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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Top 15 Fantasy and Horror Novels: #6 The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

I read The Talisman when I was in high school, and the story still sticks with me today.  It’s part horror, part fantasy, part adventure.  What King and Straub managed to do was weave a wonderful story with intrigue and suspense, regardless of how you want to classify it.  In The Talisman, Jack Sawyer must Read More…

10 Questions win Benjamin Kane Ethridge

1.  Black and Orange has a highly developed mythos.  How did you create the backstory and world for Black and Orange? I had to establish rules I may or may not use during the course of the story, so I kept them in mind as I introduced concepts and tried never to break those rules. Read More…

The Story Behind My Story – Richfield Court

I wrote this story years ago, shortly after I bought my first house.  It was a small, modest house but I was in my mid-twenties and glad to own it.  The house was in a housing development, which are becoming increasingly popular these days. Tempering my enthusiasm for my new house was the ridiculous amount Read More…

10 Questions with Ronald Malfi

1.  In Shamrock Alley, the main character is based on your father?  How was that personal experience different from other novels you have written? Shamrock is quite different than my other books, both in its genre and in the origin of the story.  My father is a retired Secret Service agent who worked a case Read More…

Movie Review – The Avengers

I haven’t watched too many movies with more hype coming into it than The Avengers.  This movie has been talked about for years, and took the production of five other movies just to set this one up for release.  Needless to say I had high expectations, and The Avengers lived up to those high expectations.  Read More…

Shamrock Alley by Ronald Malfi

Shamrock Alley is a thriller written by Ronald Malfi based on the real life story of his father, who was a Secret Service agent, represented in this novel as John Mavio, who brought down some nasty gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen.  Mavio and his partner Bill Kirsch are investigating a counterfeit money ring which leads them Read More…