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by Joe R. Lansdale
     
 

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This collection of 26 stories contains some of Joe R. Lansdale's favorite and most violent dark horror tales. "God of the Razor" introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male, is featured in "Master of Misery." Human sacrifice, to ensure prosperity or as a coming-of-age ritual

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This collection of 26 stories contains some of Joe R. Lansdale's favorite and most violent dark horror tales. "God of the Razor" introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male, is featured in "Master of Misery." Human sacrifice, to ensure prosperity or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of "On a Dark October" and "Duck Hunt." In "The Fat Man," young boys learn the hard way that some mysteries should not be investigated. Many of the tales are truly weird, such as "Chompers," the story of the false teeth with an appetite. All stories are individually introduced by Lansdale, who explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each.

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“[Lansdale has] a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.” —The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
In his foreword to this chicken-fried and jalape o-laced story collection, a follow-up to High Cotton (2000), Lansdale (The Bottoms) describes these 26 tales as graduates from the "twist and surprise and ain't that damn weird school." He's about right. Published between 1982 and 2003, the tales reflect the influences of the author's East Texas roots, the "California school of horror (Bradbury, Nolan, Matheson, etc.)" and T.E.D. Klein's editorship of Twilight Zone magazine during horror's '80s heyday. Among the best are the laugh-out-loud "Chompers," about some really hungry false teeth; the luridly cartoonish "Fat Man," featuring two way-too-curious boys; "Bestsellers Guaranteed," a story any would-be bestselling author can and should appreciate; and the Bradburyesque "In the Cold, Dark Time," about a future war that now no longer sounds so distant or impossible. Other memorable selections include "Cowboy," with its biting cultural commentary on the plight of the African-American cowboy; the grotesque "God of the Razor," with its nightmare vision of serial killers; "Billie Sue," with its wacky whizbang lovers; and "The Shaggy House," with its irresistible old farts. Lord of the neo-noir Southern Gothic, Lansdale reveals once again that while these stories might not be for the weak of stomach, they're perfect for everyone else trying to get through the pain of contemporary American life. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930846241
Publisher:
Golden Gryphon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
275
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

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Joe R. Lansdale has received the American Mystery Award, five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers of America, the International Crime Writer’s award, and a New York Times Notable Book award. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The Bottoms and High Cotton. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Bumper Crop 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Average - nothing incredibly original, but they were all short, quirky little stories to pass the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great short story read from the Master story teller JOE R. LANSDALE. This is his second 'crop' of short stories in a couple years with a great cover and given a first class treament for these gems. If you haven't heard of Joe by now these short stories will amaze you for starters. Then find his Edgar winning novel 'THE BOTTOMS' and one of his excellent crime duo Hap and Lenonard mysteries and you will pretty much come to the same conculsion most all of us know, Joe's the biggest next big thing waiting to happen and in the meantime he is just giving us fans one knock out after the other. An American treasure trove of some of the best writings in the past 50 or more years! Give this guy a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Joe Lansdale's sense of horror and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe and family never disappoint.excellent
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