The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
For CEMETERY DANCE ONLINE, Blu Gilliand praises the graphic novel adaptation of HAP AND LEONARD: SAVAGE SEASON.
Fortunately, publishers Short, Scary Tales Publications and IDW have brought in Finnish comics master Jussi Piironen to handle the scripting and illustration of this adaptation of Savage Season, the first novel in Lansdale’s beloved series. Piironen (Jerry Cotton, Raid) does a great job of using a few simple details to evoke the harsh environments of the book, particularly the lush, almost alien landscapes of a Texas river bottom. In one particularly tense sequence, in which Hap almost succumbs to freezing river water while diving, Piironen uses a few elements—currents, bubbles, and Hap’s eyes, growing confused and heavy-lidded behind his swim mask—against a dark backdrop to bring us down into the cold, suffocating water with him.
Still, while Savage Season (and the “Hap and Leonard” series in general) seems to me something of a strange choice for graphic novel adaptation, and while I do have a couple of reservations about the approach take here, there’s enough good to make me want more. Piironen puts together some really provocative and effective sequences, and does a good job of giving Lansdale’s trademark dialogue room to breathe. Here’s hoping we get news about an adaptation of Mucho Mojo sooner rather than later.
Cullen Bunn at TOR.COM discusses 5 Books About Folk Horror and includes a surprising Lansdale selection.
THE BOTTOMS by Joe Lansdale
Not a horror story necessarily, but full of horrific themes and creepy imagery. This is a crime story and murder mystery set, like many of Lansdale’s stories, in East Texas. During the Great Depression, a group of kids set out to solve a violent murder. That’s my kind of story. But the addition of a local legend, the Goat Man (who is sort of a Boo Radley boogieman figure) makes this yarn something special. Urban legends can be spooky enough to make your skin crawl. But in my experience, those rural legends are all the more terrifying.