We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone

We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone

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 depra A new mother is pursued by mysterious men in black. A misguided youth learns the dark secrets of the world from an el...

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Title:We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone
Author:Ronald Malfi
Rating:
Genres:Horror
ISBN:B0774SWRW7
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:379 pages pages

We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone Reviews

  • Lisa
    May 03, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

  • Stewie
    Nov 27, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

    I like a lot of things about Malfi's work, from character development to the way he delivers atmosphere, but after reading We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, I found another thing to like; his versatility. In this collection you get a little bit of everything, from a woman sufferin...

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Dec 30, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

  • Frank Errington
    Nov 14, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

  • Peter
    Nov 23, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

  • E. Adeline
    Mar 23, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

  • Mindi
    Feb 18, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

  • August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
    Nov 25, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

  • Latasha
    Dec 19, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    Jan 06, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

  • Chelsea (chelsea.wilde)
    Apr 12, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

  • David
    Dec 14, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

  • Alan
    Dec 05, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

    I like a lot of things about Malfi's work, from character development to the way he delivers atmosphere, but after reading We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, I found another thing to like; his versatility. In this collection you get a little bit of everything, from a woman sufferin...

    4.5* This was my first book by Ronald Malfi and I really really liked it. Definitely going to read more by him. Malfi has a great writing style and it doesn't happen too often that I sit and read and forget everything around me. While reading I really dived into the stories. My ...

    Yeah, this was a big no for me. I usually have a lot on my plate and hardly have time for leisure reads. Because of this, I find myself pretty impatient now. If I skim through a page and still find it slow I'll skip a few pages, if it's still slow after skimming chapters, I will all to...

    A new collection of short fiction by one of today's master horror authors. Like any anthology, some stories are better than others. But Malfi's works are all well-written, even if the subject matter isn't always the greatest, and nearly every tale has a real gut-punch and often somewha...

  • Ashley
    Jan 19, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Aug 09, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

  • Kimberly
    Nov 14, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    Jan 22, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

  • Missy (myweereads)
    Apr 29, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

  • Vicki Willis
    Nov 26, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

  • Mireya Melchor
    Dec 13, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

    I like a lot of things about Malfi's work, from character development to the way he delivers atmosphere, but after reading We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, I found another thing to like; his versatility. In this collection you get a little bit of everything, from a woman sufferin...

    4.5* This was my first book by Ronald Malfi and I really really liked it. Definitely going to read more by him. Malfi has a great writing style and it doesn't happen too often that I sit and read and forget everything around me. While reading I really dived into the stories. My ...

    Yeah, this was a big no for me. I usually have a lot on my plate and hardly have time for leisure reads. Because of this, I find myself pretty impatient now. If I skim through a page and still find it slow I'll skip a few pages, if it's still slow after skimming chapters, I will all to...

  • Lena
    Nov 30, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

  • Ashley Daviau
    May 22, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

  • Pantelis Andreou
    Jul 29, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

  • Mike Duguid
    Feb 26, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

  • Rob
    Mar 30, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

    I like a lot of things about Malfi's work, from character development to the way he delivers atmosphere, but after reading We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, I found another thing to like; his versatility. In this collection you get a little bit of everything, from a woman sufferin...

    4.5* This was my first book by Ronald Malfi and I really really liked it. Definitely going to read more by him. Malfi has a great writing style and it doesn't happen too often that I sit and read and forget everything around me. While reading I really dived into the stories. My ...

    Yeah, this was a big no for me. I usually have a lot on my plate and hardly have time for leisure reads. Because of this, I find myself pretty impatient now. If I skim through a page and still find it slow I'll skip a few pages, if it's still slow after skimming chapters, I will all to...

    A new collection of short fiction by one of today's master horror authors. Like any anthology, some stories are better than others. But Malfi's works are all well-written, even if the subject matter isn't always the greatest, and nearly every tale has a real gut-punch and often somewha...

    2.5 really as it pretty much sums up the collection - half we're good to real good and half were so-so to bad. Got the "Night Parade" novel by Malfi pegged to read as some point, which I've heard real good things about, so hope it falls in the good to real good half. Rating for each st...

  • Bridget Thomas (bridgetsbookstagram)
    Feb 19, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

  • Kimberly van Pinxteren
    Nov 08, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

  • Eddie Generous
    Dec 01, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

  • Feli
    Nov 28, 2017

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...

    4.5 stars! WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE is a collection of 20 short stories by Ronald Malfi. These stories range from psychological horror, atmospheric horror, outright horror, thriller, supernatural, and to the inexplicably "weird", in terms of content. As in all story col...

    This collection of short stories came in one of my Nocturnal Reader's Box subscriptions and is my first read by this author. I love, love short story collections. I think it's an entertaining and comprehensive way of experiencing the skills and diversity in narration that one author po...

    5 of 5 Stars Review copy We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, the debut short story collection from Ronald Mafi, is a bit of a mixed bag. Although the twenty shorts included do make for an enjoyable read, I have to say I much prefer Malfi's recent novels to the tales included here...

