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Bumper Crop

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  512 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
Joe R. Lansdale compiles and introduces 26 of his own favorite and most violent dark horror tales in this review of his work. "God of the Razor" introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male is featured in "Master of Misery." Human sacrifice to ensure prosperity and as a coming-of-age ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Golden Gryphon Press (first published 2004)
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Dan Schwent
May 31, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
For my money, Joe R. Lansdale's short story collections are always worth a read. This one is no different. Instead of attempting to remember and review all of the stories, I'll just talk about my favorite one, Bestsellers Guaranteed.

Bestsellers Guaranteed is the story of an aspiring writer who just can't catch a break. One day, he sees an ad in the paper for an agency called Bestsellers Guaranteed. In return for guaranteed slots on the bestsellers chart (whether he writes the book himself or the
Jan 14, 2014 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book to see of Lansdale is as good at short fiction as he is in long form. He certainly is. These stories were absolutely terrific, very short for the most part, clever, with nice barbed twists in the end. Reminded me very much of the late great Richard Masterson's short fiction. Same eerie ambiance. Similar succinctness to the writing. Each story came with an introduction by author, which was great, made the reading experience more personable. Must read for any fan of Lansdale and an ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jan 19, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Joe R. Lansdale, Bumper Crop (Golden Gryphon Press, 2004)

For the majority of its all-too-short time on this mudball, I was a devoted reader of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone magazine. I was lucky enough to stumble upon the first issue by chance on a newsstand, and after that I subscribed until the bitter end. Many of the authors I still revere today I first found in the pages of TZ, including Joyce Carol Oates ("The Rose Wall," reprinted in her collection Raven's Wing, was the strongest story i
Dec 09, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-collection
This is no secret, Lansdale is one of my favorite authors. I have read several of his novels and have enjoyed them all. When I found this story collection at the library I was excited to give it a whirl. And I am damn glad that I did. Like all story collections there were a few stories that did not quite flip my switch. However looking back on it I would have to say that there were only like two stories that did not catch my spinner. Other than that all the other stories are true gems. The great ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Human cruelty vies for attention with unspeakable supernatural horror alongside stories so grotesque they border on hilarity. The stories border on the crude, raucous and subtle as a sledgehammer, but my, do they leave a mark. I found myself chuckling as I read one sample, “Chompers” and wondered if Gandhi’s teeth really were that bad. Mr. Lansdale’s stories have a distinct Southern feel, as indelible and remarkable as Stephen King’s stories of the little town in Maine. He knows his subject and ...more
Apr 22, 2010 Andy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Swamp Thing
Short story collection from the great man touted as the companion piece to "High Cotton", although not even close in scaling the hillbilly noir dementia of the previous collection. This is his earlier work and he has yet to find that demented voice, this is more of an EC comics horror sort of vibe. He even references Ray Bradbury (yikes) in several stories so you get that smelly Waltons Mountain horror groove in some stories. A few stories cook, though, like "Chompers", "The Fat Man", and "Bests ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Jason rated it it was ok
Being a big fan of Joe Lansdale, I was highly dissappointed by this collection.

Perhaps the fault lies with me since I should have researched the content before making the purchase.

This is not a collection of his best works or even acclaimed works, but a collection of some of his personal choices (not even his personal best). The majority of these works had been rejected by publishers initially and with good reason.

The majority of the short stories are completely over the top and juvenile....hous
Mike Kazmierczak
Apr 20, 2015 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it
It's hard to not enjoy a Lansdale novel. Or in this case a Lansdale collection of short stories. Everything he writes is extremely enjoyable. They are just pure fun and this is no exception. The collection contains twenty six excellent short stories with the only negative being that you've most likely read several of them elsewhere. I know that I did. Many of the stories are pretty short too. With twenty six stories and not even 200 pages and each story has one page of an author's note, you can ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Joyce rated it it was amazing

Awesome collection of Joe R's short horror/bizarro stories! Fish Night and Fire Dog are a couple of my favorites; you just won't see anything else like them anywhere. You can see the influences in his writing, but there is a uniquely Landsdalian imprint on each story. I also liked that these were mostly the shorter short stories. Great read if you are looking for something different!
Robin Edman
Oct 02, 2012 Robin Edman rated it really liked it
Many stories, most of them great, one of them awful, but all the rest of them at least good.
Mar 27, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing
Bumper Crop is a short story anthology that is a delight to read. A few of the stories here were repeats for me but those stories were also definitely worth rereading. Especially Down by the Sea Near the Great Big Rock, which I've read at least four times-and the story still holds up. Mojo storyteller Joe R Lansdale is a favorite of mine, not because he comes from Texas (though that is nice) or because I've met him (he was kind and gracious) but because he has a kaleidoscopic talent. Lansdale ca ...more
Craig Childs
Aug 25, 2014 Craig Childs rated it liked it
I had already read all these stories in other Lansdale collections, so I picked up this book at the library thinking I would only read the new material--the individual story introductions--and perhaps reread one or two that I really liked. To my surprise, I ended up rereading all but one story, and I enjoyed them as much or more than the first time.

Two stories in particular, "Fire Dog" and "Master of Misery", benefited the second time around.

