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08/04/22-The Mucho Mojo graphic novel hit bookstores this week! Did you get your copy?

08/04/22-Heads up, Austin! Champion Joe is there this weekend for Armadillocon and he'd love to see you!

08/04/22-Grandma claimed Daddy has what she called the Sight. Maybe he could see the future but was just too stupid to do anything about it. It's an excerpt from "Edge of Dark Water" and it's the Totally Free Mojo Story of the Week! Enjoy!

07/28/22-"I did it because I wanted to celebrate Joe, that’s what it is. If it turns more people on to him, that’s great. He doesn’t need my help with that. It’s just a matter of getting his name out there to people who might not have heard of him. That’s great, it’s been really rewarding. They’re all telling me about all the books they’ve read." That's Hansi Oppenheimer on her reason for making the documentary "All Hail the Popcorn King." To read the rest of the interview with her and Champion Joe, check out this piece on Cemetery Dance!

07/28/22-"You know who your friends are. They’re the ones who keep your secrets or your car keys when you need them to. They’ll loan you five minutes or $5, tell you when your ideas are good and your breath is bad, and can be counted on, but never out. You’d like to think they’d even take a bullet for you but, as in the novel The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale, you hope you’ll never have to know." To read the entire review, from the Pahrump Valley Times, click here! And to get your own copy of The Thicket, click here! (And that way, you'll know all about it before Noomi Rapace, Charlie Plummer, and Sophia Lillis join Peter Dinklage for the movie adaptation, which has been delayed due to the pandemic but will hopefully start rolling this year.)

07/28/22-BookReporter says, "Amidst the worst flood East Texas has seen in years, Hap and Leonard run across a woman who's had her tongue nearly cut out in a failed mob hit, and is trying to avoid them finishing the job. On a chase that blows back East Texas swampgrass, Hap and Leonard try to save the girl without getting themselves killed in the process. The Elephant of Surprise is rich with Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventure." Get it here!

07/21/22-"Joe Lansdale shares what it was like experiencing the Elvis cultural phenomenon as a young man; the power of black music and Presley’s relationship to it; youth culture and sex; and Luhrmann’s new movie as a work of art and a type of true lie." If that sounds like your jam, listen to this episode of "The Chauncey DeVega Show"!

07/21/22-Check out this interview with Champion Joe's brother, John L. Lansdale!

07/14/22-Champion Joe wants all his fellow Edgar Rice Burroughs fans to know about this special letterpress edition of At the Earth’s Core!

07/14/22-This December, University Press of Mississippi will release Conversations with Joe R. Lansdale by Andrew J. Rausch and Mark Slade. The book compiles interviews from newspapers, magazines, and podcasts conducted throughout Champion Joe's prolific career, including conversations with noted peers like Robert McCammon and James Grady; two podcast transcripts that have never before appeared in print; and a brand-new interview, exclusive to the volume. In addition to shedding light on his body of literary work and process as a writer, this collection also shares Lansdale’s thoughts on comics, atheism, and martial arts. Reserve your copy now!

07/07/22-Available for $2.99 on Kindle for a limited time! Publishers Weekly called Edge of Dark Water a "chillingly atmospheric stand-alone," and the reviewer at Library Journal said it "puts me in mind of Daniel Woodrell with a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird." The New York Journal of Books said it "has all the potential of becoming a classic, read by generations to come." It was picked as one of the 100 best novels of 2012 by Kirkus. Booklist placed it among the year's Best Adult Books for Young Adults. The Boston Globe listed it among the ten best crime books of 2012 and LitReactor included it among the best of 2012. You can read an excerpt by clicking here, and you can order your copy here!

06/30/22-Champion Joe says, "Of Tim Bryant's cool and unique books, Bywater may well be the coolest. Loved it."

06/30/22-And while you're checking out other books, add Stephen Mertz's Say it was Murder to that list!

06/30/22-Champion Joe’s personal favorite of his novels is Paradise Sky, which was described as “a rip-roaring tale" by the Los Angeles Times; a “rollicking adventure” by Publishers Weekly; “a remarkable achievement, an instant classic of Western lit” by The Dallas News; "exciting, inspiring, surreal, and heartbreaking" by The Examiner; "a full-blooded western, served up unapologetically and masterfully" by BookReporter; “rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and often quite moving” by Booklist, and “a winner” by Library Journal. When it was released in 2015, The Houston Chronicle declared, “Lansdale has unleashed something remarkable,” while The New York Journal of Books said, “[T]he action is only outgunned by the author's tilt for beautiful literary prose.” To all of these accolades, Kirkus added, “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.” Take heed, indeed. To get your own copy of this 2016 Spur Award winner, click here!

06/16/22-All hail Champion Mojo Instagrammer Joe R. Lansdale!

06/16/22-Back in the nineties, Champion Joe's "The Events Concerning a Nude Fold-Out Found in a Harlequin Romance" received a Bram Stoker Award and appeared to be the start of a series. But it wasn't. So now we’re taking a time machine back to the original story, involving jobless Plebin Cook, his daughter Jasmine, a used-bookstore owner named Martha, circus dogs, mannequins, and a serial killer, and we’re adding a quirky, short novel, "The Events Concerning Two Stabbed Clowns in a Bloody Bathtub." The novel is wilder than the original tale and answers the question: What did Plebin and the gang do next? Check out The Events Concerning, coming this fall from Subterranean Press!

06/09/22-Champion Joe's "Sweet Potato" is one of 29 tales of monsters and the monstrous in Screams from the Dark, a new anthology from Ellen Datlow!

06/09/22-Get ready for something sweet. The Donut Legion by Joe R. Lansdale. March 2023.

06/09/22-The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2022 Locus Awards ... and they've included Moon Lake for best horror novel! Check it out!

Joe R. Lansdale on Austin Liti Limits from Larry Brill on Vimeo.

06/09/22-Ghost Stories LIVE! is a free show telecast on YouTube and Facebook presented bi-monthly at Blue Umbrella Books, a brick-and-mortar indie bookshop in Westfield, MA. They are raising funds to support the bookshop they've made their home, and giving an opportunity to their far-flung friends who cannot personally patronize the shop to still ensure that great events are produced and shared there. Want to help? click here!

06/02/22-Champion Joe says, "We had a wonderful experience with family and our friend Antonello Grimaldi experiencing the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana for the first time as we presented the new book, Moon Lake. If you're ever in Milan, I recommend you stop by. Tell them Joe sent you."

05/19/22-Conversations with Joe R. Lansdale brings together interviews from newspapers, magazines, and podcasts conducted throughout the prolific author’s career. The collection includes conversations between Lansdale and other noted peers like Robert McCammon and James Grady; two podcast transcripts that have never before appeared in print; and a brand-new interview, exclusive to the volume. In addition to shedding light on his body of literary work and process as a writer, this collection also shares Lansdale’s thoughts on comics, atheism, and martial arts. Check it out! Shipping December 2022!

05/12/22-"[O]ne of [Vertigo]’s first notable little hits didn’t just reject any kind of sex appeal, it took down its drawers and took a giant turd on the very idea. In fact, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Truman and Sam Glanzman’s revival of the classic Western character Jonah Hex were arguably the least sexy comics Vertigo ever published, revelling in filth and dirt to a truly disquieting degree." To read all of Robert Smith's "Ornery, Dusty, and Gross: The Oddball Jonah Hex Comics of DC’s Vertigo Imprint," click here!

05/05/22-Congratulations to Champion Joe on his Bram Stoker Award nomination for "Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection" for Apache Witch and Other Poetic Observations! You can read a bit about the five nominees by clicking here!

04/28/22-The most evil and powerful criminals in the world are sequestered in a prison on a remote island. When that island is rocked by a violent storm, the prison staff goes out looking for a missing member of their crew. But instead they find the burial site of prisoner 489 -- a prisoner who required multiple surges of electricity for his execution -- has been unearthed. And the body that was inside is nowhere to be found. Champion Joe's Prisoner 489 is now available as an ebook as well as a paperback!

04/28/22-Champion Joe swung by "The Bookshop Podcast" -- listen here!

04/28/22-Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews says Born for Trouble is "like slipping into a pair of comfortable old shoes, which ... may also happen to be a little bloodstained." Library Journal says, "This is the 20th 'Hap and Leonard' book and it’s just as good and fresh as the first, offering high voltage action mixed with down-home humor." Ace Atkins says, "Lansdale isn’t just a brilliant storyteller with heart, he’s also funny as hell, with tales of mummified dachshunds, homicidal bookmobiles, and a psychopathic hunt club. [Born for Trouble] is an absolute blast and a gift to all of us devoted fans." Ed Brubaker says, "Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard stories are right up there with Richard Stark’s Parker books to me ... Born for Trouble is yet another masterclass in how it’s done." Dave Writes and Draws says, "Settling down with this collection is like getting together with old, cherished friends — the kind of friends who you just know are going to get you in trouble, and you just don't care." S.A. Cosby says it's "a road map through 20th-century crime fiction, and your guides are two of the greatest, most intriguing characters ever created, Hap and Leonard. Rambunctious, complex, and endlessly fascinating, these two best friends offer a clear yet sometimes painful view of America in general, and East Texas in particular." Michael Langston says, "Not since the late great Elmore Leonard has a writer so completely revamped the genre of crime-fiction — Lansdale takes it to places it's never been before in ways you never imagined." Ginger Nuts of Horror says, "This is binge-worthy stuff!" So ... what say you?

04/28/22-When you meet him, Hap Collins seems just like a good ol’ boy. But even in his misspent youth, his best pal was Leonard Pine: black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Together, they have mostly found their way as partners in crime-solving and, at least as often, as hired muscle.As Hap wrestles with his new identity as a father, and Leonard finds love in a long-term relationship, the boys continue their crime-solving shenanigans. They uncover the sordid secret of a missing bookmobile, compete in a warped version of the Most Dangerous Game, regroup after Hap’s visit to the psychologist goes terribly awry, and much more. So sit yourself back and settle in - Born for Trouble is East Texas mayhem as only the master mojo storyteller Lansdale could possibly tell. Available now from Tachyon Press!

04/28/22-Champion Joe is one of more than twenty contributors to Revelations: Horror Writers for Climate Action! Whether you're a fan or horror or a fan of the climate, this one's for you!

04/28/22-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, available in audio, as performed by Kasey Lansdale! Check it out!

04/21/22-This week, "Staring Into The Abyss" — the roundtable podcast about all things horror — dissects Champion Joe's "Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back"! Listen here!

04/21/22-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, Texas 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. The wild wind blows boxer John McBride into town, a white prize fighter with seemingly superhuman fury and skill. As black boxer Jack "Li'l Arthur" Johnson prepares to fight this fierce opponent, the storm closes in. If he can survive the ring and the vicious undercurrents of the Jim Crow south, Li'l Arthur will still have to fight his way through the storm winds, the rising flood waters, and the violent night. On September 8th, 1900, a hurricane ripped apart Galveston, Texas, killing nearly 8,000 people and nearly obliterating the town. Lansdale's The Big Blow brings dimension to many who lost their lives that day, and a few who survived.

