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Old 12-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Free (Kindle DRM-free) 4 stories by Joe R. Lansdale + 4.99 novels [Horror & Thriller]

Two short stories from award-winning horror/sf/fantasy/western/mystery author Joe R. Lansdale (check out his impressive resumé on Wikipedia) have shown up free, courtesy of publisher Gere Donovan Press.

Currently free @ Amazon (available to Canadians) and are also DRM-free as well, so users of other readers can easily download and convert. ETA: Huh, more stories also free @ iTunes (still available to Canadians), but don't seem to exist in the other stores at all exist at B&N; turns out I added an extra d to the name.

Judging by the synopses, these both look like they're from the horror/thriller part of his oeuvre.

Incident On and Off A Mountain Road @ Amazon, @ iTunes.

"Easing her back against a tree trunk, she sat and listened, watching for that strange face, fearing it might abruptly burst through the limbs and brush, grinning its horrible teeth, or worse, that he might come up behind her, reach around the tree trunk with his knife and finish her in a bloody instant."

“Incident On and Off a Mountain Road” is one of Joe Lansdale’s most popular and terrifying short stories. Adapted for television, it appeared as an episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series.


Bullets and Fire @ Amazon , @ iTunes.

"Dad told me once, that if people don't care about where they live, the way they act, people they associate with, they get lost in the dark, can't find their way back cause there's no light left. I had taken a pretty good step into the shadows tonight."

It's payback time, in this short story by Joe R. Lansdale.


Lansdale also offers one free short story every week for online reading at his website, which seem to be from across all the genres he writes. The selection rotates, so if you read one you particularly like, be sure to save it for later.

Gere Donovan Press have a selection of low-priced novellas/novels by him at $2.99 and $4.99 respectively, which seem pretty good prices for such a prominent and acclaimed multi-genre author. These, unfortunately, are all DRM-ed. ETA: also available @ B&N; this search link should give you the lot, sorted by price.

Here's some linkage if you're interested:

$2.99
Blood Dance period western heist caper adventure
The Big Blow period race relations sporting rivalry

$4.99
The Boar Depression-era mystical coming-of-age
Cold in July suspense/thriller
Dead in the West horror/western
Freezer Burn noir/suspense (some reviews seem to indicate comedic)
The Nightrunners horror/thriller
Waltz of Shadows revenge thriller

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:44 PM   #2
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It turns out that there are a few more freebie stories over at iTunes (available to Canadians). This batch is as yet non-free in the Kindle store.

By the way, the Gere Donovan Press reprints are the same price over at iTunes, if anyone really wants to buy through the iBookstore with its as-yet-untoolable DRM.

The Steel Valentine

“Even before Morley told him, Dennis knew things were about to get ugly. A man did not club you unconscious, bring you to his estate and tie you to a chair in an empty storage shed out back of the place if he merely intended to give you a valentine. Morley had found out about him and Julie.”

A short story in the tradition of Fleming or Dahl, “The Steel Valentine” is a gem, exemplifying the suspense writing of Joe Lansdale.


Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back

They did it — they launched the damned nukes and the world went pretty much straight to hell. Not many survived, but some of those who did emerged twenty years later, to a world where mutant whales heaved themselves across the blackened, dry seabed of the Pacific, and the roses… oh God, the roses.

“Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back” is a chilling post-nuclear short story by Joe R. Lansdale.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:42 PM   #3
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The other 2 books (in post #2) are now available at Amazon.
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Direct-linkage for your 1-click convenience for the copies @ Amazon (also DRM-free, available to Canadians).

The Steel Valentine
Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back

I kind of hope they pop up @ B&N, too. Be nice to get an ePub version I can actually download and use.

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Have to try them out, Joe and I went to the same school in Gladewater, and graduated together in 1970. Good guy, tho haven't seen him since we graduated.
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