Rick Pryll


Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet, best known for his hyperfiction short story “LIES” http://www.rickpryll.com/lies/lies.html.

First published to the web in 1994, “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online. It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese, and continues to be featured on the curriculae at several institutions of higher learning.

Rick and his wife, painter Holly Spruck, live and work in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two children and three cats.

From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic. While there he published two books including displaced (foolishness press, 1998) and WALLOW (foolishness press, 1999). His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM.

Rick attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering by submitting a novella entitled "Goliath" as his thesis. In 1991, Rick won MIT's Robert A. Boit Prize for Best Short Story ("Pathbeater").

Rick hails from Dunkirk, New York on the shores of Lake Erie.

His latest book, “The Chimera of Prague”, is coming out November 2017.

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The Ride

WARNING: this story is intended for mature audiences, and includes sexually explicit language and situations.

The Ride is a vignette from the story-within-in-a-story in upcoming novel "The Chimera of Prague". In this story, Joseph and his brother Sam ride their bikes thirty miles to spend the 4th of July with Dani, Charlie and their family in Union Corners, New York. Despite the treacherous descent into the Oatka Valley, the boys arrive safely and enjoy the festivities in the park behind Dani's parents' house. Meanwhile, Dani has a surprise for Joseph, one he is really going to like.

The story features some great 80's cycling details and more Americana than you can shake a stick at. Come along for a wild time in The Ride.




NOT-PROM is a vignette included in the upcoming novel called "The Chimera of Prague". The big book is about a young man living as an expatriate in Prague, and trying to figure his life out. In the vignettes, he is digging into his past life in Western New York to try and understand his first love, a relationship with a woman named Dani. In NOT-PROM, Joseph and Dani decide to skip her prom to go on an adult dinner date instead. Dani has a surprise for Joseph - and he's not going to like it. For Joseph and Dani, at the tail end of their senior year in high school, this dinner date is the beginning of the end. Set at a country club by a lake that is inhabited by the legend of a sea serpent, this story seeks to provide some insight into Joseph's character.