Au­thor Malfi crafts sto­ries of hor­ror and mys­tery

The Calvert Recorder - - Community - Rachel Brew­ster of Pom­fret Lawrence McGuire of Wal­dorf

The Mary­land Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion this year is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary with the Writ­ers’ Round Ta­ble Pro­gram to en­cour­age writ­ers, po­ets, play­wrights and au­thors through monthly ar­ti­cles and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The No­table Mary­land Au­thor ar­ti­cles and as­so­ci­ated Fun With Words writ­ers’ prompts are the cen­ter­piece of the 30th an­niver­sary pro­gram. Each month, The Calvert Recorder and other news­pa­pers in the state will fea­ture a Mary­land Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ar­ti­cle about an au­thor. Mary­lan­ders are en­cour­aged to read the ar­ti­cles and try their hand at the writ­ing prompts each month.

Au­thor: Ron­ald Malfi

“The Sun Also Rises is prob­a­bly the great­est Amer­i­can novel ever writ­ten.” — Ron­ald Malfi

A par­tial read­ing list in­cludes “Float­ing Stair­case,” “The Nar­rows,” “De­cem­ber Park,” “Lit­tle Girls” and “The Night Pa­rade.”

Genre: hor­ror — This type of fic­tion is in­tended to, or has the ca­pac­ity to, frighten, scare, dis­gust or star­tle its read­ers or view­ers by in­duc­ing feel­ings of hor­ror and ter­ror. It cre­ates an eerie and fright­en­ing at­mos­phere. Hor­ror is fre­quently su­per­nat­u­ral, though it can be non-su­per­nat­u­ral. Of­ten the cen­tral men­ace of a work of hor­ror fic­tion can be in­ter­preted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a so­ci­ety. An award-win­ning au­thor of many nov­els and novel­las in the hor­ror, mys­tery, and thrill- Ron­ald Malfi writes hor­ror, mys­tery and thriller nov­els and novel­las.

er cat­e­gories from var­i­ous pub­lish­ers, in 2009 Ron­ald Malfi’s 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 Award for best novel, re­ceived a Gold IPPY Award for best hor­ror novel, and the Vin­cent Preis In­ter­na­tional Hor­ror Award. His novel “Cra­dle Lake” gar­nered him the Ben­jamin Franklin In­de­pen­dent Book Award (sil­ver) in 2014, while “De­cem­ber Park,” his epic com­ing-of-age thriller, won the Bev­erly Hills In­ter­na­tional Book Award for sus­pense in 2015.

Most rec­og­nized for his haunt­ing, lit­er­ary style and mem­o­rable char­ac­ters, Malfi’s dark fic­tion has gained ac­cep­tance among read­ers of all gen­res. He was born in Brook­lyn, New York in 1977, and even­tu­ally re­lo­cated to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay area, where he cur­rently re­sides with his wife and two daugh­ters. Learn more about Ron­ald Malfi at www.ron­

Fun with words

Mary­land Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in­vites res­i­dents to have fun with words. In 100 words, weave to­gether the main char­ac­ter (a barista), a sec­ond char­ac­ter (you pick), an aban­doned movie set, a bro­ken shovel, a flood, and the color or­ange. To see a sam­ple of how this might look, visit www. mwawrit­er­­with-words.

Read­ers who re­spond to the prompt are en­cour­aged to paste their re­sult at the web­site www. mwawrit­er­ sub­mit-fun-with-words by the 20th of the month and re­ceive an MWA Writ­ers’ Round Ta­ble Sub­mis­sion Cer­tifi­cate.

Se­lected prompts will be pub­lished next month.

Last month’s se­lec­tions

In Septem­ber, read­ers were asked to pick a mo­ti­va­tional topic and weave to­gether the topic with its ben­e­fit and a prac­ti­cal step to take or pick a pre­tend his­tor­i­cal per­son and weave to­gether their name and ac­com­plish­ment and its ef­fect on their time in his­tory.

Here are two lo­cal se­lec­tions.

The In­qui­si­tion, Span­ish or oth­er­wise, en­deav­ored to cre­ate unity. But it re­ally forced uni­for­mity rather than creat­ing unity. It forced uni­for­mity in ar­eas where it prob­a­bly should not ex­ist. The forced uni­for­mity be­came the test for au­then­tic Catholic unity.

For ex­am­ple, the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion sought to erad­i­cate obe­di­ence to To­rah among Jewish con­verts. The most com­mon To­rah ob­ser­vance the In­qui­si­tion con­demned: not eat­ing pork. When con­ver­sos did not eat pork peo­ple per­ceived them as be­ing ei­ther in­sin­cere con­verts or still faith­ful Jews. Forc­ing uni­for­mity in such prac­tices does not foster gen­uine Christian unity. It cre­ated lots of fear and sus­pi­cion.

On July 19, 1814, a slave named Achilles Mad­di­son guarded the Huff­man plan­ta­tion.

Fear­ing the Bri­tish, his mas­ter had fled. Achilles now stood against Bri­tish Cap­tain Christian Rusy and four­teen soldiers. Achilles was un­armed.

Rusy asked him, “If all men are God’s chil­dren, how can one own an­other?”

Achilles smiled. “What you need, sir?”

“A guide. To the Prince Fred­er­ick court­house.”

“I know the way.”

To the shock of his men, Rusy loaned Achilles his sword. The soldiers pre­pared torches. A torch in his fist, the sword in his other, Achilles raged. First, against the plan­ta­tion house. Then, Prince Fred­er­ick.


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