The Bottoms (novel)

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The Bottoms
The Bottoms.jpg
Author Joe R. Lansdale
Cover artist Alan M. Clark
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Subterranean Press, Mysterious Press
Publication date
1 May 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 332
ISBN 1-892284-60-X
Preceded by Blood Dance (2000)
Followed by A Fine Dark Line (2002)

The Bottoms is an Edgar Award[1][2][3]-winning suspense novel by American author Joe R. Lansdale.

Plot summary[edit]

This story takes place during the Great Depression in East Texas. Young Harry Crane discovers the mutilated body of a black woman that sets off a mystery involving rising violence and racism. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the killing continues. Harry and his younger sister, Thomasina, fix their suspicions on a local horror legend, The Goat Man, who lives deep in the Big Thicket. Together they set out to solve the mystery of who the real killer is.



This book was published as lettered edition and a limited edition by Subterranean Press[7] and as a trade hardcover by Mysterious Press. It was re-issued as a trade paperback by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Publications on 7 December 2010.[8] As of August 2012, all hardcover editions are out of print.

Film adaptation[edit]

As of 2014 the book was being co-produced for a film by Joe R. Lansdale, Bill Paxton,[9] and Brad Wyman.[10][11] Paxton died in 2017, making any further plans uncertain.


  1. ^ "Edgar Awards throughout time". Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved 5 September 2012.  Note: the link is to a database, a query must be entered to find this specific work.
  2. ^ a b Perskie, Jana L. "The Bottoms". Mostly Fiction Book Reviews. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Ketchersid, Larry (17 April 2012). "REVIEW: Edge of Dark Water". SF Signal. Retrieved 5 September 2012. The Bottoms, Joe Lansdale’s Edgar Award-winning novel from 2000, is one of my favorite stories 
  4. ^ "Holiday Books 2000". New York Times Book Review. December 3, 2000. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Herodotus Award - Book awards - LibraryThing". 
  7. ^ "The Bottoms by Joe R. Lansdale". Subterranean Press web site. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Bottoms". Random House web site. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Bill Paxton on Oprah Winfrey, retrieved 7/31/13
  10. ^ The Bottoms Film Adaptation. "The Bottoms Film". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Lansdale, Joe R. "The Bottoms Film Adaptation". Retrieved 22 February 2014. 

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