Joe Lansdale Books

Joe Lansdale is an American author, writer martial arts instructor and martial arts expert. He written stories in different genres like mystery, suspense, Western horror and science fiction. To date he has written and published 45 novels and 30 short story collections, and many comic book adaptations. Many of the novels became film adaptations as well.

Order of The Drive-In Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Drive-In 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Drive-In II: Not Just One of Them Sequels 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Drive-In 3: The Bus Tour 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Hap and Leonard Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Savage Season 1990 Description / Buy
2 Mucho Mojo 1994 Description / Buy
3 The Two-Bear Mambo 1995 Description / Buy
4 Bad Chili 1997 Description / Buy
5 Rumble Tumble 1998 Description / Buy
6 Captains Outrageous 2001 Description / Buy
7 Vanilla Ride 2009 Description / Buy
8 Devil Red 2010 Description / Buy
9 Hyenas 2011 Description / Buy
10 Dead Aim 2012 Description / Buy
11 Honky Tonk Samurai 2015 Description / Buy
12 Briar Patch Boogie 2016 Description / Buy
13 Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be 2016 Description / Buy
14 Coco Butternut 2017 Description / Buy
15 Rusty Puppy 2017 Description / Buy
16 Cold Cotton (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy
17 Jackrabbit Smile 2018 Description / Buy
18 The Elephant of Surprise 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Hap & Leonard Collections with Andrew Vachss

# Read Title Published Details
1 Veil's Visit 1999 Description / Buy
2 Hap and Leonard 2016 Description / Buy
3 Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdales Batman Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Batman, Captured by the Engines 1991 Description / Buy
2 Terror on the High Skies 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Lost Lansdale Series

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1 Waltz of Shadows 1999 Description / Buy
2 Something Lumber This Way Comes, Or, the House from Space 1999 Description / Buy
3 Blood Dance 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Ned the Seal Series

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1 Zeppelins West 2001 Description / Buy
2 Flaming London 2005 Description / Buy
3 Flaming Zeppelins 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Sky Done Ripped 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Author's Choice Monthly Series

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1 Swatting at the Cosmos ( By: James K. Morrow) 1990 Description / Buy
2 Neon Twilight (Short Story) ( By: Edward Bryant) 1990 Description / Buy
3 True Minds ( By: Spider Robinson) 1990 Description / Buy
4 Hedgework & Guessery ( By: Charles de Lint) 1991 Description / Buy
5 Stories by Mama Lansdales Youngest Boy 1991 Description / Buy
6 Unthreatened by the Morning Light ( By: Karl Edward Wagner) 1991 Description / Buy
7 Nine Hard Questions About the Nature of the Universe ( By: Lewis Shiner) 1991 Description / Buy
8 It's Been Fun ( By: Esther M. Friesner) 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1 Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link) 2012 Description / Buy
2 Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 2014 Description / Buy
3 The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow) 2014 Description / Buy
4 The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler) 2018 Description / Buy
5 The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly) 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Dead in the West Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead in the West 1986 Description / Buy

