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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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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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
May 02, 2012 Marvin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
Jan 01, 2012 Melki rated it it was amazing
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
Matthew Vaughn
Nov 12, 2011 Matthew Vaughn rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
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
Russell Holbrook
Jun 06, 2016 Russell Holbrook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again; beautiful, soulful, heartbreaking, nightmare inducing. This was maybe my least favorite of the Prunty short story collections. That is to say, I only love it lots and lots, but I would not kill for it.
Jun 28, 2012 Bryan rated it really liked it
Great collection of horror stories. By far, my favorite Prunty work to date
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-
May 15, 2012 Clint rated it it was amazing
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
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.
David Cluck
Good stories, but after a few books the stories don't seem as original...
Feb 17, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Most of the stories are really good, highly recommend this book.
Jessica T.
May 25, 2015 Jessica T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trees... churches... crazy kid rooms and dead mothers..... yes please!
Chris Bowsman
Dec 14, 2011 Chris Bowsman rated it it was amazing
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.
May 20, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, these stories were good... Interesting. Entertaining. Weird.
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