Joe R. Lansdale
|Joe R. Lansdale|
Joe Lansdale, somewhere in East Texas
|Born||Joe Richard Lansdale
October 28, 1951
Gladewater, Texas, United States
|Pen name||Ray Slater, Brad Simmons, Jack Buchanan|
|Occupation||Writer, author, martial arts instructor|
|Genre||Horror, Mystery, Western, Adventure, Crime|
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 Presley and John F. Kennedy 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.
His Hap and Leonard series of nine novels, three novellas, and two short story collections 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 have been adapted into a TV series for the SundanceTV channel and a series of graphic novels will be published in early 2017. Season 2 is now filming based on the second Hap and Leonard novel Mucho Mojo.
Much of 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, and Tachyon Publications.
A new full-length novel titled Paradise Sky was published mid June 2015 by Muholland Books. Also the first issue of the comic series The Steam Man, co-written with fellow author Mark Miller and art from Piotr Kowalski by Dark Horse Comics was released in October 2015. Issues 2 and 3 have also been released.
Lansdale's novel titled Fender Lizards was published in November 2015 by Subterranean Press. In February 2016 two full-length novels Hell's Bounty was published Feb 27 also by Subterreanean Press and a new Hap and Leonard novel titled Honky Tonk Samurai was released Feb 2 by Mulholland Books. More Hap and Leonard works are on the way.
Lansdale, who was born in Gladewater, Texas, now lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife Karen and is the writer in residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also teaches at his own Shen Chuan martial arts school Lansdale's Self Defense Systems in Nacogdoches and is a member of both the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Sōke and the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is the father of actress, musician, and book publisher Kasey Lansdale and reporter and screenwriter Keith Lansdale who wrote the screenplay for the film Christmas with the Dead. Joe is also a close friend and colleague of author, child advocate, and attorney Andrew Vachss.
Film and television
Lansdale was a contributing writer for Batman: the Animated Series, credited with three episodes:
- "Perchance to Dream" (season 1, episode 26, aired October 29, 1992), in which the Mad Hatter creates a world where Thomas and Martha Wayne never died;
- "Read My Lips"(season 1, episode #59, aired May 10, 1993), which introduced The Ventriloquist to the show
- "Showdown" (season 4, episode 2, aired September 12, 1995) (featuring Jonah Hex and Ra's al Ghul) (sometimes cited as season 3, episode 12).
Lansdale also wrote "Identity Crisis", the episode which introduced Bizarro on Superman: The Animated Series (season 2, episode #6, aired September 15, 1997), and "Critters" (with Steve Gerber) for The New Batman Adventures (sometimes referred to as Batman: Gotham Knights, as on Lansdale's website) – season 2, episode #2, aired September 19, 1998.
In 2010 he wrote the screenplay for the animated short DC Showcase: Jonah Hex. The brief standalone story features Hex tracking a bounty only to encounter a new adversary.
The first Lansdale movie adaptation was made in 2002 when Don Coscarelli adapted the novella Bubba Ho-Tep for the big screen. The film featured persons who believe themselves to be Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy, confined to an old-age rest home, teaming up to fight a mummy who is stealing their friends' souls.
The short story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted for the first episode of the first season of Masters of Horror also by Don Coscarelli. It aired on October 28, 2005. The short story "The Fat Man", has also been written into a screenplay by Neal Barrett Jr. for Masters of Horror, but it is as yet unproduced.
Lansdale's story "The Job" was made into an eleven-minute short in 1997 by A.W. Feidler. It is available on the out-of-print DVD collection, Short 5 – Diversity, on Warner Home Video. The short story "Drive-In Date" was filmed as a short by James Cahill, from a script written by Lansdale, published in A Fist Full of Stories.
The movie Christmas with the Dead, based on the Lansdale short story of the same name, was filmed in East Texas in Summer 2011. The film starring Brad Maule, Damian Maffei, and Kasey Lansdale is currently showing on the film festival circuit and at private screenings. The DVD has recently been released.
Paris-based Backup Media and Memento Films International to finance Cold in July, an adaptation of the cult novel that was director Jim Mickle's film. Actors Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard had signed onto the project. Filming began on July 29, 2013. Accompanied by a movie tie-in edition of the original story released by Tachyon Publications, this film competed in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is now appearing on cable TV.
