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A Dark Autumn [Kindle Edition]

Kristopher Rufty
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Some vengeance cries for blood.

He’s a writer seeking solitude. They are four women on vacation looking for fun and relaxation. But when they meet they will find only terror. An appalling crime will lead to an unthinkable, gruesome revenge. In the deep woods of Mountain Rock, no one will hear the screams, the agony, the mayhem. No one will hear them die.



Product Details

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMIIHU0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't felt this disturbed in a while! March 16, 2013
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I don't want to give too much away, because the original plot twists in this novella are what earned it 5 stars in my opinion. Kristopher Rufty was thinking outside the box on this one. I will warn you, though. A Dark Autumn disgusted and disturbed this hardcore horror fan. The shocking content wasn't gratuitous, quite essential to the plot actually... but very detailed and somewhat hard bear for the compassionate type like myself. Did this book scare me? Hell yeah. But it wasn't the crazed killer that bothered me so deeply. It was something else entirely. You'll have to read to find out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, Horrifying: A Must Read for Horror Lovers January 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A Dark Autumn is a traditional real world horror novella by Kristopher Rufty. Published January 2013 by Samhain Publishing, it's another new edition to their growing horror line. Rufty's lengthy sentences really draw out his thoughts. In comparison to those who write short, action punched sentences, his prose tells a suspense tale in the vein of Stephen King's Misery. It's scary storytelling without any abnormal beings, legends, monsters or supernatural involved--just straight crime and revenge horror with its best modern world dilemma and issues entwined. Everyone has psychological issues that perpetuate the crimes.

Though I had no idea what to expect from this novella other than four women meeting their untimely deaths, I would say that even I was surprised where he takes this work. I would not read unless you are really ready to be horrified by human nature, sexual assault, and revenge. I am not certain where Rufty stands in his thinking about women, but these women's actions were demoralizing and degrading and violent. I only recommend you read this if you have a REALLY strong head and stomach. That said for readers who are normal horror fans, readers who DO like horror won't want to miss this raw and amazing work that really looks right into human nature at its core.

He has good character development and a suspenseful plot that pulls you in and finishes off at a fast pace, with a strong and interesting ending that I thought was well-done.

If you like revenge horror that includes characters heading to the woods only to meet unfathomable outcomes, then this novella might be one you'd like to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The American Rape Culture October 16, 2014
By Mylene
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This is one review in which I feel that talking about the story itself would be a disservice to those who should read the book.

All you need to know is that It is a very interesting take on rape.

I liked what Kristopher Rufty did with the issue of rape in our society and how it can be viewed from a different perspective. He is also quickly becoming an author I really enjoy reading.

I was not as thrilled with this story as I was Prank Night. Although his writing is reminiscent of Richard Laymon, this particular novel lacked fluidity and "tightness". I also felt that there was a lack of motive credibility for some of the characters and the ending was quite abrupt. It felt like so much more could have been done with this story.

That being said, the story itself, albeit short, was certainly a page-turner. Where the story lacked depth, it made up in sheer thrill and plot interest.

I am very much looking forward to reading some more work by Kristopher Rufty.

I recommend this book to fans of controversial topics, shocking violence, and anyone who has read all of Laymon's books and is looking for another similar option.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A dark Autumn June 29, 2014
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wow. Very violent and graphic. pretty good. pretty predictable but the story is still well told. not for the light hearted and definitely not for kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bloody good reunion May 11, 2014
By Bill
Format:Kindle Edition
A very good novella from Kristopher Rufty. A reunion between four old school friends at a remote cabin gets a wee out of hand and the blood starts to flow. Solid 4.5 Stars! Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good one May 5, 2014
By Sabrina
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I have gotten to really enjoy this author. He will get the story rockin quick. I like that. And I don't want something so predictable that I lose interest. And with him I don't. This book was a good read. I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be shocked by intense horror gem. April 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Probably my fastest read of read of a book since I was a child at school. I literally could not put this down. Two bedtime reading sessions and I was done with this intense horror gem.

Four girls visiting the Rocky Mountains sounds like any other horror, but this offers something very different to what I’ve normally read, something disturbing, and something that will leave a lasting mark on you. In the mountain rock area already, a young man is getting away from his beloved and upon meeting one of the girls they strike up a friendship that will surely develop during their time close by in the woods.

A Dark Autumn is just brutal. It’s both the same and so different to any horror I’ve read before. You could say it’s a complete role reversal to the likes of I Spit on your grave. No monsters, ghouls or goblins are popping up here, just a solid edge-of-your-seat revenge plot with a few twists.

From the start and book description I was expecting this to a be a little like Blood Games by Richard Laymon, but I was shocked beyond belief the way the story unwrapped a good half way into the book. So engrossed I was, that I never noticed how far through the book I was until I noticed I was at 67% (on my kindle).

The main character is fairly genuine. She has settled down and sees a bright future with her boyfriend and has many doubts about this up and coming reunion, especially as she has not seen her old girlfriends for 10 years. We soon get to learn of the girl’s previous vacations and it’s pretty obvious some of the girls are determined to relive those times, at anyone’s expense.
What unfolds will shock you and that’s before anyone even gets the obligatory chop to the head.

The only negatives are that I wish the story was longer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
This book was slow starting however once they got to the campsite I couldn't put it down. Love this author!
Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I have really enjoyed this book.
This is my first time reading this author. I can assure you that it won't be the last. I am already looking at more titles.
Published 1 month ago by James Miliner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book
Published 3 months ago by m miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Old school camping trip reunion horror story with a killer twist.
I am new to Kristoper Rufty's writing, but that being said, I enjoyed A Dark Autumn. The theme of the story reminded me of King's work, and had some similarities to the movie Wrong... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MikeNY
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good story and a good length. Greatly enjoyed this one. It didn't ramble and have a ton of filler. Just got right down to it. Hard to find and greatly appreciated! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising, intense read.
I read Prank Night right before this one and loved them both.....I wish this story wasn't so short, or maybe it just seemed that way since I plowed right through it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bikergal
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
Shockingly detailed violence. Excellent short story that will make you want to reevaluate everything you hold dear. Can't say much more without giving away the story. Loved it!!
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark twist on revenge thrillers!
Yet again, Kristopher Rufty shows that he can take that which has been done many times over and twist it into something new and disturbing! Read more
Published 18 months ago by I.Gansler
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More About the Author

Kristopher Rufty is the author of Angel Board, The Lurkers, Pillowface, A Dark Autumn, and Oak Hollow. He has also written and directed the independent horror films Psycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood.

He hosts Diabolical Radio, an internet radio show devoted to horror fiction and film.

But what he's best at is being married to his high school sweetheart and the father of two crazy children who he loves dearly. Together, they reside in North Carolina with their hulk-like dog,Thor, and numerous cats.

For more about Kristopher Rufty, please visit his Website www.lastkristontheleft.blogspot.com

He can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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