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Eryk Pruitt, Storyteller

My name is Eryk Pruitt and I am a screenwriter, author and filmmaker living in Durham, NC with my wife Lana and my cat Busey.

In 2011, I wrote and produced the short film FOODIE which went on to win eight top awards at over sixteen film festivals. Since then, I have written several others, including KEEPSAKE, LIYANA, ON COMMAND, and THE HOODOO OF SWEET MAMA ROSA. My short fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Thuglit, Pulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others, and in 2014 was a finalist for a Derringer Award. My novels DIRTBAGS and HASHTAG are availble in print, audio and electronic formats. My latest novel, WHAT WE RECKON, was released October 10th, 2017.

If there's one thing I want to do, it's tell a good story. Horror, noir, suspense…Film, stage, page…To me, all that matters is the story. I'll tell you one at the bar over a bourbon or in a packed movie house during a film festival. Life is short; in the end, all that remains are the stories.

Townies and Other Southern Noir Tales

Word Crimes




Eric Beetner Reads

Levee Camp Moan by Eryk Pruitt

Word Crimes Podcast – Season 3 Episode 2




Mary Wilson Reads

Knockout by Eryk Pruitt

Word Crimes Podcast – Season 4 Episode 2

Music: "Sinister Kid" by The Black Keys