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A recipient of the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award and creator of the iconic The Last Unicorn (1968), Peter S. Beagle’s has thrilled and entertained multiple generations of fans. His other book length works include A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE (1960), The Folk of the Air (1986, winner of the Mythopoeic Award), The Innkeeper’s Song (1993, winner of the Locus Poll Award), The Unicorn Sonata (1996), Tamsin (1999, winner of the Mythopoeic Award), SUMMERLONG (2016), IN CALABRIA (2017), and THE LAST UNICORN: THE LOST JOURNEY (2018).
Beagle’s numerous award-winning short fiction have been collected in Giant Bones (1997), THE RHINOCEROS WHO QUOTED NIETZSCHE AND OTHER ODD ACQUAINTANCES (1997), THE LINE BETWEEN (2006), Strange Roads (2008), WE NEVER TALK ABOUT MY BROTHER (2009), Mirror Kingdoms: The Best or Peter S. Beagle (2010), SLEIGHT OF HAND (2011), and THE OVERNEATH (2017). The story “My Son Heydari and the Karkadann” was published alongside ”The Unicorn Triangle” by Patricia A. McKillip in the limited edition chapbook THE KARKADANN TRIANGLE (2018).
He began working in TV and film by writing episodes of Thirty-Minute Theater (1967 “Come Death”) and Apple’s Way (1974 “The Zoo”) and the feature films The Dove (1974 with Adam Kennedy, based on the book by Robin Lee Graham and Derek Gill) and The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977; based on the book by Don Robertson). Beagle followed up the screenplay (with Chris Conkling) for the Ralph Bakshi-helmed Lord of the Rings (1978) with his own script for The Last Unicorn (1982), the Bass and Rankin interpretation of the beloved book. Among Beagle’s other writing credits are teleplays for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1990; “Sarek,” one of the most influential and acclaimed episodes of the popular series) and The Little Mermaid TV series (1992). The film adaption of his story “The Bridge Partner” (shot in 2015) was included in the anthology film Grave Intentions (2020).
Beagle has edited several acclaimed anthologies: Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn (1995 with Janet Berliner and Martin H. Greenberg), THE SECRET HISTORY OF FANTASY (2010), THE URBAN FANTASY ANTHOLOGY (2011 with Joe R. Lansdale), THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY (2017 with Jacob Weisman; winner of the World Fantasy Award), and THE UNICORN ANTHOLOGY (2019 with Weisman).
Everyone at Tachyon wishes the beloved Peter a happy birthday. May it be magical.
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Professional freelance editor, reviewer, publicist, marketing guru, geek maven, and optimistic curmudgeon, Richard “Rick” Klaw is the wearer of many hats.
For the past 20 years, Klaw has provided nigh-countless reviews, essays, and fiction for a variety of publications: The Austin Chronicle, Blastr, Moving Pictures Magazine, San Antonio Current, Geek Dad, San Antonio Business Journal, Conversations With Texas Writers, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, SF Site, Science Fiction Weekly, Nova Express, STEAMPUNK, Electric Velocipede, Cross Plains Universe, Red Range, and The Steampunk Bible. Many of his essays and observations were collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century (2003).
Klaw co-founded the influential Mojo Press, one of the first publishers dedicated to both graphic novels and prose books for the general bookstore market, and co-edited (with Joe R. Lansdale) the groundbreaking original anthology of short fiction in graphic form, Weird Business (1995). He also served as the first fiction editor for RevolutionSF.
Klaw has edited all the volumes of the Tachyon Hap and Leonard crime series by Joe R. Lansdale, including the recent Hap and Leonard coming-of-age collection (including recipes), OF MICE AND MINESTRONE. He is currently editing Bruce Sterling’s Italian fantascienza collection, ROBOT ARTISTS & BLACK SWANS; he also co-edited Sterling’s PIRATE UTOPIA (2016). Additionally, Klaw is the editor of two anthologies that were published in 2013: THE APES OF WRATH and Rayguns Over Texas.
