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A Town Called Suckhole

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Blade Runner meets Sling Blade in the weirdest Southern Gothic ever. Far into the future, in the nuclear bowels of post-apocalyptic Dixie, there is a town. A town of derelict mobile homes, ancient junk, and mutant wildlife. A town of slack jawed rednecks who bask in the splendors of moonshine and mud boggin'. A town dedicated to the bloody and demented legacy of the Old So ...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
When a killer has the men of th epost-apocalyptic redneck town of Suckhole living in fear of being murdered and having their genitals severed, Sheriff Billy Jack Bledskoe and his son, Deputy Jesco, turn to mutant Dexter Spikes for help. Will Spikes find the killer or will the three men (or two men and one mutant) wind up penisless and past tense?

In this outing, David Barbee explores the idea of a nuclear apocalypse where only the rednecks survive and thrive in the aftermath. And it's hilarious!
Steve Lowe
Love is a strong word. I've met David W. Barbee in real, non-Internet life. I've quaffed beers shoulder to shoulder with the man and his wonderful wife. I've marveled at the awesome vision of David reading from his masterpiece, A TOWN CALLED SUCKHOLE, and how people lined up afterwards to get their hands on this book.

I mention all this for transparency's sake, but I also want you to know that I love David W. Barbee. I love him in the bromantic way that two men can love each other without the ris
----What's 23 feet long and has 14 teeth?----
----The line for funnel cake at the Suckhole Jamboree.----

This book reads like an extreme version of the old computer game, Redneck Rampage.

IF you can avoid the mutant hillbiiilies, werepossums, froxes, and giant mosquitos, the swamp witches are waiting to eviscerate you and steal your manhood in the nastiest way possible.

Make it to the end of the game, and you get to face .... Hank Williams, Jr.


Fun from beginning to end.
Dustin Reade
One of the things I have always loved about Louis L'Amour is that, in all of his books, each chapter usually starts with some kind of scene description. Like, he'll talk about the way the sun looks as it crest over a sand dune in the distance. He then pans back in his description and introduces the characters. For example: the thing about the sun and the sand dunes? That gets explained in great detail and then he reveals that it is on this same dune upon which our hero is riding his trusty horse ...more
Anita Dalton
Poor David Barbee. He has the decidedly bad luck to have his book come up for review when I am bizarro-ed out. I don’t think I can be as enthusiastic about this book as I would have had I not been reading so much bizarro that not even the strangest bizarro trope seems the least odd or outre anymore. But even as I am thisclose to eliminating bizarro from my reading diet until I can enjoy it again, I can say that I found Barbee’s novel amusing. I have a fondness for southern-culture-on-the-skids a ...more

Ah, post-apocalyptic radioactive wastelands created in an alternative history America. You gotta love them. This novella is all about the end times in Suckhole, which occurred “eleventy thousand years” ago when dinosaurs and cars lived side by side and the North declared war on the “harmless” South. The war, which destroyed the population, revolved around the North turning the slaves against their masters with evil science, global warming a
David Barbee
Nov 11, 2011 David Barbee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Psst. Hey, you! Post a review of this here book and I'll send you some of my Granny's fruitcake and a bottle of toilet liquor!
Sam McCanna
First, I'd like to say that I'm not sure I have ever seen a cover art and book title combination that so accurately represented the feeling of a book. If you like the name, and you like the cover art, you will like this book! :)

Though it took me a couple chapters to immerse myself, I quickly picked up on who was who, and what was going on... and fell in love with it.

This is the bizarro hillbilly version of Mad Max, and delivers. Suckhole is all that is left of civilization after war has destroye
S.T. Cartledge
A Town Called Suckhole is one of those books that really resonates with me because it reminds me of a specific time and place. It happens a lot when I’m travelling or on holidays. Whenever I’m not home and I take the time to devour a good book, the book seems to stick with me better.

The first time I recall connecting with a book on this level was when I read Dorothy Porter’s verse novel, the Monkey’s Mask. I bought it in the Perth Domestic Airport and read it on the plane to Melbourne. I picked
Matthew Vaughn
David Barbee first came to my attention when he wrote Carnageland for the New Bizarro Author Series. I didn’t get a chance to read that one but I remembered the name when he put out his next book, A Town Called Suckhole. I’ve always been a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction so I eye-balled this one for awhile. It wasn’t until he ran a special for a signed copy of his book that I finally bought it. I’ll just go ahead and mention that when I got the book in the mail Barbee threw in a bunch of ext ...more
Thomas Drago
I met this author at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta this spring and bought the book because of its outstanding cover and awesome title. I ended up loving this book. This is by far the most original novel I have ever read. The author, David Barbee, crafts an outlandish redneck post-apocalyptic universe. He creates an outstanding and engrossing lore for the character's beliefs. Barbee's characters are disgusting and stupid hillbilly mutants, but they are also hilarious and lovable. I read ...more
Jonathan Moon
David Barbee serves up a fine slab of Dixie Fried post-apocalyptic buddy comedy with his first full-length novel, A Town Called Suckhole. The first chapter does an incredible job of setting the tone for the novel as well as giving a rich and hilarious history of Barbee’s twisted Southern nuclear survivors.
Our story gets rolling with Suckhole preparing for the annual Hell Yeah Heritage Jamboree; the biggest thing that happens all year in the futuristic Podunk town. Sheriff Billy Jack Bledskoe is
David W. Barbee has seriously stepped up his game from his first novella CARNAGELAND which was featured in the New Bizarro Author Series from Eraserhead Press.

A TOWN CALLED SUCKHOLE is an action packed, southern-occult-thriller laced with country bumpkins, witches and whiskey. In some parts of the story I was reminded of THE SWAMP THING while in others I felt like I was trapped in Herschell Gordon Lewis' 2000 MANIACS. Hell, there might even be a little bit of TEEN WITCH in there (just subtract t
M.P. Johnson
All My Rowdy Friends Are Reading This Tonight

This book gave me a southern accent and probably some diseases. This is the bizarro anti-tribute to redneck culture that Squidbillies wishes it could be. It's a page turner with a city smashing climax that totally pays off.
Melanie Catchpole
Really enjoyed this. Few twisty bits that kept me interested. It didn't so much have an apocalyptic feel for me, it just felt more like a battle of two sides, neither of which I was really cheering on but I didn't feel that it took away from the story. Thumbs up.
Garrett Cook
The American South is not just another region, it's another country, another world. Suckhole forges it into a world of truth and misconception. An honest, hilarious, wild, weird look at the American redneck and his universe.
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