08/17/17-Dot waitresses on roller skates at the Dairy Bob, doesn’t care for smoking, at least partly 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 so far. But if there was ever a heroine built for turning things upside down and seeing what shakes out, it's Dot. Determined to find out who she is and why she’s the way she is, an opportunity presents itself when her heretofore-unknown uncle suddenly moves his camper into the front yard. It's Fender Lizards, Champion Joe's coming-of-age classic, now in audio, as performed by Kasey Lansdale! Check it out!
08/17/17-Need a little Hap & Leonard to tide you over between seasons? Well, here's just the thing: When Hap and Leonard first see the bookmobile, it's barreling down the middle of a country road, seconds before it smashes into their car. When they come to, they learn that the young boy driving the bus has died in the crash. Then they discover several bodies, hidden in the bookmobile's rear compartment. Does one of them belong to the woman known as Hoodoo Harry?
08/17/17-And speaking of Hap & Leonard ... place your preorders for the next installment! Jackrabbit Smile will be coming your way March 2018!
08/17/17-Champion Joe and Chet Williamson have been friends for years ... decades, even! And that's exactly what they talk about in this episode of "The Horrow Show with Brian Keene"!
08/17/17-The day had passed slowly and they had passed it in the hangar, listening to the radios, taking turns at watch from the tower, making battle plans. Just after sundown they got into their gear and took off, waited high up in cover over the well-traveled trade lanes. Waited for prey. It's "Pilots," and it's the Totally Free Mojo Story of the Week! Enjoy!
08/10/17-If you are in the Northeast and want to host Kasey Lansdale at a house party, contact her on Facebook. Here's a video of Kasey performing:
08/03/17-From the vault, signed hardback copies of Honky Tonk Samurai for $20, inc shipping and handling in the US. For international orders, ask before paying. Contact Kasey to reserve your treasures!
08/03/17-At San Diego Comic-con, Kasey portrayed a shield maiden for the History Channel:
07/27/17-Champion Joe says, "Great weekend (last weekend) at Scares That Care. Wonderful experience for a good cause. More folks should check this out, and make plans for next year. Always an interesting roster of guests."
07/13/17-What would George Romero's classic movie had looked like if his head writer had been Champion Joe? Find out in Nights of the Living Dead, an anthology that's out now!
07/13/17-If you like Champion Joe, you should like Pandi Press!
07/05/17-We like monsters! If you like monsters, you'll love Pete Von Sholly's History of Monsters!
06/29/17-Champion Joe says, "Spent some time in the Hap and Leonard writers room while I was in L.A., and it was a blast. This season is shaping up to be the best yet. If you're curious about the book that inspires Season Three, check out The Two-Bear Mambo from Vintage Books, easily obtainable through numerous sources."
06/29/17-The limited edition of Honky Tonk Samurai (signed by Joe Lansdale with an afterword by Nick Damici, who will sign just the lettered edition) is now available -- and it's really snazzy! To order this Hap and Leonard limited from Gauntlet Press, click here!
06/29/17-Champion Joe says, "Rusty Puppy replaced my own personal favorite, Mucho Mojo, in the Hap and Leonard series, and I hope you like it as well. You can check it out here, as well as other on line services and bookstores."
06/29/17-One of Champion Joe's artistic collaborators, Sam Glanzman, has a GoFundMe campaign where you can help a comics legend and net some sweet stuff at the same time. Check it out!
06/15/17-Library Journal review of Nights of the Living Dead, a new zombie anthology edited by Jonathan Mayberry and George Romero: "In 1968, director Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead,' which depicted 48 hours of a zombie outbreak, took the movie world by storm. Here, author Maberry (Patient Zero) and Romero bring us back to those two days of the newly risen dead with this anthology of 19 tales. Along with original stories by both men, there are entries such as Joe R. Lansdale's 'Dead Man's Curve,' in which a brother and sister come face to face with the undead during a drag race, and Mira Grant's 'You Can Stay All Day,' about a young zookeeper. All of these stories highlight the fear, darkness, hope, and humor facing the living dead can bring. VERDICT: Zombie fiction fans can't get enough of their favorite monsters, but this masterly collection of tales from some of today's greatest speculative writers will sate their appetite—for a while."
