INTERVIEW WITH JOE R. LANSDALE
BY COREY REDECOP, POSTED BY MATT STAGGS
This prolific Texas author of light and dark is notable. The interview is preceded by a bio.
"Author Joe R. Lansdale has won six Bram Stoker horror awards, the American Mystery Award, The Booklist Editor’s Award, the Critic’s Choice award, the “Shot in the Dark” International Crime Writer’s Award, a British Fantasy Award, and a New York Times Notable Book Award. He has an enormous body of work including teleplays, novels, short story collections, comic books and more, including the novella “Bubba Ho-Tep”, later adapted by director Don Coscarelli into the movie of the same name starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. Lansdale also holds several black belts in a number of martial arts, and is the founder of his own martial arts style, Shen Chuan. A resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, he divides his time between his family, his writing career and running his own martial arts school."
One of the interesting questions:
"In your chapter in “On Writing Horror” you talk about the role of the writer’s environment in the development of his or her voice. East Texas has been a major “character” in your writing for a long while. Was there ever a time when you rebelled against letting it color your work? What brought you around to accepting and celebrating it?"
Apparently Lansdale has spent his time beyond visiting the Appleby watchtower.
His homepage is http://www.joerlansdale.com/
His bibliography includes these earliest works:
Act of Love: A thriller. Hardcover. Kensington Press (NY).
Act of Love: A thriller. Trade paperback. Kensington Press (NY).
Act of Love: A thriller. Mass-market paperback. Zebra (NY). ISBN 89083735
The Nightrunners: A dark suspense novel. Hardcover
Texas Night Riders: A Western novel. [Published under the pseudonym, Ray Slater] Mass-market paperback. Leisure Books (NY).
Dead in the West: A horror novel. Trade paperback. Space and Time (NY). ISBN 0917053044.
Magic Wagon: A Western novel with fantastic elements. Hardcover. Doubleday (NY). ISBN 0385232691.