Nick Damici and Jim Mickle developed a Hap and Leonard private investigator series for the Sundance Channel which premiered on March 2, 2016. On June 27, 2016, SundanceTV renewed the series for a six-episode second season expected to air in 2017 based on the second novel Mucho Mojo.
Joe Lansdale has won ten Bram Stoker Awards over the course of his long career. The short story Night They Missed the Horror Show won the award for "Short Fiction" in 1988. In the "Long Fiction" category (which is for novellas, though it also initially included comic book work as well), he won in 1989 for On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks, 1997 for The Big Blow, and 1999 for Mad Dog Summer (a shared award with Brian A. Hopkins' "Five Days in April"). In 1992 the story The Events Concerning a Nude Fold-Out Found in a Harlequin Romance shared the "Long Fiction" award with Aliens: Tribes by Steve Bissette. In 1993, Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo won in the newly created "Other Media" category. Lansdale's 2006 anthology Retro Pulp Tales tied for the Best Anthology category with Mondo Zombie edited by John Skipp. He just won his tenth Bram Stoker in the long fiction category for Fishing for Dinosaurs which was published in the collection Limbus 2.
He was also nominated nine other times. The Drive-In and Savage Season were nominated in the "Novels" category in 1988 and 1990, respectively. By Bizarre Hands and Writer of the Purple Rage were nominated for "Fiction Collection" in 1989 and 1994. The short story Love Doll: A Fable was nominated in "Short Fiction" in 1991. The novella Bubba Ho-Tep was nominated for "Long Fiction" in 1994. Something Lumber This Way Comes was nominated in a new "Work for Younger Readers" category, and Jonah Hex: Shadows West #1 was nominated for "Illustrated Narrative", both in 1999. Red Romance (published in DC Comics' Flinch #11) was nominated for "Illustrated Narrative" in 2000.
Other nominations include:
- 1986, Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back for a World Fantasy Award.
- 2007, Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard for a World Fantasy Award.
- He's been nominated for a World Fantasy Award eleven other times over his long career.
Other awards include:
- 1990, On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks won the British Fantasy Award for best short story.
- 1994, Mucho Mojo was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
- 2000, The Bottoms was given the Edgar Award for Best Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. It was also named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the Herodotus Award for best historical mystery novel. It was also nominated for a Dashiell Hammett Award for "Best Novel", as well as "Best Mystery Novel" in the Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards in 1991.
- 2007, he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award.
- 2011, SUGARPRIZE for a body of work during the Sugarpulp Festival.
- 2011, The Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature for a body of work.
- 2012, Edge of Dark Water was listed Booklist Editors' Choice for Adult Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association.
- 2013, His novel The Thicket was voted one of the best historical novels by the Library Journal.
- 2015, He received the Raymond Chandler lifetime achievement award.
- 2016, The Western Writers of America gave Paradise Sky a Spur Award for Best Historical Western Novel.
He is also frequently cited as winning the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, and the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer's award. The specifics are difficult to track down at present, but it is likely that at least some of these were awarded to The Bottoms, which is by far his most acclaimed novel.
The Horror Writers Association gave him and the late Rick Hautala Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2011, which they received at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 31, 2012
On October 19, 2012 he was inducted into The Texas Literary Hall of Fame.
Original screenplays (TV)
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- Superman The Animated Series:
- "Identity Crisis"
- Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (Film)
- Bubba Ho-Tep (Film)
- Christmas with the Dead (Film)
- Cold in July (Film)
- Hap and Leonard (TV Series)
- List of horror fiction authors
- Mojo Press
- Subterranean Press
- Tachyon Publications
- Mulholland Books
- Salov, Marc. "Interview with joe R. Lansdale". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
- Slater, Maggie (May 2013). "2013 interview". Apex Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
- Horrorr Drive-in. "Joe R. Lansdale and the movies". Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- "A Fresh Discovery, Three Decades in the Making". The New York Times. April 8, 2012. p. A23B. Retrieved April 9, 2012.