06/08/17-Champion Joe says, "My brother, Andrew Vachss, has alerted me to this, and I love it. You can donate a bit of your support to the protection of children when you buy from Amazon, and here's the link to do it with. This assures that a percentage of your purchase goes to their aid. I love my brother and I love what he's doing here. Please check it out."
06/01/17-Hey, Hap & Leonard fans! Did you miss Briar Patch Boogie?
06/01/17-It's "Ten Questions with Joe R. Lansdale"! Enjoy!
05/25/17-Champion Joe and Kasey are interviewed about their collaboration, "Blind Love," on the podcast "The Dark Tome"! Enjoy!
05/25/17-Champion Joe sends congratulations to the graduates of the 2017 class of Laguna College of Art and Design — he was honored to give the commencement address this week!
05/11/17-Champion Joe says, "When you have a story to write, be careful you're not so excited you talk it out. And besides, most stories, especially told in detail, can bore a person to death. The story is in the actual written story. You can use all your jet fuel talking about what you plan to do. It's best to do it, then let the final product loose in the world. It will be enjoyed more."
05/11/17-Texas State magazine says, "No other writer — in Texas or any other state in the union — can switch between gut-bursting humor and nail-biting suspense with as much heart and grace as [Joe] Lansdale." To read the entire piece — which is a review of Hap & Leonard: Blood and Lemonade — just click here!
05/11/17-If you liked The Bottoms, All the Earth Thrown to the Sky, Edge of Dark Water, or The Boar, you may also like A Fine Dark Line!
05/04/17-Champion Joe says, "This is how writing works for me. Don't wait for inspiration. That is an animal that can only be let out of the cage by showing up at the writing space. And the more you show up, the more you train inspiration to show up. Wait for it to arrive on its own, it might be a while. Have a regular time and show up on time, and try to write one good sentence, and that, for me, generally leads to two, and then several pages. Show up with a love for what you do. It's work, but it should be work of your choosing, and therefore showing up is easier. You are only a writer if you write."
05/04/17-Get ready to Mambo! "Hap & Leonard: Season 3!"
05/04/17-In honor of "Hap & Leonard: Season 3," we're running a special on the first-edition hardback of Two-Bear Mambo. $25, signed. Price includes shipping and handling in the US, and can be personalized. For international orders, ask before paying. Contact Kasey to reserve your treasures!
04/27/17-Hey, Hap & Leonard heads! This one has fallen through the cracks a little, and a lot of folks think because it has the header Hap and Leonard, it's the same as last years book titled Hap and Leonard, but this has a secondary title -- Blood and Lemonade -- and it's a different book, and it's about Hap and Leonard in their youth. Check it out here from the publisher, and you can buy it through Barnes and Noble and Amazon and through other book sources, or you can order it at your favorite book store.
04/27/17-Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff"! Johnny Cash's "Wayfaring Stranger"! Kasey Lansdale's "Back of My Smile"! Those are just some of the songs from "Hap & Leonard: Mucho Mojo"!
04/27/17-In Alive in Shape and Color, a follow-up to In Sunlight or In Shadow, Lawrence Block has gathered together the best talent from popular fiction to produce an anthology featuring stories inspired by 16 paintings by great artists. Besides our own Champion Joe, the line-up includes Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, David Morrell, and Jeffery Deaver.
04/20/17-In October, IDW will release the first Hap & Leonard graphic novel, Savage Season! Check in out!
04/20/17-Back in the 1970s, before Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale was a Champion Mojo Storyteller, he worked for a duck.
04/20/17-Read an interview with Joe! Listen to an interview with Joe! You can do both here!
04/13/17-On May 16th, Titan Books will release the new anthology Dark Cities, edited by Christopher Golden, simultaneously in North America and the U.K. The book includes "Dark Hill Run," by Champion Joe and Kasey Lansdale. Pre-order your copy now!
04/06/17-A new story of young Hap & Leonard? Hell, yes! Say, Thank you, SundanceTV, and click here.
03/30/17-The Dark Tome has released an audio adaptation of "Blind Love," written by Champion Joe and Kasey Lansdale -- andit includes music by Kasey! So much goodness couldn't fit into one file, so click here for the first part, and click here for the conclusion!
03/30/17-What?! You've already missed three episodes of "Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo"?! Catch up here!
03/23/17-Want a free taste of Hap & Leonard: Blood and Lemonade? Samples being served here.
