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South of the Pumphouse


A debut novel from the art-rock pioneer and frontman of Primus, Les Claypool.

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What people are saying…

“Sizzling reading, even in the fog . . . [one of] the summer’s most intriguing books.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Primus frontman/bassist Claypool’s first novel reads like an ace Quentin Tarantino screenplay . . . It strikes suddenly and bloodily . . .”
Orlando Weekly

“Claypool takes a simple story of two brothers fishing and lets plain imagination take the novel to the darker territories of human nature (Areas previously touched on by Hunter S. Thompson and William Faulkner.) An intriguing read.”
Café magazine

“[Claypool’s] characters’ escalating savagery culminates in a satisfyingly unsettling conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly

“The story rises to a chilling climax both unexpected and satisfying . . . This is an easy read that I would pass on to friends.”
Crave magazine


Les Claypool answered 15 questions for Akashic’s Literary Lions feature. Read his answers here.

A dark, clever tale of two brothers, a fishing trip, misconceptions, drugs and murder, South of the Pumphouse skillfully combines classic motifs of epic struggle and intelligent layers of imagery, reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea, and the raw, tweaked perspective and hallucinogenic tutorial of a Hunter S. Thompson novel.

But like Les Claypool’s music, the material is still hugely innovative, highly independent, and excruciatingly thought-provoking. South of the Pumphouse is sure to be a cult phenomenon, doing for books what Donnie Darko and the Coen brothers did for film: bringing disquiet back to the forefront of popular writing.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Published: 7/1/06
  • IBSN: 9781933354064
  • e-IBSN: 9781936070473


LES CLAYPOOL established himself as the most original rock bassist in the 1990s, as frontman for the hit band Primus. They have toured the world with groups like Jane’s Addiction, Public Enemy, and U2. Claypool penned the theme song to TV’s South Park, and has guested on albums by many other artists, including Jerry Cantrell and Tom Waits. Les has also been involved in a host of collaborations (with musical giants like Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio), including the most recent Colonel Claypool’s Bucket Of Bernie Brains, which released its debut album The Big Eyeball in the Sky in 2004. South of the Pumphouse is his debut novel.

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