Golden Gryphon Press published two "retrospective" c
Jayme Blaschke
Jul 19, 2012 Jayme Blaschke rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Confession time: I'm not a huge horror fan. Yes, I read the occasional short piece and keep up with the trends in the field, but when it comes to leisure time reading, I don't seek it out. The chills and thrill and outright scares don't push the same buttons in my reptilian hindbrain that they do in true fans of the genre. That said, it's time to pull up a chair as I tell you why you need to go out and buy Joe Lansdale's creep-fest collection, Bumper Crop.

I'm a great admirer of Lansdale's writin
Mike Driver
Jan 27, 2016 Mike Driver rated it it was amazing
This is dark, dark, dark humour. Popcorn dreams with the kernels thrown in. These are apparently some of Joe R Lansdale's favourites and I would have to admit they are some of mine. The stories are pretty much all on the short side of short but they are also built like really great jokes with killer punchlines. From set up to conclusion is usually no more than a few pages, in a couple of instances just over one, but you are always thrown into the middle of fully formed narrative with a clear sen ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: dissappointment
I got this to try to get introduced into the world of the Weird West and Joe Lansdale who is right now one of the big names of the genre - this set of stories is mostly horror based and not too many have a western influence in them - I actually do not remember any having a western flair - even the one story about Western Cowboys takes place on an airport shuttle and lasts for 4 pages - this is not a good read for Weird Western, but it is if you are in the mood for horror short stories - which I ...more
Connie L. Meyers
Unusual, a must read

Great writer - Great stories. A must read for short story readers. Best short stories since Stephen King...Thanks so much.
The stories were great, but the narrator was a real turn-off for me. His voices bordered on silly at times. I don't associate Lansdale and silly very often. Maybe I need to read more of his stuff.
May 10, 2015 Pamelyn rated it really liked it
The later stories in the book are better.
Sep 03, 2010 Atlas rated it liked it
Im a huge fan of Joe R. Lansdale so this review is completely biased just so you know. I decided to give it three stars although I haven't read this book in a while I will admit. Like any short stories, some of them are great, some of them could need work, some of them were disturbing, you get the idea.

But no matter what his writing is what does the trick. Really worth the read just because of that and his story "God of the Razor" was the best one, after I read it, I wanted to read a little bit
Lawrence Kapture
Jun 04, 2011 Lawrence Kapture rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A collection of surreal and horrific short stories with a strong rural flavor. Kind of like Stephen King does Hemingway. Most of them have a gimmick, like short stories do. But all of them are really clean, light prose, and it was a fun read. My favorites were the more surreal: Fish Night is a pretty little story about the ghosts of evolution, and Billie Sue is actually a really perceptive piece about an affair, that takes a hard, weird twist at the end.
Jun 20, 2013 Drake rated it really liked it
A terrific collection of Lansdale’s shorts. The anthology begins strong with ‘The God of the Razor’ and ‘The Dump,’ both worth the price of admission alone. Along with them, my other favorites are ‘The Shaggy House,’ ‘The Man Who Dreamed,’ and the awesomely bizarre ‘Fire Dog.’ The collection ends with a strong collaboration with Roger Zelazny in ‘Master of Misery.’ This is a must-read for any Lansdale fans.
Donald Armfield
Oct 08, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it
This short story collection is chosen by the author himself. Funny, horror, fantasy and a little strange. You pick your poison because Lansdale throws it all in your face.

My Favorites
The Dump
Chompers - a deadly pair of teeth
The Fat Man
The Man Who Dreamed
I Tell You It's Love - sex needs just a little bit more
A Change of Lifestyle
Billie Sue
Aug 17, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
A very nice collection of short stories in THE TWILIGHT ZONE vein. The influences of Bradbury and Matheson and Beaumont are obvious, but I was much more reminded of some of the short-short stories of Fredric Brown; in fact, the shorter selections in this current volume worked better for me than the longer ones. Overall, it's a nice, even collection.
Don Massi
Jun 17, 2015 Don Massi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Joe R. Lansdale tells great short stories, that's all you need to know.
Jun 04, 2014 Troy rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I've read Lansdale and I have to say I was impressed. Very short but very good stories.
Gregor Xane
Aug 02, 2011 Gregor Xane rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This was a fine short short story collection. It wasn't quite as good as Mad Dog Summer, but there is much to appreciate here, a nice variety. I also just like it when the author writes an intro for each piece.
Loren Toddy
Feb 07, 2009 Loren Toddy rated it really liked it
Crazy, crazy funny and disturbing stories from a great writer. Very enjoyable from beginning to end. A great book to curl up with in bed and have terrible nightmares with.
May 28, 2013 Konnie rated it liked it
Joe Lansdale is great, but this book is a compilation of his "average" stories. And I agree, the book was just average. Not great, but it did have it's moments.
May 12, 2008 Madeline rated it liked it
The short stories in this book are pretty variable as quality goes. I can't recommend it unless you already love Lansdale, which you should.
Mar 11, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, horror
Crazy collection of horror short stories. My favorite was "Bestsellers Guaranteed" but I enjoyed them all.
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Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
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