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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale




About Edge of Dark Water


“EDGE OF DARK WATER describes a trip downriver that is one-half Huck Finn, one-half Deliverance, and entirely Joe Lansdale. If you aren’t familiar with the work of this true American original, and master of hillbilly noir, climb in the boat and hang on for dear life: the water is rough.”
Joe Hill, author of the New York Times bestsellers Horns and Heart-Shaped Box

“Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, in EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-dee power we’ve come to expect of him.”
Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone

“Edgar-winner Lansdale channels Mark Twain in this chillingly atmospheric stand-alone. Lansdale’s perfect ear for regional dialogue and ability to create palpable suspense lift this above the pack.”
Publishers Weekly 

“Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale.”
David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers

“Joe R. Lansdale’s fellow Texans would call Joe a ‘straight shooter.’ That’s what makes his writing so good—no BS involved. Joe’s work is alternately scary, funny as hell, disturbing, but always (and most importantly) memorable.”
Bruce Campbell

“Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”
The New York Times Book Review




I must alert you do you smell something in the air?
If the answers No, good. As that could be a sign that the myth of the Skunk Man is real, his presence is known by a skunk like smell. A legend or a myth, be he what you please, he is a character that Lansdale has created in this story of fiction. He certainly adds a thrill to the tale. Skunk man presents death, a bogeyman like character that one shall tell tales of and our main characters in this story hope to be not true.

Sue Ellen a young woman, sixteen years old, she is a gem of a gal a diamond amongst the rough. Lansdale writes through her eyes, he walks you through her thoughts and uncensored point of view of her harsh and brutal environment. I loved her humorous thoughts and insight.With might and main Sue Ellen and her companions will embark on an journey an odyssey of survival and endurance. They need to do a deed out of goodness of their hearts to a departed soul a soul that was young, talented and beautiful whom died under queer circumstances. Also an important reason for their journey is to escape from brutal hands of evil that men do. A window of opportunity opens up along the course of things, that present a chance of bigger pockets, happier hearts and greener pastures. The other equally wonderful character and gal is Jinx a young black girl who is full of courage and heart, needed in the by gone days of the deep south. Sue Ellen’s mother is a woman who needs to wise up and take care of her daughter her problem is most of the time, when at home with her husband, shes under the influence of an alcoholic concoction called Laudanum.

Lansdale writes with realism of the South, with a prose that’s has vigor heaped with heart.

He immerses you into the heart of darkness with characters that pack plenty heart and gusto. These characters are a rare occurrence to find but when you do you should be the best of friends, ones you could trust your life with. What presents for me great story telling are character’s that leave a mark, coupled with clear and simple writing packed with realism.

Lansdale’s story is reminiscent of the works of Faulkner, Twain and Harper Lee. It will last the course of time as a classic alongside ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

Joe R. Lansdale remember his name because he is about to break down genre barriers and surpasses tags of fitting into certain book readers categories. A book for both the male and female reader alike that will make a mark on all ages down to young teens as a must read for 2012. This is definitely one to make my best of published work in 2012 list so early on in the year.

A river story that once you embark upon the tale you will not want to finish and gone on and on until the sea ends. A story to savor and cherish. Don’t miss it preorder it now.

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Many thanks to Mulholland books who have provided so many great works of literature and hours of thrill.


“I sat on the shore and looked at May Lynn’s body. It was gathering flies and starting to smell and all I could think of was how she was always clean and pretty, and this wasn’t anything that should have happened to her. It wasn’t like in the books I had read, and the times I had been to the picture show and people died. They always looked pretty much like they were when they were alive, except sleepy. I saw now that’s not how things were. It wasn’t any different for a dead person than a shot-dead squirrel or a hog with a cut throat hanging over the scalding pot.”

“I’d be on it like stink on a dead possum.”

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