06/23/16-Champion Joe was on Trick or Treat Radio, where he discussed everything from "Hap and Leonard" to "Bubba Ho-Tep" to "Cold in July" to being a martial arts grandmaster and quite a bit in-between! Listen here!
06/23/16-Feeling a little husky? Must be time for "A Change of Lifestyle." It's the totally free Mojo story of the week! Enjoy!
06/16/16-The Old West had black heroes who have been forgotten or ignored, and Red Range was Champion Joe's chance to blend that fact with pulp, western, and science-fiction storytelling. And a chance to work with one of his heroes, artist Sam Glanzman. Red Range was originally published in 1999 by Mojo Press. Unfortunately, Mojo went out of business that same year, and the book has been out of print ever since. But with your help, it could come back into print! Check out this Kickstarter campaign to bring back Red Range!
06/16/16-On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair. After multiple surges of electricity and nearly knocking out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489. But a violent storm rocks the islands and the burial site of prisoner 489 has been unearthed, and the body is missing. Champion Joe's Prisoner 489 is on sale now as an ebook for only 99¢! Check it out!
06/09/16-Joe R. Lansdale is celebrated across several continents for his dark humor, his grimly gleeful horror, and his outlaw politics. Welcome to Texas. With hits like Bubba Ho-Tep and The Drive-In, the Lansdale secret was always endangered, and the spectacular new "Hap and Leonard" Sundance TV series is busily blowing whatever cover Joe had left. Backwoods noir some call it; others call it redneck surrealism. Joe's signature style is on display in in all its grit, grime, and glory in Miracles Ain’t What They Used to Be, beginning with two (maybe three) previously unpublished Hap and Leonard tales revealing the roots of their unlikely partnership. Plus... a hatful-and-a-half of Joe’s notorious Texas Observer pieces that helped catapult him from obscurity into controversy; and "Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be," Lansdale’s passionately personal take on the eternal tussles between God and Man, Texas and America, racism and reason—and religion and common sense.
05/05/16-It's a Lansdale/Lansdale crossover! Killer Kasey is performing the audiobook adaptation of Champion Joe's Fender Lizards!
04/28/16-Behooven Press has just republished Joe's great early novel The Nightrunners with a brand-new cover! As Tim Bryant says, "You can't get your Lansdale Merit Badge if you haven't read this one!"
04/28/16-Heads up, Portland, Maine! Champion Joe's one-act play "By Bizarre Hands" will be performed at the Port Fringe Festival in June!
04/07/16-You missed the Hap & Leonard TV show? Not too late! Go watch it on Sundance.tv!
03/31/16-It's a Joe R. Lansdale Film Festival at sundance.tv! The four featured films are "Once We Were Children," "Hit Call," "Bar Talk," and "The Drunken Moon"!
03/24/16-From Champion Joe:"Sadly, there is nothing that can be said that matters as much as you would like for it to, but to all those in Brussels, I think of you, for what little that is worth. Stay strong."
03/24/16-One of Champion Joe's rare children's stories is now available for immediate download as an ebook!
03/24/16-"A lot of gays don’t fit stereotypes, and one of the reasons I wrote Leonard is I knew plenty of gay people that weren't the funny neighbor next door." To read Champion Joe's entire Q&A with the New York Times,click here.
03/17/16-Champion Joe is honored to be among the 2016 Spur Award winners from Western Writers of America! Paradise Sky was named Best Historical Western — check it out!
03/17/16-"The teachings of the Church of Lansdale are simple enough: Good, decent people must band together to thwart evil. We must shuffle off our differences and enter into combat for the upright." To read the rest of the Dallas Morning News' review of Honky Tonk Samurai and Hap and Leonard, click here!
03/17/16-Can't get enough of Hap and Leonard? Check out this downloadable short story, "Briar Patch Boogie!"
03/17/16-The Wall Street Journal calls the Sundance Channel's adaptation of Hap and Leonard "wreathed in fear but so rich in atmosphere"! To read the entire review, click here!
03/10/16-Bookreporter calls Honkytonk Samurai "hilarious, crude and violent, peppered through and through with unforgettable characters that leap off the page, dance around the room, and run off down the road. It doesn’t get any better than this." To read the entire review, click here.
03/03/16-Did you miss last night's premier of "Hap & Leonard"? Catch up here!
03/03/16-The San Francisco Chronicle calls "Hap & Leonard" "a steamy Texas noir." The Hollywood Reporter describes it as, "Sweaty, hard-boiled Texas thrills." And the Austin Chronicle declares Champion Joe is "the finest writer ... to come out of Texas since O. Henry kicked off his literary career while stuck in the Travis County Jail after being caught embezzling mucho dinero from the First National Bank of Austin back in the late 19th century." But why not watch the show for your ownself and make up your own quote?
