Freezer Burn (novel)

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Freezer Burn
Cover art by George Pratt
Author Joe R. Lansdale
Cover artist George Pratt
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Crossroads Press, Mysterious Press
Publication date
September 1999
Media type Print - Limited edition Hardcover, Trade Hardcover, Trade paperback
Pages 245
ISBN 978-0986259425
Preceded by The Boar (novel) (1995)
Followed by Waltz of Shadows (1999)

Freezer Burn is a 1999 crime novel by American writer Joe R. Lansdale.

Plot summary[edit]

Down on his luck, loner, loser, Bill Roberts tries his hand at robbing the fireworks stand across the road from his house. Things don't go well, and he barely escapes with his life into an East Texas swamp. A day later, his head swollen with insect bites, he stumbles into a low rent traveling freak show carnival. His appearance allows him to fit in, and seeing no other way to escape his predicament, he joins the group and travels with them putting on shows.

Befriended by the group's leader, John Frost, who has a dead twin's arm attached to his chest, Bill soon has eyes for John's luscious wife Gidget who is, besides Bill, the only non-freak among them. The show's main attraction is the mysterious Iceman, who has his own trailer. Soon Frost trusts Bill with running the Iceman act. As Bill gets closer to Gidget, he soon realizes she has plans of her own, and remaining the wife of a sideshow freak isn't one of them.[1][2]


This book was published both as a limited edition by Crossroads Press[3] and as a trade hardcover by Mysterious Press.[4] It has been re-issued as a trade paperback by several different publishing houses.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Review". The Austin Chronicle. December 24, 1999. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Review: Freezer Burn". Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Lansdale, Joe R. Freezer Burn (Limited ed.). Crossroads Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lansdale, Joe R. Freezer Burn. Mysterious Press. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 

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