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We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone
We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone | Ronald Malfi
15 posts | 8 read | 20 to read
A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an elderly neighbor on Halloween night. A housewarming party where the guests never leave. A caretaker tends to his rusted relic of a god deep in the desert...In his debut short story collection, Bram Stoker Award finalist Ronald Malfi mines the depths and depravities of the human condition, exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Rich in atmosphere and character, Malfi's debut collection is not to be missed.
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khooliha
Mehso-so

Most of these stories are fine to good, but on a couple you really get reminded that a white dude wrote this, based off of who gets otherized.

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khooliha

Maybe don't put your stories that showcase your weakness in writing characters of color back to back. Maybe don't put them in at all!

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khooliha

I cannot be considering subscribing to a new horror book box when I'm still catching up on the Nocturnal Reader's picks. It just isn't a good idea!

.... that said, does anyone have thoughts on My Thrill Club's horror curation?

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melissa.drake
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Mehso-so

Horror short story collection. Mixed bag. Some were good (The Dinner Party) - the opening story was particularly creeptastic. Some were bad (All the Pretty Girls) - can we just not with violence against women being the crux of the grisly gross-ness of a horror scenario?

Cameo of my rosemary plant that I probably killed because I forgot to water it for two weeks. 🌿💀

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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So much #mybloodyvalentineswap goodness from @Tiffy_Reads this morning! I love it all and will have to post some close ups so you all can see the cool stuff. The ouija board pin thing is is so cool. Okay, everything is wonderful! 🖤🖤

4thhouseontheleft Theta ouija board pin is really cute! I have the same LOTR bag, I love using it for library trips. 2y
JenlovesJT47 Great haul!! Love the SK stuff 😍🖤🤗❤️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I love them both! And will definitely use them - SOON! 2y
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FantasyChick That bag 😍 Also, I'm loving seeing all the SK stuff today! 2y
BethM That bag! 2y
BibliophileMomma I‘m so happy you like everything! I had so much fun shopping for you. 😊😊 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tiffy_Reads Thank you so much! It‘s an amazing box of horror goodness. 😘😘 2y
MinDea 👏👏👏👏👏👏 2y
TricksyTails Wow! Awesome tote!! 😍😍😍 2y
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Kimbono
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George is not interested.

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HatefulGrablin
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Had a busy morning, so I got a late start on my #24in48, I'm still going to try for it. I'm starting off with a book I got in the #nocturnalreadersbox. I'm only a couple stories in, but I'm really enjoying it so far. I feel like I really don't read enough short stories so my goal this year is to read a bunch.

BekahB I haven‘t gotten to this selection yet, but I‘ve seen good reviews from people who‘ve read it. I‘m behind in my NRB books. 2y
HatefulGrablin @BekahB I've only had it a couple months, but I'm already starting to get behind too 2y
Readage That cover! 2y
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Michelle_mck
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Ummmm I‘m speechless, my #litmail #lithalloween parcel arrived from the amazing @Robothugs who got me the most incredible subscription box with so much awesome I can‘t even comprehend it! Mind blown! The pins! Cushion cover! Pennant! Print! Coffee and that bookmark! My 🤩 beyond grateful thank you! 💕💕💕

TrishB That looks amazing 👍🏻 2y
TheDoubleLetterThief Very cool! 2y
JoeStalksBeck Love the NRB! 2y
Robothugs Sorry it was so late!! But I‘m glad you love everything!! ❤️ 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Book date night with the bookwife. And yes, I know, my fingers are long and spidery and look like an optical illusion 🤣🤣🤣🤣🖖🏻🤟🏻🤘🏻

RadicalReader @JoeStalksBeck does your wife have a Litsy too so people can enjoy her book filled recommendations? 2y
BibliophileMomma @RadicalReader I‘m her “Bookwife” lol. 2y
BibliophileMomma @RadicalReader think “work wife” but bookish. 🤣🤣 2y
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HatefulGrablin
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Got my first #nocturnalreadersbox and I'm sorry I didn't sign up sooner. I even enjoyed the coffee, and I normally hate flavored coffee. I can't wait to start the books and hang my print!

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DeeLew
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I have a new favorite subscription box! I started reading the short stories in We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone and they are crazy, in a good way! If I ever get my reading room/library, I'm going to have some cool stuff for decorating.
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TricksyTails Excited for you that you got your TNRB! Would you mind marking your TNRB unboxing with a spoiler? They usually ask people to do that until closer to the end of the month so people (like me!) who haven't got their boxes yet won't have the surprise spoiled. Sorry to trouble you! Thank you! 🙏 2y
DeeLew @TricksyTails So sorry! I didn't think about that. I saw a few postings on Instagram so I figured it was okay. I apologize if I ruined your surprise. I feel terrible! Will mark with spoiler. 💜 2y
TricksyTails No apology necessary!! Thank you for doing that. I appreciate it. I didn't see too much. Just quickly looked away. 😉 Please don't feel terrible! I'm always one of the last ones to get it and you didn't ruin my surprise. 🤗 Thank you for understanding! ♥️ 2y
TricksyTails I finally got my TNRB today! Thanks again for marking your post with the spoiler tag. 🙏😊 2y
DeeLew @TricksyTails So glad you got it! 💜 2y
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