02/25/16-We're less than a week away from the March 2 premier of Sundance TV's adaptation of "Hap & Leonard"! Check out these videos to get primed!
02/25/16-Champion Joe says, "Harper Lee was the conscious of the South, the way Twain had been — and more than the South, the whole country. Her novel is my favorite novel. The film made from her novel is my favorite film. Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird really mattered in my life, beyond just a good read. I know that's true of many readers of her novel, and viewers of the film. Thank you, Harper Lee."
02/11/16-"There’s excessive violence ... raunchy language, sexist attitudes, tasteless humor, adolescent clowning around and general vulgarity. Not to mention characters named Weasel and Booger." To read the entire New York Times Book Review of Champion Joe's Honkytonk Samurai, click here!
02/11/16-"Lansdale is nothing short of a master storyteller, having perfected a conversational style that evokes well deserved comparisons to Mark Twain. Reading a Lansdale novel is not unlike sitting down with your windy grandpa and listening to him spin yarns that are just as thoroughly entertaining as they are outlandish but somehow still maintain little nuggets of truth that keep you wondering." To read the entire Lebanon Daily Record review of Champion Joe's Honkytonk Samurai, click here!
02/04/16-On sale now!
02/04/16-"Joe R. Lansdale is the toast of Italy, a hot property in Hollywood, and an inspiration to a generation of horror and thriller writers everywhere. And he owes it all to Nacogdoches." To read the entire story from the February 2016 issue of Texas Monthly,click here!
01/14/16-Get news about the new "Hap & Leonard" TV series first! Sign up here! And to watch a preview...
01/14/16-Champion Joe says, "Mention a book, you get a few thousand. Mention a TV show and you get many thousands. Neat and disconcerting at the same time. I love film and am involved in it, but I'm a writer first. Would love for those same excited people to buy the books. Now that would be cool. Since Honkytonk Samurai comes out next month, order now. Show some love if you like Hap and Leonard, or are curious, or want to see the basis for the TV show. I wouldn't mind Honkytonk Samurai being a bestseller and I wouldn't mind readers making it one."
01/07/16-If you like Champion Joe's writing and would like to help us share it with the masses, here's a way to do that: pre-order the forthcoming Hap & Leonard novel, Honkytonk Samurai. It's available at bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble websites, you name it. But preorder or buy the day it comes out -- that's how places like the New York Times determine what makes their list. And what makes their list is what gets read. Thanks!
12/24/15-Check it out! First Hap & Leonard graphic novel!
12/24/15-It's that most wonderful time of the year, and the vaults are being thrown open with deals aplenty! Hap and Leonard twofer: an original hardback of Savage Season plus an original hardback of Two Bear Mambo, together for $50. First edition of Captains Outrageous, $18. First edition of A Fine Dark Line, $18. First edition of A Few Stories More, $35. All prices include shipping and handling in the US. For international orders, ask before paying. Contact Kasey to reserve your treasures!
12/17/15-In March 2016, Tachyon is releasing Hap & Leonard, a collection of stories featuring ... wait for it ... Hap & Leonard! Some have been collected before, some haven't. And if you get the ebook version, Hap & Leonard Ride Again, you'll find that contains even more new or uncollected material!
11/19/15-Champion Joe says, "Horrified by the events in Paris. My condolences and I hope the cowards responsible for arranging such an attack are all brought to justice."
11/19/15-Kasey Lansdale at a performance in Los Angeles. Give it a listen and a share if you like it.
11/19/15-"Dynamite-loving bounty hunter Smith [and his] ragtag team ... achieve a smooth and high-energy dynamic as they use smart tactics, high carnage, and unlimited silver bullets to take down cowboy ghouls." To read the entire review of Hell's Bounty by Publishers Weekly, click here!
11/12/15-New York Times shout-out to Champion Joe from David Linde, here!
10/08/15-Champion Joe says: "Hap and Leonard grew up in a town a lot like the one Rocky Hawkins, an old school chum, grew up in. His short but compelling memoir hits on all the stuff that has been the roots of my fiction most of my career. We knew most of the same people, knew the real stories, the rumors. Very compelling read. I recommend it for anyone interested in a good memoir, or if you would just like to read something by someone from the same background as myself, Hap and Leonard, my creations based on a lot of what Rocky talks about here."
