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High cotton : selected stories
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Urbana, IL : Golden Gryphon Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The pit -- Not from Detroit -- Booty and the beast -- Steppin' out, summer, '68 -- Incident on and off a mountain road -- My dead dog, Bobby -- Trains not taken -- Tight little stitches in a dead man's back -- Dog, cat, and baby -- Mister weed-eater -- By bizarre hands -- The fat man and the elephant -- The phone woman -- Letter from the South, two moons west of Nacogdoches -- By the hair of the head -- The job -- Godzilla's twelve step program -- Drive-in date -- Bob the dinosaur goes to Disneyland -- The steel Valentine -- Night they missed the horror show.
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This collection of Joe R. Lansdale stories represents the best of the "Lansdale" genre--a strange mixture of dark crime, even darker humor, and adventure tales. Though varied in setting and theme, all the stories are pure Lansdale--eerie, amusing, and occasionally horrific. In "The Pit," modern gladiators square off against one another using Roman methods. An alternate-history tale called "Trains Not Taken" shows Buffalo Bill as an ambassador and Wild Bill Hickok as a clerk. Lansdale's love of large lizards and humor are evident in the stories "Godzilla's Twelve Step Program" and "Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland."

Author Notes

Joe R. Lansdale was born in Gladewater, Tex. in 1951. He attended Tyler Junior College, the University of Texas at Austin, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Lansdale has also had a varied career, having worked as a bouncer, a bodyguard, a transportation manager, a custodian, and a karate instructor before becoming a fulltime writer in 1981.

Lansdale's written work includes several novels and more than 200 short stories. Although his favorite genre is fantasy, with suspense a close second, he has also written mysteries, horror, science fiction, and westerns. Some titles include Rumble Tumble, Dead in the West, The Nightrunners, Cold in July, By Bizarre Hands and The Drive-in (a 'B' Movie with Blood and Popcorn. Made in Texas) . In addition, Lansdale has edited the short-story anthologies Best of the West, The New Frontier: Best of the West 2, and Razored Saddles.

Lansdale has received five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers of America, including one for "The Night They Missed the Horror Show." He has also been awarded the British Fantasy Award and the American Horror Award.

Joe Lansdale and his second wife, Karen, have two children. They live in Nacagdoches, Tex.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gradually, cult-favorite Lansdale has been inching closer to the literary mainstream, most recently with The Bottoms [BKL Je 1 & 15 00], an excellent Depression-era coming-of-age novel. As Lansdale's audience expands, readers eager to explore some of his earlier work may want to check this collection of stories. There is no one better than Lansdale at taking a routine concept and turning it into horror, hilarity or--when he's in high gear--both. "My Dead Dog Bobby" eases readers into the pain a boy feels over the loss of his dog, but within a few hundred words matters take a very disturbing turn. "Godzilla's Twelve Step Program" places everyone's favorite lizard in the context of self-actualization: when the big guy feels like stomping a building, he calls his sponsor, Reptilicus. Mayhem isn't a choice, it's a disease. Each of the 21 stories is introduced by Lansdale, who explains his intent and places it within the context of his career. --Wes Lukowsky