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4.51  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  15 reviews
“The Ruin Season bristles and lurches powerfully with lust and dope, violence and satanic music, but make no mistake, it’s a runaway train whose engine is pure heart, and Kristopher Triana keeps it on the tracks just long enough to give you hope that the little engine can. Makes it hurt true. Hell of a crash.”
—Jedidiah Ayres, author of Peckerwood

“I’ve written that a way to
Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 23rd 2016 by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
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Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I can safely say this is the best novel I've ever read that mentions Anal Cunt.

The novel falls into the grit-lit genre area, but more of a pulp version of the Donald Ray Pollack or Frank Bill end of the spectrum. I don't mean pulp in a derogatory sense at all, it just has certain elements of the mid-century pulp novels... almost a glee at times at showing the reader a depraved underbelly of society they might not know about, but also fitting that view into a kind of morality play. Like
Benoit Lelièvre
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This fell just short of being a transcendent read, but it was amazing nonetheless. I'm a dog lover (and dog owner) and mental health is an important issue to me, so I might've been predisposed to like THE RUIN SEASON. I loved how Jake's instability dictated the narrative and how the plot derived from his character and decision. The novel felt syncopated and unpredictable, which I really liked. Kristopher Triana is a clever storyteller though and always remains one step before the reader to engin ...more
Ben Fitts
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic
I came into this book familiar only with Triana's extreme horror and not knowing that this one would be anything different. While I was expecting another delightfully twisted splatter-happy tale what I got was something quite different, but no less wonderful.

The Ruin Season is a dark, character-driven work of modern gothic literature. Built around a solid, crime-fueled plot, the heart of the novel itself is a look into the psyche of a man struggling with mental illness and the way it affects tho
John Bender
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Heavy, dark, dark, noir. Like deep-cuts Jim Thompson. This one hurts to read. I loved it. It'll stick with me for a while.
The Grim Reader
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘The Ruin Season’ by Kristopher Triana was a real surprise for me as I was a little unsure about what to expect. I haven’t read enough noir this year and I think this is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. ‘The Ruin Season’ is like the literary equivalent of Springsteen’s classic ‘Nebraska’. It’s a book with a stripped back feel, brooding with raw emotion and atmosphere where Triana allows his characters to bare their souls and bleed onto every page. We follow the journey of horse wr ...more
Nicole Amburgey
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was impressed with The Ruin Season. Mr. Triana has proven himself exceedingly well in the horror market and this branch into southern noir seemed an easy transition for him. The Ruin Season follows Jake Leonard, a man living in the rural south, who lives alone breaking horses and training dogs. Leonard suffers from bipolar disorder which is a driving motivator for Leonard's choices, pulling him into darker and tragic circumstances. This is a must-read for fans of O'Nan's 'Snow Angels' or Woodr ...more
David Bridges
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Ruin Season is one of those books that are a breeze to read simply because it is a great story. Jake Leonard is an interesting and conflicted character. I have mentioned in other reviews that I am partial to books about mental illness or contain characters that struggle with a mental disorder. Triana treats the subject with respect, and despite how complicated Jake can be, you just have to feel for him. I found myself talking to Jake while reading the book telling him "No! Don't do that man! ...more
Thomas Mumme
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I could not put this down. Kristopher Triana's writing is so incredibly visceral. He is a master at setting tone and location. You can picture every setting. His world building is only matched by his fully fleshed out characters. If you like Cormac McCarthy, then Triana is a must read. It has the feel of great works like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and HELL OR HIGH WATER. I loved Triana's first book, GROWING DARK, which is a collection of short stories, so I was interested in seeing how he would ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautifully written. I don't think that I could say enough good things about this book. I am relatively new to Kristopher Triana's stories, this being my third, but you've got a fan for life with me. At the end of the book was my favorite line:

"The way I figure it, crazy is somethin' that accumulates over the course of a hard life. So hell, most everyone's crazy. It's all a matter of degree."

Thank you for this story; it came to me at the right time in my life. And, to everybody else,
I'm bipolar about this story...

No spoilers: 2 1/2 stars. I really hate to bring this party down because this author has such talent but I would not classify this novel as southern noir... this was more like tales from the 'hood...

Jake Leonard is a bipolar ex-con living on a ranch (that's the only southern part that I saw)... Jake is 39 and his girlfriend is 19 and pregnant with his child...

...Complicating things is Jake's ex-wife Michele who is bored with her current marriage and wants to hook u
Christina Eleanor
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was not sure what this book was about when I received it, but it was a nice change of pace from all of the horror I have been reading lately. I will say that knowing this is not a horror novel, it shows the depth of genres that Kristopher Triana can successfully write.

Jake is a solitary man who lives in the rural South. He has a ranch where he keeps those that understand him best, horses and dogs. Jake has always been good with animals and uses that knowledge to train them for himself and othe
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the brilliant debut short story collection (“Growing Dark”) I had high hopes for Kristopher Triana’s first novel. The stories in the collection varied from pure into-your-face horror to more subtle, psychological pieces. One could expect Kristopher to start with a horror novel, but it’s not the case.

The Ruin Season is a drama, a story of a man suffering from mental issues, from his alienation from the society, from the mistakes he made in the past and his struggles to find peace and his pl
Michael James
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Slowly making my way through Triana's books. I'm used to reading hos extreme horror. This was different, but extremely well written. This was a great novel, it was sad but great. Also liked how it dealt with Mental Illness. ...more
4.5 stars. Another great book by Triana. Not really horror. Yes, there are some disturbing things that happen.
Brandon Nagel
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Excellent story telling. Hooked me from the beginning and it never let up.
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Kristopher Triana is the author of Full Brutal, Gone to See the River Man, Shepherd of the Black Sheep, The Ruin Season, Toxic Love and more.

His fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies and has been translated into multiple languages, drawing praise from Publisher's Weekly, Cemetery Dance, Rue Morgue, Scream, The Ginger Nuts of Horror and others.

Full Brutal won the Splatterpunk

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