Things Get Ugly: The Best Crime Fiction of Joe R. Lansdale

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About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale (Savage Season, The Donut Legion) is the internationally-bestselling author of over fifty novels, including the popular, long-running Hap and Leonard novels. Many of his cult classics have been adapted for television and film, most famously the films Bubba Ho-Tep and Cold in July, and the Hap and Leonard series on Sundance TV and Netflix. Lansdale has written numerous screenplays and teleplays, including the iconic Batman: The Animated Series. He has won an Edgar Award for The Bottoms and ten Stoker Awards, and he has been designated a World Horror Grandmaster. Lansdale, like many of his characters, lives in East Texas, with his wife, Karen.


Praise for Joe R. Lansdale

"A folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace."
--New York Times Book Review

"An American original."
--Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box

"A terrifically gifted storyteller."
--Washington Post Book Review

"Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America."
--Los Angeles Times

"Lansdale's been hailed, at varying points in his career, as the new Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner-gone-madder, and the last surviving splatterpunk."
--Austin Chronicle

"While Lansdale's work is as varied as the regions of Texas, there is one common link through all of it: his brilliant storytelling."
--Grimdark Magazine

"There are writers who are prolific and writers who are brilliant: Joe R. Lansdale is one of the few who is both."
--Christopher Farnsworth, author of Blood Oath

Praise for the short fiction of Joe R. Lansdale

"Yet another masterclass in how it's done."
--Ed Brubaker, author of The Fade Out

"An absolute blast and a gift to all of us devoted fans."
--Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Revelators

"Pure muscle, bone and mayhem, served up the just the way you like it."
--Duane Swierczynski, author of Breakneck

"Proves once again that no one writes a short story like Lansdale."
--Crime Reads

"There's that comfort and confidence that the best American popular fiction has."
--Eamonn Griffin, author of East of England

"Funny, dark, readable, and thought provoking. A joy from start to finish."
--Manhattan Book Review

"You could call Born for Trouble a collection of stories. But that's like calling Paradise Lost by Milton a poem. . ."
--S.A. Cosby author of Razorblade Tears