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5.0 out of 5 starsODD HORROR
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2012
I am a fan of A.Prunty. His stories often have a very human nature feel to them. Some of these stories i wouldnt really call horror but are good reads. Prunty evokes alot of different emotions in his writing. All are disturbing is some way. I tend to enjoy his short stories more than his novels and would recommend this book. Prunty is a very talented writer of "bizzaro" fiction. This collection is a steal at it's current list price!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2012
I found the stories in this collection to be disappointingly repetitive and somewhat cliche. Perhaps it would have been better if I hadn't read the stories back to back because then I may not have noticed the use of the same words and phrases in each story, such as "the sex between his/her legs," "gorge/vomit rising," "styrofoam coffee cups," "crystalline", and an unnerving penchant for sexualizing young teenage girls. There also seemed to be an dearth of unnecessary, meaningless details that added nothing to the story except to confuse the reader as to why it was even mentioned. One example was a description of a mole that the protagonist notices on the young girl's neck that had no bearing on the story at all, but was written in such a way that you would have thought it would be important in some way. Overall I just found the stories to be mostly unoriginal "horror" and poorly written. Luckily, the price ($.99) was right and it helped me waste an afternoon, but I wouldn't recommend it and it didn't make me eager to purchase any of author's other work.
4.0 out of 5 starsAlways consistent, Prunty continues to deliver strange new stories.
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
Pray You Die Alone is yet another collection of short stories from Andersen Prunty put out through Grindhouse Press. Seven stories make up this book, which totals a short 80 pages. Like his previous collections that I've read, I found the stories told to be fresh, original, and vivid. Prunty has a way of fusing an interesting plot with strange and surreal actions. He does tend to bend genres with his writing so most stories are not just straight up horror but a blend of different emotions.
I think my favorite stories would have to be The Summer of Flies, Durning, and Black Rosita's Man. The first two are a little darker and a bit more bleak. While the latter is more emotional and ethernal. Air Cathedral is also a really good one about a serial killer searching for something while killing priests. I thought all the stories included were enriching and very well written, as always. Prunty seems to be a very consistent writer when it comes to shorts and it's always nice starting a new collection from him.
4.0 out of 5 starsA great collection of horror stories!
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2012
Pray You Die Alone is another great collection of short horror stories. Prunty is skilled at creating horror with lots of dread and twisted elements. There's not much bizarro in this one, which is why it reminds me a lot of another of his collections, Sunruined. The seven stories contained in this book are excellent, each in different ways.
The opener, The Summer of Flies is a creepy tale of Marcus, who starts to wonder if he is the last person left in town. When he meets Ellen, she convinces him that she knows where the bodies of everyone else are, and that they should try to find the killer.
In the second story, Death Tripping in New Orleans, it has been two years since Tod survived a terrible car crash. Following a voice to New Orleans Tod finds himself face to face with the truth of his past.
Durning is the story of Christina from Durning, Ohio. When Adam agrees to go back to Christinas home to meet the family he gets a surprise he never dreamed of.
In Air Cathedral we have serial killer Arthur. Desperate to find the Air Cathedral, Arthur has killed countless times, but will this time finally bring him what he wants?
The Nowhere Room is the tale of Anna, who after having mental attacks for years decides it's time to head back home. She needs to go back to the Nowhere Room and face what happened all those years ago.
The story Black Rosita's Man is about a blues guitarist like no other named Alistar Doos. Nathan East goes to hear Alistar play and try to find the answers to a friends disappearance.
Closing out the book is the story Rayles, which may be the most bizarre of the bunch. The town was once a place for dreams, but that was before Rayles got sick. Now the town is more of a prison. As bad as the people want to escape, what will they find past the town limits?
Each story showcases Prunty's vivid imagination as he ushers his characters through horrific situations. I recommend this for anyone who is interested in checking out Andersen Prunty's work for the first time. And if you are already a fan of his work, you will definitely dig this collection.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis is a collection worth your time
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2014
This is a great collection that I really enjoyed. Durning and Rayles are among my favorite horror shorts I have read. The imagination behind these is so strong. The Summer of Flies was another that really pulled me in. The author is an all time favorite for good reason. Read his books.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe nice and the nasty living together in harmony.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 1, 2015
I have read quite a few Andersen Prunty short story collections and they have all been to a very high standard and this book is no different. While all are horror based the tempo and styles of each individual tale differ greatly. The stories included are THE SUMMER OF FLIES: One boiling hot summer an invasion of insects blight a small town. Could all this have something to do with the rash of disappearances that are happening? DEATHTRIPPING IN NEW ORLEANS: Prompted by the persistent haunting voice in his head, one man takes a fateful trip to New Orleans. DURNING; A couple take a drive to go and meet her parents who live in the idyllic town of Durning, but could the woman's tales of the towns perfection hide a sinister secret? AIR CATHEDRAL; A place only seen in dreams. An obsession to find it's existence in life? THE NOWHERE ROOM: Even though a woman is desperate to escape the small, grey, run-down town of her roots, horrible memories yank her back to the place she played as a child. BLACK ROSITA'S MAN; An intense fascination with the best Blues player the world has ever seen, leads to a moonlit nightmare. RAYLES; Trapped and doomed by a perpetually running train, the world that lies beyond may be filled with death or beauty, only the bravest who try an escape can sample the life behind the tracks.
There always seems to be a running theme behind Prunty's collection. I found this book to contain many instances of half truths, of the uglyness that can easily hide beneath a veneer of perfection or normality. But that is my assessment. These stories are so well written that you may find other themes, but whatever you find this book is incredibly entertaining with it's dark take on the world and the creepy people that inhabit the stories. Amazing collection.