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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Grindhouse Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984969225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984969227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joshua M. Myers on November 2, 2011
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Andersen Prunty is at his best when things are bleak. And in "Sunruined", there isn't a single story that isn't thoroughly, oppressively bleak. These a horror stories, but they're more likely to depress than to outright frighten. However, this isn't a negative. Far from it, in fact. Prunty's writing is so crisp and descriptive that the fear and anxiety of his characters becomes yours, and his vision, grim as it is, is a welcome breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale world of horror fiction.

Long story short, read Prunty and you'll never be disappointed.
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Andersen Prunty writes horror stories that really aren't horror stories. They are poetic prose that have an otherworldly quality. Often, there is a supernatural thing in them, often at the end of a story, but the stories are far richer than you would think if you merely labelled them horror stories.

This is an excellent collection and if you have never read Prunty before, you are in for a treat. The seven stories are about lost childhoods and things that live in the woods and succubus witches and enchanting places. There is a darkness and a sadness in them and people lost and all alone, so desperate for that human touch that they would risk everything to enter the deep pits and the witch's embrace. I didn't think there was a single clunker here.

Beware of people who pick up hitchhikers. Beware of locked rooms. Beware of sexy women who are just too good to be true. Remember those things you were scared of when you were a child. You were right to be scared. Right to run away. Right to stay away. Your instincts were on the ball.
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I like the collection of short stories better than one big novel, keeps your interest and keeps you wanting to read more. Great stories and very detailed to where you can imagine exactly the sights smells and sounds. Good read
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Another great read from the jack kerouc of bizarro. Prunty takes bizarro on a Jean Sheppard like tour of
strange little towns and down and out losers experiencing fantastic events. I love Andersen Prunty's style
and always know that when I pick up one of his books I better be in 'that' kind of mood. This guy is the real deal.
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Andersen Prunty's book Sunruined says it contains seven short horror stories, but these stories are more than just horror stories. Prunty has a way with dark and depressing stories, he seems to love putting his characters through some rough situations. I personally enjoyed each one of these stories, The Screaming Orchard is probably my favorite though I don't feel there is a bad one in the bunch. If you've read The Sorrow King then you've already read the story The Jackthief, but that's not a reason to not read it again. If you've never read anything from Andersen Prunty before this would be a good book to start with, between the seven stories you can get a good feel of his abilities as a storyteller.
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Prunty is just the master of creepiness and creeping sadness. All the stories in this book deal with memories, pain, and regret. Some explore change and escape. And they're all so damned well-written! The fact that this man's name is not up there with the greats of horror writing, I can ascribe only to nepotism, intrique, and some sort of conspiracy cooked up by Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann.

Lessons learned?
1) When a creepy old man tells you, "She died in there. Still in there." --- for God's sake - don't go IN THERE!
2) If someone says "Can't catch me!" --- don't chase them!
3) You can go home again, but you're likely to regret it.
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Whacked... that's all I got to say. Anderson manages to delve into the darkest recesses of one's psyche and relentlessly twists it even tighter until it seems to break and fray. The best part is that I can never quite guess where his his stories are going.... just the basic underlying knowledge that it's not a warm and fuzzy place... if you are a fan of dysfunction, this is your guy...
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Sunriuned, is a collection of seven great stories from one of my favorite Bizarro/Horror author, Andersen Prunty.
Among these stories is "The Screaming Orchard" one of my favorites in this collection in which a young man and his girlfriend find themselves stranded after their car breaks down. They are soon picked up by two brothers and what follows is a great story the likes of which King himself would of been proud to write.
Another one of my favorites would be "Sad Clown, Kentucky". An average man with an average life finds himself wanting to get out of the average town he lives in. When his mother dies his life slowly starts to spiral out of control. Without giving anymore away this is a must read story.
The other five stories are great as well. This book is well worth the cost of admission.
I can't wait to see what Andersen comes up with next!
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