Joe R. Lansdale Books In Order

Publication Order of Drive-In Books

The Drive-In (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drive-In II: Not Just One of Them Sequels (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drive-In 3: The Bus Tour (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hap & Leonard Books

Savage Season (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mucho Mojo (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Two-Bear Mambo (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bad Chili (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rumble Tumble (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captains Outrageous (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vanilla Ride (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Devil Red (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hyenas (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Aim (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hap & Leonard Collections

Veil's Visit (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hap and Leonard (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Batman Books

Captured by the Engines (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terror on the High Skies (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lost Lansdale Books

Waltz of Shadows (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Lumber This Way Comes (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Dance (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ned The Seal Books

Zeppelins West (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flaming London (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flaming Zeppelins (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Act of Love (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead in the West (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nightrunners (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Night Riders (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Wagon (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold in July (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boar (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freezer Burn (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bottoms (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Blow (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine Dark Line (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunset and Sawdust (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Echoes (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Leather Maiden (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Edge of Dark Water (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadman's Crossing (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Thicket (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paradise Sky (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fender Lizards (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell's Bounty (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Steel Valentine (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas with the Dead (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deranged by Choice (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steampunked (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ape Man's Brother (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bullets and Fire (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot in December (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bone Dead Sadness (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Hat Jack (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Stories by Mama Lansdale's Youngest Boy (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Ones (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bestsellers Guaranteed (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with the Dead Folks (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
By Bizarre Hands (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Electric Gumbo (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writer of the Purple Rage (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fist Full of Stories (and Articles) (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good, The Bad and The Indifferent (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Private Eye Action As You Like It (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Atomic Chili (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For a Few Stories More (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bumper Crop (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King and Other Stories (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadows Kith and Kin (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The God of the Razor (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sanctified and Chicken-Fried: The Portable Lansdale (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unchained and Unhinged (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Joe R. Lansdale (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadman's Road (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horror for Good (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Written with a Razor: Short Stories and a Screenplay (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trapped in the Saturday Matinee (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bleeding Shadows (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tall Grass and Other Stories (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Range (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with the Dead Folks (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drive-In (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pigeons from Hell (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Bloch's Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crawling Sky (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of 30 Days of Night Graphic Novels

Night, Again (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

In Waders from Mars (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Best of the West (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Frontier (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Razored Saddles (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark at Heart (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weird Business (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retro Pulp Tales (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lords of the Razor (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of Retro Pulp Tales (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucified Dreams (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

American author Joe R. Lansdale is well known and well regarded for his unique brand of comic-book fantasy and horror. Having written for some of the biggest names in comic-book publishing, such as DC comics, he’s created a name for himself that is well established within the industry. Not only that, but he’s also been at the forefront of his genre, being a pioneer within his field.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Gladewater in Texas on the 28th of October, 1951, Joe R. Lansdale has become an American institution in his own right over the many years of his career. Continuing to live in Texas to this day, he now resides in Nacogdoches where carries on writing and creating his many well received works. Taking inspiration from the environment about him from an early age, he has been a writer with a lot to say. Working as the writer in residence at the Austin State University, he also finds time to teach martial arts as well, operating from his own Shen Chuan school titled ‘Lansdale’s Self Defence Systems’ which he runs in his home-town. Martial arts has been one of his most favored past-times over the years. He also happens to be a member of both the national and international ‘Martial Arts Hall of Fame’ too.

Living with his wife in Nacogdoches, he continues to happily write his unique brand of fiction, along with all his other various activities. Being brought up around creativity due to his musician father, he carries on injecting this into his work. With still more to come yet as more is available on the horizon, he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Writing Career

Creating his first full-length novel, ‘Act of Love’, in 1981 he hasn’t looked back since as he’s continued writing to this very day. Building a large body of work behind him, he’s largely focused on fantasy and science-fiction, with a penchant for more absurdist scenarios. A good example of this can be found in his novella ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ which saw an elderly Elvis and JFK working together to battle an Egyptian-mummy.

Working within the world of comics, Lansdale has managed to produce some work for big-name franchises like Batman, where he’s worked on the animated series, along with some other properties for DC Comics. This has led to him becoming one of the biggest, most sought after names in the industry, with a long body of work surrounding him. He has also had a large number of films created using his work as well, such as the film version of ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ starring Bruce Campbell.

Not without critical acclaim either, Joe R. Lansdale has earned the respect of his peers and managed to gain himself a large number of awards over the years. Winning an Edgar and the British Fantasy award, he’s accumulated plenty of accolades throughout his career. These will continue to come as his career progresses. With both critical and commercial success, his career grows from strength-to-strength with every passing year. Working across a variety of different mediums, he’s always willing to adapt to new formats and material. This looks like something that’s set to carry on from now into the foreseeable future as there’s plenty more work on the horizon.

Act of Love

Originally published in 1981, this was the first full-length novel that introduced Joe R. Lansdale onto the literary scene. Working as a crime novel, it’s an extremely graphic read that is the ideal book for anyone looking to understand the author better. Establishing both his style and his tone, it operates as an accessible way into his body of work.

Set in the city of Houston, Texas, it features a serial killer set on the loose as he wreaks his havoc in a ‘Jack the Ripper’ slew of bloody murders and killings. Using a lot of strong and graphic imagery it leaves nothing up to the imagination, as it charts every grisly detail of his murder spree. As a depraved killer goes on the rampage, it also manages to capture a lot of the on-goings within society at the time as well. Operating as a form of social-commentary, it works in examining the inside details of the police department and how they deal with such a case. The murderer himself is also a misogynist of the most unpleasant kind, another detail which is also explored in-depth. All in all, it manages to capture a certain tone at a time when serial-killers were en-vogue in literature. Will they be able to capture the killer, or will they strike again and where? What will it take to stop the killer and who will they attack next in their bloody murder spree? Why is the murderer doing this and what is motivating them to conduct such a horrific act?

Savage Season

First released in 1990, this was a novel released some time into Lansdale’s writing career as it was already underway. It’s another crime novel that follows in the vein of a lot of his previous style of work as it manages to capture a dark and gritty tone. The book was also nominated for a ‘Bram Stoker’ award on the year of its release as well.

This is the first in a series of eight novels overall featuring the characters Hap and Leonard, two Texas men in their mid-forties looking to get away from their low-wage lifestyles. Getting into trouble on numerous occasion, they usually end up on the wrong side of the tracks, as they get mixed up with the local criminal element. Living LaBorde, a fictional town set in East Texas, they have all sorts of adventures over the course of the series of novels. In this particular novel they find themselves helping out a woman from their youth who offers them the chance to make some big money. What she proposes is picking up some stolen money which she’s using to help fund her radical extreme left organization. Not everything is as it seems though and soon the pair find themselves in over their heads, as they look back upon the politics of their past. Will they be able to recover the money and live the good life? Can they make amends with their past and the cynicism that’s encroached them and their politics over the years leading them towards middle-age? What will become of them both as they start to enter the savage season?

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