Order of Jonah Hex Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Two Gun Mojo 1994 Description / Buy
2 Shadows West 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdale Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Act of Love 1981 Description / Buy
2 Texas Night Riders 1983 Description / Buy
3 The Magic Wagon 1986 Description / Buy
4 The Nightrunners 1987 Description / Buy
5 Cold in July 1989 Description / Buy
6 The Boar 1998 Description / Buy
7 Freezer Burn 1999 Description / Buy
8 The Bottoms 2000 Description / Buy
9 The Big Blow 2000 Description / Buy
10 Bubba Ho-Tep 2002 Description / Buy
11 A Fine Dark Line 2003 Description / Buy
12 Sunset and Sawdust 2003 Description / Buy
13 Lost Echoes 2005 Description / Buy
14 Leather Maiden 2008 Description / Buy
15 All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky 2011 Description / Buy
16 Edge of Dark Water 2012 Description / Buy
17 The Thicket 2013 Description / Buy
18 Deadman's Crossing 2013 Description / Buy
19 Prisoner 489 (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
20 I Tell You It's Love (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
21 Paradise Sky 2015 Description / Buy
22 Fender Lizards 2015 Description / Buy
23 Hell's Bounty 2016 Description / Buy
24 M.I.A. Hunter 2016 Description / Buy
25 Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers 2017 Description / Buy
26 Man With Two Lives (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
27 Driving to Geronimo's Grave 2018 Description / Buy
28 More Better Deals 2020 Description / Buy
29 Jane Goes North 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdale Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Tight Little Stitches on a Dead Man's Back 1992 Description / Buy
2 Tight Little Stitches In A Dead Man's Back 1992 Description / Buy
3 Bullets and Fire (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
5 The Steel Valentine (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
6 Steel Valentine 2011 Description / Buy
7 Christmas with the Dead 2012 Description / Buy
8 Hot in December (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
9 A Bone Dead Sadness (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
10 Black Hat Jack (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
11 Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdale Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 By Bizarre Hands 1989 Description / Buy
2 On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with the Dead Folks (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
3 Bestsellers Guaranteed 1993 Description / Buy
4 Writer of the Purple Rage 1994 Description / Buy
5 Electric Gumbo 1994 Description / Buy
6 A Fist Full of Stories 1996 Description / Buy
7 The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent 1997 Description / Buy
8 Private Eye Action as You Like It 1998 Description / Buy
9 High Cotton 2000 Description / Buy
10 The Long Ones 2000 Description / Buy
11 For a Few Stories More 2002 Description / Buy
12 Bumper Crop 2004 Description / Buy
13 Mad Dog Summer 2004 Description / Buy
14 The King and Other Stories 2005 Description / Buy
15 The God of the Razor 2007 Description / Buy
16 Deadman's Road 2007 Description / Buy
17 The Shadows, Kith and Kin 2007 Description / Buy
18 Unchained And Unhinged 2009 Description / Buy
19 Sanctified and Chicken-Fried 2009 Description / Buy
20 The Best of Joe R. Lansdale 2010 Description / Buy
21 Written With a Razor - Short Stories and a Screenplay 2012 Description / Buy
22 Trapped in the Saturday Matinee 2012 Description / Buy
23 Bleeding Shadows 2013 Description / Buy
24 The Tall Grass and Other Stories (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
25 Terror Is Our Business 2018 Description / Buy
26 Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdale Graphic Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Drive-In 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Lone Ranger and Tonto 1995 Description / Buy
3 Atomic Chili 1997 Description / Buy
4 Red Range (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
5 Lansdale And Truman's Dead Folks 2000 Description / Buy
6 Conan And The Songs Of The Dead (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
7 Pigeons From Hell 2009 Description / Buy
8 Robert Bloch's Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (Short Story) ( With: John L. Lansdale) 2010 Description / Buy
9 H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror ( With: H.P. Lovecraft) 2012 Description / Buy
10 Hell's Bounty 2016 Description / Buy
11 The Steam Man 2016 Description / Buy
12 Dead on the Bones 2016 Description / Buy

Order of 30 Days of Night Graphic Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 30 Days of Night, Vol. 1 (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2004 Description / Buy
2 30 Days of Night, Vol. 2 (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2004 Description / Buy
3 30 Days of Night, Vol. 4 (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2004 Description / Buy
4 30 Days of Night, Vol. 5 ( By: Matt Fraction) 2005 Description / Buy
5 30 Days of Night, Vol. 9 (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2007 Description / Buy
6 30 Days of Night, Vol. 10 (Short Story) ( By: Ben Templesmith) 2008 Description / Buy
7 30 Days of Night, Vol. 11 (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2008 Description / Buy
8 30 Days of Night / The X Files (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2010 Description / Buy
9 Night, Again 2011 Description / Buy
10 30 Days of Night (Short Story) ( By: Steve Niles) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Joe Lansdale Picture Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 In Waders From Mars (Short Story) ( With: Keith Lansdale) 2012 Description / Buy

