BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS / BUBBA HO-TEP
Now available in paperback for the first time -- BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS by Joe R. Lansdale! Also includes the award-winning BUBBA HO-TEP novella, inspiration behind the Don Coscarelli film starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, in the same paperback book!
BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS
Years before facing the cowboy hat-wearing mummy Bubba Ho-Tep in an East Texas retirement home, Elvis finds himself battling interdimensional body-desiccating beings at the behest of his manager, Colonel Parker. Joining him on this journey is clairvoyant Blind Man, master-planner Jack, hammer-swinging John Henry, bodyguard Johnny Smack, and trainee Jenny Jo Dallas. Down in New Orleans awaits the Big Mama, who would like nothing more than to drain the "Jacked-Up Mojo" from the group.
In this 1994 story that inspired the cult-classic Don Coscarelli film, Elvis is spending his golden years at the Mud Creek Shady Grove Convalescence Home alongside a man claiming to be President John F. Kennedy. Strange sights and sounds leads the two to discover an ancient Egyptian mummy stalking the corridors of their retirement home. They soon face off against the monster...but will anyone believe their story or shrug it off as more tall tales?
JOE R. LANSDALE
The author of fifty novels and more than three hundred 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 at least thirty short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eleven Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.
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Reviews for BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS by Joe R. Lansdale
"The highly anticipated, much requested follow-up to the cult classic novella (and Don Coscarelli film adaptation) -- and it's high time to TCB, baby! Joe R. Lansdale's prequel manages to blast his alternate history of the King of Rock 'n Roll into a psychedelic over-the-top pulp frenzy chock-full of swashbuckling action, high-stakes adventure, trippy horror, and 70's drug-fueled bizarro government conspiracies. It's dark terrain but at its core is a heart as golden as a hit record. If you think you know all about Elvis, well then mister you don't know Joe...he was just getting the band warmed up for this gonzo barnburner!" - Joshua Jabcuga, writer of BUBBA HO-TEP & THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS comic book adaptation.
"In this gore-spattered funfest, master of the macabre Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) fills in the backstories of the characters from his novella Bubba Ho-Tep (which became a cult classic film)." - Publishers Weekly
"A worthy follow-up to a modern cult classic." - San Francisco Book Review (Glenn Dallas)
"Pure, unabashed pulp fun. It doesn't skimp on the stakes (or the gore, for that matter), but it's not all grim and gritty, either. It's vintage Lansdale, and the best part of all is that it proves there's plenty of room for more Bubba stories down the line." - Cemetery Dance (Blu Gilliand)
"Joe R. Lansdale does a great job with the characters and building the dread. The author grabs you from the first scene and doesn't let go until the last page. The story is filled with wild fights, strange monsters, sex, and ghosts. The pink Cadillac even makes an appearance." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
Publishers Weekly -
In this gore-spattered funfest, master of the macabre Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series) fills in the backstories of the characters from his novella Bubba Ho-Tep (which became a cult classic film). As this prequel opens, Elvis Presley is glumly making crappy films and crappier songs, but it's for a good cause: supporting his other job of fighting things that go bump and squish in the night. Colonel Parker, Elvis's manager, claims something awful has pushed through the interdimensional boundaries, rolling its victims up into human donuts and sucking the insides out of them. Along with psychic Blind Man, logistics man Jack, singer Jenny Jo Dallas, hammer-wielding John Henry, and body man Johnny Smack, Elvis and Parker head to a New Orleans house to face the bloblike Big Mamma and her minions. Lansdale builds fantastic fight scenes, and once the monster melee starts, it barely gives its heroes time to pull out some of their fancy tricks. This short, sly, funny novel doesn't have room for character growth, but readers won't care because Lansdale has so much fun with his decidedly icky monsters and the epic butt-kicking talents of Elvis and co.