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Proud Parents

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews

He’s still their son. No matter what.

It was a risky experiment, but Greg and Sheila wanted a baby. Unable to conceive, they signed up for the project. Their prayers were answered when they were selected for the experiment. And it worked. All of the chosen families conceived. Then came the mutations—followed by the men with guns, killing everyone, and the fire that burned

Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Proud Parents by Kristopher Rufty has it all. Privately funded evil experiments gone awry, grizzley murder, missing pets, mutated children and general good time bloody mayhem.

Greg and Sheila were having some troubles having a baby, so decided to enroll in an experimental procedure. It worked…sort of. Ok, not really. Project: Newborn went sideways fast and the children were either stillborn or came out mutated with a taste for human flesh. The program along with its participants was terminated. A
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Whenever I read a novel containing a child with a terminal illness, I think, "this must be a parent's worst nightmare." Then I read about a stranger abduction: "no, this is the worst!" While both of these are terrifying and all too prevalent, another nightmare exists: what if your child is born "deformed"?

The child in PROUD PARENTS, through no fault of his own, is not completely human--hardly at all, in fact. His parents still love him immensely--they've
Brenda Seaberg
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I had no idea how this one was going to go. I purchased it because it was on a list in one of the groups on Goodreads. I'm so glad I did. The story was fast paced, and kept me quite entertained. I found it easy to feel bad for the monster in this one. I will most certainly be reading more by this author!!
Indy Fernandez
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Proud Parents happened to catch my eye whilst looking for something to read at the local library and I am so glad I decided to borrow it. What an absolute ripper! A brilliant and unique concept, brilliantly narrated. Loved everything about it, from the nail biting suspense, the plausible characters, the blood and gore to the surprising finish. One can relate so well to the need to procreate and then nurture offspring at all costs. Questions spring to mind as to how far would you go to protect yo ...more
Joe Hempel
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little bit science fiction, a little bit horror, a little bit family drama, Kristopher Rufty swerves in and out of these genres with the precision of seasoned surgeon.

Gabe, the lone survivor of a project gone wrong for those that couldn’t conceive their own child is just a little misunderstood, that’s all. He is still deserving the love and affection of those around him. It doesn’t matter that he’s a growing carnivore that has insatiable bloodlust. At least, that’s what his parents believe. Ju
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful book. I don't think I will ever forget this book. I was always on the edge of my seat whenever things happened. I was very sad at the end because some of the characters I liked were killed. I could see this being a movie but it might be too gory. I envisioned all the characters and the scenes so clearly. This book is absolutely one of my favorites, and it is unforgettable. The author did an amazing job telling the story giving very clear details of every scene, and character. I almost ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome!! I couldn't stop reading. Plot was well-done and tied up nicely. Characters were relatable and interesting and he created great emotion in them and for them. Cool concept and underlying social issues addressed in society and people. I like his descriptions. His sentences are getting better with each book. He writes visually but with dimension. He is soft in places and visceral in others. There is some quirky humor that made me laugh. Story is beliveable though it could nev ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Being a parent is never easy, but it is even harder for the Heyman family. I wasn't sure of the direction this book would take and I was left guessing all the way up until the end. There is nothing a parent won't do to support their child. This book held a mix of horror, compassion and hope which is as it should be, considering that is what life holds for us daily. I definitely plan to read more from Kristopher Rufty!
Michele Benchouk
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The premise was imaginative and creepy. You really ask the question of "what would I do as this parent". Only three stars though because of the parallel story lines (re: teenage angst and comic book illustrating) that weren't necessary and didn't add anything to the main story for me.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was great! Usually I don't go for grisly, gory novels but when I found out it was about parents with a monster for a son, I couldn't help myself. The only thing that I didn't like was the ending-it was a perfect cliffhanger and I want so much more!
Nick Cato
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rufty brings the joy of Parenting to life in this tale of love and how far Parents will go to protect their child.A great read that screams for a sequel.
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
great story. among his best
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Great set up, well written characters, but the ending seemed like the author wrote themselves into a corner and solved it by simply killing everyone.
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Kristopher Rufty is the writer and director of the movies Psycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood, and also the author of Angel Board, PillowFace, and The Lurkers.

He used to host Diabolical Radio, an internet radio show devoted to horror fiction and film for five years and developed quite an archive list and following.

He is married to his high school sweetheart and is the father of two insane chil
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