04/21/22-Champion Joe says, "Friend, actor, and author Bruce Campbell writes a funny satire that I greatly enjoyed. Light, but insightful." Check out House Divided: A Political Satire!

04/21/22-Champion Joe says, "Met an author at a signing in Vernon named Roger Browning. He gave me two of his books. They are unique. The Reckoning of Rance and Last of the Knowers. I think they are worth you checking out. Unique, almost experimental at times. He has written hundreds of novels by hand that he threw away. Interesting fellow. I liked him. Anyway, check him out."

04/14/22-Announcing the official line-up for The Drive-In:Multiplex — a tribute to Champion's The Drive-In trilogy, with blood and popcorn. Featuring all-new stories and novellas. Edited by Christopher Golden and Brian Keene. Signed, limited edition hardcover. Published by Thunderstorm Books Pre-orders begin this summer!

04/14/22-One death is only the beginning for Tom and his wife Kelly who witness a fast-driving car killing their innocent neighbor in the street. Hot in December by Champion Joe is a fast-paced psychological thriller in the vein of Dean Koontz and Lee Child -- check it out!

04/07/22-What would it look like if George R.R. Martin, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Champion Joe stayed up a bit late one night, eating greasy popcorn, drinking Dr. peppers, and talking about Howard Waldrop? Maybe something like this:

04/07/22-Adrenalin-charged horror and vintage Lansdale at its finest, The Nightrunners is brutally violent. Part pulp-noir, part splatter, this is a tale of survival and revenge. In this newly reimagined collection alongside the original 1987 novel, the reader is treated to two additional stories inspired by the novel, including the first appearance of the God of the Razor. Check it out!

04/07/22-Black is the Night is an anthology of exclusive new short stories in tribute to the master of pulp-era crime writing, Cornell Woolrich. It's a gritty and thrilling anthology of 28 new stories by authors including Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, James Sallis, AK Benedict, Samantha Lee Howe, and our very own Champion Joe! Joe R. Lansdale and many more. Check it out!

03/31/22-Champion Joe says, "I want to thank everyone who picked up a copy of Born for Trouble, and all my works, really. It's been fun to see the boys come together again and hear from so many of you about your time with them. These stories were available so briefly in different collections, it's a joy to see them all in one place for anyone who may have missed them previously. Bringing stories together that were only briefly available in limiteds and small runs in this way allows for an affordable edition for the more casual reader who may not be picking up those hardbound collections. I appreciate the continued support, and look forward to what's coming around the bend..."

03/10/22-Hey, Italy! Your edition of Moon Lake is out now. Godere! Luca Briasco -- who translates Champion Joe's books into Italian -- was online and answering questions in support of the release of Moon Lake! Check it out!

03/03/22-Champion Joe says, "I STAND WITH UKRAINE." He adds, "Being for Ukraine is not the same as being for war. I could find things to dislike about most sides. But Putin is clearly the aggressor here. He can end it by stopping. Hitler could have stopped from invading Poland, but he didn't. I'm anti-war, but there are times when you do take a stand against aggression, and you want it stopped before it broadens. I think sanctions are the right approach, and supporting the Ukrainians with weapons and food. Those with magic wands who can stop it by that method, wave those wands. Otherwise, we have to hope sanctions drive out the Russians and the war doesn't spread."

02/03/22-Want a signed copy of Born for Trouble? Murder by the Book can help you out.

02/24/22-Del Howison is a journalist, author, and the Bram Stoker Award-winning editor of the anthology Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World’s Greatest Horror Writers. He's also the latest author to join Pandi Press! Check it out!

02/24/22-Congratulations to Champion Joe on his latest Bram Stoker Award nomination, for "Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection" for Apache Witch and Other Poetic Observations!

02/17/22-Fantasy & Science Fiction says that High Cotton collects "the stories that built Lansdale's reputation as one of the most audacious writers... [O]nly for the strong at heart, the fearless reader who can face its powerful subject matter as unflinchingly as did the author." The Denver Post says, "The tales are as weird and hard-edged." High Cotton is a strange mixture of dark crime, even darker humor, and adventure tales. The stories are varied in setting and theme, but they are all 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.” Check it out!

02/17/22-"Put your ass in a chair and write. My own advice is that, and write like everyone you know is dead. Write for yourself, and then hope others like it." This and more from Champion Joe in his interview with AdviceToWriters.com!

02/17/22-The Big Blow! Freezer Burn! A Fine Dark Line! Three of Champion Joe's classics, all available now from Pandi Press!

02/10/22-Champion Joe says, "I love comics, but I’ve satisfied a lot of my itch there, but now and again I get a bit of comic hives and I want to scratch. I would and probably will do more comic work. I no longer have any characters I’m dying to do, as I’ve done many, but who knows. A Batman comic would be fun." To read the entire interview Joe did with Cat Rambo, click here!

02/10/22-Kirkus called A Fine Dark Line a "Funny, scary, heartwarming, heart-pounding, Tom Sawyer–ish, Huck Finn–ish, provocative, evocative, sometimes actually wise: the best ever from talented Lansdale -- a genre-crossing tour de force to spark the most jaded appetites." To get your copy, click here!

02/03/22-Champion Joe says, "We lost our lovely red-nose pit bull, NICKY, to bladder cancer. He was almost nine years old. I learned from having him that we are especially fond of pit bulls. They are great dogs. We miss him terribly. Someday, another.... Someday."

02/03/22-Champion Joe says, "Keith and I at a '50s diner on a road trip not too long ago. We're in California here. Not far down the street was an identical diner. I can't remember their names, but they were something like Betty Lou's and Bobby Sue's."

02/03/22-In a starred review, Booklist says More Better Deals is "a triple helping of gore (served with a soupçon of absurdist humor) ... Lansdale really makes this used car purr." The New York Times Book Review says "The plot is pure James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, but steeped in hillbilly noir." Publishers Weekly says More Better Deals is a "highly enjoyable hardboiled tale set in 1960s Texas ... Populated with an admirable array of laughable miscreants, this droll, savage novel is vintage Lansdale. The author’s storytelling powers remain as strong as ever." And BookReporter says it's "a gripping tale of the strange characters and odd dealings that define 1960s East Texas." Strap yourself in, 'cause this car is on the road now!

02/03/22-Locus included Moon Lake on its "Recommended Reading" list of 2021 horror books! In a starred review, Booklist says Moon Lake is "a 'Gothic gumbo' that layers a coming-of-age story within a plot encompassing ritualistic murder and racism at its most virulent," and they add that "Lansdale has long been a master of blending realistic human drama with elements of horror, and he's at it again here." This new novel is "rich with mystery, horror imagery, and the trademarked Lansdale humor," according to Ronald Koltnow, and Publishers Weekly calls it a "thought-provoking crime novel ... [with] Texas dialect [that] is pitch-perfect," and "the secrets are juicy, the characters vivid, and the atmosphere is as thick as an East Texas night." The New York Times says it's "a winning mixture of curiosity, hesitancy and gumption." Jason Bovberg says, "every time you immerse yourself into a new Lansdale yarn, you know you’re going to be transported into his own fascinatingly peculiar tone, that easy drawl, whether it’s embedded in a sweaty east-Texas crime yarn, or thrumming inside a supernatural western, or serving a high-flying fantasy filled with talking apes and militarized dirigibles. It’s always like he’s relaxing right in front of you, telling you his story with a crooked smile and a dark twinkle in his eye." Library Journal declares, "Lansdale does it again with this evocative, moody, and earthy rendering of a small Texas town with many secrets waiting to be uncovered." BookPage says, in protagonist Daniel Rusell, "Lansdale ... has created yet another character worthy of a series." BookReporter calls Moon Lake "a work of historical fiction that combines mystery and thriller elements with a love story and even some horror to boot." Dave Writes & Draws says, "[T]he characters, both the good guys and the bad, are complex, thoughtful creations. ... we’re treated to a breakneck plot, action that will indeed quicken your pulse, and scenes to veer hard towards straight-up horror." Shelf-Awareness says, "Lansdale's mindful mixing of the bright and the brutal ... keeps fans clamoring for more." Order your copy now!

02/03/22-Daniel Russell was only thirteen years old when his father tried to kill them both by driving their car into Moon Lake. Now Daniel returns to the site, to try to put the traumatic incident behind him by recovering his father's car and bones. But he discovers something even more shocking among the wreckage: a twenty-year-old relic that has ties to a series of strange murders. Moon Lake, a standalone novel by Champion Joe, is available now. Find your copy here!

01/27/22-"Big Lizards, Tiger Kings & Other Weird Fiction." If this title of the recent episode of "The Brig" isn't enough for you, maybe the sebheader will clinch it: "Keith Lansdale chats about his books and screenplays, how Bruce Campbell became Elvis, and his famous dad, Joe." Check it out!

01/27/22-Normally we're partial to pithy pull quotes, but here's the eloquent guts of what Publishers Weekly had to say about Champion Joe's prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers: "As this prequel opens, Elvis Presley is glumly making crappy films and crappier songs, but it’s for a good cause: supporting his other job of fighting things that go bump and squish in the night. Colonel Parker, Elvis’s manager, claims something awful has pushed through the interdimensional boundaries, rolling its victims up into human donuts and sucking the insides out of them. Along with psychic Blind Man, logistics man Jack, singer Jenny Jo Dallas, hammer-wielding John Henry, and body man Johnny Smack, Elvis and Parker head to a New Orleans house to face the bloblike Big Mamma and her minions. "

01/27/22-The Magic Wagon takes place at the turn of the century, 1909, and the West as we think of it was gone, but there is a residual, somewhat ghostly residue of its existence, though much of what we think about the West is wrong and is built on movie images. That's part of what the story is about. We don't even know if this is Wild Bill's body, not actually. But in Billy Bob's mind it is for certain. And for him the Dime Novel idea of what the West was is pervasive with him. He prefers the myth to the truth. The myth gives him comfort. What's going on here is a story told by a kid who has had a rough life in a short time, and he's telling a story that manages to be about age and race and broken dreams. It deals with some real historical figures, but the truth is, Buster is an unreliable narrator. He tells what he thinks he knows, and senses what he thinks is going on, a kind of supernatural aspect, but that may or may not be more in his head than in reality. And hey, you get a wrestling chimpanzee.Check it out! — now with added features, including a short story, an introduction, and a cool essay about Champion Joe by his wonderful son, Keith Lansdale!

01/27/22-Champion Joe says, "Halloween Nights: Tales of Autumn Fright looks like great fun. James Moore is involved, so that elevates the possibilities." Check it out!

