AISFP 237 – Kevin Lucia and Ronald Malfi, Part Two

Timothy C. Ward and Kevin Lucia return for this second part of their interview with Mystery/Thriller/Horror author, Ronald Malfi. Part one: AISFP 236. Check details below for how to enter our big Coffin Hop Web Tour giveaway.


  • How Ronald Malfi paces a mystery into the horror story, using his award-winning novel, Floating Staircase, as an example.
  • Ron’s method for writing a story organically.
  • Philosophy of Horror: Or, Paradoxes of the Heart by Noel Carrol recommended by Kevin on the sense of discovery as an essential element in Horror.
  • Readers having difficulty with Peter Straub, and why he’s one of Ron’s favorite genre writers. “His prose is poetry. Everything he says is fantastic. I can’t even remember the plot, but it’s a beautifully written story.”
  • Ron discusses whether you can reveal too much too early and how to pace the discovery of the mystery.
  • How Ron solves his problem when a story stops working.
  • What Ron has meant to Kevin’s writing career.
  • Why Ron chooses small press publishers for his work.
  • Ronald Malfi’s book, Shamrock Alley, which was based on the true story of his father’s dangerous life.

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Things slip throughKevin Lucia is a Submissions Reader for Cemetery Dance Magazine and his podcast “Horror 101” is featured monthly on Tales to Terrify. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies.

He’s currently finishing his Creative Writing Masters Degree at Binghamton University, he teaches high school English and lives in Castle Creek, New York with his wife and children.

He is the author of Hiram Grange& The Chosen One, Book Four of The Hiram Grange Chronicles. His first short story collection, Things Slip Through is forthcoming in November. He’s currently working on his first novel.
Timothy C. Ward
Executive Producer

Timothy C. Ward has been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, and now with AISFP. His first publication, Cornhusker: Demon Gene (A Short Story), is available on Kindle for $.99. He just turned in his novel to his editor, Joshua Essoe. Kaimerus is described as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.”

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  2. I think I really need to read Floating Staircase. I confess I hadn’t heard of Ronald Malfi until now. The books sounds amazing. I felt reassured, too, about his approach to writing – somewhat intuitive, which is how I mainly write. Sometimes writing advice can be scary, if it doesn’t suit your creative personality. Outlines scare me rigid. Thanks, Ronald, for a fabulous and fascinating interview.

    • I think you’ll really like it too. And I agree, sometimes it is scary to hear someone write in a way that doesn’t suit your method and then think you have to do it that way. It is also scary though to hear advice like his (and my Glen Cook interview) where they trust their subconscious to work it out in the end. It’s almost like being a magician without concrete rules.

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