Edge of Dark Water by Joe R Lansdale

There was a time, a time before Amazon, a time before the internet had made the purchasing of books easier than putting on a pair of boxer shorts.

In those days, you found out about new authors by good old fashioned word of mouth.  some names were whispered in in reverential circles.  Joe R Lansdale was one of those names I had heard other people talking about, but growing in in St Andrews,  in those days was  hard for a young book reader.  In those days the only place to buy books was The St Andrews Citizen Book shop. This was a tiny book shop, so limited in it’s selection.

So fast forward few years and when I finally got access to the internet, one of the first things I did,* was buy up every single Joe R Lansdale book I could find.  That was a glorious day, and in the intervening years, which are too many to count, Joe has been a constant source of highly entertaining exceptional writing.  I sill get goosebumps whenever he announces a new book.

So here we are with a brand new book from Joe up for pre order. If you have never read Joe, take the plunge folks he really is that good.

Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King–a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.

May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she’s dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.

Sue Ellen, May Lynn’s strong-willed teenage friend, sets out to dig up May Lynn’s body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood to spread around. If May Lynn can’t become a star, then at least her ashes will end up in the land of her dreams.

Along with her friends Terry and Jinx and her alcoholic mother, Sue Ellen steals a raft and heads downriver to carry May Lynn’s remains to Hollywood.

Only problem is, Sue Ellen has some stolen money that her enemies will do anything to get back. And what looks like a prime opportunity to escape from a worthless life will instead lead to disastrous consequences. In the end, Sue Ellen will learn a harsh lesson on just how hard growing up can really be.


*I’m sure you can guess what the very first thing I did was.  

One thought on “Edge of Dark Water by Joe R Lansdale

  1. Discovering Lansdale was one of the most exciting moments in my horror history! I believe it was reading “Night They Missed the Horror Show” in SPLATTERPUNKS in '91 that got me started. THE NIGHTRUNNERS, COLD IN JULY, THE DRIVE-IN, BY BIZARRE HANDS, MUCHO MOJO, and many others followed! Although I have to say I haven't kept up with his work in the last 10 years or so; he's become so incredibly prolific! But I'm just glad most of his stuff is widely available today in nice trade paperbacks; back in the mid '90s it was difficult to find.

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