03/16/17-"Bill seemed as if he had grown up next door. Kind and considerate as he could be. Not a movie star bone in him. He made everyone comfortable." To read all of Joe Lansdale's tribute to Bill Paxton, click here.
03/09/17-"Joe R. Lansdale has a wicked way with words. Of the many memorable passages in Rusty Puppy, his new Hap and Leonard novel, not one of them can be reprinted in a family newspaper. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, small-town East Texas private detectives, say the filthiest things. Some of it is good-natured banter between buddies; the rest is don’t-mess-with-me trash talk. And they don’t just talk dirty. They fight dirty, too."n To read the rest of the review from the Star-Telegram, click here. And to order your copy of Rusty Puppy, click here!
02/26/17-From Champion Joe: "Today sucks. Fine actor and friend Bill Paxton has died. I feel so sorry for his family. Bill was a truly fine human being and a standup guy."
02/16/17-Hap and Leonard are among the nominees for a GLAAD Award! To read about them, and all the nominees, click here.
02/16/17-Book Reporter says Rusty Puppy is "filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing." To read the entire review, click here! And to be the first on your block to know what's gonna happen in "Hap & Leonard Season 12" on Sundance, preorder your copy of Rusty Puppy today!
01/12/17-Booklist says, with Rusty Puppy, "Readers will laugh at some particularly profane smart-ass repartee and then want to cover their eyes a couple sentences later as the violence explodes. Another fine entry in a great series." To read the entire review, click here! And to be president of your local "Hap & Leonard" fan club, preorder your copy of Rusty Puppy today!
01/12/17-Champion Joe says David Morrell's Victorian mystery trilogy featuring Opium-Eater is worth checking out ... so check it out!
01/05/17-Publishers Weekly says that, in Rusty Puppy, "As always, Lansdale spins a wild, rollicking yarn, but behind all the mayhem is a heartfelt tale about friendship, brotherhood, loyalty, and family." To read the entire review, click here! And click here to preorder your copy of Rusty Puppy today!
01/05/17-You might call this a New Year's Resolution piece. You might call it "The Drowned Man." Either way, Happy New Year!
01/05/17-You loved Honky Tonk Samurai? Then you'll love this limited-edition release of Honky Tonk Samurai!
12/22/16-Champion Joe is taking his Rusty Puppy for a walk. He's hitting more than dozen bookstores to promote the latest Hap & Leonard novel, including stops in Georgia, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, and, of course, Texas. To get the full list of dates and locations, click here!
11/24/16-Champion Joe's short story "The Projectionist" tells the story of the young usherette in Edward Hopper's painting "New York Movie." You'll find it in...
11/17/16-Publishers Weekly calls Coco Butternut an "infectious, darkly funny slice of weirdness" ... Kirkus says "the slide from fizzy East Texas comedy to deeper waters is so deftly managed that you’ll be chuckling all the way to the graveyard." Pre-order your copy of Coco Butternut, a new Hap & Leonard novella, coming from Subterranean in January 2017!
11/17/16-Kirkus also had nice things to say about Dead on the Bones: "Lansdale pays homage to the pulp writers who inspired him in this loving collection of stories. ... This act of a writer's love becomes a show of generosity for the audience."
11/17/16-"[The Happily Stupid] make their decisions based on what some folks call going with their gut, which of course is nonsense. The gut can't even make intelligent dinner choices, and considering the preponderance of stomach acid reducers on the market, should be immediately suspect." Read the entirety of Champion Joe's latest in the Texas Observer!
11/03/16-Champion Joe offers writing tips now and again on his Facebook page. So if you're interested in writing tips, you can read some of them here, where they were archived by Tacker Cochrane. Champion Joe stresses that these are suggestions. Don't like it, don't do it. Got a way that works better for you, do it. If you feel you want to try something new, that your method isn't working, these ideas might help, or point you in the right direction.
11/03/16-"Act of Love is a raw book. A high-wire act by a then-emerging writer. A significant stage in Joe's evolution, going back more than a decade. You can see the struggle for mastery. And the refusal to surrender. Is it his 'best' work? I don't think so. With Joe Lansdale, naming anything his 'best' is a judgment subject to rebuttal. Not just because reasonable people could disagree, especially given his huge body of work, but because Joe's working all the time. He may be swimming at the horizon of writing perfection ... but he's not getting tired." To read the rest of Andrew Vachss' foreword to Act of Love, click here. And to read the book itself, click here.
