TIH 166: Joe R. Lansdale on Hap and Leonard, Growing Up in East Texas, and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

TIH 166 Joe R. Lansdale on Hap and Leonard, Growing Up in East Texas, and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

In this podcast Joe R. Lansdale talks about Hap and Leonard, Growing Up in East Texas, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, and much more.

About Joe R. Lansdale

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies, and has won ten Bram Stoker Awards. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” was adapted to film for Showtime’s “Masters of Horror,” and he adapted his short story “Christmas with the Dead” to film hisownself. The film adaptation of his novel Cold in July was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Sundance Channel has adapted his Hap & Leonard novels for television. He is currently co-producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton, and The Drive-In,. He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

Show notes

  • [03:20] Life lessons growing up in East Texas
  • [13:50] First experiences with storytelling
  • [39:55] Dialogue within dialogue/ East Texas storytelling tradition / Cold In July
  • [47:20] Flash fiction / self-publishing and eBooks
  • [01:01:10] Audiobooks
  • [01:02:15] Friendship with Chet Williamson
  • [01:03:20] Involvement in film and television adaptations / second golden age of television
  • [01:17:00] Looking for the key to storytelling/storytelling vs plot
  • [01:25:30] Figurative language
  • [01:31:15] 1986
  • [01:35:35] Small press vs mainstream publishing
  • [01:37:10] Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers
  • [01:43:55] Max Booth, via Patreon, asks about writing sequel to book/movie not involved with
  • [01:45:20] Facebook writing posts/ craft book
  • [01:46:20] Alan Baxter, via Patreon, asks about favourite writers of the moment
  • [01:48:00] Johann Thorsson, via Patreon, asks about reading habits and advice for writers
  • [01:51:45] Fiction and nonfiction recommendations
  • [01:54:35] Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • [01:56:50] Dino Parenti, via Patreon, asks about rituals and writing stories
  • [01:58:10] Brian Asman, via Patreon, asks about transferrable lessons in writing and martial arts
  • [02:00:00] Strategies for writing unlikeable characters
  • [02:01:45] Brian Asman asks about fighting horror icons
  • [02:02:35] Advice to eighteen-year-old self
  • [02:03:15] Best failure
  • [02:04:15] Things changed mind about recently

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