A Guide to the Joe R. Lansdale Papers, 1985-1992
Joe R. Lansdale was born October 28, 1951 in Gladewater, Texas. A freelance writer since 1981, Lansdale has written horror, science fiction, westerns and mysteries. He has expressed a preference for short stories but has also written novels, comic scripts, screenplays and stage plays. He has edited several short story anthologies and has contributed to numerous genre magazines. All his works are informed by his life-long immersion in the atmosphere of deep East Texas. Lansdale was awarded the Bram Stoker award for "Night They Missed the Horror Show" in 1989 and for "On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert With Dead Folks" in 1990.
The records date from 1985 to 1992 and contain manuscripts, galley proofs, comic book art, scripts and realia. It includes Lansdale's novels, short stories, comic book scripts, anthologies, and screenplays. There are also Lansdale's introductions to the work of others as well as screenplay renditions of Lansdale works by other writers. The material is arranged chronologically within each series.
Series I: Works by Lansdale, 1985-1992 Boxes 1-3
The majority of the material in this series is manuscripts, some marked by the editor. Artwork and galley proofs are also included. The files are arranged in chronological order. Titles include Cold Sweat, an unpublished anthology, The Drive In, The New Frontier: Best of the West 2, By Bizarre Hands, Ice Birds, Savage Season, Cemetery Dance, Batman, The God of the Razor, Weird Western, and Everybody Plays the Fool.
Series II: Scripts, 1990-1992 Boxes 4-5
This series is divided into two subseries. The first represents scripts written by Joe R. Lansdale, including Dead in the West, Drive in Date, Drive By, and Batman: Perchance to Dream. The Batman files represent the development of a script for an animated teleplay. They include Lansdale's teleplay, revisions by other writers and storyboards The second subseries comprises adaptations of Lansdale's work scripted by others.
Series III: Interviews and Realia Box 5
This series contains an interview made up of written responses (questions are not included) and a shirt worn by Lansdale for dust jacket pictures.
Open for research.
Joe R. Lansdale Papers, Southwestern Writers Collection/Texas State University-San Marcos.
Gift of Joe R. Lansdale, 1992 [Accession 1992-055]. Contact the SWWC for information about additional materials from this writer that have not yet been fully processed.
Processed by Gwynedd Cannan, December 1992 [Inventory revised, 2004].
Detailed Description of the Collection