Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi

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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 plagued Travis since he was 13. Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.

About Ronald Malfi

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Ronald Malfi is the author of The Ascent, The Fall of Never, The Nature of Monsters, Shamrock Alley, and Via Dolorosa. He lives in Arnold, Maryland.
Published October 1, 2011 by Medallion Press. 476 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Malfi (The Ascent) gives a few deft twists to the traditional haunted house theme with eerie, unpredictable, and exciting results. Horror writer Travis Glasgow and his wife, Jodie, have just moved int

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“Floating Staircase deserves to stand alongside a Stephen King or a Dean Koontz—at their best. . . . [it is] a mature horror yarn, but, deep down, it is also an exploration of obsessions, and in particular the obsession it takes to be a writer.”

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Travis and his wife are excited to move back to the states from their tiny London flat and into their own house near his older brother. However, almost immediately, strange occurrences in their new home motivates Travis to start asking questions. He discovers that his house was once owned by ...

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Fear Net

His language is stirring and evocative, and I would argue that the first lines of Floating Staircase both recall and stand up to the greatest first lines in the history of horror, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House.

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