11/03/16-Collectors of limited editions, now is your chance: Paradise Sky!
11/03/16-Champion Joe's birthday was last week, and Unbound Worlds sent this really kind birthday card!
11/03/16-Kasey, Karen, and Joe with the legendary Kris Kristofferson!
10/27/16-The Highway Kind is an anthology of thrilling crime stories about cars, driving, and the road, featuring stories by Luis Alberto Urrea, Ace Atkins, C.J. Box, Michael Connelly, Diana Gabaldon, Sara Gran, George Pelecanos, James Sallis, Ben H. Winters, and oue own Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale. Check it out!
10/20/16-Not sure what you're doing this Halloween? May we submit, for your consideration, Bubba Ho-Tep.
10/13/16-When the mummified corpse of a beloved prize-winning dachshund named Coco Butternut is stolen from her final resting place, Hap and Leonard are hired by the owner to get her body back. It's Coco Butternut, a new Hap & Leonard novella, coming from Subterranean in January 2017!
10/13/16-Jamar was a straight-A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force in his East Texas town. Now he’s dead, and Hap and Leonard have been hired to find his killer. It's Rusty Puppy, a new Hap & Leonard novel, coming from Mulholland Books in February 2017!
10/13/16-Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade (Tachyon, March 2017) brings together the origins of Champion Joe's popular Texan crime-fighting duo. These new, familiar, and definitive adventures show once and for all how two pissed-off young men became one heck of a bad-ass team. Check it out!
10/13/16-Looking for some good seasonal reading? Check out "13 Halloween Books You Should Read (If You Dare)"!
10/13/16-Check out Champion Joe's latest from the Texas Observer: "Why My East Texas Neighbors are Voting for Trump — It’s not because they’re stupid rednecks."
09/29/16-"Brian Dennehy To Recur On ‘Hap & Leonard’ Season 2" on October 8!
09/29/16-Scream Factory is releasing a new version of Bubba Ho-tep, featuring new audio commentary by Champion Joe! Check it out!
09/29/16-It was twenty years ago today... Check out Champion Joe's comic-book collaboration with Mark Nelson: Blood & Shadows!
09/22/16-Champion Joe says, "I've got a feeling Irma Hall is going to be the delight of Season Two of Hap and Leonard. She is a fabulous actress. This is not to take away from any of the other fine actors in the series, but I do love me some Irma Hall."
09/22/16-Missed Bouchercon? Watch an askew panel with Champion Joe here!
09/15/16-Irma P. Hall, Dohn Norwood, Tiffany Mack, and Cranston Johnson join "Hap & Leonard" Season 2! Check it out.
09/15/16-Champion Joe says, "Mongrels. Read last night. Holy cow. A really super werewolf book. I think it's the best I've read in the genre. I admit there aren't that many great ones, but this is THE ONE for me. Check it out. Go Stephen."
08/11/16-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 "Hap & 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.
08/11/16-Champion Joe spoke with Necrocasticon about Hap & Leonard, The Drive-In, his Tarzan novel, splatterpunk, Bizzaro, crime noir, and pulp adventure! Listen here!
08/04/16-Season two of "Hap and Leonard," coming out from the Sundance Channel early next year, is based on this novel in the series.
08/04/16-Kasey's latest EP is on sale now!
07/28/16-Champion Joe says, "I have avoided saying anything about this until I understood the family's position, but I think I can say something about it now. My dear friend, our family's friend, Bill Crider, is going through some bad times due to cancer. His wonderful wife Judy, a good friend of ours, died not too long ago, and if that wasn't enough, now Bill is suffering with something similar. The Crider family is our family, and the Lansdale's love them. Bill and I have had many hours of laughs and entertainment, and we have been great friends since the late seventies. I only hope the best for him and his family, and for those who know him, I know you feel the same. Bill is one of the best liked men I have ever known. I've never heard a bad word said about him, and never should there be one. On top of that, he is a fine writer of crime stories and mysteries, my favorites being the Sheriff Rhodes novels. To Angela and Alan, his daughter and son, if you need something, reach out. We love you guys. And please tell Bill he is constantly in our thoughts."
07/21/16-New Hap & Leonard! Pre-order Rusty Puppy now!
07/21/16-Heads up, Italy! You'll want to check out the Mucho Mojo Book Club!