01/20/22-Champion Joe says, "Back in the day a lot of us tried our hands at 'sword and sorcery.' I even wrote several very bad ones, a couple collaborations with Ardath Mayhar, but even she couldn't save them. They were published, however. Ramsey Campbell, on the other hand, wrote some good ones. I remember reading some of them in the short-lived Sword and Sorcery anthology. The heat for 'sword and sorcery' tales of that era came and went so fast I forgot I wrote a few. In Far Away & Never, a collection by Ramsey, you can read some good ones. Check it out."

01/13/22-A very Lansdale Christmas! MIA: Danni Trest & Nicky (okay, & Buster)

01/13/22-Champion Joe says, "Old friend Willie Siros has passed away. His impact on Texas Science Fiction conventions, for one, his love of books and how he supported writers is unmeasurable. He and his bookselling friend, Scott Cupp, supported my early work and always went out of their way to give a Texas boy some exposure on the literary scene. They've done the same for so many. I wish all his loved ones my condolences and best wishes, though at a time like this, either feels hollow. Willie will be missed."

01/13/22-Champion Joe says, "The hits keep on coming. Jim Bardwell posted the announcement of his wife Suzanne's death on his page for the Daily Mirror. A newspaper in Gladewater, Texas, my hometown, where Jim and Suzanne operated the newspaper. Suzanne was a wonderful person, and we hopefully thought we would have a visit soon. I'm glad we had the emails of late. She was a smart, talented, dedicated, and funny friend. Jim and Suzanne are good people, and I have a hard time thinking of Suzanne in the past tense."

01/13/22-Last month on the BIG Hap & Leonard Read-Along with Mother Horror, the group took a look at Mucho Mojo. Up this week: Two-Bear Mambo! It's an online book group, where everyone reads every Hap & Leonard novel in order, then discusses it online. Join now!

01/06/22-"Martial arts is a construct for life, if you study it correctly. It doesn’t make everyone a good person, but it certainly has helped a lot of people get to that location. I’m grateful for it. I owe almost everything to it. I still teach, but only private lessons. I hurt more, but if I don’t practice, I hurt a lot." To read the entire interview with Champion Joe from The Mystery Tribune, click here!

12/30/21-Champion Joe says, "Today I'm thinking of my brother Andrew Vachss, who has died. What a loss to the world. A great writer, but more importantly a great advocate for children. He was a true warrior. I miss him. My thoughts to Alice Vachss. My thoughts to those whose lives he touched, including mine."

12/23/21-If you're a professional reviewer and use Netgalley, Born for Trouble: The Further Adventures of Hap and Leonard, is up and available for request.

12/16/21-"When a machine gun accidentally goes off and destroys the puppet, the image of bullets ripping through Scarface’s body—graphically animated and held for long, agonizing seconds— becomes one of the most disconcertingly violent moments imaginable, not just on a kid’s show, but on television in general." That's Champion Joe's contribution to "Ten WTF-Did-I-Just-Watch? Moments in SFF Television"!

12/09/21-Daniel Russell was only thirteen years old when his father tried to kill them both by driving their car into Moon Lake. Now Daniel returns to the site, to try to put the traumatic incident behind him by recovering his father's car and bones. But he discovers something even more shocking among the wreckage: a twenty-year-old relic that has ties to a series of strange murders. Moon Lake, a standalone novel by Champion Joe, is available now. Find your copy here!

12/02/21-Champion Joe wrote the introduction to Research into Marginal Living: The Selected Stories of John D. Keefauver! Keefauver -- who could be quirky, humorous, ribald, or macabre, in varying measures -- was a favorite of Joe's. He was a mainstay of magazines like Omni, Playboy, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Check it out!

12/02/21-When you meet him, Hap Collins seems just like a good ol’ boy. But even in his misspent youth, his best pal was Leonard Pine: black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Together, they have mostly found their way as partners in crime-solving and, at least as often, as hired muscle.As Hap wrestles with his new identity as a father, and Leonard finds love in a long-term relationship, the boys continue their crime-solving shenanigans. They uncover the sordid secret of a missing bookmobile, compete in a warped version of the Most Dangerous Game, regroup after Hap’s visit to the psychologist goes terribly awry, and much more. So sit yourself back and settle in - Born for Trouble is East Texas mayhem as only the master mojo storyteller Lansdale could possibly tell. Available March 2022 from Tachyon Press!

12/02/21-Want a signed copy of Born for Trouble? Murder by the Book can help you out.

11/25/21-When was the last time you checked in at the Champion Joe Threadless store? New designs and a Black Friday sale!

11/25/21-Once upon a time, East Texas crime-fiction was pretty much just Champion Joe, at least consistently. But it has grown. Check out "Behind the Pine Curtain: East Texas's Growing Influence on Crime Fiction," from Crime Reads!

11/18/21-Champion Joe says, "I haven't read all of Andy Rausch's books, but I've read several, and I like that he writes whatever he likes. He's got some damn good stuff. Riding Shotgun for one. I've read a few others, and am trying to catch up. But he's my To Be Discovered author I'm pushing right now." You can discover Andy Rausch here.

11/18/21-Champion Joe's got a poem for you -- 120 poems, in fact! But if you want a copy of Apache Witch and Other Poetic Observations, you'd best order now. As of two weeks ago, there were only 15 copies left!

11/11/21-Champion Joe will sign books, magazines, DVDs, napkins ... pretty much anything. But he won't sign Advance Reader Copies of his books.

11/11/21-"[Attack from the 80s] gathers 22 neon-soaked tales that hearken back to the days of Aqua Net and cheesy midnight slasher movies. 'Snapshot' by Joe R. Lansdale and Kasey Landsdale sees a pair of famous, road-tripping burglars stumble on a house containing things too grisly to steal." To read the rest of the Publishers Weekly review of this new anthology click here!

11/11/21-Champion Joe says, "You can check out the Lansdale collectors page here. These guys know more about my work than I do. Honored and impressed. Anyway, give it a look."

11/11/21-Judd Jesup moved to New Orleans to start a new life -- and a mysterious woman on a bicycle and a magic book seem as good a place as any to mark that starting point. Check out Bywater, the latest from Champion Joe's friend Tim Bryant!

10/28/21-Locus says Radiant Apples is "packed with the humor, viciousness, and heart readers have come to expect from Lansdale, one of the most talented and versatile writers working today." Publishers Weekly says it's a "droll, tough-minded yarn" that ends with a final showdown that is "breathtakingly gory." If that sounds like your jam, then you should also know that when you preorder Radiant Apples, not only do you get that book, featuring the return of Deadwood Dick in his true-life adventures told by Hisownself, but you also get In the Ditch, an exclusive ebook collection that features four (very) short stories about Leonard Pine. Pre-order your copy now!

10/28/21-"The Sabine is a long and narrow river, but it has a sense of mystery about it. Jack Kerouac called the river and its banks the Mansion of the Snake in his famous novel, On the Road. He called it an “evil old river” and said, “We could almost hear the slither of a million copperheads." That's from Champion Joe's essay, "The Tall Tale of the Sabine River Goat Man and the Haunted Cemetery." To read the rest of the essay, published in Texas Monthly, just click here!

10/21/21-"I’ve recommended The Bottoms to more people than any other book I’ve read. I haven’t had any people tell me they were disappointed. That’s got to be a good sign, right?" To read the rest of "Compiling the Ultimate Library with Simon Bewick," click here!

10/14/21-Cemetery Dance says Champion Joe's The Complete Drive-in is "one of his best." The A.V. Club says it's "a rocket-ship ride through the heart of darkness, full of junk-food thrills and doom, and not to be missed." And Nightworms.com says it's "like sucking on a Warhead with a razor blade in the middle. It’s sour, then it’s sweet, and the whole time it hides the power to cut you at a moment's notice. Even at the point when you can clearly see the razorblade, it's so delicious that you no longer care about the danger." So go get your razor-loaded Warhead here! (Or get it in audiobook format here!)

10/07/21-The summer has been dry and the river has been small. There are blackened bones projecting from the pile, for the wind has picked at the grave and the rain has eroded it, but for the most part, the grave has remained. It's "Crack of Dawn," and it's Champion Joe's contribution to Southwest Review! Enjoy!

09/16/21-"Back in the late eighties I wanted to write a novel that would be about crime and suspense, but I wanted to write about the sixties, the generation I grew up in as well. Like the fifties, most representations of the sixties and seventies are silly and have nothing to do with how it really was. By the time I was planning to write SAVAGE SEASON, the world had changed, but the echoes of the past were still there." To read the rest of Champion Joe's essay about the genesis of Hap and Leonard — and his tribute to Michael K. Williams — click here.

09/06/21-Champion Joe says, "A fantastic actor and a fascinating guy. Seeing Michael K. Williams on the set nearly everyday of the first season was something I looked forward to. He was funny, talented and unique. I’ll never forget he brought half of my best known duo to life. He told me playing Leonard was the hardest thing he had done, as Leonard had layers. So did Michael. He made it look easy. He’ll be missed."

09/09/21-Check out Keith Lansdale talking about the guy who stays behind the scenes, on "Dead Headspace!"

09/02/21-Congratulations to Champion Joe and Karen the Bear Lansdale, who just celebrated their 48th anniversary!

09/02/21-Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, character actor Vincent D’Onofrio, and our very own Champion Joe have teamed up for a “labor of love” that sounds like a whole mess of fun: a short sci-fi film based on Howard Waldrop’s 1987 short story "Night of the Cooters." Check it out!

09/02/21-Fansided offers their "10 reasons why Bubba Ho-Tep is a perfect film."

09/02/21-Champion Joe says, "Congrats to Howard Waldrop and Meghan Lindholm on receiving Lifetime Achievement awards from the World Fantasy committee." Read all about it!

08/26/21-Champion Joe says, "Happy Birthday to Ray Bradbury, a favorite of mine. Was fortunate enough to have a lunch with him, me, and my friend Lee Lankford. We listened to a lot of good stories between him and George Clayton Johnson, between bites of Mexican food. Fascinating day."

08/26/21-"It’s incredibly silly, incredibly violent and it’s easy to imagine this tale playing out in the form of an Adult Swim animated series." That's how Midnight Shift describes Big Lizard. Damaged Skull adds that it's "a five-star reading experience that offers relief from the real life horrors that the world is facing right now!" And Monster Librarian says, "I loved this book from start to finish. Highly recommended." So go get your silly, violent, highly recommended five-star Adult Swim distraction here!

08/26/21-Champion Joe says, "I miss Bill Paxton. He was a good guy. I hate our intent to make The Bottoms into a film never happened, but I hate most that he's gone. This was nice."

