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Pulling Teeth

Pulling Teeth [Kindle Edition]

Alan Ryker
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Product Description

Writing fiction can be like pulling teeth: difficult, painful and bloody. In Pulling Teeth, Alan Ryker presents six stories yanked from his mind like rotten molars.

*The end of civilization is brought about when written words stop transmitting their original meanings, and begin to transmit a new one.

*A man's own soul punishes him for his horrible crimes in a re-imagining of the tale of Eros and Psyche.

*A documentary filmmaker is drawn into the world of the homeless living in the Amtrak tunnels under New York City, and discovers something even stranger than his original subject.

Pulling Teeth is an entertaining and disturbing introduction to the work of fiction author Alan Ryker. It contains both new and previously published stories that will challenge your conceptions of horror, literary fiction and the dark spaces in between.

Approximately 100 pages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sucker Punch Press (21 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #746,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Alan Ryker is the product of a good, clean country upbringing. Though he now lives with his wife in the suburbs of Kansas City, the sun-bleached prairie still haunts his fiction. To learn more about his work, go to

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, subtle collection of (mainly) horror fiction 18 April 2011
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This was a really good collection of short stories; there was one I didn't like, not because it was poorly written, just a touch predictable. The others were all very good. From the cover I assumed this would be somewhat overwrought, gruesome horror, but don't be fooled - this is a subtle and intelligent collection, with a varied range if tone and style. True, some (but not all) of the stories are firmly in the horror genre, but the influences appear to be authors like Thomas Ligotti (particularly in the first story, the great and original 'The New Words').

An author to watch, I think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reread 24 Mar 2011
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I purchased this book in the evening, thinking that I would like something to occupy my free time throughout the next couple of days. I made the mistake of reading the first story before going to bed, and actually had to get back up to continue the collection. The author, with a certain disturbing humor that is at the same time snarky and genuine, leaves readers with a darker view of the world. Ryker has a familiarity with psycho-pathology that is evident in the characters he develops, and is adept at picking out those pieces of myself that I like to pretend aren't there.

One story in particular required a second read through and really caught me by surprise. Id love to write about my reaction to it, but I'd hate to spoil the fun. I'm looking forward to more shorts to further disrupt my sleep schedule.
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