07/21/16-If you like Champion Joe's short stories, you'll like the fact that Dover is releasing a new edition of By Bizarre Hands!
07/14/16-Hey, animal lovers! Here's an anthology you might be interested in. Champion Joe has a story in it, alongside many fine writers in it. Check it out!
07/07/16-Champion Joe says, "Okay, I may be out of step with the critics, but I loved The Legend of Tarzan. I think, in fact, it's the best Tarzan movie ever. I love the way the backstory was slipped in, and I loved the way Tarzan and Jane were handled. I would hope it's the first of other Tarzan movies, though that may not be the case according to critics. I, as an old fan of Tarzan, loved the update and thought it fit in the modern world while still being of the old world, the world of Tarzan. Would love to see more of these, and have some of the fantastic elements slipped in. Best Tarzan and Jane ever, and best Tarzan movie ever, and that's from a guy that thought the last great Tarzan film was Tarzan and His Mate."
07/07/16-From The Guardian: "Top 10 novels about deranged killers."
06/30/16-The headline you've been waiting for! "Sundance renews 'Hap and Leonard' for Season 2"
06/30/16-And in case you didn't catch it the first time ... "SundanceTV Renews 'Hap and Leonard' for Season 2"
06/30/16-Kasey is featured on this Horrible Imaginings podcast, talking about music, horror, and growing up Lansdale!
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-Kasey Lansdale on CBS! Check it out:
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-Last Night a Superhero Saved My Life is a collection of essays about the impact of super-hero comics on a lot of writers, including Champion Joe.
06/09/16-Mark Gunnells wrote A Love Letter to Joe R. Lansdale. Now all the world knows how he really feels.
06/09/16-What? You didn't know Champion Joe's Cold in July was adapted to film? Where you been? Well, it's now available on Netflix!
06/02/16-"Hap & Leonard" season two, anybody? You bet!
06/02/16-It's a cat video and a Patsy Cline cover! From Kasey Lansdale!
05/12/16-Check out Timothy Truman's cover painting for Dead on the Bone, a pulp collection coming later this year from Subterranean Press:
05/12/16-Champion Joe and Killer Kasey have co-written The Case of the Bleeding Wall!
05/12/16-Shooting the shit with Joe R. Lansdale. Nuff said.
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!
04/28/16-Place your pre-orders now for Kasey's new EP!
04/21/16-Here's a link to some Hap & Leonard music. More to follow later this year. Haven't even touched on Lefty Frizzell yet.
04/21/16-Champion Joe says, "That's right, there's a new Andrew Vachss novel. Check it out!"
04/07/16-Hap & Leonard comics? You bet!
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-"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?
03/03/16-And check out this "Hap & Leonard" animation!
02/25/16-Champion Joe's Honkytonk Samurai has gone into a second printing! Thank you for making this new Hap & Leonard book a hit!
02/25/16-Champion Joe was interviewed on the NPR radio show "Fresh Air!"
02/25/16-Sundance TV asked Champion Joe six questions — here are the answers!
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."
02/18/16-If you're a fan of 1970s rock, Champion Joe says you'll want to check out his friend's GoFundMe project!
02/18/16-And speaking of Joe's friends ... have you seen Bruce Campbell's "Ash vs. Evil Dead"?
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-Watch the Sundance Channel behind-the-scenes video for next month's "Hap & Leonard" TV series:
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!
01/28/16-Watch the Access Hollywood sneak peak of the Sundance Channel's new "Hap & Leonard" TV series:
01/21/16-On sale now! The limited edition of Paradise Sky:
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!
01/07/16-And that goes for all our friends in Italy, too! Here's an Italian review of Honkytonk Samurai!
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!
12/10/15-Champion Joe received the Raymond Chandler Award at the Courmayeur Noir In Festival: check it out!
12/03/15-Check out Champion Joe's "Santa Explains" in the first volume of Christmas Horror, available for preorder from Dark Regions Press!
12/03/15-Here's your chance to win a "Hap and Leonard" prize pack from the Sundance Channel! Entries accepted until December 14!
12/03/15-Dark Regions interviewed Champion Joe! Listen in here!
11/26/15-No need to be blue! Here comes Steam Man#2!
11/26/15-Thankful for family:
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!
11/05/15-Coming February, 2016: a new Hap and Leonard novel, Honkytonk Samurai!