    The best story is the first one and by the half it?s a case of diminishing returns. The stories lose that end punch and rely on the vague and mysterious. The Dinner Party ????? "I made a mistake." Oh damn what a strong starter! This is an absolute nightmare of postp...

    I like to peruse reviews after I finish a book, and after quickly looking through a number of them for We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone I came to a couple of conclusions. 1) Most people like novels more than short story collections, and 2) this is particularly true with Ronald Mal...

    I was left feeling a little underwhelmed by this short story collection if I?m being honest. Now I didn?t hate it by any means, but I definitely didn?t love it either. The stories weren?t bad but they didn?t make me FEEL anything. I felt no uneasiness or shivers, just nothing...

    I received this collection in my Nocturnal Readers Box forever ago.. I just picked it up this month and man, I can not believe I waited so long. The collection is well written with almost* every story being a 5/5. There was 1 or 2 I was kinda like okay okay but not good enough for a 5 ...

    Can a book of goosebumps and dark surprise twists be a fun beach read too? This book does all of that. ?We Should have Left Well Enough Alone? is a collection of short stories of horror which made me grin. Gentle reader, if the writer O?Henry (The Gift of the Magi and Other S...

    I did not finish this book. At first I loved the vagueness of the stories but near the end, I just felt stupid and like I was missing something. I love Ronald?s novels but I guess I?m not a fan of his short stories. ...

    This book contained 20 short stories that covered multiple genres (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, supernatural, ghosts, crazy and bizarre). There was something for everyone in there and I thought almost every single one was worth 5 stars (only 1 I didn't "get"). Some of my favo...

    ?They?re always out there watching...searching..? We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone by Ronald Malfi is a collection of short stories written to demand a reaction from the reader and that it very well did from me. I received this book part of the Nocturnal Readers Box and i...

    There is some damn fine storytelling going on here. I've been a fan of Ronald Malfi for a few years now, going back to his book titled Little Girls. I recently finished BONE WHITE and he just keeps bringing it and I'm digging his writing in a big way. Full review coming soon. ...

    3.5 This is my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi, and he is definitely a talented writer. This short story collection opens up with one of the most unsettling stories I have read in a while called The Dinner Party. The stories were a little hit-or-miss for me as usually ha...

    This is a collection of twenty stories. Most of them have already appeared in print. You can tell, that Malfi, put a lot of feeling each tale. Most of the stories are really good but there are a few of them that fall below par. Some of my favorite tales from this collection are, The Di...

    I got this from the Nocturnal Reader box. And I actually enjoyed it. I don't tend to pick up short story collections ever, unless they're from Stephen King (I kid you not; of the 1300 books I've recorded here, only 8 are short story collections.) Not even of series I love. I just don't...

    Review: WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE by Ronald Malfi Lately I've been reading subtlety often, particularly in Horror--well-done, for the most part. But I'm certain I hadn't encountered the Master of Subtlety until I commenced reading Ronald Malfi' s short story collection, ...

    I'm a big fan of short stories. They are just so much fun to read. This collection was very interesting. It ranges from very dark, to extremely weird, to even a random love story. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but there were definitely some hits, and a few that didn't qui...

    Unnerving Magazine Review We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone is a collection demanding a wide berth as the stories vary in exploration in such a way that this will never pin neatly into any genre, and do so with a special kind of tact. There?s obviously horror in the midst,my...

    It's been a while since I've read a collection of short stories. I'm glad this is one of the books I broke my short story fast with. While not every story resonated with me, which is the good/bad part of collections. The good defintely outweighed the bad. The creeping horror of "Knocki...

    Really average collection of stories.. so sad.. i wanted to love this.. wish every story was as scary and suspenseful as the incredible first one. If it wasn?t for that story this collection would be a total miss for me.. ...

    Brilliant collection of short stories.. Like other collections I have my favourites but Discussions Concerning the Ingestion of Living Insects is the standout and one of the best I have ever read. Right up there with Survivor Type by King. Highly recommend this collection ...

    4.5 stars. Best short story collection I?ve read to date! Recommended for horror lovers who definitely want a dark side to their reading. ...

    This collection came in one of the Nocturnal Readers Boxes I got. I find their selections pretty hit or miss. This was a miss. These stories are just okay. I'd even venture to say they made me feel "meh." Some are better than others, and some have themes or even just sentences that irk...

    I was given this to read right after I gave birth....and boy this is exactly what I needed in between preparing bottles and putting up with a lot of baby tears. It's astounding to know that every story in this collection has been written by the same author as they are all so diverse...

    I like a lot of things about Malfi's work, from character development to the way he delivers atmosphere, but after reading We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone, I found another thing to like; his versatility. In this collection you get a little bit of everything, from a woman sufferin...

    4.5* This was my first book by Ronald Malfi and I really really liked it. Definitely going to read more by him. Malfi has a great writing style and it doesn't happen too often that I sit and read and forget everything around me. While reading I really dived into the stories. My ...

  • Johann (jobis89)
    Jul 28, 2018

    "I made a mistake." 20 short stories exploring the dark underside of religion, marriage, love, fear, regret, and hunger in a world that spins just slightly askew on its axis. Holy cow. First of all - Ronald Malfi can WRITE. Make no mistake about that. The stories themselves may h...