Polis Books

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. His short fiction appears in The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, Thuglit, and Zymbol, to name a few. In 2015, he was a finalist for the Derringer Award for his short story "Knockout.". His novel Dirtbags and Hashtag are available in e-book and paperback. He is the host of the radio show "The Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt" and the Noir at the Bar series in Durham. His next novel, The Jack Off, will be published in Fall 2017 by Polis Books. A full list of credits can be found at erykpruitt.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ReverendEryk.

What We Reckon

“The insane love child of James Cain and Jim Thompson, a modern piece of folk lore covered in gasoline and set on fire. You need it." ―Joe R. Lansdale, author of HAP & LEONARD


In the southern town of Lake Castor, the old mill closed, and jobs vanished. But Calvin Cantrell doesn’t care for those jobs anyway. Instead, he dreams of becoming a famous serial killer. When sleazy restauranteur Tom London hires Calvin to kill his ex-wife, Calvin’s dreams begin. And so do Lake Castor’s nightmares.


From one of the freshest voices of Southern noir comes a gritty crime story with plenty of Southern flavor and a world and characters you’ll be clawing for more of.


“Pruitt pulls the reader into a world that zings with authenticity and life. A sterling collection.” ―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)