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Lords of the Razor
Lords of the Razor
Author: Joe Lansdale
ISBN-13: 9781931081344
ISBN-10: 1931081344
Publication Date: 7/3/2006

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Publisher: Subterranean Press
Book Type: Paperback
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"He is a tall, dark, top-hatted figure with stickpin teeth and skulls for shoes. He is the King of Shadows, the Lord of All Things Sharp, and he has an insatiable appetite for pain, terror, death, and despair. He is the God of the Razor, one of the most memorable and nightmarish creations of Joe R. Lansdale's distinguished career.

Lords of the Razor is a stunning new anthology in which ten gifted writers (among them Chet Williamson, Thomas Tessier, Bradley Denton, Christopher Golden, and the late, great Hugh B. Cave) offer their own eclectic visions of this dark icon of modern horror. Bookended by a pair of chilling Lansdale stories (the 1985 tale in which the God makes his first appearance and a superb new novella written expressly for this volume), Lords of the Razor is both a lovingly wrought act of homage and an enthralling collection filled with horrific encounters, sharply etched characters, and moments of surprising, sometimes demented, humor.

The stories (each accompanied by a striking black and white illustration by award winning artist Glenn Chadborne) range in setting from Boston to Vietnam, from Texas to the American Midwest, from the poverty stricken rural South to the stately homes of England. Throughout, these vastly entertaining stories manage, somehow, to remain true both to their original source of inspiration and to the individual sensibilities that produced them. The result is a unique collaborative effort, a feast of pure storytelling, and a fitting tribute to the imaginative genius of Joe R. Lansdale, (hisownself).

Authors (so far):
Joe R. Lansdale -- "The God of the Razor" -- the classic tale
Chet Williamson -- "Jeaves and the Deteriorating Relations"
Stephen Gallagher -- "The Butterfly Garden"
Gary A. Braunbeck -- "Old Schick"
Elizabeth Massie -- "Fence Line"
Christopher Golden -- "The Art of the Deal"
Ardath Mayhar -- "The Edge"
Hugh B. Cave -- "Brief Stay in a Small Town"
P.D. Cacek -- "The Monster"
Thomas Tessier -- "Back in My Arms I Want You"
Bradley Denton -- "Blackburn and the Blade" (a 30,000 word novella
Joe R. Lansdale -- "King of Shadows" (original novella)" (Publisher)