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Today, the Sabine River runs as before, yet the bottoms have been drained. Long gone are the alligators, and the few birds that take to the air cast tiny shadows over concrete surfaces.
But way back then, during the thick of the Great Depression that squeezed Deep East Texas in its impoverishing grip, a boy could hear the crickets and the frogs in the star-studded southern night. And in this primordial time a killer stalked the land.
When young Harry Crane discovers the black woman’s body, mutilated and bound to a tree with barbed wire, he unwittingly unleashes a storm of uncontrolled fear, thinly buried racial animosities, and fearsomely escalating violence. Jacob Crane, Harry’s father and the town constable, struggles valiantly to see that proper justice gets done.
When a group of friends decided to spend a day at the world’s largest Drive-In theater horror fest, they expected to see tons of bloody murders, rampaging madmen, and mayhem—but only on the screen. As a mysterious force traps all the patrons inside the Drive-In, the worst in humanity comes out. Filled with Lansdale’s razor whit and black humor, The Drive-In is a darkly humorous masterpiece!
The endlessly inventive mind of Joe R. Lansdale whips up yet another batch of stories to amaze, surprise, and entertain you. His new offering covers a lot of territory, producing what may be his best short story collection yet.
One tale concerns an East Texas mule race in the early 1900s that proves to be an unexpected turning point and learning experience for the main character, a lifelong loser. It also chronicles the unusual circumstances of the race, which include a friendship between a rare white mule that can run like the wind, and his friend, a loyal, spotted pig. Another tale drops us into the disturbed mind of a mass murderer and his friendship with the shadows. Two other stories reintroduce us to the supernatural adventures of Reverend Rains, the flawed hero from Lansdale’s cult favorite novel, Dead in the West. Here ghouls prowl and werewolves howl. There’s a poetic collaboration with Melissa Mia Hall about the nature of loneliness and loss that echoes back to…[more]
Before such classic novels as The Drive-In, The Bottoms, Cold in July, and the Hap and Leonard suspense novels, Joe R. Lansdale made his reputation with short stories like “Night They Missed the Horror Show,” “The Pit,” and “Steel Valentine.”
Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories continues hisownself’s mastery of the short story, with tales of a very weird future, a nostalgic past, and two Hap and Leonard short stories—one written in collaboration with Andrew Vachss.
Hap and Leonard are two friends who are always looking for a fast buck. So when Hap’s old flame, Trudy, waltzes back into town with a money-making scam, it sounds easy—a quick dive into the icy Sabine River for a half-million dollars in lost hold-up money. But things go bad, and when Hap and Leonard meet Soldier, they know they’ve entered a nightmare with no escape.