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Seven bleak stories from Andersen Prunty.

The Jackthief
The Screaming Orchard
Glowers Point
Cruel Women with Whiplike Smiles
The Smoke of Samuel
Sad Clown, Kentucky
Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Published October 5th 2011 by Grindhouse Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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I was pretty impressed by Prunty's short story collection, The Overwhelming Urge. However Sunruined and its seven pieces of fiction makes the previous collection look like a sunny walk in the park. All seven stories are horror tales of the most harrowing kind. They bring out the best in Andersen Prunty and his best may be way too strong for the casual reader. "The Jackthief" is my favorite. It was originally featured in the novel The Sorrow King but it stands beautifully on its own. I also liked...more
Evans Light
An uneven collection of stories, albeit with consistently good writing throughout. Evenly split between horror and moody-ish stories. I loved the horror-related titles, the others, not so much. I give the collection overall a 3 1/2 star rating, maked as four on Goodreads.

The good stories in this collection are REALLY good, and the others aren't necessarily bad, just not great. I'd recommend reading THE JACKTHIEF, THE SCREAMING ORCHARD, and CRUEL WOMEN WITH WHIPLIKE SMILES. The rest of the storie...more
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 G...more
Matthew Vaughn
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 re...more
Great collection of horror stories. By far, my favorite Prunty work to date
So, these stories were good... Interesting. Entertaining. Weird.
May 15, 2012 Clint rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I bought this on a whim for 99 cents, mainly because I liked the cover, which is funny because ebooks don't really have covers. While the writing isn't, say, up there with Clive Barker, and while the stories aren't exactly on par with Thomas Ligotti in their strangeness, these stories all kicked ass, all of them!! Weird, violent, stark horror; most stops pulled out, no futile attempt to make them weightier than they are, no attempt to explain super fucking cool shit that just happens. Great grea...more
bite-sized Grimm's Fairy Tales from an author who devours tears, writes short stories, then flays the words until the paint flakes off and show terrible white bone. expect depravities and horrors to ooze everywhere.

'Jackthief' was a surprise in this collection, due to the sadness and deep emotion not often seen in the standard Prunty. it's a shame he doesn't explore this more in his work--i feel that would easily provide the 'meat' to his plot, and carry the stories to the end of an actual full-...more
Rachel S
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Though it says "horror stories" on the front, I wasn't expecting what I read when I opened the book. Definitely horror. It was disturbing, twisted, and there was more sex in it than I was expecting (tbh I wasn't expecting any, but...)
Great for horror fans. I didn't particularly enjoy it, but it was well written.
Andrew Van Slaars
As with most collections, this one contained a few great stories and some that I didn't enjoy nearly as much. If I were rating each story individually, there would have been a couple 4 or 5 star ratings.
Chris Bowsman
This collection contains what might be Prunty's best story, The Jackthief. While all of it is awesome, that one is worth the price of admission.
Most of the stories are really good, highly recommend this book.
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