Praise for Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories:
"Lansdale shows himself at the top of his form in this varied collection with something to suit every reader's taste. . . . Echoes of writers from Mark Twain to Robert Bloch ring through these stories, but Lansdale is an American original with a storytelling style distinctively his own."
— Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Originally published by Subterranean Press as a hardcover edition (now out of print), this short story collection represents the third in the series (with High Cotton and Bumper Crop, both from Golden Gryphon Press) of Lansdale collections of his best short work. Mad Dog Summer showcases Lansdale's more recent stories, such as the title story which won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Long Fiction, about a serial killer in '30 Texas, as seen from the point of view of a boy that finds one of the victims. Weirdness and horror abound in "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down," set in a world that resembles our Old West. A colorful group of lawmen tracks a vampire in a forty-foot-tall, steam-powered robot, with nods to Jules Verne, Tom Swift, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and H. G. Wells. "Veil's Visit" is a courtroom drama featuring Lansdale's popular series characters Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, written in collaboration with Andrew Vachss. The original novella form of "The Big Blow" is a riveting account of Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion set during the 1900 flood of Galveston, Texas. "The Mule Rustlers" and "Screwup" are classic Lansdale, where the incompetent perpetrators are their own worst enemies. In the original 20,000-word novella, "Way Down There," a trio of superheros must descend into Hell in their '57 Chevy to confront Beelzebub. In "O'Reta: Snapshot Memories," Lansdale reminisces about his mother in a touching story. Each story has its own introduction, in which Lansdale relates the background for the idea of the story.
The collection was nominated for the Best Single Author Collection Award by the World Fantasy Association.
Original cover art by J. K. Potter.
"Lansdale, who routinely crosses genres and attracts both mainstream and cult fans, delivers . . . an eclectic array of yarns, some old, some new, most containing elements of fantasy. The centerpiece is 'Mad Dog Summer,' a novella that was later expanded into the Edgar-winning novel The Bottoms (2000)."
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Note — The following two reviews refer to the original 2004 hardcover edition:
Read the starred Publishers Weekly review
Read the Booklist review
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