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Orphaned by a plane crash, raised in the wilds of a lost world hidden somewhere beneath a constant mist, The Big Guy and his ape-man brother from another mother are living a life of danger amongst rampaging dinosaurs, giant birds, warring ape tribes, and all manner of deadly beasts. It’s a wonderful existence for someone like The Big Guy and his furry brother, except for the flea problem. Then an expedition of explorers from the outside turn his world inside out. Or rather a very blonde beauty called The Woman ...
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Laager, Ken 2014 103 p. 1st Limited Edition hardcover from Subterranean, 2014. SIGNED BY JOE R LANSDALE! One of 350 such numbered copies. Ken Laager jacket and interior art.

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Orphaned by a plane crash, raised in the wilds of a lost world hidden somewhere beneath a constant mist, The Big Guy and his ape-man brother from another mother are living a life of danger amongst rampaging dinosaurs, giant birds, warring ape tribes, and all manner of deadly beasts. It’s a wonderful existence for someone like The Big Guy and his furry brother, except for the flea problem. Then an expedition of explorers from the outside turn his world inside out. Or rather a very blonde beauty called The Woman does. It leads to his and his ape brother being convinced to fly to New York by zeppelin, where they become the toast of the town. They even make Hollywood movies. It seems perfect. At least until The Big Guy does something that comes quite naturally to him in the wild, but leads to public humiliation in this new found world. To make matters worse, his ape brother has grown to not only love the pampered life, meals he doesn’t have to chase down, good cigars, fine wines and statuesque women, he’s come to like the Wrong Woman.

Changes are afoot. They lead to a return to the world beneath the mist, and a deadly and unexpected encounter with a foe that is in many ways far worse than any dinosaur. Envy, jealousy, greed, fleas, and pyramids under the mist, are all part of this rollicking novella of the sort only Joe R. Lansdale could write. And don’t forget dinosaurs.
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10/07/2013
Although the tale of the lord of the jungle—here called the Big Guy—has been told many times, rarely has it been told from the perspective of one of his hominid companions. Before the Big Guy’s future lover, the Woman, arrived from outside the hidden valley, his closest friend was his brother in spirit, the Australopithecine narrator of this novella-length work. When the Big Guy is convinced to leave the jungle for New York, his brother comes along. Sadly, civilization offers not only fame but irresistible temptation and a quick spiral into destructive addiction, leaving the narrator and the Woman to find solace in debauchery. Lansdale is a master craftsman, and even when he is paying homage to a carefully unnamed famous protagonist from a long string of novels and movies, he adds something new (and often unsavory) to the mix. This brief tale does not overstay its welcome, and Lansdale completists will snatch it up. Agent: Danny Baror, Baror International. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596066182
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Hilarious!

    Classic Lansdale. Highly recommend this light and funny yarn. If you like Lansdale, give this one a try.

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