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Lists with This Book. The cover says The Portable Lansdale. I guess that's true since this is a best-of collection. The stories are a combination of old favorites, like Bubba Hotep and Mr. The short stories are great. Rather than review them all, I'll tell you about Mr. Weedeater has been my favorite Lansdale short story for about a decade now. Job Harold, redneck and all round loser, sees a blind man trimming the yard of the church next door with a weedeater. He tries to help the blind man but the blind man is on the obnoxious side.

Eventually, Job's conscience gets the better of him and he helps the blind man, then lets him relax in his living room. Job's family likes the blind man entirely too much for Job's liking. However, when Job drives the blind man home, his house has burned down and his wife suggests the blind man stay with them.

While I enjoyed the hell out of this collection, I couldn't give it five stars for two reasons. First, only one of the stories was brand spankin' new. Second, I would have much rather had two more stories instead of the novel excerpts. If the collection had included Bestsellers, Guaranteed and the one about the people fighting over the locket containing the Virgin mary's Pubic hair, I would have given it five stars automatically. If you don't have any Lansdale short story collections, this one is the perfect place to start. Otherwise, read the contents before you buy, although the stories within are good no matter how many times you've read them.

View all 13 comments. Nov 09, Kirk Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: He does have a sense of humor and he keeps a lot of focus on racial inequality. That is the positive viewpoint, to harsher critics it may seem sexist and racist. It's about producing the most gritty and shocking short stories, ever. The story was amusing. But as I read the other stories, the tone and style grew tiresome. Jun 24, Christopher Coons rated it really liked it. Hilarious, raunchy, profane and some of them downright serious. This guy is the master of the modern short story.

Like all anthologies, some stories are better than others but I highly recommend reading him if you are a Lansdale virgin. The first story should immerse you enough so that you will want read the entire collection. Mar 16, Steven Werber rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was simply brilliant. Dark, terrible and gothic but brilliant. If you have any triggers this will trigger you, violence, bestiality, torture, racism, racism and racism.

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Bleeding Shadows. Bleeding Shadows is Joe R. Lansdale's largest, most varied collection to date. Weighing in at Weighing in at pages and , words, these stories, poems, and novellas--supplemented by the author's introduction and by an invaluable set of story notes--move effortlessly from horror, Emergency Christmas.

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Emergency Christmas tells the story of the Albright family at Christmastime, and the guest who surprises them just in time for the holiday. Along the way, Incident on and off a Mountain Road. Easing her back against a tree trunk, she sat and listened, watching for that strange Easing her back against a tree trunk, she sat and listened, watching for that strange face, fearing it might abruptly burst through the limbs and brush, grinning its horrible teeth, or worse, that he might come up behind her, reach Joe Lansdale returns with his characteristic dark take on the horrors that lurk beneath the Joe Lansdale returns with his characteristic dark take on the horrors that lurk beneath the surface of mundane life in this collection of short stories and novellas.

Originally available only in limited-edition hardcover, these tales run the gamut from devilish Using a lot of strong and graphic imagery it leaves nothing up to the imagination, as it charts every grisly detail of his murder spree.

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As a depraved killer goes on the rampage, it also manages to capture a lot of the on-goings within society at the time as well. Operating as a form of social-commentary, it works in examining the inside details of the police department and how they deal with such a case. The murderer himself is also a misogynist of the most unpleasant kind, another detail which is also explored in-depth.


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    What will it take to stop the killer and who will they attack next in their bloody murder spree? Why is the murderer doing this and what is motivating them to conduct such a horrific act? This is the first in a series of eight novels overall featuring the characters Hap and Leonard, two Texas men in their mid-forties looking to get away from their low-wage lifestyles.

    Getting into trouble on numerous occasion, they usually end up on the wrong side of the tracks, as they get mixed up with the local criminal element. Living LaBorde, a fictional town set in East Texas, they have all sorts of adventures over the course of the series of novels. In this particular novel they find themselves helping out a woman from their youth who offers them the chance to make some big money. Not everything is as it seems though and soon the pair find themselves in over their heads, as they look back upon the politics of their past.

    Will they be able to recover the money and live the good life? What will become of them both as they start to enter the savage season? If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. Book s. The guy is a master!

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