Hot off the (digital) press is my new interview with author Joe R. Lansdale on Fangoria.com. For years now, I’ve been a fan of Grandmaster Lansdale and his writing both humorous and fearless, and I love any opportunity to spread around his proprietary East Texas olio of provocative violence, juicy comedic chops, and pounding down of prejudices (especially racial and sexual) with his verbal sledgehammer.
As discussed in the interview, Lansdale is just too damn popular these days to be any longer considered a “cult” writer, and I couldn’t be happier about that fact. Lansdale may be best known for writing the novella that spawned the 2002 movie BUBBA HO-TEP, in which an elderly, discredited Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) fights an undead Egyptian mummy in a Texas nursing home. For those who haven’t seen the film, the above log line reads like BUBBA would wedge in nicely alongside the current trend of ironic hipster ridiculousness that I loathe (think SHARKNADO and films of that ilk), but in the deft directorial hands of Don Coscarelli, BUBBA is a sincere and genuinely touching treatise on friendship, honour, and aging with grace… I promise!
An addendum: one of the upcoming film adaptations that Mr. Lansdale was not at liberty to comment upon at the time of our interview was THE THICKET, from Lansdale’s latest period-set novel. It’s slated to star and be produced by Peter Dinklage, best known for portraying Tyrion Lannister on the monumentally popular HBO series GAME OF THRONES. Dinklage is the natural choice to play THE THICKET’s Shorty, a bounty-hunting dwarf with a quick draw and an acid wit. Can’t wait to see this one—in the meantime, enjoy the interview with the modern-day Mark Twain, Mr. Joe R. Lansdale his ownself!