this low-key novel is an improvement over the last Malfi i've read (Snow), which suffered from a certain anononymity. he gets the eerie atmosphere right and he has a sure hand when it comes to all of the minor note moments of the actual haunting, and the subsequent investigation into the death of a child the prior summer. he also does wel...more
“Floating Staircase” is thematic as well, and operates on many layers of theme (perhaps I should write instead, “on many stairs of theme”). Travis Glasgow is a haunted novelist: haunted within, by the tragic demise of his younger brot...more
Floating Staircase is a dark and deeply moving story that was, many times, painful to read. Characters go through so much emotion and torment from various experiences in their lives, and the details seem so pitch perfect, you almost believe you are reading a biographical account of actual people. If there was any doubt before, with Floating Staircase, Ronald Malfi has certainly matured into a wonderful writer and one of the most consistent storytellers in dark fiction today.
Travis Glasgow has just moved to a very small town where his older brother lives. He and his wife love the old house, but as soon as they move in strange things start to happen. A tiny, hidden room in the basement is found. Unexplainable noises come from the dark. Things are moved...more
While the jacket describes this book as a horror novel, it’s not quite horror, yet it’s more than that. A man who is living with guilt about having been the cause of his younge...more
Throughout the course of the book, Travis investigates the death of a young boy who drowned (or did he??) in the lake behind their house the summer before the Glasgows moved in. Through his investigations Travis also has to confront his guilt over the death of his younger brother, who drowned in a lake when they wer...more
Floating Staircase is everything you want in a ghost story, and more. Unlike other books, which through the horror right in your face, Malfi manages to slowly seep it in. He has it slowly slink around the outskirts of the story, bidding it's time before it comes out ever so briefly for you to see it.
This isn't so much a ghost story about a man being haunted by ghost as it is a man haunt...more
As you may have read before, while this book has nothing to do with spiders, reading it before bed gave me a tidbit of anxiety, perfect for a good mystery/horror story and resulted in some inte...more
Travis Glasgow is a writer (stories about writers are a sub-genre in themselves it seems) who’s seeking a new start with his wife, Jodie. What better place than Westlak...more
The lake near their new house has an unusual feature. A staircase ascends...more
Whenever I think of alt-horror writer Ron Malfi, for some reason I always think as well of cinematographer Frederick Elmes, who most famously was the director of photography for David Lynch's biggest films; because like Elmes, Malfi has an almost magical ability to set a very specific kind of atmospheric m...more
Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has pl
Burdened with guilt over the death of his younger brother as boy, he feels he must solve the riddle of another tragedy years later.
Written in the first person, the reader is right there with Travis as he grows increasingly obsessed with the fate of the boy who once lived in the Glasgow's new home, vacillating between trying to convince himself that several paranormal incidents are merely the workings of his own troubled psyche and sur...more
Dit boek gekocht om een lekker spannend spookverhaal te lezen. In het begin is dat ook wel; een oud huis tussen bomen en bij een meer. Ze horen 's nachts vreemde geluiden en zien schaduwen snel weggaan.
Mooi. (of ja, niet voor de bewoners van het huis natuurlijk!) Maar dat aspect wordt steeds verder naar de achtergrond gedrukt waardoor dat wat overblijft een moordmysterie is, waar de bewoner van het huis obsessief de dader probeert te achterhalen. (al weten ze niet een...more
Though not one of the best horror novels ever, this book will hold your attention from start to finish.