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Bleeding Shadows
Joe R. Lansdale
Subterranean Press, 488 pages

Bleeding Shadows
Joe R. Lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale has been a student of the martial arts for more than thirty years. In fact, his standard day is six hours at the typewriter, three hours at Lansdale's Self Defense Systems, the martial-arts studio which he owns and at which he teaches. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Karen, writer and editor.

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A review by Mario Guslandi

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One of the most acclaimed storytellers in the field of dark fiction, Joe R. Lansdale moves with ease from horror to crime from supernatural to western stories. The present, hefty volume collects many of the most accomplished short stories penned by Lansdale throughout the years.

Each story in the book is accomplished and quite enjoyable, in keeping with the author's well-known narrative talent, but some are especially worth mentioning.

"Torn Away" is a Twilight Zone-like story featuring a man pursued by his own shadow, while "A Visit with Friends" is an offbeat zombie tale where the more disturbing aspects do not rely upon the presence of the undead.

In the vivid, extremely entertaining "Soldierin'," Lansdale effectively portrays the adventures of a couple of colored men enrolled in the Army.

"Shooting Pools" is a cruel tale of violence and murder and "Dead Sister" a compelling supernatural noir.

"Christmas with the Dead" -- yet another zombie story with a very moving undercurrent which makes it unforgettable -- has recently been turned into a movie. Just look for it: you won't be disappointed.

The delightful western "Hide and Horns" features some colored people, a bunch of chinese girls and some racist white cowboys, a great mix of characters gracing a charming plot.

To me the highlight of this superb collection is the outstanding "The Stars Are Falling," a country tragedy of love and death told with great finesse and deep insight.

For those not acquainted with the work of this fine writer (is there anyone who isn't?), here is a splendid opportunity to meet his excellent fiction. For the many, many readers already familiar with him, the book is the occasion for further enjoyment.

Copyright © 2013 by Mario Guslandi

Mario Guslandi lives in Milan, Italy, and is a long-time fan of dark fiction. His book reviews have appeared on a number of genre websites such as The Alien Online, Infinity Plus, Necropsy, The Agony Column and Horrorwold.


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