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The Fall of Never [Hardcover]

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Kelly Rich, long estranged from her family, is forced to return home when her sister is involved in a mysterious accident. After years of suppressing the events that drove her away she must struggle to unlock the mystery of her past in order to save her sister. But nothing is as it seems in the foreboding Spires, her ancestral home, where cold hearts rule the hearth and deadly secrets lurk in the forest. Plunged back into the dreamworld of her youth Kelly is faced with the reality of her own role in the tragedies afflicting her family.

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Pages   356
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2006
Publisher   Raw Dog Screaming Press
ISBN  1933293306  
ISBN13  9781933293301  

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Modern gothic-style horror by talented new writer  Feb 8, 2007
Kelly Rich, aka Kelly Kellow before her marriage and divorce, lives in New York and is making a documentary film about people living with disabling conditions. At her side is Josh Cavey, her cameraman and good friend. Their subject? Nellie Worthridge, an enigmatic, and legless, elderly woman. In the middle of the project, after some disturbing film footage displays mysterious findings, Kelly receives a call that her sister has been hurt back home in the small town of Spires.

Kelly leaves for home, filled with trepidation at returning home for the first time since she was released from the Coopersville Female Institute for depressed or disturbed young girls. Josh finds himself in the role of caretaker for Nellie after the old woman suffers a stroke, along with Doctor Carlos Mendes.

The frail threads of unreality link these four people together. While Kelly must remember what she left behind in her past, Carlos must face the uncertain future of his unborn child. Nellie recognizes something in Josh's past, and understands how she herself is tied to Kelly.

'The Fall Of Never' is a very well-written, fantastical, mysterious, and shivering journey into our hearts, our entrenched abilities, and the souls from the past. It's a tale that creeps along the edge of insanity, speaks of vague memories haunting the mind, and travels through woods as dark as the soul of a madman. What haunts you from your past?

I highly recommend this book for lovers of creeping horror or gothic tales. Malfi's prose is flawless, surreal, evocative, and memorable without becoming boring. Definitely worth a buy. Enjoy.
A highly original modern gothic  Mar 22, 2006
Aspiring documentarian Kelly Rich comes home late one night to a message from her estranged family: her sister, Becky, was nearly killed in the forest near their house and Kelly must come home at once to her hometown of Spires in upstate New York. This leaves Josh Cavey, her videographer and the closest thing she has to a friend, in a fix when he finds their latest documentary subject, Nellie Worthridge, an elderly paraplegic, barely breathing on the floor of her apartment.

In the hospital, Nellie begins saying and doing very strange things like talking about how "we almost killed that f-----g dog" and breaking all of the tines save one from plastic forks. She really upsets her attending physician, Carlos Mendes, when she mentions that his unborn baby is not going to make it to term. And, at her family home, Kelly feels like she is going crazy. She is having strange "memories" of her years in the asylum her parents put her in at 15 (the same age her sister is now), and this only increases her fear.

How author Ronald Damien Malfi ties Nellie's odd behaviors to Kelly's visit to Spires results in the most effective chiller I've read in years. The Fall of Never gave me the first genuine reading-induced goosebumps I've gotten since my first time through Ray Bradbury's "The October Game," and it is only his second novel.

The Fall of Never faithfully follows the expected route of the American gothic subgenre, yet it doesn't feel derivative, just familiar. Malfi informs his story with references from Shakespeare, Poe, even Puzo (watch out for those bags of oranges), and the cover illustration by Mike Bohatch gets the reader into the proper mood.

Malfi truly knows his characters, so much so that I began to think I did, too. The dialogue is so personal, and each character has such a clear and distinctive voice, that it is easy to tell who is speaking just from their words. His female characters are especially well drawn and are the most integral to the plot, leaving the male characters like Josh and Carlos to simply respond to the actions of the women.

The Fall of Never is about many things, but most of all it is about power: the power of fear and loneliness, of the mind and imagination, and the extreme result that comes from the combination of all four. Given the depth of his plot, I was concerned that any ending Malfi came up with would fail to meet the heights of what preceded it. But he managed to completely surprise me with a stunning conclusion that fits all the pieces together in a fully satisfying way and may even break new ground -- I know I've never read anything like it before. Despite its generic origins, the author does not limit himself and therefore comes up with a novel that feels completely original and definitely makes Ronald Damien Malfi someone to watch out for in the future.
loved it immensely  Dec 28, 2005
ive been searching for a book such as this for some time. i love a book in which the first page sucks you in and doesnt let go... putting the book down is almost physically painful as your brain is insisting it MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!... a rollercoaster ride of intensely intellectual imagery.... beautifully written so the reader is taken along and becomes a part of the story....

Fall of Never Highly Recommended  Dec 21, 2005
I was beginning to think that literary horror no longer existed, suspense and horror written only to old formulas and clichés, then someone directed me to the small presses, and then specifically to Ronald Damien Malfi. Reading Fall of Never made me want to rewrite anything I'd ever written and has sent me on a search of all things Malfi. Malfi's prose is impeccable, his settings evocative and alive-read this and you won't forget the Spires compound, or even the hospitals or restaurants these characters visit;and Malfi's characters are the kind you want to follow, all the way to the end and beyond-even minor characters stand out as layered and authentic. The novel offers an intriguing and unnerving blend of physical and psychological horror with a surprising look into how we might be creators of our own fears. It made me look again at myself which is what good fiction should do.
Great book by a first time novelist  Dec 18, 2005
The amazing thing about this book is that it shouldn't work. It relies way too heavily on the Ann Radcliff standard gothic plot. The more amazing thing is that it does work and it works for one very simple reason - Malfi actually cares about the characters - at least enough to write about them sympathetically. Kelly is multi-layered and not just the girl that ends up in the haunted mansion. Her friends back in New York have their own compelling storylines. Even the minor characters like the town hermit or the comatose sister have their own stories taht make you want to stay with them long after the book is over.

There are some drawbacks. The parents don't ring true. When Malfi finally reveals the secret behind the protagonist's lost memories and her weird family, it feels like a letdown. The last third of the book is an otherwise exciting fight sequence, but I thought that Malfi was delving into some interesting identity issues to which he couldn't really devote much time because this was the big finish.

But as far as first novels go, this is a barnstormer, and I look forward to more novels by this amazingly talented writer.

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