08/12/21-If you're looking for the forthcoming Jebidiah Mercer limited-edition chapbook, The Hungry Snow, we only know one place to look. Death's Head Press is sold out, but you can find some copies at The Boss Light. Here's the sweet cover from Timothy Truman:

08/12/21-If you wanted to read the book that Kirkus called an "irresistible combination of relaxed badinage and playful threats that sometimes spiral into serious consequences while still remaining playful," but maybe don't have time to read it, let JD Jackson read it for you! Of Mice and Minestrone – Hap and Leonard: The Early Years is now available in audio format!

All Hail the Popcorn King As Lived By Joe Lansdale Hisownself from Hansi Oppenheimer on Vimeo.

07/29/21-If you liked Moon Lake, please consider giving it a review on Goodreads or Amazon. If you didn't, please suggest it to your enemies.

07/22/21-One death is only the beginning for Tom and his wife Kelly who witness a fast-driving car killing their innocent neighbor in the street. It's Hot in December, by Champion Joe, now available in audio!

07/22/21-Champion Joe says, "Friend and legendary writer William F. Nolan has passed away. He was such a great guy and very inspirational. He was always supportive of my work and was in my corner. He had a long life and many great accomplishments. His book with George Clayton Johnson, Logan's Run, is likely the best known, but he did so much more." More information here.

07/15/21-"It’s a raunchy little yarn with plenty of heart. And while there’s little to no bloody violence on the page, it is certainly not a novel for the faint of heart. ... The Magic Wagon is a powerful meditation on the kinds of evils that fester in the human heart, especially in the hearts of men who don’t really accept who they are deep down. That is one of the more provocative ideas at play in this book, the faces people show the world and the ones they hide, the ones they keep only for themselves." To read the entire review from Considering Stories, click here, and to get your copy of The Magic Wagon, click here!

07/15/21-From now until July 25, you can save 10% on any Champion Joe T-shirts and trucker hats! So go get 'em!

07/15/21-He may piss a little slower, but all his parts are working and his brain is rolling on all its wheels — though from time to time they squeak and a dab of grease might be needed. It's the return of Deadwood Dick, in his true-life adventures told by Hisownself! Radiant Apples features the legend from Paradise Sky, now a middle-aged porter living in the time of Jim Crow. Pre-order your copy now!

07/08/21-Champion Joe says, "Thinking of my departed friends Judy and Bill Crider this morning, and of Bill's numerous books. My favorites have always been the Sheriff Rhodes books, and would love to see them as a TV series. Anyway, take a peek at this from GoodReads. And another author and friend who passed away some years back, and who should be remembered better, is Ardath Mayhar."

07/08/21-"The blood of East Texas flows through Joe’s veins and informs the narrative ... [In All Hail the Popcorn King,] you will find plenty to love without any unwanted fat." To read the rest of Horror DNA's review, click here. Or just go find that love by ordering the documentary!

07/08/21-"These days, the idea of a zombie apocalypse playing out is kind of old hat. Likewise, the idea of a zombie apocalypse playing out in a different time or location than Pittsburgh or New York City in contemporary times—movies and television alone have transported audiences to zombie apocalypses in Korea (2016’s Train to Busan), sword and sorcery Maori in New Zealand (e.g., The Dead Lands series, which kicked off in 2020), to shady clinics in eastern Europe (2019’s Yummy) among a couple of examples. Zombies are big business in films and fiction, these days. However, when it first hit the pages of Eldritch Tales magazine as a multi-part serial starting back in 1984, I suspect Joe R. Lansdale’s weird western zombie tale met with no small amount of glee or surprise." To read the rest from Considering Stories, click here!

07/01/21-Looking for a signed copy of Moon Lake? Check in with our friends at Poisoned Pen and The Boss Light!

07/01/21-You checked out the Netflix animated series because you heard they adapted a couple of Champion Joe's stories. Then you watched teh rest of the series because you dug what they did with Joe's Mojo. So now read the stories that inspired the rest of that first season. It's Love, Death + Robots: The Official Anthology: Volume One!

06/24/21-Champion Joe says, "Today is my daughter Kasey's birthday. Happy birthday, Kasey."

06/24/21-Craig Terlson wrote some very nice things about Champion Joe. You can read them here. Thanks, Craig!

06/24/21-"Somewhere in a recondite basement poorly lit by one dim, flickering bulb there is a sub rosa committee of crime readers crowding around an investigation board featuring a map of the world full-up with pushpins and other markers. Next to each indicator is a corresponding profile which all the readers know by heart. For instance, in South Florida there’s a fedora-wearing P.I. in a sweat-stained floral shirt investigating a body found in the Glades. In the Pacific Northwest a shadowy killer stands at the edge of a tree line, his figure blurred by the sheets of rain. And on the bustling streets of London a deductive detective knows the game is afoot. But in the thick pine forests of East Texas, a new subgenre is emerging, and tonight the readers are placing its pin." To read the rest of the CrimeRead's article "Behind the Pine Curtain: East Texas's Growing Influence on Crime Fiction," click here!

06/17/21-"He has tales to tell and opinions to offer and you’d better goddamn LISTEN!! We discuss blue collar youth, Texas attitude, and whether having some hardship in life makes you a better writer. He tells me how he comes up with his unique metaphors, and why he defended Stephen King when twitter turned against him." Lit Reactor's feature, Check out Champion Joe on the "Talking Scared" podcast!

06/17/21-Champion Joe will beat your face in with an actual alligator — one that knows karate. That's just one of the gems in Lit Reactor's feature, "Ten Famous Writers Reimagined as Professional Wrestlers."

06/03/21-Champion Joe reads the first chapter of Moon Lake to you:

05/27/21-"For me, having grown up in small towns, I know that underneath that bucolic calm there is sometimes a raging river." To read the rest of Champion Joe's introduction to Moon Lake on the Novel Suspects website, click here!

05/20/21-"I started reading comics in the fifties, and they are to this day the most important thing, along with parental encouragement, that led me to my career, and for that I am deeply grateful." To read the entire interview with Champion Joe from Monkeys Fighting Robots, click here!

05/13/21-Get your copy of "All Hail the Popcorn King" (and the mug and the bookmark and the pin and the necklace and the T-shirt) directly from Squee!

05/13/21-That time Kasey played with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys...

05/06/21-Want to see your name in the next Champion Joe novel? Join the Mojo mailing list to be automatically entered. Already on the list? You're already entered!

05/06/21-"The Tall Grass" was adapted for this season's "Love Death + Robots," the Emmy Award-winning animated adult anthology. It's set to return to Netflix with Volume II on May 14th. Watch the trailer and read more about it here! And then check out the stories in Mashable and Animation Magazine!

04/15/21-My Urby says, "Joe. R. Lansdale è il compagno di viaggio perfetto." If that makes sense to you, click here to read the rest of the article!

04/08/21-Jerry Sterns adapts Champion Joe's "God of the Razor" to audio for Campfire Radio Theater! Give a listen and enjoy!

Joe R. Lansdale on Austin Liti Limits from Larry Brill on Vimeo.

03/18/21-"It’s a place where a handshake still seals a deal and your word is your bond, and the idea of doing any different would bring real shame to you and your family. You grow up with a sense of honor and pride because in many cases, it’s all you have." To read the rest of Kasey Lansdale's interview with Shoutout LA, click here!

03/11/21-Champion Joe says, "You work hard to write the book. Then you want people to find it and hopefully pre-order it. Not only that, you want them to do so in a way that supports local bookshops and local communities. This might be another option for those of you looking beyond the local Amazon listing. It's been a tough year for everyone, but if you're able, I think this one might just be worth it.

03/04/21-"We meet [Hap & Leonard] in Joe R. Lansdale’s Savage Season, a book chock full of memorable characters, sharp dialogue, and dark suspense. But it’s Leonard Pine who stands out as something special, a gay protagonist in the mystery genre who breaks every stereotype in the book." To read all of "One Author's Top 10 Queer Protagonists in Crime Fiction," click here!

03/04/21-If you've got a Kindle, now's the time to load it up with affordable ebooks from Champion Joe!

03/04/21-This is Bella. You are welcome to play with her ball or stick. You can even eat her treats. But don't you dare touch her copy of Jack Rabbit Smile. It's one of the titles that's sold out over at the Lansdale Vault, so she's especially protective of it. If you want a special, signed Lansdale book that you can be protective of, head over to the Vault.

03/04/21-In a career spanning nearly four decades, Bill Crider published more than sixty novels, and those novels spanned a multitude of genres: crime-fiction, western, horror, men’s adventure, YA, you name it. In the collection Bullets and Other Hurting Things, 20 of today’s best and brightest authors, all friends and fans of Bill’s, come together with original stories to pay tribute to his memory. Besides our own Champion Joe and Kasey Lansdale, you'll also find stories by William Kent Krueger, Bill Pronzini, Patricia Abbott, Ben Boulden, Michael Bracken, Jen Conley, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, David Housewright, Angela Crider Neary, James Reasoner, James Sallis, Terry Shames, S. A. Solomon, Sara Paretsky, Robert J. Randisi, SJ Rozan, and Eryk Pruitt. If you already love Bill's work, you'll love these tributes. Not familiar with Bill? Read Bullets and Other Hurting Things, and then go find his own work. You'll be glad you did.

02/25/21-"If Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale had been born on a fantasy world, he might be a cross between a lion and a chameleon. His work is full of fierce nobility, and resists being caged. His work changes colors and blends easily into a variety of backgrounds. Joe Lansdale has written horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, westerns, 'men's adventure,' and just about every other kind of writing you can think of. Joe has done it all, and he keeps on getting better. He won a Bram Stoker award for 'The Night They Missed the Horror Show,' his novel The Drive-in — nominated for a World Fantasy Award — is like a ride on a runaway Tilt-a-Whirl, and his 'Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back' is probably one of the finest pieces of writing I've ever had the pleasure to read. Just when you think you've got Joe pegged in a particular category, he goes chameleon again. His The Magic Wagon is a bonafide western, complete with a gunfighter and a wrestling monkey. Well, you can't say — you dare not say — Joe isn't an original talent. He knows one of those Oriental killing techniques that I can't pronounce, and he used to hire himself out as a personal bodyguard when he lived in San Francisco and had hair down to his butt." To read the rest of Robert McCammon's 1989 interview with Champion Joe, click here!!

02/25/21-"If Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale had been born on a fantasy world, he might be a cross between a lion and a chameleon. His work is full of fierce nobility, and resists being caged. His work changes colors and blends easily into a variety of backgrounds. Joe Lansdale has written horror, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, westerns, 'men's adventure,' and just about every other kind of writing you can think of. Joe has done it all, and he keeps on getting better. He won a Bram Stoker award for 'The Night They Missed the Horror Show,' his novel The Drive-in — nominated for a World Fantasy Award — is like a ride on a runaway Tilt-a-Whirl, and his 'Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back' is probably one of the finest pieces of writing I've ever had the pleasure to read. Just when you think you've got Joe pegged in a particular category, he goes chameleon again. His The Magic Wagon is a bonafide western, complete with a gunfighter and a wrestling monkey. Well, you can't say — you dare not say — Joe isn't an original talent. He knows one of those Oriental killing techniques that I can't pronounce, and he used to hire himself out as a personal bodyguard when he lived in San Francisco and had hair down to his butt." To read the rest of Robert McCammon's 1989 interview with Champion Joe, click here!!