10/08/15-If the Western town of Falling Rock isn’t dangerous enough due to drunks, fast guns, and greedy miners, it gets a real dose of ugly when a soulless, dynamite-loving bounty hunter named Smith rides into town to bring back a bounty, dead or alive — preferably dead. In the process, Smith sets off an explosive chain of events that send him straight to the waiting room in Hell where he is offered a one-time chance to absolve himself. Check out Hell's Bounty, by Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale, to be published February 2016.
10/08/15-Warning! Almost sold out! The unmistakable accent of the Piney Woods of East Texas rolls from the pages of Fender Lizards, Joe R. Lansdale’s tale of the life and love and work of Dot Sherman, who waitresses on roller skates at the Dairy Bob, doesn’t care for smoking on account of her dad having never returned from a cigarette run, and carries on the family tradition of philosophizing. Life hasn't done her any favors in her seventeen years. But if there was ever a heroine built for turning things upside down and seeing what shakes out, it's Dot. To be published this November. Click here to reserve your copy! (And take note: the limited-edition includes three new Hap & Leonard stories!)
10/01/15-"The Steam Man is sort of like Pacific Rim set in the old West. It’s about a gentleman who causes a rift in time and because of that, everything from history comes piling in this era in the 1800s. It’s up to one man, Captain Beedle, who builds this giant steam man to navigate it through the prairie to destroy the greatest threat the world has ever known." To read the rest of Mark Alan Miller's interview with Comics Bulletin,click here!
09/17/15-So, you are a collector and you'd like a nice edition of three novels Champion Joe wrote under the pen-name Jack Buchanan? Now's your chance. These are going fast. Joe wrote these from base outlines by Stephen Mertz, and since Joe's not known for following directions, Stephen retouched them, adding "he grunted" and "he growled," which Joe hates, but Stephen put them in line with the series he created. Here they are.
08/20/15-If the Western town of Falling Rock isn't dangerous enough due to drunks, fast guns, and greedy miners, it gets a real dose of ugly when a soulless, dynamite-loving bounty hunter named Smith rides into town to bring back a bounty, dead or alive — preferably dead. In the process, Smith sets off an explosive chain of events that send him straight to the waiting room in Hell where he is offered a one-time chance to absolve himself. Click here to reserve your copy of Hell's Bounty by Joe and John Lansdale!
08/20/15-"My books sort of arrive on their own, like relatives you like but didn't know were coming. Some become long term house guests. Others just drop by and say hi." To read the rest of Mark Gunnells's interview with Champion Joe, click here !
08/13/15—Check it out! An advance look at the cover to the second issue of Dark Horse's comics adaptation of The Steam Man!
08/13/15—Peculiar weather settles over a bustling Texas sea port, a city made prosperous off the cotton trade and thick with racial inequality. The sky above Galveston darkens to the sickly green of a healing bruise, the sea turns black, and the inhabitants of the city have no idea the force of the hammer about to drop on them.... It's The Big Blow, and it's now available on Amazon!
08/06/15-Kasey Lansdale captivated the Twin Cities! That's not us saying it — that's The Examiner!
07/30/15-Sundance TV learned nine things from Champion Joe!
07/30/15-Check out Limbus 2, which includes Champion Joe's "Fishing for Dinosaurs"!
07/30/15-More on Christina Hendricks joining the cast of "Hap & Leonard" from UPI.
07/16/15-Joe says, "Tom Piccirilli has died. Damn. Good writer. Good guy. I am sad for his family. He fought cancer to the mat for a long time, but the damn stuff cheated. It took away a good man."
07/16/15-Ladies and gentlemen! Hap's ex-wife Trudy has entered the building! Welcome Christina Hendricks to the cast of "Hap and Leonard":
07/16/15-Champion Joe shares his story on how he decided to write about African-American cowboy Nat Love in his new novel, Paradise Sky, on KAZI 88.7FM. Lansdale's interview airs immediately after the Jewell Parker Rhodes interview. Click here to listen!
07/16/15-Bill Crider says Paradise Sky "is replete with Lansdale's usual storytelling zest and energy, and as always in a Lansdale novel there are laughs and violence, often on the same page." Click here to read the entire review!
07/09/15-"Lansdale has pulled out all the stops to deliver a rip-roaring tale completely in keeping with dime-novel traditions and the cinematic hyperbole of Blazing Saddles or Django Unchained." To read the entire New York Times review of Paradise Sky,click here!
07/09/15-Hap & Leonard graphic novels! Check it out:
06/25/15-"Hap and Leonard" actors Neil Sandilands and Bill Page with Champion Joe in Baton Rouge:
06/25/15-Michael K. Williams — Leonard in the "Hap and Leonard" series — with Killer Kasey:
06/25/15-"Even if the prolific Joe Lansdale created an imaginary twin (don't put it past him), the two combined probably wouldn't have enough fingers and toes to count all of his published novels. So when he says Paradise Sky was the most fun one to write, take heed." To read the entire interview from Kirkus,click here!
