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Knuckleball
Southern Gothic in in the Canadian heartland
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Film Review  October 5, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...Texas writer Joe Lansdale has said that, even though he was born in the 1950s, he was raised in the 1930s: That’s a byproduct of living in the remote rural areas, that there’s a lag in time. It’s not just a conceit for filmmakers to be able to dispense with cell phones and the internet..."

Cult Film Hero Don Coscarelli Turns a Page
Phantasm director discusses his new memoir
DAILY Screens  October 2, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Austin Chronicle: You’re one of the so-called “Masters of Horror” as part of the Showtime series of the same name, and turned Joe R. Lansdale’s short story “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” into that show’s very first, instantly memorable episode, co-scripting with Austin author and screenwriter Stephen Romano..."

Gary Kent Is One of the Last of the Dangerous Men
New documentary Love and Other Stunts catches the daredevil legend in action
Screens Story  May 31, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Mikels' The Black Klansman; and Don Coscarelli's monsterpiece Bubba Ho-Tep, (adapted from a story by East Texas yarn-spinner Joe R. Lansdale)...."

The Cthulhu Humor of William Browning Spencer
Austin author William Browning Spencer finds the lighter side of Lovecraft and other horrors
Arts Story  August 3, 2017, by Mike Berry
"...In an email, Edgar Award winner Joe Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard crime novels, wrote, "Bill is his own thing, and unique is the proper word. He writes novels from his personal vision, not someone else's, and I admire that most about his work." [inset-1]..."

Writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror in Austin
How local authors who work beyond the world we know meet, connect, and launch themselves into the business
Arts Story  July 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."Well, the horror-writing community is a little more fractured than I'd like it to be," says Southard. "Historywise, the first name that always popped into my mind with Austin horror was Joe Lansdale – and he's from Nacogdoches..."

Point Austin: American Horror Story
What can you say when you can't say "It's Only a Movie"?
News Column  October 13, 2016, by Michael King
"...Writing in The Texas Observer, novelist Joe R. Lansdale describes his Trump-supporting East Texas neighbors as neither stereotypical "rednecks" nor the "uneducated," but rather the willfully, "happily stupid." They have adopted a religion of guns and power, and yearn for "a chance ....."

Don Coscarelli Returns With Phantasm: Ravager
Great balls of dire
Screens Story  September 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's not like he didn't have ideas on how to continue: "Over this length of time, and the long gaps between these films and from the Seventies onwards, I've been close friends with the key actors. I'd always been fantasizing about where these characters would go." Then in the mid-2000s, he was approached by horror illustrator and TV animation director David Hartman, who had supervised visual effects for Coscarelli's 2002 adaptation of Joe Lansdale's Bubba Ho-Tep..."

East Texas Noir
Joe R. Lansdale's Hap and Leonard get a swampy series
Screens Story  February 25, 2016, by Marc Savlov
"...Joe R. Lansdale is loving his moment in the sun..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...In my favorite 2015 read, Joe Lansdale takes on the mythically true-ish story of Nat Love, an African-American marksman nicknamed Deadwood Dick who was both a marshal and a Buffalo Soldier. Along the novel's picaresque journey, Love is tracked by a racist killer seeking revenge..."

Bone Tomahawk
Hybrid Western/horror film starring Kurt Russell is a brutal delight
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Film Review  October 23, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...If someone had told me that it was adapted from one of Joe R. Lansdale’s genre-hopping horror stories I would have believed it..."

Top 5 Soundtracks and Original Scores of 2014
Awesome Mix, No. 2: Tehran punk, Cave, and Carpenter
DAILY Screens  December 30, 2014, by Marc Savlov
"...(Mike Simonetti’s track “The Magician” pulls double duty, lifting as it does from Brad Fiedel’s score for The Terminator.) Grace, a frequent collaborator with Ti West, mostly utilizes his own skills with electronic instrumentation in evoking the sweaty, do-or-die mood of Joe R. Lansdale’s humdinger of a crime novel..."

DVDanger: Nick Damici Sees Late Phases
Werewolves, contact lenses, and the Hap and Leonard series
DAILY Screens  November 23, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...As an actor, writer, and producer of films like post-apocalyptic vampire nightmare Stake Land, cannibal family drama We Are What We Are, and the recent adaptation of Joe Lansdale's Cold in July, Damici and his long-time directing partner Jim Mickle have become mainstays of alternative horror. In his first teaming with director Adrián García Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Here Comes the Devil), Late Phases adds a new twist to the lycanthropic trope..."

DVD Watch: 'Jodorowsky's Dune'
Documentary about a film that never was heads this week's releases
DAILY Screens  July 8, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Joe Lansdale has joked that the best thing that can happen to a writer is that they sell the rights to a book, it never gets made, they get the rights back, and then they get to sell the rights again. At least that way the filmmaker doesn't get to fuck it up..."

Unleashing the Fundraising Power of 'Inframan'
Drafthouse screening Hong Kong sci-fi classic for Stephen Romano
DAILY Screens  June 25, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Romano is an institution in the Austin literary and genre scenes, having translated Joe Lansdale's "Incident On And Off a Mountain Road" for Showtime's Masters of Horror series, and penning the definitive fictional history of a cinema that never was, Shock Festival. His latest novel, Resurrection Express has been optioned by producers Pierre David (Videodrome, Scanners) and Arthur M..."

Cold in July
A dream lineup is one of many treats in this East Texas neo-noir based on a Joe Lansdale book.
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Film Review  June 6, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

Taking the Temperature of 'Cold in July'
The film based on Joe Lansdale's novel, 'Cold in July,' is a gnarled tale of modern horror
Screens Story  May 29, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Kickstart Your Weekend: Get Stephen Romano Back on His Feet
Local author needs your help after getting hit by a truck
DAILY Screens  May 9, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2010, he followed that up with a three disc collection of (mostly) fake trailers for those fake films. He's also been part of the real deal: In 2005, Romano brought together two of his favorite fearmongers, Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli and the king of Texas Gothic Joe Lansdale for Showtime's adaptation of Lansdale's Incident On And Off a Country Road...."

The Damage Before the Blue Ruin
Actor Macon Blair talks revenge and homelessness in the new thriller
DAILY Screens  April 24, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...That doesn't mean fedoras and tommy guns. As Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller explains, "It's a certain story where the reader can empathize with characters who are bad, who are doing something that's bad." That's the theme in the upcoming adaptation of Joe Lansdale's Cold in July (directed by We Are What We Are's Jim Mickle and starring Michael C..."

Farewell, Neal Barrett Jr.
Texas' sci-fi, fantasy, and crime author passes
DAILY Books  January 14, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...In 2010, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him author emeritus, showing his value to and impact on the medium. Books like Interstate Dreams and The Hereafter Gang established him as a member of the slipstream movement, pioneered by Bruce Sterling and Barrett's close friend Joe Lansdale...."

The Weird, Weird West
Giddings gets retro-futuristic for Weird West Fest
DAILY Screens  December 12, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Zeppelins West, Jonah Hex)..."

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