Scary Rednecks collects 23 stories of horror, madness, and humor set in the rural south of America's heartland. The stories run the gamut from terror to outrageousness. Packed with everything from abusive parents, cannibals, deer hunters, demonic catfish, UFO abductions, voodoo priestesses, vampire moonshiners, and other Appalachian monstrosities, it will amuse you, disturb you, and leave you hungering for more.
Don't miss Appalachian Galapagos - the hilarious, frightening, and must-listen sequel to Scary Rednecks & Other Inbred Horrors.
The reason I gave the book four stars is because the stories varied in quality. But for the most part, this book is a pleasure to listen to. From what I recall, most of these stories were just humorous. I can't particularly remember any scary ones, but it's been over a month since I listened to it. But it's definitely worth buying! I was sorry when it ended.
Quick, somebody get me a banjo!
This one that has been staring me down from by bookshelf for waaay too long. It’s about dang time I done got to it.
Turns out Scary Rednecks is a pretty good and appropriately inappropriate collection of backwood inspired shorts. There are little devils in the outhouse, catfish Gods, Snake bit dicks, UFO’s, bad juju and badder voodoo. A little bit of everything that goes with redneck horror and even a little bloodsucker moonshine to wash it all down. Comedy, horror, gore and more.
As with most collections there were a few I liked better than others, but for the most part these tales were enjoyable with only one or two that were a bit uneven for me. 3.5+ Stars.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The performance was adequate; the material was disappointing.
What do you think your next listen will be?
If I can get me some Bubba the Monster Hunter, it would take care of this itch.
Have you listened to any of Arnie Mazer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Nope, but his performance in this book was fine.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment implies that I had expectations to begin with. Anger implies that the content was upsetting enough to offend me intellectually. Sadness implies that I spent my money poorly. So, yes, sadness.
Any additional comments?
I would have asked to return this book, but I was in a traffic jam for two ½ hours, and kept jumping back and forth to try to find something to listen to. Unsuccessfully. So I consider it unethical to ask for the money back.
Now, I love me some redneck monsters and redneck monster hunters, and I was hoping to get a little more of that stuff. So I feel cheated on several fronts. Firstly, I don’t really consider these characters Bubbas, okay? I mean, they’re guys who drink beer, but I couldn’t find anything else to associate them with, y’know, rednecks. And yes, rednecks can be homophobes and maybe I can handle that in a story (and maybe I can’t) but most stories after the first are jokes literally based on homophobia.
Wait - give me a second here. The source of humor is about the buddies freaking out about potentially being gay. There are several scenarios, each one set up to say, “If I did action X, would it make me gay?” and hilarity ensues. Not. There are other themes, most of which I didn’t finish because they made me really uncomfortable. Misogyny is a term thrown around a lot, and I don’t know if that’s what it was, but yuck.
So disappointing. I can’t wait for another episode of Bubba the Monster Hunter etc. for some quality redneck monsters and hunters.
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