Praise for the author's first Golden Gryphon Press collection:
"High Cotton: Selected Stories of Joe R. Lansdale shows that the popular Texas author, perhaps best known for his mysteries featuring Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, is equally adept at his own peculiar and often amusing brand of dark short fiction. In a foreword, Lansdale explains that the 21 tales included, besides being his personal favorites, also best reflect his work. This is a must for Lansdale fans and collectors."
Publishers Weekly, August 21, 2000



In Lansdale's own words, this collection, and the previous collection High Cotton, "are, to date, the definitive volumes of my short work." Bumper Crop, like High Cotton, showcases some of the favorite Lansdale stories, most of which are out of print. These twenty-six stories contain some of Lansdale's most violent dark horror: "God of the Razor," where the dark god behind serial killers is introduced. A martial arts fight to the death, between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha-male, the ultimate "Master of Misery," clearly defines good and evil, but does good EVER win? Why would a man live and work in "The Dump," unless he had a special junkyard "dog" to care for? And human sacrifice, to insure prosperity, or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of "On a Dark October" and "Duck Hunt." And the influence of Bradbury is evident in "The Fat Man," where young boys learn, the hard way, that some mysteries should not be investigated. And what drives a serial killer, and what does he do on his nocturnal "Walks?" And why is "Old Charlie" such a good fisherman?

Many of the stories are truly weird tales, such as the story of false teeth with an appetite, in "Chompers." "Billie Sue" is away, so her mate will play with the available woman next door, for awhile; but Billie Sue is only a few spadefuls of earth away. "The Shaggy House" needs more than a facelift — it needs something more, and it decides to fulfill its needs on a quiet street, peopled by retirees.

Writers and writer-hopefuls will appreciate "Bestsellers Guaranteed," where the secret of becoming a best-seller author is finally revealed, and the price of such.

A truly sad tale describes one of the many costs of discrimination, and makes one wonder why you hardly ever see a black "Cowboy," at least in the popular Western literature.

These, and the other thirteen stories, all have individual introductions by Lansdale, where he explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each story.

Cover art by John Picacio.



"There is no one better than Lansdale at taking a routine concept and turning it into horror, hilarity or — when he's in high gear — both."
Booklist



Bumper Crop is now in its second printing!
First printings are still available direct from Golden Gryphon Press.


Cloth, ISBN: 1-930846-24-X
Book #32

First Edition: $24.95 postpaid for U.S. orders only  

For non-USA orders, please read shipping fees information.


  • Read the Booklist review

  • Read the CNN.com Entertainment News review

  • Read Charles de Lint's review in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • Read Paula Guran's review in Cemetary Dance

  • Read the Ghoti Magazine review

  • Read the Publishers Weekly review

  • Read the SFSite review

  • Read the Ticonderoga Online review

  • Read the review on The Green Man Review


  • View the wraparound dust jacket art and original sketch by John Picacio





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