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Floating Staircase

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,326 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Medallion Press (first published October 2010)
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It started out a bit stereotypical, then the author allowed the plot to begin to unfold which ratcheted up my interest. The story is at its best when the mystery is unfolding. Much of the first quarter of the book was spent in establishing the setting and atmosphere. The author has a real talent for storytelling and it shows when he is simply unraveling the plot and allowing the characters to come to life. The story felt like the author needs a more astute editor that knows ...more
mark monday
troubled writer, a tragedy in his past, moves back to the States with his wife to inhabit a haunted house on a lake in the middle of an especially chill winter.

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
I finished reading this with my Shelfari horror group on Friday. I've been mulling it over for a few days and this is what I came up with.

Floating Staircase is a well written tale about Travis Glasgow, a man who is haunted. Haunted by his new home and the things that may have been done there and haunted by the death of his brother, (which occurred when they were both very young). On top of all that, he is struggling to feel worthy in the eyes of his remaining brother, who is a cop. We join
This Hardcover Thunderstorm book is signed by Ronald Malfi, there are initials where the number goes. The book has a three page afterword by the author.

The book is Thunderstorms Black Voltage series book #9.

The cover deign is by Daniel Serra.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woah. Just...woah. This book was so many things at once. Creepy, eerie, terrifying, touching… I wholeheartedly recommend it to every horror-junkie out there.
Rob Twinem
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lovehorror
This is an extraordinary well written story about about one man's attempt to find redemption and some form of closure to an incident that occurred during his formative years. Ronald Malfi manages to blend superbly elements of horror and crime nicely presented in the guise of small town America. Travis Glascow and his wife Jodie have settled in the pretty little community of Westlake Maryland but as befits all good storytelling nothing is ever as it seems and, as we are shown, the perfect life is ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
6/9 - A good read that became quite tense towards the end, so much so that I got a hell of a fright when my mum called my name last night while I was reading the scene with Travis and David Dentman in the cemetery. But what was with that ending?! I really don't understand what happened regarding Kyle. What did Travis mean when he said (view spoiler)? How was (view spoiler)? If I could I would mark this down half a star for that ambiguous ending, ...more
Jason Pettus
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

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
This is the second book I've read by Ronald Malfi, and while he has a nice writing style, his storylines underwhelm me and his characters are cardboard.

I kept waiting for the scares in this ghost story, but it was a formulaic story about a spirit helping a living being solve his disappearance. Sorry, I've read this story many times before.
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patrice Hoffman
Shelves: july-2012-reads
A tremendously involving and multi-layered novel of horror, suspense, haunting, character, emotion, sibling rivalry, marriage and family, and so much more, “Floating Staircase” proves that Literary Horror works-and finely tunes this sub-genre into a champion fright.

“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
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ebook, horror
I'm a sucker for a haunted house story. Floating Staircase is the story of Travis Glasgow, a horror writer who moves into an old, run-down house with his wife. Haunted hijinks ensue.

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
Wart Hill
Oct 02, 2015 marked it as gave-up
this book and I are not getting along
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
I believe Floating Staircase was the same number of pages as Solar Express, and yet it took me half the time to read it. I know that many people who read a lot are familiar with what I’m saying. In Deep Blue Sea, L.L. Cool J’s character explains relativity by explaining it something like this … “Put your hands on a hot woman, and an hour can seem like a second. Put your hands on a hot burner and a second can seem like an hour.” Well, if I was translating relativity in to bookworm speak, it would ...more
Brett Talley
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ronald Malfi’s Floating Staircase was nominated for a 2012 Bram Stoker Award in the Best Novel category and for good reason. Ghost stories can be hard to pull off (I mean, they’ve all been told, right?). But somehow, Malfi manages to infuse his story with a tension and air of horror that is all too often missing in lesser novels.

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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I thought this was a pretty good mystery with a little bit of creepy ghost story thrown in as well.

Travis and his wife Jodie move into a house in the woods behind his brother Adam, his wife and two kids home.

Everything seems great at first. Travis is going to try working on his next book, he's a horror story author. Jodie goes back to school to finish up, then decides she wants to teach.