02/14/21-Forty-eight years ago, Karen and Joe went on a date....

02/18/21-We like monsters! If you like monsters, you'll love Pete Von Sholly's History of Monsters, coming out in April!

02/11/21-"Nobody writes like Joe Lansdale, because Lansdale writes like everybody he knows is dead." With that cold start, how could you not want to read "Author Joe Lansdale Explains Why East Texas Will Always Be Home," by Wes Ferguson for Texas Highways? (And while you're there, maybe check out Champion Joe and Grand Master Nicky on the "Extraordinary Texans – 2016" list!)

02/04/21-Jed bought a copy of The Drive-In from a secondhand shop in South London for 30p when he was a kid. He knew nothing about it save for the fact it had a monster/comet thing bursting out of a cinema screen. He figured if the book was even half as good as the cover, he’d invested wisely. Little did Jed know that this book would be one of the most influential books in his life.... Listen to Jed and Champion Joe on "Jed Talks!"

02/04/21-Neal Barrett, Jr. Neal Barrett, Jr. was an American author from Texas who straddled genres and decades. A finalist for or recipient of major awards, including the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and World Fantasy Award, he was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He was also admired as an author of mystery fiction, literary fiction, and comic books. He is one of Champion Joe's favorite writers. Learn more about him here!

01/28/21-Keith Lansdale talks about his film, The Pale Door, on the podcast The Horror Returns. Check it out!

01/28/21-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, available in audio, as performed by Kasey Lansdale! Check it out!

01/28/21-Lord of the Razor by artist Alex McVey. Very cool.



01/21/21-New York Times Book Review describes The Bottoms as "Wondrous...dark enchantment." The Denver Post says it's "Terrific suspense...equal parts morality tale and page-turning thriller." Bookreporter adds, "Lansdale creates many colorful and vivid characters. . . . The Bottoms tells a great yarn of a vanished place and time." And The Austin Chronicle calls it "powerful, punchy work ... Lansdale works the race angle like an old man tongueing that final, dangling tooth again and again. Each time he pokes it a little harder until that final rush of coppery crimson erupts." To read what everybody is talking about, get your copy here!

01/21/21-"Not wishing back the past. Not exactly. But there are elements of the past I do miss. There are times when I like the idea of settling your own hash—without gunfire. Sometimes the other guy has it coming." To read all of Champion Joe's essay "Dog-gone Justice," click here.

01/14/21-"This time was not that long ago—the early ‘60s—and it was all part of the Jim Crow South, what I’ve heard some as recently as last week refer to as the good old days. It wasn’t all that good if your skin was dark." To read all of Champion Joe's essay "The Last Minstrel Show," click here.

01/14/21-"Witches in the Wild West? Sign me up, pardner." That's what Daily Dead says about The Pale Door, a film co-written by Keith Lansdale. Check it out!

01/14/21-"Some say that deep in the East Texas woods, where the muddy Sabine River flows, there dwells a creature called the Goat Man. This furry, hoofed denizen of the dark woods lives under a swinging bridge, where he sates his taste for human flesh on unsuspecting passersby." To read all of Champion Joe's essay "A Fresh and New Gladewater Emerges from Its Honky Tonk Past," click here!

01/07/21-You'll want to listen to the audiobook adaptation of The Drive-in, so you're ready when the adaptation of the sequel, being recorded now, is released!

01/07/21-"There are plenty of good people in East Texas (saw one yesterday), but if you’re a writer of crime fiction, which I am at least some of the time, you’re not looking for good people. You’re looking for weirdos, criminals, malcontents and the just plain stupid. That’s your meat if you write crime." You can read the rest of Champion Joe's essay "Darkness in the East" by clicking here!

12/31/20-"[T]o be the kind of writer you want to be, you have to write for you. Write like everyone you know is dead, so that you don't worry about what others think. It's about what you think. If you write for yourself, at least in my personal experience, you do better. Writing for yourself doesn't mean it's good, but with time you are more likely to arrive at the place you want to go, where the material is good." For more writing tips from Champion Joe, click here!

12/24/20-Champion Joe says "Interesting part about "The Battery Powered Christmas" is my brother had the same experience, and he's seventeen years older than me. That speaks to poverty, but it speaks more to good humans. Check it out!

12/24/20-Cemetery Dance says that Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories goes "perfectly encapsulates the kind of writer Lansdale is: fresh, original, and always reliable. The '“'Lansdale genre'”' is maybe my favorite genre of all, making this collection a must-have." Publishers Weekly says it goes "from tragic to boisterous and back again. ... A master of the genre mashup, Lansdale convincingly slips into a variety of laid-back, down-home personae. Readers with a taste for cheerful butchery will revel in these free-spirited yarns." It's out now! To order a copy or read a free excerpt, click here!

12/17/20-"Fall squirrel season in East Texas is when normally sensible human beings dream of tall oaks and falling rodents. Many nimrods, as soon as they are off work, grab their guns and head to the thicket. On weekends, they are as thick in the woods as mosquitoes, though more deadly, as a mess of them are drunk. The fuel of choice for hunters everywhere seems to be fermented and brewed hops that, if taken in large enough quantities, can make bird-watchers or campers resemble their prey. It is best during this time of year to abandon outdoor activities and wear a red cap in the house. That’s what the squirrels would do if they had a choice." To read all of Champion Joe's 2010 essay "Blood Sport," click here!

12/17/20-Eyes gettng tired? Click here to listen to Champion Joe!

12/17/20-"Sundance’s Hap & Leonard currently holds the title as TV’s most whimsical crime drama, never too busy for a strange interlude, a surreal side adventure, or a seemingly irrelevant but charming conversation that turns out to reveal something essential about its engaging title characters, the odd couple played by James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams. Set in 1980s East Texas and based on the novels of Joe Lansdale, Hap & Leonard is a damn fun hour week to week. The new season, based on The Two-Bear Mambo, finds Hap and Leonard heading to a racist plantation backwater in search of their disappeared friend and lawyer, Florida. By all means, start with season 1, but you’re also fine to jump in on season 3." That's from a 2018 Crime Reads article. Click here to read the rest!

12/17/20-"To endure page after page of never-ending pain and sorrow and to culminate in the same morass of tragedy would only be nihilism, and the best books don’t end like that." To read Les Edgerton's essay "We Need More Dark Stories with Hopeful Endings," click here.

12/17/20-A young Champion Joe (back in 1991, when he was just a contender), Stephen Gallagher, and John Farris (performed by Karen Lansdale) celebrating their inclusion in Night Visions 8:

12/10/20-Kasey's mug sipping out of a Hap Collins mug:

12/03/20-Champion Joe says "You can find out most anything about my work, books, comics, etc., at Joe R. Lansdale Collecting. I go there to learn things I've forgotten about my own work."

11/19/20-Champion Joe & Killer Kasey's new Dana & Jana story is coming out in this very cool new anthology: In League with Sherlock Holmes!

11/12/20-"Fantastic funny fast read," says Jeff Terry. "What a great ride," says Mike Hughes. Jeremy Baker says it's, "a wild, weird, darkly comic, gory, occasionally terrifying, and consistently entertaining romp through the world of the occult, chicken restaurants, and Biblical theme parks." Bradd Parton calls it, "a quick, quirky, and fun read." Luke Anisimoff likens it to a "grease-soiled Kafka fever dream." It's Big Lizard, and you can read all those reviews and more at goodreads, then go get your own copy here!

10/29/20-One of the episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series" written by Champion Joe:

10/29/20-"Joe R. Lansdale is one of the best writers of horror/western hybrids. So I took it as a good omen to see that he was 'presenting' The Pale Door. Another good omen was the talent involved, director Aaron B. Koontz (Scare Package, Camera Obscura) and co-written by Koontz's frequent collaborator Cameron Burns and Joe’s son Keith Lansdale (Creepshow, Christmas With the Dead). And a plot the pits the Dalton Gang against a coven of witches in a ghost town brothel certainly sounded like fun." To read Voices From the Balcony's entire review of The Pale Door, click here!

10/29/20-The Lansdale Vault has gone digital! Check it out:

10/15/20-Filmmaker and author Mick Garris, best known for his Stephen King adaptations and creating the "Masters Of Horror" television series, hosts the podcast Post Mortem. The podcast is a deep dive into the devious minds of the greatest filmmakers and creators of your worst nightmares. But we think it's a dream that he got Champion Joe together with Don Coscarelli on the 15th anniversary of the release of the Bubba Ho-Tep film adaptation to reflect on the cult classic. Listen here!

10/08/20-Champion Joe says, "Weird Dream last night. Dreamed Charlton Comics had been revived and I was writing Billy the Kid and Judo Master, and did a crossover. I should have skipped that avocado before bedtime." Meantime, the staff here at The Orbit is putting together a fund to buy Champion Joe more avocados and to start a letter-writing campaign to DC Comics, who now owns the Charlton characters. You with us?

10/01/20-"Write like everyone you know is dead. To hell with everyone else's opinion when you write." This and more advice from Champion Joe in the new issue of The Horrorzine!

09/24/20-Ever wonder how a liberal redneck and a conservative gay Black man formed one of crime fiction's most enduring odd couples? Check out "The Evolution of Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard," published September 18, 2020, by Crime Reads!

09/24/20-Libri and Cultura says, "È un viaggio incredibile che, tra furgoncini per il bestiame, un'auto rubata e una decappottabile, segnerà l'inizio di un'amicizia unica. In un divertissement ironico e irriverente con due protagoniste strampalate e sopra le righe, Joe Lansdale dimostra ancora una volta il suo insuperabile 'black humour.'" If you understand that, you'll understand it's time to grab the Italian edition of Jane Goes North!

09/24/20-Scifimoviepage.com says Terror is Our Business is "creepy and interesting, I didn’t want to put it down once I started reading." Cedarhollowhorrorreviews.com says it "delivers on all cylinders." SFBook says "it's got bags of style and wonderfully rich characters. Highly recommended." Order your copy here!

09/17/20-Champion Joe thinks you should check out Silver Scream, edited by David J. Schow. "My favorite horror anthology of the 80s, and one of my favorite anthologies of all time."

09/17/20-You'll find soup-to-nuts Lansdale on this episode of The Dark Tome!