11/05/15-Champion Joe says, "NOW WE'RE TALKING. Ladies and gentlemen, my brother, ANDREW VACHSS":
10/15/15-The Steam Man comics adaptation is almost here! In the meantime, read this interview about it!
10/08/15-First Look! James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams in "Hap and Leonard!"
10/08/15-And you can catch up with Hap and Leonard with this collection of short stories, due in March 2016!
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!)
10/08/15-You liked Paradise Sky? You'll love this limited edition!
10/01/15-Champion Joe made the map!
10/01/15-Kasey plays Boston!
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.
09/10/15-Sundance TV wants to know: What's your favorite Hap and Leonard novel?
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-Paradise Sky is among the Houston Chronicle's favorite books of the year (so far)!
07/30/15-Champion Joe says, "Sometimes it's hard to understand people and their desire to kill wild animals." Sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil the Lion.
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:
07/09/15-Champion Joe says, "This is long overdue and I'm happy it has happened. Gay marriage is legal."
07/09/15-What?! You didn't know Champion Joe was one of the Speculative Poets of Texas? Well, you do now.
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 Sky here!
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!
04/02/15-Hey, German fans! Die Nacht der lebenden Texte says that Cold in July is Viel mehr als ein Rachethriller!
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.
03/26/15-Richard Christian Matheson and David Schow with Champion Joe, from what's fondly called "the day." (And with Karen and Avatar, below!)
03/19/15-Last week, Variety announced that Michael K. Williams would portray Leonard in the Sundance Channel adaptation of Champion Joe's Hap and Leonard series. So who's playing Hap? You'll have to wait for that. But here's who is playing Howard from Savage Season. And if you need to catch up on the books, you can do that here.
03/12/15-From Variety: Michael K. Williams To Star In Hap and Leonard
03/12/15-And from before that announcement ... check out the Leonard cover Ken Laager painted for the Rogues collection:
03/05/15-You missed the Nacogdoches Film Festival?! Here's what you missed:
03/05/15-Champion Joe's got a Christmas book in the works, and it's not for kids. Adults only. Check it out:
02/26/15-Ever wonder what East Texas looks like? Wonder at this!
02/26/15-Want a ton of Subterranean ebooks (including Champion Joe's Black Hat Jack) for not a lot of money? Click here!
02/26/15-Champion Joe went on The Chauncey DeVega Show to talk about Bubba Ho-Tep, Cold in July, and living a creative life. Listen here!
02/19/15-Champion Joe's friend David Morrell has a new book coming out from Mulholland. Check out Inspector of the Dead!
02/19/15-Earthling Publications is producing a limited, signed edition of The Thicket! If you're looking for something really nice and special, this edition is it. Ken Laager's art is fantastic.
02/12/15-Damn! Check it out! Kasey Lansdale interview in Billboard!
02/12/15-One thousand words by each of 100 authors: that's the flash-fiction anthology Baby Shoes. If you want that book to be a reality, click here!
02/05/15-Click here to read an interview with Jim Mickle on Cold in July and "Hap and Leonard," forthcoming on The Sundance Channel.
02/05/15-Check it out! Champion Joe's very first photo in a newspaper!
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:
01/22/15-Van Gogh's Ear Volume 9 includes interviews with both Champion Joe and Kasey! Check it out!
01/22/15-Champion Joe says, "Paradise Sky, forthcoming. I can't begin to say how pleased I am with this book, one I have wanted to write for over thirty years, and now, I have. Check it out here."
01/15/15-The Florida Times-Union selected The Thicket as one of the best books of 2014! Check it out!
01/15/15-Kasey Lansdale was voted best local singer/songwriter!
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!
01/08/15-If your New Year's resolution was to read more ebooks by Champion Joe, here's the place to go!
01/01/15-About time, and long overdue: "The First Legal Gay Marriage in Texas."
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-A Christmas memory, from Joe to you!
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-Heads up, Los Angeles! Champion Joe will be there March 22 for the 35th Annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show and Sale!
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!
12/04/14-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!
11/20/14-The film adaptation of "By the Hair of the Head" garnered five awards at the AFM and Zed Fest film festival in Burbank! And to celebrate...
11/13/14-Hap & Leonard is on at Sundance!!
11/13/14-Kasey's hanging with Bill Paxton! And Bill Paxton's working on adapting The Bottoms to film!
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