In the four years I’ve been cornering novelists and shoving a camera in their faces at the Poisoned Pen, I’ve interviewed Joe R. Lansdale more than any other writer, and with good reason. Lansdale, along with being a brilliant novelist, is one of the most engaging, and entertaining speakers I’ve ever encountered, and I guarantee you, once you’ve heard the man speak, any time you sit down to read one of his novels, it will be Lansdale’s voice narrating the story.
This is particular effect is more than evident in his latest—and in my opinion—his best novel to date, Edge of Dark Water. The gothic river tale is one whichLansdalewas born to write. The moody story of three teenaged friends transporting the cremated remains of their friend, May Lynn Baxter, down the Sabine River in route to a near mythical Hollywood, (Yeah, Sue Ellen and her friends are taking the loooong way to California) is a novel on par and as ambitious as the river novels of Mark Twain.
On March 27th, I was once again lucky enough to sit down with Mr. Lansdale at the Poisoned Pen inScottsdale,AZ to talk about the Edge of Dark Water as well as several upcoming projects.
I hope you enjoy.