09/17/20-Kirkus says, "The dialogue throughout is worth the price of admission ... [an] irresistible combination of relaxed badinage and playful threats that sometimes spiral into serious consequences while still remaining playful." Publishers Weekly says it's "Full of humor, gritty drama, and insightful observations." Fort Worth Weekly says it's "manna from redneck heaven — especially if your idea of rednecks includes a liberal white man and a gay, Republican black man — both of whom are backwoods brawlers to boot." It's Of Mice and Minestrone – Hap and Leonard: The Early Years, and it's on sale now!

09/10/20-Halloween is coming. Do you have enough terror in your life? Stock up here!

09/10/20-Champion Joe says, "My buddy Stephen Graham Jones's book, The Only Good Indians, you need it." The Florida Times-Union agrees, saying, "The twists this novel takes will keep you hooked right up until the final ending you will not see coming. As if life today is not scary enough, perhaps diving deeply into Indian lore will take you away from your current fears. A great read is waiting for you here." You can get your copy here.

09/03/20-The third of four collections of Champion Joe's stories from SST, Wet Juju is already nearly sold out. If you want to get in on this signed-and-numbered, limited-edition collection of more than three dozen slices of Mojo fiction, best act now!

09/03/20-Champion Joe talks about classic movies, with a focus on the original Cat People, with Seth Bear on Scream Addicts. Check it out! (And when you're done with that, jump back four years to the earlier conversation he had with Seth talking about The Haunting!

09/03/20-We've said it before, but it's worth repeating here: Champion Joe no longer reads manuscripts. He'll try and read ARCs when he can, but no promises there, either. The first is due to legal reasons, the latter is due to time. So, now you know.

09/03/20-Publishers Weekly says The Best of Joe R. Lansdale is, "a great introduction to the raunchy, cheerfully unclassifiable East Texan bon vivant." The Guardian says, "Let this volume introduce you to his uncensored, unfiltered world. He is a writer deserving of a wide and appreciative audience." And Hellnotes says, "this book is amazing, get it, get it right now. No, don’t wait to get it tomorrow." To get your copy — which includes five Bram Stoker Award-winning stories -- click here!

09/03/20-"It’s incredibly silly, incredibly violent and it’s easy to imagine this tale playing out in the form of an Adult Swim animated series." That's how Midnight Shift describes Big Lizard. Damaged Skull adds that it's "a five-star reading experience that offers relief from the real life horrors that the world is facing right now!" So go get your silly, violent, five-star Adult Swim distraction here!

08/27/20-Horror Review says, "[Terror is our Business] is a fun and frightening collection of short stories ... Read them and enjoy the escape." Get your copy here!

08/27/20-His Futile Preoccupations... says More Better Deals is "something special. A simple debt collection launches our narrator into hell — he may think he’s landing a sweet deal, but in this tale of greed, lust and murder, just who is screwing who is up for grabs." Shelf Awareness adds that it's "packed with a tightly twisted plot reeking of smoke, alcohol, steamy sheets and blood. ... Readers may need a cigarette afterward." Check it out!

08/20/20-Champion Joe says, "Jay Russell — who knows a thing about story — reviews several short stories of the kick-ass variety. I'm glad to be on the list." Read that list here!

08/20/20-Episode 4 of "Creepshow" was adapted from "The Companion," the story that Champion Joe wrote with his kids, Keith and Kasey. You can watch it now on Shudder Channel and ... you can keep yourself up at night terrified by the Funko POP vinyl of the Scarecrow from that episode! How cool is that? Here's Keith with his nightmare0inducing toy:

08/13/20-The trophy goes to Book People both for being one of the greatest independent book stories in the USA and also for writing what might be our favorite pull-quote about More Better Deals: "It’s not every author who can make you feel for a man who is both a killer and a used car salesman."

08/13/20-Speaking of More Better Deals, here's what The New York Times had to say: "When funky books need to be written, Joe R. Lansdale writes them. He comes through again with More Better Deals. The plot is pure James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, but steeped in hillbilly noir. Ed Edwards is a crack salesman and repo man who works at Smiling Dave’s used-car lot. He knows he looks like a used-car salesman. But his aspiration is to look like a guy who owns a Cadillac, so he lets his lover talk him into killing her husband. Like Cain’s illicit lovers, Ed and Nancy (a pretty woman with 'alligator' eyes) hatch a plot to murder the husband and collect his insurance money. The plan is promising, but the real fun is in plot details like the High-Tone Drive-In, an outdoor movie theater with an attached pet cemetery that figures in the story and nicely captures Lansdale’s slightly depraved wit."

08/13/20-Speaking even more of More Better Deals, here's what Dave Writes and Draws says: "The characters in More Better Deals for the most part ... [are] all at least a little bit mean, if not downright evil, and they give in to their baser instincts without much arm twisting. They’re good looking, even charming, but the beauty and charm are hiding an ugly darkness, and a bald cynicism. When things go bad, and they damn sure do, every single character decides to go along for the ride."

08/13/20-Marc says, "This book is not going to win any Pulitzer prizes. It's way too much fun for that. This is probably the funniest book I've read all year. There's no real poetry to the writing, but who needs poetry when you've got an 8 foot chicken on a killing spree?" He's talking about Big Lizard, and you should listen to Marc. Has Marc ever lied to you?

08/06/20-If you happen to find yourself in Nacogdoches — the natural habitat of Champion Mojo Storytellers — stop in at The Boss Light bookstore and tell Tim Bryant we sent you.

08/06/20-Need some light in the darkness? Some laughs and a good time? Check out Big Lizard, by Champion Joe and his son, Keith. Jeremy Baker calls it, "a wild, weird, darkly comic, gory, occasionally terrifying, and consistently entertaining romp through the world of the occult chicken restaurants and Biblical theme parks." And Dave describes it as "balls-to-the-wall, gonzo storytelling." Now, how could you not want to read that?

08/06/20-Need some darkness in dark times? Blood, Guts and Story says, "More Better Deals is a dark, dark book. Lansdale drags you down into the shallow grave of a story and smothers you slowly, but you go there willingly. If you want a fantastic read, look no further. If you want sunshine and rainbow farts, you might want to move along. This one crackles, is hard to put down, and as the momentum builds towards its ultimate noir conclusion, you’ll find yourself white-knuckling the last seventy pages or so." Check it out!

08/06/20-Go on a fishing trip for dinosaurs in the arctic and meet numerous characters from adventure novels and pulps, as a man unsure of his identity awakens to discover he has a job to do, if he only knew what it was and who he was. Cave men. Secret lairs. The strange group who rule the world, and She Who Must Be Obeyed all come together in a rollicking adventure on an icy lake that contains an unexpected secret. That's just one of the stories in Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories, a collection of all-new stories by Joe R. Lansdale that includes introductions by Robin Hobb, Poppy Z. Brite, Richard Chizmar, David J. Schow, and Norman Partridge. Headed your way this November, but read an excerpt now!

08/06/20-Tzer Island says Jane Goes North is "warm and heartening, reminding us that friendships, however unlikely they might be, are just what we need in difficult times. So, for that matter, is Joe Lansdale." Nice, Tzer Island! You can read the full review here, and Jane Goes North is available now in hardcover, and ebook, both Nook and Kindle!

08/06/20-What's it feel like to be in a Sam Shepard/Don Johnson sandwich? Here's the inside story:



08/06/20-And Wacko Jacko's Essential Viewing adds, "A thoroughly entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, sad and chilling experience, Cold In July has become unforgivably ignored since its 2014 release, and that’s something that needs to be rectified. If you enjoy old-school storytelling, 80s media, mystery, neo-noir or simply just great filmmaking, director Jim Mickle created a true gem here that is unequivocally deserving of your attention. Make this your watch for tonight."

Outside the Gates of Eden. In case you need another endorsement, George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones, says it's "a powerful piece of work. Shiner writes about music, and the making of music, better than anyone I know. He gets across the tremendous excitement of the early days of rock and roll, the peace movement, Woodstock and the Summer of Love—but also the heartbreak of failure, betrayal, and loss. The prose is terrific, and the sense of time and place is first rate. A brilliant requiem for our generation and all our dreams."

08/06/20-Did you know "Hap & Leonard" is one of the 28 best crime shows on Netflix? Well, Paste says so!

08/06/20-"Joe Lansdale is an exceptional writer. One of the reasons why he stands out among his peers is that he refuses to be pigeonholed into a genre. His ability to write about a multitude of subjects is why he has such a supportive and hardcore fan base spanning generations. Documentarian filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer is working on a new project which is a tribute to the iconic scribe entitled, All Hail the Popcorn King." To get the whole story from 1428 Elm, click here!







07/16/20-Ed Edwards is in the used car business — a business built on adjusted odometers, extra-fine print, and the belief that "buyers better beware." Burdened by an aging, alcoholic mother constantly on his case to do something worthier of his lighter skin tone and dreaming of a brighter future for himself and his plucky little sister, Ed is ready to get out of the game. More Better Deals is Champion Joe's latest, due out next week from Mulholland Books!

07/16/20-If there’s one thing Hap Collins and Leonard Pine like, it’s trouble — and they especially like getting paid to find it. So when their friend and sometime boss Marvin Harmon asks the boys to look into a cold-case double homicide, they’re happy to oblige. It's Devil Red, at long last available in audiobook.

07/16/20-"Choose a night when you are rested and satisfied. It wouldn’t hurt if there is a rain storm. Not enough to blow the lights out, but enough to make the wind howl and the rain clatter against the roof. Sit by a window if you can, a single lamp illuminating your reading space. And if there happens to be a roll of thunder that shakes the window panes, a stitch of lightning that strobes your reading space, all the better. A blanket over your knees would be nice. A big cup of hot chocolate at your elbow would help the mood, the steam from it rising out of the cup in a fast-fading cloud." These are the conditions under which Champion Joe suggests you read Joel Townsley Rogers' The Red Right Hand.

07/16/20-They had come from a Halloween party, having long shed the masks they’d worn. No one but Harold had been drinking, and he wasn’t driving, and he wasn’t so drunk he was blind. Just drunk enough he couldn’t sit up straight and was lying on the back seat, trying, for some unknown reason, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, which he didn’t accurately recall. It's "The Folding Man," and it's NOT the Totally Free Mojo Story of the Week, but a bonus Totally Free Mojo Story from Nightmare! Enjoy!

07/09/20-Jeff Terry on GoodReads says, "now I want to buy into the Pick-a-Chicken franchise. Or at least get one of those chicken hats." He's referring to Big Lizard, and you will, too, once you've read it.

07/09/20-Jon Levesque on GoodReads says "More Better Deals is a classic crime noir mixing elements of 'Double Indemnity,' 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' and a touch of 'The Big Sleep' wrapped in Lansdale’s humorous banter that weaves throughout the story. ... More Better Deals delivers the goods."

07/09/20-Alexandra on BookBlurb says The Thicket is "wickedly smart, funny, vulgar, violent, philosophical and yes, even at time, a little whimsical." To get your copy, click here!

