Author of the Month

Joe R. Lansdale [OCT 2011]
Chosen by columnist/reviewer Beverly Rowe

Here is an author for every reader. This man has written an unbelievable number of novels and stories in just about any genre you can mention from mystery and horror to sci-fi, westerns, and even romances and young adult and children's stories.

My personal favorites are his Hap and Leonard yarns, and I just finished reading his latest -- Devil Red. Like all the other books in that series, it is hilarious, exciting, filled with fast action and compelling, weird characters. Hap is an opinionated, sarcastic, white heterosexual. His best friend is Leonard, a bull-headed, blunt, black, homosexual. Joe tells his stories with precise description, and unbeatable humor and wit. There is plenty of violence and suspense, with the bad guys getting just what they have coming to them.

A hardcore Texan, Joe is, above all other things, a champion storyteller. His awards include sixteen Bram Stoker Awards, the Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer’s Award, the Golden Lion Award, the Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book Award.

Aside from his writing, he’s a two-time inductee into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame, one such honor for his founding of Shen Chuan, Martial Science. He holds belts in Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Combat Hapkido, American Combat Kempo, and Aikido. Joe's normal day is six hours at the typewriter, three hours at Lansdale’s Self Defense Systems, the martial-arts studio which he owns and at which he teaches.

Joe R Lansdale'a Amazon Author page


Check out Joe's biography and bibliography.

Free Stories are available here, Joe says all it will cost you is your sanity....

Hap and Leonard website

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