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About Eryk Pruitt
Eryk Pruitt is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham, 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.". His third novel, WHAT WE RECKON, has been nominated for the prestigious Anthony Award and can be found on bookshelves across the country. His short fiction will be collected for the first time this October in the upcoming publication from Polis Books, TOWNIES AND OTHER STORIES OF SOUTHERN MISCHIEF. He produced and wrote the eight-part, true crime podcast THE LONG DANCE about the NC Valentine's Murders. A full list of credits can be found at erykpruitt.com.
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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
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.
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
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
Includes a confrontational foreword by ring legend 'Pulverizing' Pat McCrunch (as told to Jeff Strand)… An all-new story starring Nick 'The Widowmaker' Bullman from James Newman’s wrestling noir, "Ugly as Sin"… And ex-boxer turned strip club bouncer Reggie Levine ("Tijuana Donkey Showdown," "Damn Dirty Apes") returns for another action-packed misadventure.
Original fiction by:
Duncan P. Bradshaw
David James Keaton
and Jason Parent
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
"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.
It’s what makes the best of country music and crime fiction. Sometimes it’s hardened criminals: murders, thieves, and convicts, sometimes it’s just a poor fool driven to the edge by hard times, hard drinking, or a hard lover.
In this collection you will find stories from the best voices in crime fiction inspired by the best voices in outlaw country music. Stories with:
• An off-books mercenary trying to save a trucker’s delivery from a beautiful thief
• An ex-con dealing with small town prejudice...and armed robbery
• Outlaw newlyweds running from a Tri-county druglord
• A young girl seeking solace in the company of dogs bred to fight that she never found in family
• A wife discovering the other woman is not what she thought
• A writer finding out what prison is really like
Stories by J.L. Abramo, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Levi Black, Michael Bunker, Delilah Dawson, Les Edgerton, Christa Faust, Tommy Hancock, Grant Jerkins, Ken Lizzi, Riley Miller, James A. Moore, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Eryk Pruitt, Jay Requard, Charles R. Rutledge and Ryan Sayles.
Some of the brightest new stars in speculative fiction today share their vision of the apocalypse - from bestselling and emerging authors such as Adam Millard, D. Krauss, Damien Krsteski, Edd Howarth, Eric R. Schiller, Eryk Pruitt, Jeffrey Veregge, Jennifer Courtney, Jesse Harlin, Jon Alston, Nick Johnson, N.S. Mariner, Richard Smith, Robert J. Santa and Trak E. Simisu.
Welcome to the end of the world. Welcome to Nuclear Town USA.