07/02/20-"Joe Lansdale is simply a phenomenal storyteller. When I first picked up The Bottoms, I was expecting a Hap & Leonard tale. But what I got was part mystery, part horror, and part coming-of-age tale all wrapped up in a beautiful homage to Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird." To read the rest of Adam Wagner's recent revisitation of Champion Joe's 2001 Edgar Award-winner, head to Criminal Element.

06/25/20-It's Kasey Lansdale's birthday! But here she is giving us a present:

06/25/20-Champion Joe says, "Neal Barrett, Jr. Readers & Collectors is a forum for discussing the works of one of my favorite writers and dearest friends, now gone but not forgotten. Check it out.

06/25/20-Champion Joe's All the Earth Thrown to the Sky earned all kinds of praise! The Las Vegas Review Journal called it "storytelling at its absolute best"; Bookhound said it's "timeless ... can be shared across generations"; and All Things Horror (of all places) said it has "real heart." BookReporter said, "This historical adventure is a winner."School Library Journal said, "[T]he author's Twain-like twang delivers both ironic and situational humor that will leave readers chuckling." And the San Francisco Book Review said, "The gentle poetry in Lansdale's descriptions proves a beautiful counterpoint to much of the darkness the characters encounter." So go get your own copy and tell us what you think!

06/25/20-If you've ever heard Champion Joe speak, you no doubt said you could listen to him forever. Now's your chance to test that theory! Check out this podcast from This Is Horror, in which Champion Joe talks about Hap and Leonard, growing up in East Texas, and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, among other things.

06/18/20-Buster Nix was fat, frustrated, and working overnight security for Pick-A-Chicken restaurants. One night, while checking a storage facility, Buster stumbles on a supernatural ritual, accidently upsetting a flaming brazier. He not only destroys the ceremony, but sets his employer on fire with the literal flames of Hell. The fire doesn’t do Buster any good either. Unless you consider it good to be able to transform into a Big Lizard! It's a new novel from Champion Joe and Keith Lansdale, shipping September 30 from the UK's SST! In the USA? Order from Subterranean Press!

06/18/20-BookReporter says, "I am not kidding when I tell people that I would happily read Lansdale’s grocery shopping list if given the opportunity. I sort of get that chance in Of Mice and Minestrone. As a bit of lagniappe, the collection includes 'Good Eats,' a section devoted to recipes (provided by his daughter, Kasey Lansdale) for the mouthwatering vittles that Hap and Leonard chow down on with regularity when they are not otherwise compelled by circumstance to kick ass and take names." Of Mice and Minestrone – Hap and Leonard: The Early Years is on sale now!

06/18/20-How are you celebrating Fathers Day this Sunday? Kasey Lansdale is celebrating by reading one of her father's short stories on the interwebs! Check it out!

06/18/20-Check out this cool article, "Destination Moon," by Champion Joe's friend Al Jackson!

06/11/20-Champion Joe says, "Michael K. Williams dropped this op-ed. It's well thought-out and worth musing over." Read it on the website of the New York Daily News.

06/11/20-It'll drive up this July -- reserve yours now!

06/11/20-Champion Joe says, "June 5, the anniversary of D-Day, is probably the most important moment in World History, at least from the standpoint of what we call Modern Times, certainly of the twentieth-century." Here are the Ten Things You Need To Know about D-Day.

06/11/20-"Ironic, isn’t it, that the drive-in saves the day." Read the whole story -- about drive-ins in the USA, "video nasties" in the UK, and Champion Joe's The Drive-In trilogy at Headpress.com.

06/11/20-I had gotten a phone call from Leonard a few days before he was to be mustered out, and he told me where he would be coming in, told me he wanted me to pick himup at the bus station in Tyler. From there, he wanted to go camping and fishing.It's "The Sabine Was High," and it's the Added-Bonus, Totally Free Mojo Story of the Week! Enjoy!

06/04/20-Champion Joe says, "Essential Texas books list. I'm proud to be on it. I think I would have picked The Bottoms or Edge of Dark Water, but it's wonderful for any book to be on it, and again, any book of mine on this list would have made me happy." "The 30 most essential books about Texas," from The Houston Chronicle.

06/04/20-Hap Collins looks just like a good ol’ boy. But from his misspent youth on, his best compatriot has been Leonard Pine, who is black, gay, and the ultimate outsider. Inseparable friends, Hap and Leonard climb into the boxing ring, get in bar fights, and just go fishing—all the while confronting racists, righting wrongs, and eating a whole lot of delicious food. Of Mice and Minestrone is a brand-new Hap & Leonard collection chock full of Champion Joe’s inimitable blend of humor, mayhem, and insight, featuring never-before-seen stories of the boys in their youth, a selection of their recipes from Kasey Lansdale, and an introduction from New York Times bestselling crime author Kathleen Kent. Get your copy here! Or ... to get a signed copy, email Dark Delicacies!

06/04/20-From TV Guide, here's "10 Shows Like Justified That You Should Watch If You Like Justified." Can you guess what's on it?

06/04/20-Since the TV series based on Hap and Leonard has been on a lot of best lists lately, retrospectives, that sort of thing, here is an interview with George R. R. Martin. He showed the first episode of the series every year at his theater in Santa Fe. It was always fun and a rare chance for George and I too see one another. Anyway, it might be fun for you:

05/28/20-"I don’t slice and dice what I’m doing. But my subconscious does. All things come from the subconscious. If you learn to let the subconscious rule, it will answer your questions 98% of the time." To read the rest of Mike Harvkey's profile of Champion in Publishers Weekly, click here!

05/28/20-When we opened the Lansdale Vault this time, we found a bundle of Kasey Lansdale! For $30, you get The Seven Deadliest anthology, which includes her story "Cap Diamant"; her Restless CD, and her Postpartum short film. Contact Kasey to reserve your treasure!

05/28/20-Champion Joe says, "Love Bobby Rivers' comments on film, so it's nice to see this wonderful article about binge-watching HAP AND LEONARD, the TV show based on my characters and novels." Check it out!

05/21/20-From The New York Journal of Books: "[The Sky Done Ripped] is somewhat like a dream: Great fun while it’s happening, but difficult to explain upon awakening. At the time, it makes complete sense, but when you’re staring at the light of day? Not so easy to articulate. Nevertheless, it’s an enjoyable experience while it lasts. So enjoyable in fact, that there’s hope Ned the Seal won’t stop at three adventures." The Sky Done Ripped is on sale now!

05/14/20-Champion Joe says, "I've chosen today to highlight Blood and Lemonade, a collection of short stories that could be considered a kind of mosaic novel, though that might be stretching it a bit. It's one of my favorite of the Hap and Leonard books, along with the forthcoming Of Mice and Minestrone. I think these give a side to the boys that explains a lot about who they are."

05/14/20-Speaking of Blood and Lemonade, it's Tachyon Publishing's 25th anniversary year and to celebrate they are giving away free ebooks every month! May's book is Blood and Lemonade. To get your ebook: Sign up for Tachyon's newsletter on their homepage. Download links will go out the last Wednesday of the month (that's May 27th) and last 48 hours, so be sure to open it right away.

05/14/20-SF Book Reviews says, "[Terror is our Business] is an immersive, rewarding and highly entertaining read, it's got bags of style and wonderfully rich characters. Highly recommended." Order your copy here!

05/14/20-This headline says it all: "Brace yourselves for the return of the drive-in movie theater." Thanks, Brian Woodman, for sharing.

05/14/20-Love some Hap & Leonard? Show that love by joining The Hap & Leonard Fan Page.

05/14/20-You collect a lot of Champion Joe's books? Join the Joe R. Lansdale Collecting group.

05/14/20-Friday night at the Orbit Drive-in: a circus of noise, sex, teenage hormones, B-movie blood, and popcorn. On a cool, crisp summer night, with the Texas stars shining down like rattlesnake eyes, movie-goers for the All-Night Horror Show are trapped in the drive-in by a demonic-looking comet. Then the fun begins. If the movie-goers try to leave, their bodies dissolve into goo. Cowboys are reduced to tears. Lovers quarrel. Bikini-clad women let their stomachs’ sag, having lost the ambition to hold them in. The world outside the six monstrous screens fades to black while the movie-goers spiral into base humanity, resorting to fighting, murdering, crucifying, and cannibalizing to survive. Part dark comedy part horror show, Lansdale's cult Drive-In books are as shocking and entertaining today as they were when they debuted in the '80s and '90s. Get all three books in The Complete Drive-In, out now in paperback!

05/14/20-Publishers Weekly says, "Fans of Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard crime novels won’t want to miss this one." And by "this one," they mean Jane Goes North!

05/07/20-"I will certainly be adding more Lansdale to my to-read pile after watching All Hail the Popcorn King, and I might even try to find some greasy popcorn to eat while reading." You can read the full review from Grim Dark Magazine here ... then get your copy of All Hail the Popcorn King here!

05/07/20-Did you miss Kasey Lansdale and the Oceanaires live on the YouTube channel of Monument Productions? Well ... they didn't mean for that to happen, so they archived it for you!

05/07/20-Champion Joe says, "Hoodoo Harry is a Hap and Leonard adventure involving a bookmobile, which was the first library I remember when I was growing up. If you haven't read this novelette, here's your chance. It's an uncollected story about the boys."

05/07/20-From the dusty Great Depression to the far future to the Wild West to the era of big-fin automobiles, soda shops, and double features, as well as dark journey on an icy ocean full of ravenous sharks and a fantastic shipwreck that leads its survivors into a nightmarish Lovecraftian world of monsters and mystery, Joe R. Lansdale returns with a pack of stories for your consumption and enjoyment. Check out Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories in audio!!

05/07/20-Champion Joe says, "I served as one of the producers on this film, The Pale Door, and my son Keith was a script co-writer. It's a weird Western and has an excellent cast, including my buddy Bill Sage, a fine actor who appeared in the first season of 'Hap & Leonard.'"

04/30/20-Champion Joe says, "I recently wrote a very short story in third person but from Leonard Pine's point of view, and it's a solo event without Hap when Leonard is young enough his Uncle Chester is still alive. Subterranean Press will be publishing it, I think in their newsletter. Thing about it, it has kicked off the urge to write an entire book of stories in third person, as this one is, and for them all to be about Leonard's experiences, or mostly. I'm sure Hap will show up as well. My plan is over time to put this together as another book of short stories about their early lives. In a couple years I hope to return to them again with a new novel. Anyway, thought I'd throw that out there and let readers know. Stay strong." Meantime, you can celebrate Leonard's birthday, April 28!

04/30/20-Champion Joe says, "One of my brother Andrew Vachss' most unusual books. Carbon. Check it out."

04/30/20-While on the subject of Champion Joe's brother Andrew Vachss, here are two audiobook projects on which they've collaborated: "Veil's Visit" is a story co-written by Champion Joe and Andrew, featuring Hap & Leonard, and it's available here as an audiobook, peformed by Joe. Another audiobook performance by Champion Joe is this adaptation of Andrew's Another Chance to Get it Right. Check them out!

