SURVIVE WITH ME features 16 of my favorite writer buds. Each of them gave these stories to me for this charity anthology. ALL proceeds go to the American Indian College Fund. You can order your eBook or paperback copy HERE Or discover more about this wonderful cause here: AMERICAN INDIAN COLLEGE FUND
Tonight, we welcome one of my very favorite authors in the horror business. Three of his novels are contenders in my all-time Top 10 list (Bone White, Floating Staircase, The Narrows) and the rest are just as stellar. When he’s not writing, you can also find him rocking out with his band, VEER. He’s also one of the nicest, coolest dudes to have a beer with. Bone White is in the works at Amazon, so he’ll be adding movies/tv to his already impressive resume. Let’s catch up with Mr. Ronald Malfi.
What inspired your story in SWM, “Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects” and its crazy title?
I wrote “Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects” for a Raw Dog Screaming anthology called Sick: An Anthology of Illness, back in 2003 or so. In hindsight, it was sort of shoehorned into that anthology because it has nothing to do with illness and everything to do with survival, which makes it a nice fit for Survive With Me, of course. The main protag is laid up in bed, in an abandoned hospital during some nameless war, reliving the terrible deed that wound him up in that place. Unlike his dead compatriots, he refuses to surrender to death, so he continues to survive in a very unorthodox and stomach-churning way. I mean, the title of the story kinda says it all, right?
What other causes would you like see get some more attention?
We live in a time of causes, and that’s good, although some remain overlooked while others have become part of the fabric of our culture. I’ll twist your question to suit my response here, which is that I commend you for choosing to benefit Native American education, because I feel that is a cause wholly overlooked.
You do winter horror/thrillers so well (Snow, The Ascent, Bone White), what is about that setting that gets your juices flowing?
I mean, the winter is just so suitable for horror, no? The cold, the desiccation, the bleakness of it all. Plus, what better time to read? A good book, a glass of scotch, and a roaring fire–is there anything better?
You love to rock. What does 2021 hold for VEER?
As you can imagine, COVID crushed the band’s ability to tour and play live. Our last show was in January, which seems like a century ago now, before all this madness hit us. However, we’ve been blessed with excellent fans who continue to support us, purchasing T-shirts, CDs, and all manner of merch from our website, veerband.net, to keep us afloat during this time. Meanwhile, we’ve been recording new music for our sophomore album, and will be releasing a new single and music video very soon. We’d love for anyone to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’ll be releasing new material, included a behind-the-scenes web series, which will mostly be us arguing, I imagine. (YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrghUCsCW3xCBKjOvz_KbKw )
Give me three songs you’d be willing to do at karaoke that might surprise people.
Excellent question. Maybe not complete surprises, but:
1) “The Warrior” by Scandal
2) “Round Here” by Counting Crows
3) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
4) “Mysterious Ways” by U2
5) “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince