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    Joe R. Lansdale
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Where does Mojo storytelling come from? How does a fella learn to spin over-the-top yarns of any sort: horror, suspense, humor, science fiction, Western, what have you? First you got to see the world, like champion Mojo storyteller Joe R. Lansdale, who has lived everywhere from Gladewater, Texas to Mount Enterprise, Texas to Nacogdoches, Texas!

"Texas is so wrapped up in myth and legend, itís hard to know what the state and its people are really about," says Lansdale. "Real Texans, raised on these myths and legends, sometimes become legends themselves. The bottom line is, Texas and its people are pretty much what most people mean when they use the broader term ĎAmerica.í No state better represents the independent spirit, the can-do attitude of America, better than Texas."

The second ingredient to good Mojo storytelling is learning how to take a punch. Or a kick. Or a poke in the eye. And then learning how to avoid them. Lansdale is a student of the martial arts for more than thirty years. Heís a two-time inductee into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame, one such honor bestowed upon him for his founding of Shen Chuan, Martial Science. He holds belts in Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Combat Hapkido, American Combat Kempo, and Aikido, amongst others; in fact, his standard day is six hours at the typewriter, three hours at Lansdaleís Self Defense Systems, the martial-arts studio which he owns and at which he teaches.

With more than twenty books to his credit, Lansdale is the champion Mojo storyteller. Heís been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folkloristís eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteurís sense of pace." Heís won umpty-ump awards, including five Bram Stoker horror awards, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writerís award, the Booklist Editorís Award, the Criticís Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book award. Heís got the most decorated mantle in all of Nacogdoches!

Lansdale lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.


Date of Birth: October 28, 1951
Birthplace: Gladewater, Texas


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Lansdale has written horror, science fiction, westerns and mysteries. He has expressed a preference for short stories but has also written novels, comic scripts, screenplays and stage plays. He has edited several short story anthologies and has contributed to numerous genre magazines. All his works are informed by his life-long immersion in the culture of deep East Texas.

Lansdale was awarded the Bram Stoker award for "Night They Missed the Horror Show" in 1989 and for "On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks" in 1990.


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30 Days of Night: Night, Again (2011)
Absolute Vertigo (1995)
Adventures of the Batman (1995)
Amazing Fantasy (2004)
Atomic Chili: The Illustrated Joe R. Lansdale (1997)
Batman in Terror on the High Skies (1992)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Blood and Shadows (1996)
Bram Stoker's Death Ship (2010)
By Bizarre Hands (1994)
Conan and the Songs of the Dead (2006)
The Conan Reader (2018)
Crawling Sky (2013)
Creepy (2009)
Dark Delicacies (2009)
Dead in the West (1993)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure (1995)
Famous Monsters Presents: Tales From the Acker-Mansion (2016)
Flinch (1999)
The Further Adventures of Batman (1989)
The Further Adventures of the Joker (1990)
Gangland (1998)
Graphic Classics (2001)
H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (2011)
Hard Looks (1992)
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs (2008)
Joe R. Lansdale's By Bizarre Hands (2004)
Joe R. Lansdale's The Drive-In (2003)
Joe R. Lansdale's The Drive-In 2 (2006)
Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such (1995)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (1999)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (2014)
Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo (1993)
Killing the Cobra: Chinatown Trollop (2010)
Lansdale and Truman's Dead Folks (2003)
The Lone Ranger And Tonto (1994)
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four (2005)
Marvel Romance Redux: Another Kind of Love (2007)
Marvel Romance Redux: Love is a Four-Letter Word (2006)
Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring the Black Rider (2006)
Masters of Horror (2005)
Murder By Crowquill (1999)
Pigeons from Hell (2008)
Red Range (1999)
Red Range: A Wild Western Adventure (2017)
Rocketeer Adventures (2011)
A Sailor's Story (2015)
The Spirit: The New Adventures (1998)
The Steam Man (2015)
Strange Adventures (1999)
Supergirl (1996)
Tales From The Crypt (2007)
Tales From The Crypt [Graphic Novel Series] (2007)
That Hellbound Train (2011)
Tomb of Terror (2010)
Vampirella: Feary Tales (2014)
We Will Bury You (2010)
Weird Business (1995)
Weird War Tales (1997)
Weird Western Tales (2001)
Wild West Show (1996)
The X-Files: Case Files--Hoot Goes There? (2018)
The X-Files: Case Files (2018)
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (2010)
Zombie Tales Omnibus: Undead (2011)
Zombie Tales: The Series (2008)
Zombie Tales: The War At Home (2008)

Weird Business (1995)

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