Lansdale, who routinely crosses genres and attracts both mainstream and cult
fans, delivers a story collection heavy on fantasy. Bumper Crop contains 26
stories mixing fantasy with horror and laced with the author's signature
macabre humor. (Not surprisingly, five of the stories were originally published
in Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine.) As Lansdale notes in his
introductory material, many of these stories draw heavily from the Fredric
Brown/Robert Bloch/Bradbury tradition. When he's on a roll with horror
material, however, Lansdale pushes things a good bit further than any of those
older writers. In the crisply written lead story, "God of the Razor," for
example, a demonic object fills whoever touches it with a lust to murder.
Perhaps the highlight of this collection is "Bestsellers Guaranteed," a dark
little fantasy about a murderously competitive publishing industry. For
Lansdale fans looking to gather some of the author's harder to find material.
— Elliott Swanson
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