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They Lurk by Ronald Malfi Review

Writer: Ronald Malfi

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Titan Books

Publish Date: 18th July 2023

Pages: 384

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



Five terrifying collected horror novellas newly reissued from the “modern-day Algernon Blackwood”.


A private detective is hired after three teenagers disappear in a forest and uncovers a terrible local secret.

The Separation

Marcus arrives in Germany to find his friend up-and-coming prizefighter Charlie in a deep depression. But soon Charlie’s behaviour grows increasingly bizarre. Is he suffering from a nervous breakdown, or are otherworldly forces at work?

The Stranger

Set in a rural Florida parking lot, David returns to his car to find a stranger sat behind the wheel. The doors are locked and there’s a gun on the dashboard. And that was when the insanity started…

After the Fade 

A girl walked into a small Annapolis tavern, collapsed and died. Something had latched itself to the base of her skull. And it didn’t arrive alone.

Now, the patrons of The Fulcrum are trapped, held prisoner within the tavern’s walls by monstrous things, trying to find their way in.


A teenage girl and her mom are in a car accident with another vehicle on a remote country road in the middle of a nightmarish snowstorm, which soon devolves into gruesome madness.

My Opinion

Gruesome, horrifying, tense and magnificent.

Ronald Malfi proves himself, once again, as a modern horror master. Five novellas, each incredibly different, each delivering horrifying scenes of uniqueness.

All of the novellas are hugely different, tackling different issues from depression to addiction! As they are novellas I won’t go too much into the stories as you deserve to read them all with a clear mind. What I will say is my favourite novella was ‘The Stranger’…the gore was absolutely disgusting and I loved it. Totally unexpected and honestly, I thought I was going to throw up at parts. 

Ronald Malfi easily adapts his writing through the different stories but always delivers. The characters are rich and diverse, leaving you loving or hating them! 

They Lurk by Ronald Malfi is NOT bedtime reading…if you want to sleep that is! It is however a sublime piece of horror literature, perfect for fans of the genre! 

Thank you Titan Books for the ARC! 

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