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Mad Dog Summer

(2004)
And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
From Publishers Weekly
Lansdale (A Fine Dark Line, etc.) shows himself at the top of his form in this varied collection with something to suit every reader's taste. Half of the book's eight selections are novellas, two of which grew into novels. The title story, which Lansdale expanded into his Edgar Awardâ€"winning The Bottoms, is a haunting coming-of-age tale that evokes the fiction of Harper Lee and Davis Grubb in its account of a child in a small Texas town and her first confrontation with evil at the height of the Great Depression. In "The Big Blow," the Galveston hurricane of 1900 makes the perfect tempestuous backdrop for a racially charged prizefight that sums up humanity's irrepressible savagery. Two stories filter old-fashioned dime novel plots through a comically warped adult sensibility: "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down" lards a Wellesian steampunk thriller with liberal helpings of grue and perverse sexuality, while the satirical "Way Down There," the book's one original, reads like an Edgar Rice Burroughs hollow-earth adventure adapted for an episode of South Park "The Mule Rustlers" and "Screwup" (co-written with wife Karen) are trademark tales of the Lansdale loser, a schlub whose every effort to reverse his bad luck subjects him to a Job-like deluge of hurt and humiliation. Echoes of writers from Mark Twain to Robert Bloch ring through these stories, but Lansdale is an American original with a storytelling style distinctively his own.
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From Booklist
Lansdale, who routinely crosses genres and attracts both mainstream and cult fans, delivers a story collection heavy on fantasy. Mad Dog Summer contains eight pieces ranging in length from story to novella. This is an eclectic array of yarns, some old, some new, most containing elements of fantasy. The centerpiece is "Mad Dog Summer," a novella that was later expanded into the Edgar-winning novel The Bottoms (2000). The remaining pieces range from a realistic turn-of-the-century tale about two boxers to a Dante-like mission to Hell for the un-Dante-like purpose of rescuing Satan. The strangest piece in the book has to be "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Man Get Down," in which we encounter the time traveler from Wells' The Time Machine, morphed into the vampire king of the Moorlocks. Elliott Swanson
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Hardback Editions

September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 1-931081-29-8 / 978-1-931081-29-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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Paperback Editions

September 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mad Dog Summer: And Other Stories
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
ISBN: 1-930846-42-8 / 978-1-930846-42-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Golden Gryphon Press
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mad Dog Summer & Other Stories
Author(s): Joe R Lansdale
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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