Joe Lansdale Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Razored Saddles 1989 Description / Buy
2 The Horror Hall of Fame 1991 Description / Buy
3 Dark at Heart 1992 Description / Buy
4 Weird Business 1995 Description / Buy
5 Retro Pulp Tales 2006 Description / Buy
6 Son of Retro Pulp Tales 2009 Description / Buy
7 Crucified Dreams 2011 Description / Buy
8 The Urban Fantasy Anthology 2011 Description / Buy
9 Horror Anthology 2016 2016 Description / Buy
10 The Highway Kind 2016 Description / Buy
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His best known works include the Hap and Leonard series that comprises of nine novels, three novellas, as well as two short story collections. They story revolves around two friends Leonard Pine and Hap Collins who reside in the fictional town of Laborde that is located in East Texas. Together, they are found solving different sort of crimes in each of the books.

Joe Lansdale Awards

Joe Lansdale has received several awards for his superb writings over the course of many years. He was awarded Bram Stoker awards eight times which is unlike any other author. Then, he earned the Edgar Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, as well as the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Joe Lansdale Books Turned into TV/Movies

Many of Joe’s books have also got published in several different languages. Furthermore, many of the stories have been adapted to television and films as well. The popular ones include Drive-in Date, The Job, Bubba Ho-Tep, Christmas with the Dead, Cold in July, Incident on and off a Mountain Road, Drunken Moon, By the Hair of the Head and Hap and Leonard.

Apart from writing books, Joe also managed to write for television as well. He wrote four episodes each for Batman –The Animated Series, Perchance to Dream and one episode for the Superman: The Animated Series as well.

Best Joe Lansdale Books

Three of the popular and much liked books by Joe Lansdale are as follows:

The Bottoms: This book is one of the best classic American storytelling in its most darkest, affecting and truest form respectively. Set in the East Texas it shows the year 1933 when the Great Depression has swept over the country and is moving like a slow storm towards this area.

It is the time when young Harry Collins with his little sister stumble across the dead body of a woman. This woman had been brutally mutilated and left to die in the bottoms of the River Sabine. The news of the dead woman leaves the whole town in shock and tension. Soon, another dead body turns up and it’s of the white woman and all Harry was left to do was to stop the killing spree with his Klan neighbors. So, he with his sister set out to investigate who the real killer is, but the truth is ever so dark and gruesome apart from the killings themselves.

Edge of Water: This book narrates the terrifying tale of a pretty girl May Lynn who was all set to become a Hollywood celebrity. But she appears dead one day and the place where she is found is the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen is the best friend of May. Their other good friends are Jinx and Terry. Together, they along with May’s mother dig up May’s dead body and burnt it to ashes. The ashes are then taken to Hollywood. This was done in the hopes that at least her remains would be spread in the land of her dreams.

The Thicket: This book got short-listed for the Ala Reading List Award for History seeing its powerful and gripping story that was much better than other books.

The story unfolds with the character Jack Parker who had already experienced much tragedy in life. At five years of age, his grandmother had died in a farm accident. Then, his parents had just become victim to the smallpox and died eventually. This left him and his sister Lula orphaned all too regrettably so. Soon, other catastrophes strike soon at their uncle’s farm. First, a group of bank robber murder Jack’s grandfather and then they kidnap Jack’s sister as well.

With no other relative or elder left for miles, Jack has to grow up fast and form a group of heroes to rescue his sister quickly. But all he could manage is the support of a bounty-hunting dwarf and charismatic person Shorty and Jimmie Sue. Shorty is the son of a grave-digger named Eustace and he along Jimmie Sue have some very intimate knowledge about the bandits. Only time reveals how much they are successful in their mission.

When Does The Next Joe Lansdale book come out?

Joe Lansdale doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is More Better Deals and was released on March, 31st 2020.

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