04/30/20-"No one mixes the outrageous with depth of heart as well as Joe, and he has rarely delivered as well as he does with Jane Goes North. You'll laugh your head off, but you might be wiping your eyes by the end of the book." That's part of the review Mark Seiber wrote for Horror Drive-In. You can read the full review here. And get a copy of Jane Goes North here!

04/23/20-Tulsa Book Review says, "Jane Goes North is a buddy story with a sharp edge. The laughs are timely and well thought out, the plot fast and loose. ... The duo of Jane and Henry exist on a parallel plane of existence with Lansdale’s more famous Hap and Leonard. Another solid effort by the prolific Lansdale." You can read the full review here, and Jane Goes North is available now in hardcover, and ebook, both Nook and Kindle!

04/23/20-"Turn goat shit into M&Ms" and other writing tips from Champion Joe can be found here!

04/16/20-Here's another for you Hap & Leonard fans. There's a new anthology titled Odd Partners that includes an orignal story of the boys by Champion Joe. In Jervey Tervalon's review of the anthology in The LA Review of Books, he says Joe's story, "Sad Onions," "is an entertaining hard-boiled buddy story that could easily be retooled as a Netflix pilot — or an episode of the Sundance TV series based on the novels."

04/16/20-Champion Joe says, "Lost one of my favorites the other day. John Prine died of the virus. His song 'Sam Stone' alone seals him as one of the greats, but he wrote and sang so many great storyteller songs."

04/09/20-If you are a writer, or would-be writer, this is the perfect time to hunker down and protect yourself from the virus and produce work. And Champion Joe has a bunch of tips for exactly that. Click here to learn his Mojo methods!

04/09/20-Different from those writing tips, but also useful to folks looking for writing tips ... Champion Joe fielded a bunch of questions about writing from some folks on Facebook. We've added them as a Q&A on his Bio page so you can read them all more easily. Enjoy!

04/02/20-You've got shelves and shelves and shelves of books by Champion Joe? Your pantry is stocked with boxes and boxes and boxes of Nilla wafers? Been known to wear popcorn buckets on your head. Here's your people!!

04/02/20-Just released! She just lost her job at the laundry, doesn't have a car that's safe to make the long drive, and doesn't have a date to bring, but Jane won't give her sister the satisfaction of missing her wedding. It's Jane Goes North, the latest from Champion Joe, and it's an epic roadtrip that pairs Jane with a grumpy, one-eyed female weightlifter named Henry for an odyssey that involves drunk preachers, modern slavers, panty snatchers, disabled thieves, and a quest for the world's greatest toaster. Out now in hardcover, and ebook, both Nook and Kindle! Champion Joe says he had fun writing this one, and we think you'll have fun reading it. And couldn't we all use a bit of fun right now?

03/26/20-Tachyon Publications is offering 50%-off of different care packages, including a Champion Joe option. Check it out!

03/26/20-Want an audiobook to fill some time while you're staying home avoiding the virus? If so, you might check Champion Joe's Jane Goes North, performed by his daughter, Kasey Lansdale. Get yours here!

03/26/20-Looking to stay fit and sane during your staycation-in-place? Try Yoga with Kasey!

03/26/20-Champion Joe says he wants you to check out "this interview from Texas Monthly with one of my favorite writers and dearest friends, Neal Barrett, Jr., now deceased but sure as hell not forgotten by me. He wrote brilliantly, but he his hardly known outside of Texas fans. Other Seasons is my favorite of Neal's books, as it is a best-of short-story collection. But his novel The Hereafter Gang is one of my favorites. He wrote a lot of wonderful books."

03/26/20-You should check out this series of crime novels by Kathleen Kent featuring Detective Betty Rhyzyk. Champion Joe says, "One of my favorite series, well, a series of two, but others are forthcoming. Kathleen Kent needs to be more widely read." And Lewis Shiner says, "In the space of only two novels, Detective Betty Rhyzyk has already become my favorite fictional cop. Kathleen Kent has created a hero who perfectly walks the line between toughness and vulnerability, between courage and human weakness." You can get The Dime here!

03/12/20-Once upon a time a film was made from Champion Joe's "Christmas With the Dead." It was scripted by Joe's son, Keith, and now plans are to remake it as Christmas With the Damned, using the original script, but going for the original, darker version, directed by Keith as well. The first was fun, but we think with more money, we can do what we really intended to do the first time. So, check out the IndieGoGo crowdfunding page. Be a part of it. See incentives. Help us deck the hell out of them halls.

03/12/20-Champion Joe says, "Really enjoyed The Neon Owl by Chad Lutzke. Good crime/mystery novel."

03/05/20-Kirkus says, "The dialogue throughout is worth the price of admission." Publishers Weekly says it's "Full of humor, gritty drama, and insightful observations." It's Of Mice and Minestrone – Hap and Leonard: The Early Years, and it will be out next month!

03/05/20-Champion Joe says, "Forthcoming a really fun special edition novel by me and my son, Keith. More on it later. Just thought I'd seed the ground."

02/27/20-Cemetery Dance says Jane Goes North is "a simple, straightforward story that (like the best road trips) gets sidetracked multiple times in entertaining, sometimes dangerous ways. This is not a story relying heavily on plot; rather, it’s driven by the awe-inspiring power of Lansdale’s storytelling. It’s not about where they’re going, it’s about how they get there, and what happens along the way." Jane Goes North will be out March 31, 2020!

02/13/20-Noomi Rapace, Charlie Plummer, and Sophia Lillis join Peter Dinklage in 'The Thicket'

02/13/20-The audiobook adaptation of Champion Joe's Jane Goes North will be performed by his daughter, Kasey Lansdale! Read all about it here!

02/13/20-Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels and The Only Good Indians, says, "There’s a place in East Texas where story shades into memory, where violence and tenderness are just part of the wonder of living, and that’s precisely where Joe Lansdale lives, and writes from, and we’re all the better for it. The eating’s pretty good there, too, as Hap’s recipes more than attest. You leave [Of Mice and Minestrone] hungry, both for food and to start the whole [Hap & Leonard] series all over again, live through it one more time, maybe just live there a while."

02/06/20-Once upon a time, in the early 1970s, Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale worked for a duck.

02/06/20-"Some say that deep in the East Texas woods, where the muddy Sabine River flows, there dwells a creature called the Goat Man. This furry, hoofed denizen of the dark woods lives under a swinging bridge, where he sates his taste for human flesh on unsuspecting passersby." To read the rest of Champion Joe's article about his hometown of Gladewater, Texas, click here!

01/30/20-From Manhattan Book Review: "The Sky Done Ripped is a pulp novel for the ages, a gloriously strange and rambling adventure that deftly mixes different genres with a dash of slapstick humor and more than a little of Lansdale’s patented grotesquery for the villains that inhabit his unique worlds." The Sky Done Ripped is available for pre-order now!

01/30/20-If you were excited by last week's announcement of a Funko POP vinyl of the Scarecrow from the "Creepshow" adaptation of "The Companion," the story that Champion Joe wrote with his kids, Keith and Kasey, you're gonna also dig this Halloween mask!

01/23/20-Episode 4 of "Creepshow" was adapted from "The Companion," the story that Champion Joe wrote with his kids, Keith and Kasey. You can watch it now on Shudder Channel and ... you can keep yourself up at night terrified by the Funko POP vinyl of the Scarecrow from that episode! How cool is that?

01/23/20-"The Hoodoo Man and the Midnight Train" is Champion Joe's contribution to Straight Outta Dodge City, an anthology of weird Western stories. "I thought I had written my last weird Western with this one," says Champion Joe, "but it has inspired me to want to write more." Check it out!

01/23/20-Click here to listen to an interview with Champion Joe and Kasey about Terror is Our Business, as well as the Hap and Leonard TV show. Really fun, and sometimes even moving. Contains spoilers, so be alert to that.

01/23/20-Champion Joe says, "Enjoy the work of a lot of authors, but I want to give shout outs two a couple of my favorites. Owen King and Stephen Graham Jones, Jonathan Janz. They can write anything, and do it majestically."

01/21/20-Champion Joe says, "Recognizing the great Martin Luther King on this day. He was a game changer, and for the better."

01/16/20-Kasey Lansdale has a new song that just premiered on Billboard! Check it out!

01/16/20-Champion Joe says, "I think we should have freedom of religion, but I also think we should have freedom from religion, and I think we should separate religion and politics. Make room for everyone. Including atheists and agnostics." He said that in response to this: "Hi, I'm Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I'm alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That's why I'm asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation's largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell."

01/16/20-"As a writer, you should be able to write about any characters, be they female, black, brown, gay, or straight." You can read the rest of this writing tip from Champion Joe, and a treasure chest of additional suggestions on writing, by clicking here!

01/16/20-Interview with Kasey Lansdale. Kind of fuzzy film, but interesting and fun stuff. Check it out here!

01/02/20-From The New York Journal of Books: "[The Sky Done Ripped] is somewhat like a dream: Great fun while it’s happening, but difficult to explain upon awakening. At the time, it makes complete sense, but when you’re staring at the light of day? Not so easy to articulate. Nevertheless, it’s an enjoyable experience while it lasts. So enjoyable in fact, that there’s hope Ned the Seal won’t stop at three adventures." The Sky Done Ripped is available for pre-ordser now!

12/26/19-"Perfection can become the purpose more than the story. Writing is how you feel, and no matter what the story (and I haven't always done this, I admit) you should try and have your feelings, something you care about, at least on some level, emptied into the prose." You can read the rest of this writing tip from Champion Joe, and a treasure chest of additional suggestions on writing, by clicking here!

12/19/19-The trade edition of The Sky Done Ripped is 80% sold out. If you want to be sure to get a copy, order now! From Publishers Weekly: "Lansdale puts his gift for pulp to great use in [The Sky Done Ripped,] the rollicking third installment of the adventures of Ned the Seal (after 2010’s Flaming Zeppelins). Following previous escapades hopping through time between parallel universes, Ned, a seal with surgically enhanced intelligence, and H. G. Wells attempt to return to their own times using Wells’s time machine. Instead, the machine shunts them into a parallel America populated by sentient apes. There, Ned and Wells meet Lord Jack Bloomingdale, aka Tango the Monkey Man, and get caught up in his scheme to steal the Golden Fleece. Tango hopes to use the magical fleece to cure his wife’s illness, but the fleece is also wanted by She Who Must Be Obeyed and Eats Lunch Early, the mutant daughter of America’s 'President Dunderhead.' Lansdale combines elements from classic sci-fi adventure stories and mythology into a high-energy steampunk romp. Readers will revel in the humorously purple prose and spot-on illustrations by Timothy Truman."

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