06/25/15-"Reading Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale is to immerse oneself in a realm of roughneck, shoot-’em-up western writing where fact and fiction blend effortlessly on the page, and the action is only outgunned by the author's tilt for beautiful literary prose." To read the entire review of Champion Joe's latest from The New York Journal of Books,click here!
06/25/15-Straight-up vocals by Killer Kasey:
06/18/15-"Paradise Sky is a remarkable achievement, an instant classic of Western lit, and, while fiction, it probably brings us as close to the essence of who Nat Love really was as any tome is likely to do." To read the entire review of Champion Joe's latest from The Dallas News,click here!
06/18/15-"In a short piece Lansdale wrote for Mulholland Books, he says he has worked on [Paradise Sky] for 30 years but couldn't get publishers interested in a novel about a black cowboy. He found that reaction 'offensive and defeating,' but when he did score a publisher, he says he wrote the novel in 'a white-hot passion.' You can feel that passion in the energy and rhythm of Paradise Sky. Lansdale has unleashed something remarkable." To read the entire review from The Houston Chronicle,click here!
06/11/15-Well, the editors of Entertainment Weekly will be reading some great fiction this summer! How about you?
And in case you can't read the fine print, it says, "Part comedy, part thriller, this Texas-flavored historical Western follows the adventures of an African-American cowboy who's on the run after the murder of his father." You in?
06/11/15-The story behind the story! Champion Joe writes about the origins of Paradise Skyhere!
05/21/15-"Lansdale fills his pages with true-hearted heroes, dastardly scoundrels, and rollicking adventures." To read the entire starred review for Paradise Sky from Publishers Weekly, click here!Paradise Sky will be released June 16!
05/21/15-It's cooler in Italian....
05/14/15-Champion Joe says, "Just got news I received the Bram Stoker award for my story in the long fiction category, 'Fishing for Dinosaurs.' Cool. I am honored."
05/14/15-Kasey Lansdale is up for Best New Texas Female Artist for her song "Sorry Ain't Enough"! If you like her music, you can vote for her here.
05/07/15-Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present ... Hap Collins!
04/23/15-Marvin Hanson is a private investigator. Time was he worked homicide in Houston's Fifth Ward, but that was years ago. Nowadays he's living a quieter life, running a little one-man operation in LaBorde, Texas. You might think a sleepy East Texas town wouldn't rate its own PI, but then you've never met Mildred "Babe" Craver.... "A Bone Dead Sadness" revisits Marvin Hanson decades after the events of Act of Love; fans of the Hap and Leonard series have also encountered him as the boys' sometime-employer. At its core, this novella is a good old-fashioned locked-room mystery, wrapped up in noir and tied with a Dixie-scented bow. And it's only 99¢!
04/23/15-Kasey found some first editions of Savage Season. $45 including shipping in the United States. Contact Kasey to reserve your copies or get postage for international.
04/09/15-Kasey Lansdale's song "Sorry Ain't Enough" is climbing on Texas radio charts. Those of you who have enjoyed it and called in, or have yet to call in, maybe you'd like to help it keep climbing. You can call or even go online to certain Texas country stations and request it, and you don't have to be a Texan. Just someone who wants to hear it or wants to see it continue to climb. Click here!
03/26/15-If you like Champion Joe's work and want to help boost his sales, consider preordering his latest, Paradise Sky,now. Use your favorite method: Amazon,Barnes and Noble,local bookstore, or any other outlet. We'd like to see the book get a big preorder from readers who enjoy Joe's work, or want to try it out. So NOW would be good.
02/05/15-"Singing has taken me all over the world and introduced me to some amazing people, and I feel lucky every day when I wake up because I get to do what I love. I'm just so happy no one has given me a good shake and told me to get a real job yet!" To read Kasey Lansdale's entire interview with The Tennessee Life,click here! And to see the respect she gets from her fellow Texans, check out the Best of the Upper East Side of Texas list! AND ... great interview with her on KYTX!
01/29/15-"One of the best books of 2014 was a book first published the year before. A cross between a crime novel and an old-fashioned western, The Thicket by award-winning East Texas author Joe R. Lansdale made many 'best of' lists for both years." To read the entire review from The Florida Times-Union,click here!
01/29/15-You like short stories? Champion Joe's in a couple new anthologies! Check out Insidious Assassins, which is exactly what it sounds like, and Limbus, Inc - Book 2, about a very strange employment agency.
