Ronald Malfi

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Ronald Malfi
Born (1977-04-27) April 27, 1977 (age 45)
Brooklyn, New York
  • Novelist
  • short story writer
  • screenwriter
GenreHorror fiction, mainstream fiction, crime fiction
Literary movementSpeculative fiction

Ronald Malfi is an American novelist whose genres include horror, thrillers, mainstream, and literary fiction. Malfi is also a musician, having fronted the Baltimore-based alternative rock band Nellie Blide as well as his current project, Veer. He currently lives in Maryland.

Life and career[edit]

Ronald Malfi was born on April 28, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York.[1] His father was a Secret Service agent and his mother was a stay-at-home mom, who eventually raised four children, of which Ronald was the eldest.[2] His father's job saw the family transferred to various cities throughout the northeast until they eventually relocated to Severna Park, Maryland, where Ronald attended Severna Park High School until his graduation in 1995.[3] Malfi went on to study at Anne Arundel Community College and ultimately received a degree in English from Towson University in 1999.[4]

Malfi began writing stories at an early age.[5] His earliest short stories and small press novels saw Malfi using his full name, Ronald Damien Malfi, but he later dropped his middle name for his mass market releases.[6] As for his daily writing routine, Malfi has said he typically tries to write about 15 pages a day.[7] He is considered one of the new wave of literary, or "art house," horror novelists.[8]

In 2009, his novel Shamrock Alley, based on the true exploits of his own father, a retired Secret Service agent who went undercover and infiltrated the violent Irish gang in Manhattan known as The Westies,[2] was released and optioned for television.[9] The novel also won a Silver Independent Publisher Book Awards medal (IPPY) in the thriller/suspense/mystery novel category in 2010.[10]

In 2010, his novel Snow was released in paperback to much acclaim, as reviewers touted the novel's near-flawless pacing[11] and descriptive writing.[12] Malfi claims the novel was "feverishly hammered out in about two weeks."[13] The plot of the novel follows a group of strangers in to a town in Iowa which has been overrun by snow phantoms that can turn people into flesh-hungry zombies.

In 2011, the publication of his novel Floating Staircase garnered him much praise, and the novel won a Gold IPPY Award[14][15] and was nominated by the Horror Writers Association for the Bram Stoker Award for best novel of 2011.[16]

During a 2011 radio interview, Malfi stated that most of his fiction deals with the concept of lost or confused identity.[17]

Malfi is also a musician, who has composed music for independent films,[18] and was the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the Baltimore-based alternative rock band Nellie Blide[19] (from 2000-2002) and his current project, Veer.



  • Borealis (2009)
  • The Stranger (2009)
  • The Separation (2011)
  • Skullbelly (2011)
  • After the Fade (2012)
  • The Mourning House (2012)[24]
  • A Shrill Keening (2014)
  • Mr. Cables (2020)


  • Ronald Malfi Thriller Collection (2012)
  • They Lurk: 4 Novellas (2014)
  • We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone (2018)

Awards and acknowledgments[edit]

"I Know What You Are" (poem)
- Second Place (amateur), "Dracula '97" from the Transylvanian Society of Dracula.[25]

Shamrock Alley
- Independent Publisher Book Award (Silver)[26]

Floating Staircase
- Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2011[27]
- Independent Publisher Book Award (Gold Medal of Honor)[26][15]
- Winner (third place), Vincent Preis International Horror Award[28]

Cradle Lake
- Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (Silver)[29]

December Park
- Beverly Hills Book Award[30]

Little Girls
- Shortlist - American Library Association's Year's Best in Genre Fiction[31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ronald Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Horror Drive-In interview with Ronald Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Published Authors Flourish In The Park - Severna Park Voice". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ College, Anne Arundel Community. "404 - Anne Arundel Community College". Retrieved 18 July 2018. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  5. ^ "Interview: Ronald Malfi -". 6 January 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Connection Problems". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ Brennan, Gerard (16 December 2009). "Crime Scene NI: An Interview - Ronald Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ Garage., Horror. "Horror Garage - SeX. dEatH. rOck N' roLL. - Art-House Horror: An Interview With Ronald Damien Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  9. ^ "10 Questions with Ronald Malfi -". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Announcing the Results of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards". Independent Publisher - feature. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Dark Scribe Magazine - Reviews - Snow / Ronald Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  13. ^ MK Horror's review of "Snow"
  14. ^ "2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results". Independent Publisher - feature. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Award winning books published by CEO and founder of Medallion Press Inc., Helen A. Rosburg, win big in the 2012 "IPPY" Awards. - #PRNC". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Bram Stoker Award™ 2011 Final Ballot - Horror Writers Association BlogHorror Writers Association Blog". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  17. ^ "TFW- Ronald Malfi". BlogTalkRadio. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Doomed to Consume (2006)". Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via
  19. ^ "[Interview] Ronald Malfi: The Macabre, the Monstrous and the Malevolent – a Writer With His Finger Very Firmly On the Horror Genre's Pulse". 18 March 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Site Suspended - This site has stepped out for a bit". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  21. ^ Magazine, Shroud (16 March 2010). "Shroud Magazine Book Reviews: Snow, (Leisure Fiction), by Ronald Malfi". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi. Medallion, $14.95 trade paper (454p) ISBN 978-1-60542-436-1". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  23. ^ "{Interview} Ronald Malfi on Tour". Horror After Dark. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  24. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi. DarkFuse/Delirium (, $4.99 e-book (182p) ISBN 978-1-93777-150-8". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  25. ^ Miller, Dr. Elizabeth. "Awards". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  26. ^ a b List of awards won and nominations received
  27. ^ "Horror Writers Association website". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  28. ^ "VINCENT PREIS - Der Horror-Award". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Award list of winners". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Beverly Hills Book Awards 2015 list of winners and finalists". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  31. ^ "Readers' advisory experts announce 2016 Reading List: Year's best in genre fiction for adult readers | News and Press Center". 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-15.

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