So all is good until Travis finds out a little boy named Elijiah drowns in their lake before they move
This book was not what I anticipated. It was recommended as a "spine tingling horror novel" but was more of a detective story. The writing was excellent so not a disappointing read by any means, just not what I expected.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty book that might have/should have been great or close to it. Malfi has certainly got the writing chops to create a massively long finely crafted literary mystery/thriller with slight supernatural undertones. This isn't a straight up horror he's known for, this is more along the lines of Jennifer McMahon's territory. The basic premise was solid enough at first glance but didn't hold up to scrutiny of logic nor was it particularly original. Horror writer moving out to a small ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, adult, mystery
This is quite a hefty book at almost 500 pages and yet I read this in one sitting. The story just sucks you in from the first few pages and doesn't let you go. I thought that this was more of a murder mystery than a horror novel but it had its moments. At the core of the story is a writer who is still dealing with the death of his younger brother. I think that his personal journey was what interested me most. Loved this one! Can't wait to check out Mr. Malfi's other works.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Floating Staircase

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it had me thinking" what's going to happen next"? This story was creepy throughout and had me on the edge of my seat. Ronald Malfi knows how to weave a creepy story that will remain with you long after you finish!!
Kevin Lucia
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that leave you breathless. This is one of them. Full review soon...
Michelle Stockard Miller (True Book Addict)
Another great one by Malfi. If you haven't read this author, you are missing out.
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Author Travis Glasgow recently completed a novel titled The Ocean Serene, written as Travis’s way of dealing with the death of his brother Kyle, whom he felt he had killed years ago. Thinking he had put his past behind him, he and his wife, Jodie, move to Westlake, Maryland to be closer to his living brother, Adam. However, upon arrival to the house, Travis starts noticing strange happenings. He is hearing noises and seeing strange sights in the basement. What he witnesses makes him believe that ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic "should have been a movie" book! I was totally blown away. I really liked the story line which I found very unique. Atmospheric but not overly so. The writing was fluid and solid all at once. This is a big book, plenty of pages to throw this awesome story at you. In the ghost/thriller genre not what I would call horror. You do not have to worry about any gore.

My Synopsis: A man is haunted. Not just from something happening in his home but also from something in his past. He's a
Barbara ★
The biggest issue I had with this book was the premise. Here we have Travis Glasgow, a man who to this day feels responsible for his younger brothers death. We also have Adam Glasgow, Travis's older brother, a man he hasn't spoken to in years. And yet, out of the blue and for some unknown reason Adam decides to entice Travis to move to a haunted house (oh he doesn't tell Travis that) where a young boy died in a similar way to his brother. To me this just seems as if Adam is trying to send Travis ...more
Timothy Ward
Ron's description can make the simplistic scary and creates characters that are realistic and possibly mischevious. This story reminded me of my love of ghost stories and I want to have one of his books up next. My only complaint is that I sort of lost interest in the mystery around 70%. Maybe I wanted more. The last five percent, including the epilogue redeemed some of the mojo from the beginning. In short, very good at horror, but the mystery didn't engage as much as some mysteries have. Part ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three point five stars for the creepy imagery of a staircase rising up in the middle of a lake. Ghost story or mystery? Ghost story with a mystery to solve, a pretty good one at that. Would give it four stars except for the ending, just kind of an old horror movie, well that's over so let's ride off into the sunset somewhat altered and changed by our creepy experience because we can't think of any other way to end this thing kind of ending.
Dave Thomas
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can read the first few pages of "Floating Staircase" without nestling in for a few hours' worth of quality time with Malfi's prose, then I commend you. Equal parts ghost story, thriller, and drama, Malfi weaves a haunting tale of love and loss, with characters that leap off the page, dialogue that sings, and an ending that will leave the reader astounded. You will not be disappointed.

Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I love Malfi's writing and want to read more of his books. I consider myself a horror movie buff, but I never really read much non-YA horror published past 1864 (Walpole, Poe, and Hawthorne are my homeboys), so this is a nice introduction. Malfi's themes and tropes resonate well: the loss of a child, fraternal relationships, dysfunctional familial dynamics, and the familiar arc of a family moving to a new home and discovering things aren't quite as they seem. It's a classic horror trope but ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While billed as a ghost story, ‘Floating Staircase’ is more of a detective story. There seems to be a ghost- there may even be two of them- the psychological ghosts of the past are every bit as strong a force as it is.

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
My Review:

First thing I am going to say about this book is that it has been a long while since I have read a book that freaked me out enough to roll over slowly in my bed, turn the lamp on and quickly cover my head with my blanket. I fell asleep with my light on, I was that spooked!

Travis is a writer. He writes horror stories..that all seem to absently revolve around the death of his younger brother when they were children. After years of success, Travis and his wife move from England to a small
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Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker
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