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About Eryk Pruitt
Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Hillsborough, NC with his wife Lana and cat Busey. His short films FOODIE and LIYANA, ON COMMAND have won several awards at film festivals across the US. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Derringer Award for his short story "Knockout.". In 2018, his third novel, WHAT WE RECKON, was nominated for the prestigious Anthony Award. He produced and wrote the eight-part, true crime podcast THE LONG DANCE about the North Carolina Valentine's Murders. His latest novel, SOMETHING BAD WRONG, will be published in Spring of 2023. He can be found either at his desk, hard at work on another story, or mixing drinks at his bar, Yonder, in Hillsborough, NC. A full list of credits can be found at erykpruitt.com.
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To catch the killer who eluded her detective grandfather fifty years ago, a true-crime podcaster must contend with outdated evidence, ulterior motives, and the dark family secrets that got in the way.
True-crime podcaster Jess Keeler has returned to Deeton County, North Carolina, to pick up where her grandfather left off. Sheriff’s Deputy Big Jim Ballard, her grandfather, was a respected detective—until it all came crashing down during a 1972 murder investigation.
For Jim, solving the murders of two teens should have been the highlight of his already storied career. Instead, he battled his own mind, unsure where his hunches ended and the truth began.
Working from her grandfather’s disjointed notes, Jess is sure that she can finally put the cold case—and her family’s shame—to rest. Enlisting the help of disgraced reporter Dan Decker, Jess soon discovers ugly truths about the first investigation, which was shaped by corruption, egos, and a family secret that may be the key to the crime.
Told in a dual timeline that covers both investigations, Something Bad Wrong explores human folly, hubris, and how sometimes, to solve a crime, you have to find out who’s covering it up.
A collection of riveting, funny, and captivating southern fried crime stories from Eryk Pruitt, one of the best new crime fiction writers working today. Townies, and Other Tales of Southern Mischief collects, for the first time, Pruitt's short fiction in a single volume.
The title story, "Townies," details what really happened one night, after hours, in a once popular East Texas sports bar, and the sinister revenge that would soon follow.
"Knacker," the story of a Texan who finds himself homeless in Dublin, Ireland, and willing to sacrifice damn near anything to scratch together what remaining pride he may have lost.
"Let's Be Awful" tells the story of a cocktail waitress who decides that, after a horrid round of revenge porn, her days of playing the victim have past.
In "A Lot Prettier (When You Smile)," we are introduced to a woman who can wrap any man around her finger and decides to put that powerful skill to use one last time.
When a black sheep son comes home to his sick momma's deathbed in "The Only Hell My Momma Ever Raised," he discovers long lost family secrets, as well as how he can use his own set of skills to give her a proper send off.
When Old Man McCarthy turns up dead in the bottoms of "Blood Holler," a cursory investigation turns up an unlikely suspect, which barely scratches the surface of the true implications of the brutal crime.
These and other stories will have you turning the pages to read more of one of the most unique voices in southern fiction.
Featuring pulp masters such as Greg Barth, Will Viharo, Eric Beetner and Mike McCrary as well as authors of Dark Corners past such as Warren Moore and Scott Grand, Dark Corners Vol.1 Issue 2 continues to prove why Dark Corners is your number one source for quarterly overstuffed pulp!
WE AIN'T YO MAMA'S CRIME FICTION!
HOUSTON by Eryk Pruitt
WALK UP by Ben Nadler
OUR LADY OF MERCY by Edward Hagelstein
DEATH OF A ONE-PERCENTER by Mark Mellon
NOTHING YOU CAN DO by Ed Kurtz
FOR WHOM NO BELL TOLLS by Terrence McCauley
THE RAT AND THE COBRA by S.A. Cosby
TRACES OF A NAME by Aaron Fox-Lerner
The repercussions are felt across the American South when a pizza joint in sleepy Lake Castor, Virginia is robbed and the manager, Odie Shanks, is kidnapped. The kidnapping is the talk of the town, but it's what people don't know that threatens to rip asunder societal norms. Odie chases dreams of Hollywood stardom and an explosive social media presence while his partner in crime, Jake Armstrong, pursues his own vengeful agenda.
In the meantime, corrupt and lazy Deputy Roy Rains has a hard-luck time of covering up the crime in order to preserve his way of life.
And college student Melinda Kendall has hit the highway in a stolen ride with nothing but a .22 and limited options, on the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, the Mississippi State Police and the media, trying to escape some bad choices by making even more bad choices.
IT'S GONNA BE THUGLIT!!!
In This Issue of Thuglit:
ANIMAL CONTROL by Don LaPlant
THE LAST TIME WE SAW BEARS IN LAKE CASTOR by Eryk Pruitt
THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT by J. David Jaggers
MOMMA'S BOY by Mike Miner
THE LAST DETAIL by Thomas Pluck
OUR MAN JULIAN by Nikki Dolson
BRUIN by Brandon Patterson
CLEAN-UP ON AISLE 3 by Adam Howe
They were merely practice runs.
Now prepare for
ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis
Rampaging Rodents! Terrifying Tentacles! Bone-Crushing Claws!
Scientific experiments gone dreadfully wrong!
Starring (in alphabetical order)
Kerry G.S. Lipp
D. Alexander Ward
"Reminds me of a young Quentin Tarantino. Pruitt is one of our best Southern fiction writers." —Bookreporter
Meet Jack Jordan. He’s a smooth-talking con artist with a penchant for the fast life. He’s snuck into Lufkin, Texas, in the dead of night with little more than a beat-up Honda, a hollowed-out King James Bible full of cocaine, and enough emotional baggage to sink a steam ship. He’s charming, dedicated, and extremely paranoid.
Summer Ashton, his partner-in-crime. She’s stuck by him through thick and thin, but lately her mind has begun to slip. They’ve told their fair share of lies and she’s having a devil of a time remembering what’s the truth. And recently, she’s been hearing voices. Unfortunately for both of them, she’s the brains of the operation.
Furthermore, they have begun to tire of one another.
For these two career grifters, the sleepy East Texas countryside is but another pit stop on their rampage across the American South.
Will it be their last?
In WHAT WE RECKON, Eryk Pruitt explores themes of identity, loyalty, and purpose with psycho-delic, transgressive, chicken-fried twists that read like Trainspotting cut with a couple grams of Helter Skelter.
Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South
Heather Bell Adams, Charles J. Beacham, Shane K. Bernard, A.G. Carpenter, Caitlin Cauley, A.A. Garrison, Zachary Honey, Emily Ruth Isaacson, Hardy Jones, Nathan Mark Phillips, Mark Pritchard, Eryk Pruitt, Michael Russell, Miranda Stone, Kent Tankersley, Rose Yndigoyen
Line Edited by Casey Ellis
Digital collage art by Nathan Mark Phillips
Art Direction and Design by luke kurtis