John Lansdale


John L. Lansdale was born and raised in East Texas. He is married to the love of his life Mary. They have four children. He is a retired Army reserve Psychological Operations Officer and a combat veteran with numerous medals and awards. Past roles include inventor, country music songwriter and performer, and television programmer. He produced and directed the Television Special "Ladies of Country Music." He has also produced several albums in Nashville, hosted his own radio shows and won awards for producing and writing radio and television commercials. He was a writer and editor of a business newspaper. He has worked as a comic book writer for Tales from the Crypt, IDW, Grave Tales, Cemetery Dance and several more. He co-authored the Shadows West and Hell's Bounty novels with his brother Joe R. Lansdale. He is also the author of Horse of a Different Color, Slow Bullet, Zombie Gold, When the Night Bird Sings, Broken Moon, Long Walk Home, The Last Good Day and several other titles.

What Others are Saying about John L. Lansdale

"Mickey Spillane fans will welcome this page-turner...Lansdale effectively delays revealing the novel’s big secret until the end. Those who like their thrillers with a heavy dose of violent action will be satisfied." - Publishers Weekly review of Slow Bullet

"Slow Bullet is a straight-ahead's about action, and there's plenty of that. Check it out." - Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine

"...the author’s innate ability to spin a complex tale painted with vivid characters and intense suspense provides readers with a well-paced book that they may find difficult to set down. ...a worthwhile suspenseful ride." - Amazing Stories review of Horse of a Different Color

“Has something for everyone… It's exciting, entertaining and educational. A fun ride.” – legendary TV personality/actress/author Joan Hallmark, review of Zombie Gold

“…something unique and comfortable and difficult to put down. Highly recommended.” – Cemetery Dance review of Hell’s Bounty

“True to Lansdale tradition, John L. Lansdale has compiled a piece of work that should appeal to a wide range of readers.” – Amazing Stories review of Zombie Gold

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Boy and Hog
You set the price! Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A group of white-collar workers with a hand-drawn map trek into the wilderness for a hunting expedition. But out here, will they be the hunters or the prey? In the middle of nowhere, past towns, roads and civilization in general, sits a solitary cabin. Max and Mama have lived there for years, hiding from the authorities while raising a son and pet. A horror short by John L. Lansdale (Zombie Gold)
When the Night Bird Sings
Series: The Mecana Series. You set the price! Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Shortly after solving the horrific Mutilator serial killer case, detectives Mecana and Connors are on the trail of a new suspect. On the inaugural day of their own private investigation firm, the two detectives meet one Candy Kane - a lascivious Dallas socialite who offers them a small fortune in exchange for protection. With an ever-growing suspect list, one wrong move could mean the end
Horse of a Different Color
Series: The Mecana Series. You set the price! Words: 56,120. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Dallas PD Detective Thomas Mecana is on the hunt for a serial killer terrorizing the Lone Star State. Joining him is Darcie Connors, a young officer working her first murder case. With hard work, and some luck, Mecana and his partner discover a most-unusual serial killer case with murder in its very genes. They discover some evidence is so strange and unbelievable, it might be best left alone.
Slow Bullet
You set the price! Words: 66,090. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In Slow Bullet, Army veteran Clark McKay is searching for the truth behind his best friend's murder. McKay's search for the truth takes him across the globe, where he meets a multitude of characters and wades through the murky waters of corruption. He wants to find a murderer, but what happens when he uncovers so much more? Truth and fiction make an interesting mixture in this fast-paced novel.

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