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Publication Order of The 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 (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hap and 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 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hyenas (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Aim (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honky Tonk Samurai (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Briar Patch Boogie (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Coco Butternut (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rusty Puppy (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Cotton (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jackrabbit Smile (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elephant of Surprise (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hap & Leonard Collections

with Andrew Vachss
Veil's Visit (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hap and Leonard (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdales Batman Books

Batman, 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, Or, the House from Space (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
The Sky Done Ripped (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Author's Choice Monthly Books

Swatting at the Cosmos (By:James K. Morrow) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neon Twilight (By:Edward Bryant) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
True Minds (By:Spider Robinson) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hedgework & Guessery (By:Charles de Lint) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories by Mama Lansdales Youngest Boy (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unthreatened by the Morning Light (By:Karl Edward Wagner) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Hard Questions About the Nature of the Universe (By:Lewis Shiner) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's Been Fun (By:Esther M. Friesner) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dead in the West Books

Dead in the West (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jonah Hex Books

Two Gun Mojo (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadows West (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdale Standalone Novels

Act of Love (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Texas Night Riders (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Wagon (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nightrunners (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold in July (1989)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
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine Dark Line (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunset and Sawdust (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Echoes (2005)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
The Thicket (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadman's Crossing (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Tell You It's Love (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paradise Sky (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fender Lizards (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell's Bounty (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
M.I.A. Hunter (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man With Two Lives (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Driving to Geronimo's Grave (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Better Deals (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Goes North (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Lake (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdale Short Stories/Novellas

Tight Little Stitches on a Dead Man's Back (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bullets and Fire (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steel Valentine (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steel Valentine (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas with the Dead (2012)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
Hoodoo Harry (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdale Short Story Collections

By Bizarre Hands (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with the Dead Folks (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bestsellers Guaranteed (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Writer of the Purple Rage (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Electric Gumbo (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fist Full of Stories (1996)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
The Long Ones (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
High Cotton (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For a Few Stories More (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bumper Crop (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mad Dog Summer (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King and Other Stories (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The God of the Razor (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadman's Road (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadows, Kith and Kin (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sanctified and Chicken-Fried (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unchained And Unhinged (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Joe R. Lansdale (2010)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
Terror Is Our Business (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdale Graphic Novels

with Robert Bloch, John L. Lansdale
The Drive-In (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lone Ranger and Tonto (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Atomic Chili (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Range (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lansdale And Truman's Dead Folks (2000)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 (With: Robert Bloch,John L. Lansdale) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (With: H.P. Lovecraft) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell's Bounty (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steam Man (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead on the Bones (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of 30 Days of Night Graphic Novel Books

30 Days of Night (By:Steve Niles) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (By:Steve Niles) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Day of Night: The Complete Dark Days (By:Steve Niles,Ben Templesmith) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Annual 2004 (By:Ben Templesmith) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night:Return to Barrow (By:Steve Niles) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow (By:Steve Niles) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales (By:Steve Niles,Matt Fraction) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Annual 2005 (By:Steve Niles) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Dead Space #3 (By:Steve Niles,Dan Wickline) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease (By:Dan Wickline) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella (By:Kelly Sue DeConnick,Steve Niles) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Red Snow (By:Ben Templesmith) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (By:Steve Niles) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death (By:David Lapham) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night / The X Files (By:Steve Niles) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Night, Again (With: Sam Kieth) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of 30 Days of Night Graphic Novel Books

30 Days of Night (By:Steve Niles)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (By:Steve Niles)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night:Return to Barrow (By:Steve Niles)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales (By:Steve Niles,Matt Fraction)(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella (By:Kelly Sue DeConnick,Steve Niles)(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Red Snow (By:Ben Templesmith)(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (By:Steve Niles)(2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night / The X Files (By:Steve Niles)(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Night, Again (With: Sam Kieth)(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Day of Night: The Complete Dark Days (By:Steve Niles,Ben Templesmith)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Annual 2004 (By:Ben Templesmith)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow (By:Steve Niles)(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Annual 2005 (By:Steve Niles)(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Dead Space #3 (By:Steve Niles,Dan Wickline)(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease (By:Dan Wickline)(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
30 Days of Night: 30 Days 'Til Death (By:David Lapham)(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Black Labyrinth Books

The Walls of the Castle (By:Tom Piccirilli) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoner 489 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Booking (By:Ramsey Campbell) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Joe Lansdale Picture Books

In Waders From Mars (With: Keith Lansdale) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (By:Charles Todd)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kyle Murchison Booth Books

The Bone Key (By:Sarah Monette) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Best Horror of the Year Anthology Books

The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Four (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Eight (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Nine (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 12 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dark Delicacies Books

Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Delicacies II: Fear (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Eternal Sky Books

Range of Ghosts (By:Elizabeth Bear) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shattered Pillars (By:Elizabeth Bear) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Steles of the Sky (By:Elizabeth Bear) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Book of Cthulhu Books

The Book of Cthulhu (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Cthulhu II (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series. Numerous authors.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Razored Saddles(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Frontier(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Blood(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horror Hall of Fame(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obsessions(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark at Heart(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weird Business(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retro Pulp Tales(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smoke and Mirrors(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of Retro Pulp Tales(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halloween(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010(2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Bloch's Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Down These Strange Streets(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crucified Dreams(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Urban Fantasy Anthology(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Cthulhu(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Hacked-Up Holiday Massacre(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triumph of The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman's Zombie Epic on Page and Screen(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Mars(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2014 Edition(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flinch(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horror Anthology 2016(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Highway Kind(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alive in Shape and Color(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan: The Songs of the Dead and Other Stories(2021)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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One Response to “Joe R. Lansdale”

  1. northernspiderqueen: 3 years ago

    Any idea where a Canadian can get a digital copy of Coco Butternut?

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