"...The World Horror Convention just wrapped up a successful weekend in Brighton, England, and now the countdown to the 2011 iteration, scheduled for right here in Austin, has begun. One person who will definitely be attending is the author with Mucho Mojo, Joe Lansdale..."
"...John Burdett (the Bangkok series) is one, Stephen King is another, but most of all, we pine for new work from Texas's own national treasure, Joe R. Lansdale, Nacogdoches native and genre-defying literary genius nonpareil...."
"...Joe R. Lansdale may be the most famous unknown writer working today..."
"...Let's face facts: No sane person would pass up an chance to drink in the presence of Joe Lansdale. On June 16 the king of East Texas Gothic will be screaming over from Nacogdoches to show the best of his hard-boiled, two-fisted and not-for-the-faint-of-heart excursions into the cinematic realm...."
"...You know Joe Lansdale, don't you? For umpty-some years now, the East Texas native (and longtime Nacogdoches resident) has been terrorizing the book world with radically weird, unsettlingly violent, and often indefinable short stories, novellas, and novels. And alternately entertaining the hell out of readers with his relatively straightforward Hap and Leonard crime/mystery series and scaring the living daylights out of them with the likes of 1999's Freezer Burn, which features a traveling sideshow whose main attraction is a body encased in a block of ice that might, or might not, be Jesus Christ..."
"...Of all the hundreds of stories that Nacogdoches-based writer Joe R. Lansdale has written in his life -- outrageous horror yarns, gritty suspense novels, crime fiction, oddball Westerns, the popular Hap Collins/Leonard Pine books -- it's a 40-plus-page novella featuring an aging Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) who teams up with a delusional John F..."
"...High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale..."
"...The Neal and Joe Show: Bigger, Longer, UncutNeal Barrett Jr. and Joe Lansdale..."
"...Joe Lansdale was 4 when his father bought him a puppy. The dog soon started digging in a flower bed across the creek from their home, so an irate neighbor cracked the dog across the head with a steel pipe and tossed the limp critter into the creek to die..."
"...When writer/director Jim Mickle started reading Joe Lansdale's novel Cold in July, he expected a by-the-numbers thriller. What he got, instead, pulled not just the rug, but the entire floor out from under him..."
"...Set in East Texas in 1989 (that near-past era before cell phones and DNA testing made mystery plotting a much trickier business), Cold in July is based on a novel by Joe Lansdale, and the screenplay is adapted by director Jim Mickle and his writing partner Nick Damici (who also has an onscreen role in the film). The time period also fits the story’s underlying depiction of various modalities of masculinity...."
"...Joe Lansdale, who has seen more options come to nothing than ever pan out, also recommended all aspiring authors taking a big dose of patience juice before they talk to any producer (a point he illustrated with a series of anecdotes abut various time he'd basically been dragged, cussing and swinging, from a pitch meeting by his agent.) On a positive note, Lansdale's working with 2007 Texas Film Hall of Fame inductee Bill Paxton to bring his book The Bottoms to the big screen, and seems up-beat about it...."
"...It's a different story in Europe. Like Joe Lansdale said, legitimacy is a lot to do with geography..."
"...Joe R. Lansdale is loving his moment in the sun..."
"...Like pretty much all of Joe R. Lansdale's bibliography, it's a Mr..."
"...He writes seamless and seductive prose and dialogue that crackles with wit and intelligence. His close friend Joe Lansdale, a writer of no mean skill, calls Barrett "one of the best writers I've ever read." Discount the statement 25 percent for reasons of affinity -- and that's still high praise..."
"...SANCTIFIED AND CHICKEN-FRIED: THE PORTABLE LANSDALEby Joe R. Lansdale University of Texas Press, 212 pp., $29.95..."
"...This weekend, Austin's own ArmadilloCon is back to restore some faith in the quiet power of talking about books. Joe Lansdale, the boss of East Texas Gothic and an ArmadilloCon regular throughout its now 30-year history, puts it bluntly: "It's not for people in chicken costumes from space," he says, "but people who really read the literature and are interested in the writers and how they create."..."
"...by Joe Lansdale Mysterious Press, $22 hard..."
"...Twenty years have passed since Nacogdoches native Joe Lansdale published his first novel (Act of Love), and for all the critical kudos and fanatical devotion of a tirelessly loyal readership, the former East Texas tater baron and martial arts master has yet to secure a spot atop (or within) the Times bestseller list. Damn shame, really, since he's as deserving of popular success as any storyteller I can think of, but not all that surprising..."