brill
Malfi's got it. He's got that cold, dead, creepy, horror king touch. I cannot get enough of his stories and this one was no exception. This tale has all the elements of a good horror story. The setting was creepy, the characters flawed yet engaging with minds' of their own, the scare was not just done in sudden violent bursts but drawn out in an undercurrent of near hopelessness for their situation and He slaps his readers with unexpected plot twists (that's a real sign of a true horror writer)....more
Querus Abuttu
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It started out great, "snow-monsters" taking over a small town, Night of the Living Dead meets the Body Snatchers, very horror, very classic. And yeah, that is where my issues with "Snow" start.
The "classic" feel made this story get more and more bland, all seen and done before. This classic factor turned the not so bad idea of the evil from the snow into something rather unoriginal, with mediocre characters that have their fair share of sexism, undeserving heroism and foreseeable death-ism. We...more
Rechan Rechan
Do you like the isolated and abondoned, yet surrounded feeling of a zombie story? The tense paranoia of a body snatcher tale, when you don't know who's human? What about monsters you haven't seen before? That describes Snow: four strangers stumbling into a town after a car crash during a blizzard, finding the place under the assault of a type of ghostly monster that can turn people into zombies, or present a whole different kind of danger when outside the body.

The writing is solid, and the chara...more
Jim Nolt
The idea of creatures materializing out of snow and destroying an entire small town has possibilities, but I didn't care much for for the way Malfi developed his characters. Caught in the middle of this hostile takeover of Woodson, Todd Curry is cold, hungry, injured, under attack by snow creatures who suck the life out of people; he supposedly wants nothing more than to be with his son on Christmas. Yet he must fight off an erection when he gets close Kate, a fellow traveler he met only a few h...more
Kurt Criscione
Quick read and i really got right into it... took me only two sittings to get through the whole book... and it does help that we just had a winter storm so snow and ice is everywhere... really sets the mood for the book. There was some repetition in the book that i thought could have been caught out but then going back i realized it was merely same information being relayed to different PoV characters... other than that minor issue its smooth sailing.

Brief Synopsis: a huge storm hits the midwest...more
Scott Johnson
It's been a long time since I read a good, old-fashioned monster book, and even longer since I've read one that's as really creepy as Snow. With this book, Malfi takes a familiar premise, the isolated small town, combines it with several others, and brings up something new, bleak, and pretty damned scary. And it's set against the delightful backdrop of a Norman Rockwell painting of a Christmas village.

Snow begins in an airport, where Todd Curry is hoping his flight to see his son for Christmas h...more
Robert Beveridge
Ronald Malfi, Snow (Leisure, 2010)

I had Snow, Malfi's most recent novel, on my list of stuff to read in 2011. Then I found a copy at a library book sale, in good enough shape for me, but not for the library. (It had suffered some water damage.) Considering this providence, I bought it for a quarter, took it home, and then tried to resist reading it until 2011. As I'm writing this on October 1, 2010, you can see how well that worked out. I've been hearing Malfi's name around and about for a few y...more
Hmmm. Okay I actually have to do my thoughts on Ronald Malfi backwards, because my introduction to him was actually in a book published two years after this one; that being The Mourning House, which was absolutely fabulous. Mr. Malfi's talents, and his imagination, have definitely developed over those two years.

Now about Snow. I've seen many reviews of this in the time I've been reading it, and alternately hearing either that it is extremely well crafted and genuinely frightening, or that it is...more
This was a pretty good horror story by Malfi. It's a monster type of story that deals with some weird beings that come out of the snow and take over people like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It follows the story of a couple of people who happen to break down in their car while traveling in the snow and then happen upon a town in crisis. It was a fun read it had a zombie story combined with Invasion of the Body Snatchers vibe to it. One missed chance I thought was the protagonist (Todd) was...more
Jay Massiet
I like Ronald Malfi's, Snow to a certain extent, however, there were a lot of things about his writing that annoyed me close to the point that I didn't want to continue reading his novel. Malfi falls into a repetitive nature throughout the book and will often fall back onto words, descriptions, and style techniques that become trite and noticeable. While I thought the story was good and the monsters interesting, I was unable to find myself immersed with the story for too long because of the cons...more
Nelio Gomes
Snow by Ronald Malfi is a real page turner, and the author again shows his ability to create meaningful characters without pages of exposition. Todd Curry is a man who wears his flaws close to the surface, and as he struggles to make it through a blizzard to spend Christmas with his son and ex-wife, things go from bad to worse. The pacing was great, the characters interesting, and 'monster' unique enough to leave the reader as uncertain about what was happening in the town Woodson as the charact...more
Steve Vernon
Apr 08, 2010 Steve Vernon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of good solid no-nonsense horror
Having grown up in snowy North Ontario - and having lived through the three foot plus snowfall-in-a-day of White Juan here in Halifax - I have a healthy respect for the snow.

I know have an equally healthy respect for the writing of Ronald Malfi.

I have read Malfi's work before with his book THE FALL OF NEVER (Raw Dog Screaming Press), and was very impressed by his clean no-nonsense approach to writing. It is great to see Malfi getting out into the mass-market.

SNOW utilizes a basic horror trope. A...more
Feb 12, 2014 Todd added it
Very enjoyable survival horror story. I had to read this one since the main character was named Todd and hewas trying to drive to Des Moines in a snow storm from Chicago. One pet peeve though, on the way from Chicago to Des Moines the main character is driving through an area in Iowa that has giant fir trees. i wish when authors write about other places they would know the lay of the land. But that is minor compared to the enjoyment of the rest of the book.
Procrastinador Diletante
Acho que há muito tempo que não lia um livro de terror que me conseguisse aterrorizar só pelas descrições. Tem lá alturas em que me apetece berrar para a personagem e dizer-lhe "Não faças isso!" ou "Foge!", lol.. Em muitos aspectos, Malfi consegue "imitar" o estilo de escrita do Stephen King (na época clássica dele...não agora...) com personagens que parecem mesmo pessoas reais, presas em situações fora do normal. Perdidos numa tempestade de neve, 2 casais encontram uma pessoa a pedir ajuda no m...more
Mika Lietzén
An excellent fast-paced story about an accidental group of travellers who end up stranded in a small town in Iowa during a snowstorm. Little do they know that the town happens to be under invasion by something in the snow. It's all very straightforward action from the get-go, with brisk writing and economical characterisation that result in a whirlwind of a novel. The story name-drops H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, and the approach is indeed somewhat similar, with a limited perspective and c...more
Why did Eddie get to make happy trails along the American Coastline? Was he a "scout" for the "Snow" so they knew which town to go after next? What did the "snow" want? I think this book was interesting to see how much can happen and change within 24 hours.
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Ronald Malfi is an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer whose most notable works include the novels Via Dolorosa and Shamrock Alley. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and collections throughout the US and abroad. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi writes fiction that transcends genres to gain wider acceptance among readers...more
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