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Lansdale, Joe R.

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.

Publisher: Urbana, Ill. : Golden Gryphon Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 193084624X
Branch Call Number: FICTION LANSDALE
Characteristics: xi, 199 p. ;,22 cm


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A prime horror-dark fantasy collection from Golden Gryphon. 26 individual pieces of Lansdale's brain. Short stories at their best.

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Mar 18, 2010
  • div_dbrl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great collection of weird horror fiction. The stories are nice and short, and feel like episodes of "The Twilight Zone" that were just a little too dark to air. Each has an insightful introduction by the author, of particular interest to fans or fellow writers.

For those who don't know, Joe R. Lansdale wrote the short story "Bubba Ho-Tep," which eventually was made into a film: the tale of a decrepit Elvis living in a nursing home, who (along with a man who may or may not be John F. Kennedy) has to do battle with a mummy. That story's not in this collection, but it gives you a solid idea of the kind of madness that Lansdale produces. Good times.


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