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Unchained And Unhinged

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
These short pieces, are, like The King and Other Stories, a collection of easy to read stories and articles that are designed to be treats for my readers. Nothing to hurt the head, but perhaps something to make you smile, or even think a little—but not too much.

The stories in The King were all pretty much pulp and absurdist pieces. This collection contains a few stories of
Hardcover, signed limited to 750 numbered copies, 143 pages
Published 2009 by Subterranean Press
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Dan Schwent
Jul 05, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Unchained and Unhinged is a collection of Joe R. Lansdale writings. Half of the book contains columns or essays he wrote and introductions for a couple books. The rest of the book is full of really short short stories.

The essays are pretty good. Two about Robert Howard, one about writing, a rant about typewriters, the intro to a Henry Kuttner book, and a couple pages about Les Whitten, an obscure horror and suspense writer. They were all interesting and told in the Lansdale front porch bull-shit
Oct 05, 2011 David rated it liked it
A collection of Lansdale's non-fiction, flash-fiction, and short stories. The non-fiction (compiled largely from his column in Subterranean Magazine) is stellar. Well written, funny, informed, often vulgar, but filled with a love for writing and the great forgotten pulp writers of his past. I will definitely be on the lookout for Henry Kuttner and Leslie Whitten.

The flash fiction is not as engaging. I think Lansdale struggles with the length. The weakest, "Surveillance", a rather cliche short ab
Ferrett Steinmetz
Nov 03, 2009 Ferrett Steinmetz rated it it was ok
Alas, though I love Joe Lansdale with all my heart, this book is a bit slight for what it is. It's a scant few essays on writing, two intros to books by other authors, and a couple of short-shorts. It went down easily, as Lansdale does, but it's no Bad Chili.
Jan 06, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: lansdale
The essays portion was okay, personally I don't find Robert E. Howard as fascinating as Joe does. I did enjoy his rant about typewriters, though. The short shorts were quite enjoyable, ranging from hilarious to haunting. Fun times.
Craig Childs
Apr 30, 2011 Craig Childs rated it really liked it
Much better than King and Other Stories. Some ribald essays and imaginative short stories. I especially liked Big Man: A Fable.
Chris Jarvis
Jul 11, 2011 Chris Jarvis rated it liked it
I'm really enjoying Joe's essays. Can't wait to get into the meatier short stories though.
David Agranoff
Nov 03, 2011 David Agranoff rated it really liked it
Lansdale is amazing, full review coming.
Jan 24, 2016 Storyheart rated it liked it
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Funny, muscular, no-bullshit writing
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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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