Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale

Joe Lansdale has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as Batman: The Animated Series. He has written 45 novels and published 30 short story collections along with many chapbooks and comic book adaptations. Several of his novels have been adapted to film.

Frequent features of Lansdale’s writing are usually deeply ironic, strange or absurd situations or characters, such as Elvis and JFK battling a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy in a nursing home (the plot of his Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella, Bubba Ho-Tep, which was made into a movie by Don Coscarelli). He is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and ten Bram Stoker Awards. In 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.

His Hap and Leonard series of nine novels and three novellas feature two friends, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who live in the fictional town of Laborde, in East Texas, and find themselves solving a variety of often unpleasant crimes. The characters themselves are an unlikely pairing; Hap is a white working class laborer in his mid forties who once protested against the war in Vietnam and spent time in federal prison rather than be drafted and Leonard is a gay black Vietnam vet. Both of them are accomplished fighters, and the stories (told from Hap’s narrative point of view) feature a great deal of violence, profanity and sex. Lansdale paints a picture of East Texas which is essentially “good” but blighted by racism, ignorance, urban and rural deprivation and corruption in public officials. Some of the subject matter is extremely dark, and includes scenes of brutal violence. These novels are also characterized by sharp humor and “wisecracking” dialogue. These books are being adapted into a TV series and a series of graphic novels will be published in 2016.

Much of Joe Lansdale’s work has been issued and re-issued as limited editions by Subterranean Press and as trade paperbacks by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Publications. His current new release publisher is Mulholland Books. Lansdale also publishes with Dark Regions Press, Tachyon Publications, most recently releasing a re-issued version of Cold in July in 2014.

A collection of all his Jonah Hex graphic novels titled Jonah Hex: Shadows West was released April 2014 by DC Comics. He has also completed a 20,000 word novella titled Hot in December. The trade paperback, ebook, and limited hardcovers are available . He just released a graphic novel titled Crawling Sky adapted from the short story by Keith Lansdale. Also in 2014 Lansdale has completed a novella titled Black Hat Jack which was published in September by Subterranean Press and a horror novella titled Prisoner 489. A new full-length novel titled Paradise Sky was published mid June 2015 by Muholland Books. Also the comic The Steam Man, co-written with fellow author Mark Miller and art from Piotr Kowalski by Dark Horse Comics will be released in October 2015.

Joe Lansdale’s newest novel titled Fender Lizards was published November 2015 by Subterranean Press. In February 2016 two full length novels Hell’s Bounty and a new Hap and Leonard novel titled Honky Tonk Samurai will be released.