- SF Signal. "Joe R. Lansdale Strikes Again". Retrieved 2013-03-03.
- Hap and Leonard TV Series. "Sundance Channel Release Information". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Hellnotes Release Info. "Hap and Leonard Graphic Novels". Hellnotes. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- Subterranean Press. "Featured Authors". Retrieved 2013-08-09.
- Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. "Joe R. Lansdale site.".
- Mulholland Books. "Authors Page". Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- Dark Regions Press. "Joe R. Lansdale's Page". Dark Region Page. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Review for Paradise Sky". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "How I came to write Paradise Sky". Mulholland Books.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Paradise Sky Review". Houston Chronicle. Mulholland Books. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
- Dark Horse Comics Announces The Steam Man, Death Head, Negative Space, and More. "DC". Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Fender Lizards release announcement". Retrieved April 10, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Hell's Bounty release". Subterranean Press. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Honky Tonk Samurai Review". New York Times Book Review. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- Pandi, Press. "Official Website". Pandi Press. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe. "Nacogdoches the oldest town in Texas". Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- Lansdale, Joe. "Shen Chuan site".
- "Martial Arts 2011 Inductees .pdf" (PDF).
- Piney Woods, Jimmy Isaac. "A novel story: Joe & Kasey Lansdale". Retrieved 2012-07-14.
- CMA Magazine. "Kasey Lansdale Spotlight". Country Music Association Magazine. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
- Lansdale, Keith. "Students, businesses benefit from internship program". Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Christmas with the Dead. "A Sneak Peek at 'Christmas with the Dead'". Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Lansdale and Vachss. "Two Trains Running MP3 interview". Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Turek, Ryan. "Christmas with the Dead DVD release". Shock till you drop. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Paste Magazine, Micheal C. Hall, Sam Shepard. "Cold in July film adaptation". Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Hall, Michael C. "Cold in July". Joe R. Lansdale. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Deadline.com. "Cold in July film". Retrieved August 24, 2013.
- Cold in July. "2014 Sundance Lineup, Variety.com". Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- Hap and Leonard. "Hap and Leonard series on the Sundance Channel". Retrieved March 6, 2014.
- Den of Geeks. "Hap and Leonard TV Series". Retrieved April 5, 2014.
- Patten, Dominic (June 27, 2016). "'Hap And Leonard' Renewed For Season 2 At SundanceTV". Deadline. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- Hap and Leonard, Season 2. "Cast Announcement". Shadowand dact. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- 2006 Bram Stoker Winners. "Retro Pulp Tales". Archived from the original on July 19, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- Lansdale, Joe. "2015 Bram Stoker Awards". Horror Writer's Association. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
- Goodreads Review. "Review of Limbus 2". Goodreads. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
- Horror Novel Reviews. "Joe R. Lansdale a master of "Flash Fiction". Retrieved September 29, 2013.
- Macavity, Awards. "The Bottoms". Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Horror Writers Association. "Bram Stoker Winners". Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
- World Horror Convention. "Grand master Award".
- Gencarelli, Mike. "Media Mikes interview".
- American Library Association. "2012 Editor's Choice". Edge of Dark Water. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Library Journal. "Best history Novels of 2013". The Thicket. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "Lansdale Receives Chandler Award". Locus Online. December 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-18.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "2015 Raymond Chandler Award". Noirfest. Noirfest.com. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
- Lansdale, Joe R. "Western Writers of America award Announcement". PR Newswire. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
- Book Reporter Review. "The Bottoms". Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Oprah Books. "Books That Matter to Bill Paxton". The Bottoms. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- Horror Writers Association. "2011 Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement". Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Morton, Lisa. "Lifetime Achievement Award". Horror Writers Association. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Fort Worth Library. "2012 Texas Literary Hall of fame". Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- Official website
- Interview Pt. 1
- Interview Pt. 2
- Texas Monthly Article
- Subterranean Press Website
- Mulholland Books Website
- Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Website
- Pandi Press Official Website
- Horror Drive-In homepage
- on YouTube
- Joe R. Lansdale at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Joe R. Lansdale at the Internet Movie Database
- Joe R. Lansdale at the Comic Book DB
- Kasey Lansdale official website
- Andew Vachss official website