Celebrating the Horror Spectacle of Andersen Prunty (#bookreview)

It's Donald's turn to once again we're bringing some horror to the ruins, with another entry in our Halloween Read-tacular. Lock the doors, close the curtains, turn on all the lights . . . and enjoy.

The Sorrow King 
by Andersen Prunty

The papers call it "The Suicide Virus." The teenagers of Gethsemane, Ohio, are killing themselves at an alarming rate. Steven Wrigley is trying to survive his senior year of high school, still reeling from the death of his mother and adjusting to life with his father. Along the way, he meets a girl who becomes another kind of obsession: Elise Devon. 

Elise's secrets keep her distanced from everyone. She has a special place she calls the Obscura. She goes there when she is depressed or angry. The Obscura makes her feel like nothing she's ever felt before. When she loses herself to the Obscura, she fears she also gives herself to something much darker, something much more powerful. Something calling itself the Sorrow King. 

Who is the Sorrow King? He is carved from wood and bone. He smells like wax, dead leaves, and memories. He travels by moonlight and drinks the sorrow of others. 

Can love exact vengeance on a monster made from madness, depression, and misery? Or will the Sorrow King bleed the town dry before satiating himself and moving on?

Prunty has been quoted as saying, "I read Steven King's It in fifth grade."

Well, that payed off with this horror spectacular. Steven's mother passes away and now lives with his dad. His strange dreams end with writings in a notebook . . . that he has no memory of writing. Later we meet Elise, who runs to a place to hide from fighting parents, but the time she spends there she notices fellow students offing them selves.

Which they are calling the Suicide Virus.

Read this to find out what all the commotion is.

Jack and Mr. Grin 
by Andersen Prunty

A surreal and horrifying thriller from Andersen Prunty.
Jack Orange is a twenty-something guy who works at a place called The Tent packing dirt in boxes and shipping them off to exotic, unheard of locales. He thinks about his girlfriend, Gina Black, and the ring he hopes to surprise her with. But when he returns home one day, Gina isn't there. He receives a strange call from a man who sounds like he is smiling- Mr. Grin. He says he has Gina. He gives Jack twenty-four hours to find her.

What follows is Jack's bizarre journey through an increasingly warped and surreal landscape where an otherworldly force burns brands into those he comes in contact with, trains appear out of thin air, rooms turn themselves inside out and computers are powered by birds. And if he does find Gina, how will he ever survive a grueling battle to the death with Mr. Grin?

Jack Orange returns home to find his girlfriend Gina Black is missing. A phone call reveals a thought of a man with a huge "Grin" on his face. Now the real game begins.

As Jack goes on a journey to find his girlfriend, a couple of twists brings us to a utility shed with what he least expected.

A bloody horror read for Halloween (or anytime of the year) of what a man will go through to bring his lover's soul back to him.

(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)


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