01/29/15-Here's the trailer to "Postpartum," the short film starring Kasey Lansdale:
01/15/15-It will still be a while, but Champion Joe's book on writing tips will be forthcoming from Pandi Press. Pandi will go into operation sometime later this year, reprinting The Big Blow, A Fine Dark Line, and Freezer Burn. Go show Pandi some love with likes.
01/15/15-Kasey Lansdale is in an upcoming short film, Postpartum, directed by Izzy Lee. Check it out!
01/15/15-Champion Joe says,"I dearly love Andrew Vachss' The Getaway Man, and not just because it's dedicated to me. It's great, a tribute to the Gold Medal novels Andrew and I love. What a fine novel."
01/08/15-Champion Joe and Keith Lansdale have a story in Vampirella: Feary Tales #3, and it involves a stripjoint named Grandma's House and a pack of werebears. Check it out!
01/08/15-What? You didn't know Champion Joe's Cold in July was adapted to film this past summer? Where you been? You can catch up here!
01/01/15-"After three-plus decades toiling in semi-obscurity, the prolific Nacogdoches-based horror fiction author [Joe R. Lansdale] is having a moment." Yeah, you and I know that means the only author these guys have heard of is Stephen King, but ... well, here's the article from Texas Monthly anyway.
01/01/15-Honkytonk Samurai, the new Hap and Leonard book, is just about finished and it's full of surprises for long-time fans. It probably won't appear until 2016, but Joe will be turning it in sometime this month, and it should be out a year or so later.
12/25/14-Wanna spend "Christmas with the Dead"? Now you can, at a bargain price! Click here!
12/25/14-You already knew Peter Dinklage from "Game of Thrones" was adapting The Thicket to film. But now everybody knows, thanks to Time Magazine!
12/18/14-"[My grandmother] Ole wasn't one to carry on about the good old days. She thought they were pretty skunky. What she remembered were hard times, lowering buckets into wells, using outdoor toilets frequently occupied by spiders or snakes, and having to eat pretty much anything that didn't eat her." You can read the rest of Champion Joe's Texas Observer article "Where Are My Flying Cars?" by clicking here!
12/11/14-Kasey Lansdale was interviewed by Music Row! Watch the video here!
12/11/14-Champion Joe's "Drunken Moon" has been adapted into a short short film! Check it out:
12/11/14-Hap and Leonard novel moves forward. Honkytonk Samurai.
12/11/14-Black Hat Jack. Want one of these, now's the time to jump. Going fast in all editions.
12/11/14-Niccolò Ammaniti conversa con il suo Maestro Joe R. Lansdale qui!
12/11/14-Obsessions is a really fine anthology with good reprint stories, including one by Champion Joe. Check it out!
12/04/14-Nacogdoches Film Festival! Head to the Land of Lansdale February 26 to 28 to meet Champion Joe and watch his movies! Meet special guest George R.R. Martin! Eat popcorn! More info here!
12/04/14-You can keep up with the latest developments on The Sundance Channel's "Hap and Leonard" TV series here.
12/04/14-Champion Joe says, "Bill Crider and Judy Crider are two of our dearest friends, and we lost Judy to cancer. She fought valiantly for years, and had it on the run many times, but finally it won. Judy was one of the kindest, nicest people in the universe. We have thought of her every day through her sickness. Devastating. We are thinking of her and Bill now. A terrible loss, but I'm glad she's no longer in pain. Talk about a tough and wonderful woman, that was our Judy Crider. Our sympathies go out to her family."
11/20/14-Champion Joe's story "I Tell You It's Love" is avilable as a graphic novel by Daniele Serra! With music tracks by Kasey Lansdale and Julie Gibb! Check it out:
11/20/14-"A Bone Dead Sadness" is a story about Marvin Hanson, who appeared in Act of Love and frequently appears in the Hap and Leonard novels. You can get it quick and cheap, as in 99 cents, here on Kindle.
11/20/14-And here's a free one! "Naked Angel," written by Champion Joe for the LA Noire game!
11/20/14-Cold in July will be playing at the Torino Film Festival, and so will Champion Joe, Jim Mickle, the director, Linda Moran, producer, Kasey Lansdale, who has two songs in the soundtrack, and more of the Lansdale family!
11/20/14-On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair. After multiple surges of electricity and nearly knocking out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489. But a violent storm rocks the islands and the burial site of prisoner 489 has been unearthed, and the body is missing. Champion Joe's latest, Prisoner 489, just hit shelves this past Tuesday! Check it out!