Joe Richard Lansdale (born October 28, 1951) is an American writer, author, martial arts expert, and martial arts instructor.
Lansdale has written novels and stories in many genres, including Western, horror, science fiction, mystery, and suspense. He has also written for comics as well as Batman: The Animated Series. He has written 45 novels and published 30 short story collections along with many chapbooks and comic book adaptations. Several of his novels have been adapted to film.
Frequent features of Lansdale’s writing are usually deeply ironic, strange or absurd situations or characters, such as Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy battling a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy in a nursing home (the plot of his Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella, Bubba Ho-Tep, which was made into a movie by Don Coscarelli). He is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and ten Bram Stoker Awards.
His Hap and Leonard series of nine novels, three novellas, and two short story collections feature two friends, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, who live in the fictional town of Laborde, in East Texas, and find themselves solving a variety of often unpleasant crimes. The characters themselves are an unlikely pairing; Hap is a white working class laborer in his mid forties who once protested against the war in Vietnam and spent time in federal prison rather than be drafted and Leonard is a gay black Vietnam vet. Both of them are accomplished fighters, and the stories (told from Hap’s narrative point of view) feature a great deal of violence, profanity and sex. Lansdale paints a picture of East Texas which is essentially “good” but blighted by racism, ignorance, urban and rural deprivation and corruption in public officials. Some of the subject matter is extremely dark, and includes scenes of brutal violence. These novels are also characterized by sharp humor and “wisecracking” dialogue. These books have been adapted into a TV series for the SundanceTV channel and a series of graphic novels will be published in 2016.
Much of Lansdale’s work has been issued and re-issued as limited editions by Subterranean Press and as trade paperbacks by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Publications. His current new release publisher is Mulholland Books. Lansdale also publishes with Dark Regions Press, and Tachyon Publications.
A new full-length novel titled Paradise Sky was published mid June 2015 by Muholland Books. Also the first issue of the comic series The Steam Man, co-written with fellow author Mark Miller and art from Piotr Kowalski by Dark Horse Comics was released in October 2015. Issues 2 and 3 have also been released.
Lansdale’s novel titled Fender Lizards was published in November 2015 by Subterranean Press. In February 2016 two full-length novels Hell’s Bounty was published Feb 27 also by Subterreanean Press and a new Hap and Leonard novel titled Honky Tonk Samurai was released Feb 2 by Mulholland Books.
Lansdale and daughter Kasey have started a new publishing company called Pandi Press to control the re-issue and publishing of his older works.
Lansdale, who was born in Gladewater, Texas, now lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife Karen and is the writer in residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also teaches at his own Shen Chuan martial arts school Lansdale’s Self Defense Systems in Nacogdoches and is a member of both the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Soke and the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is the father of actress, musician, and book publisher Kasey Lansdale and reporter and screenwriter Keith Lansdale who wrote the screenplay for the film Christmas with the Dead. Joe is also a close friend and colleague of author, child advocate, and attorney Andrew Vachss.
Hap and Leonard series books 1-7,10,11
Joe R. Lansdale – Savage Season (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Mucho Mojo (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – The Two-Bear Mambo (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Bad Chili (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Rumble Tumble (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Captains Outrageous (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Vanilla Ride (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Dead Aim (read by Phil Gigante)
Joe R. Lansdale – Honky Tonk Samurai (read by Christopher Ryan Grant)
Joe R. Lansdale – The Bottoms (read by Don Jellerson)
Joe R. Lansdale – Edge Of Dark Water (read by Angele Masters)
Joe R. Lansdale – The Thicket (read by Will Collyer)
Joe R. Lansdale – A Fine Dark Line (read by D*ick Hill)
Joe R. Lansdale – Cold In July (read by Brian Hutchison)
Joe R. Lansdale – Sunset And Sawdust (read by Deborah Marlow)
Joe R. Lansdale – Lost Echoes (read by Eric G. Dove)
Joe R. Lansdale – Leather Maiden (read by Tom Butler)
Joe R. Lansdale – Paradise Sky (read by Brad Sanders)
Joe R. Lansdale – Bumper Crop (read by Wyntner Woody)
Joe R. Lansdale – The Magic Wagon (read by Chet Williamson)
Joe R. Lansdale – Deadman’s Road (read by Stefan Rudnicki)
Joe R. Lansdale – The Shadows, Kith And Kin (read by Eric Vincent)
Joe R. Lansdale – Short Stories (read by Various)
Hap and Leonard series