In addition to his other editing, consulting, and marketing activities, Klaw currently manages and develops content for Tachyon’s social media. He is Tachyon’s resident expert on remote technology, and he organizes and facilitates all virtual events.
Klaw lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, a perpetually confused dog, a pair of adorable, high energy cats, and an impressive collection of books.
Tachyon wishes Rick a very happy birthday (and we thank him for allowing us to hijack his regularly scheduled social-media domination).
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Throughout 2020, Tachyon Publications took readers on many adventures and to familiar and strange worlds with the unknown beginnings of beloved characters (OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS by Joe R. Lansdale and THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR by Carrie Vaughn), the boundaries of science (SEA CHANGE by Nancy Kress and NUCLEATION by Kimberly Unger), fantastic uncharted realities (DRIFTWOOD by Marie Brennan and THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg), werewolves and other creepy imaginings (KITTY’S MIX-TAPE by Carrie Vaughn and THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS by Jane Yolen), and inexplicable journeys (ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL by Daniel Pinkwater).
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For MYSTERY PEOPLE, Scott Montgomery includes Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS among his Top Ten (Eleven, Actually) Crime Fiction Books of 2020 So Far.
The author delivers a half dozen short stories that look at the formative years of his characters, Hap and Leonard. The stories run the gamut from fun genre romps, bittersweet nostalgia, and poignant character studies, showing some sides you haven’t seen from them.
David Bell at CRIME READS mentions Hap and Leonard in Complicated, Dangerous, Toxic, and Sometimes Beautiful: Male Friendships in Crime Fiction.
We all know the prolific Joe Lansdale can write anything and write it well. Crime, historical, western, horror. But is it possible his Hap and Leonard series is his most inspired creation? Only Lansdale could conjure the chaos that ensues when a Texas good old boy (Hap) and a gay, black Vietnam vet (Leonard) join forces and become best friends. The books are violent, suspenseful, and (hardest of all to pull off) laugh-out-loud funny. And they’re all anchored by this unlikeliest of friendships.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY was the first to share the trailer for The Pale Door, executive-produced by Lansdale. It premieres in theaters, on demand, and digital August 21.
In horror-Western The Pale Door, the Dalton gang finds shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws.
The Pale Door is directed by Aaron B. Koontz (Camera Obscura, Scare Package) who co-wrote the script with Cameron Burns (Camera Obscura) and Keith Lansdale (the Creepshow TV show). The movie stars Devin Druid (13 Reasons Why), Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings), Noah Segan (Knives Out), Stan Shaw (Monster Squad), Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) and Melora Walters (Magnolia). The Pale Door is presented and executive produced by novelist Joe R. Lansdale.
PASTE includes the Hap and Leonard TV series among The 28 Best Crime Shows on Netflix, Ranked.
There are so many things that Hap and Leonard does that are wonderfully unique in this TV landscape. Based on Joe R. Lansdale’s books, the series is an authentic story about the south, capturing the tone and cadence of its location with aplomb. It’s also a blue collar story that isn’t just about being poor in East Texas, but that desperation informs everything that happens in this wacky yet soulful series. The two men at the heart of the show are best friends and total opposites—one is a straight white hippy, the other is black, gay, conservative—and they support each other, joke and fight like brothers. These things are all taken as being typical in Hap and Leonard, which thoughtfully followed-up a wild first season with an incredibly emotional second, and a heartbreaking third. With laconic East Texas style, the 80s-set series deals with a new villain each season (as Hap and Leonard accidentally stumble into their path) with humor and heart, never ignoring the racial politics of the region. It’s a show that illustrates how people with even the most disparate viewpoints can find common or at least cordial ground, and the consequences of what happens when they don’t. The woefully overlooked series is stocked with an amazing cast, and two actors who know how to convincingly (and never cartoonishly) pull off a Texas drawl. —Allison Keene
Continue on to page 2 for more Lansdale.
One of the things that Josh Mauthe at UMNEY’S ALLEY always loved about Hap and Leonard was the way Lansdale avoided giving the duo an origin story. Understandably, he was a little worried about Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS. As revealed in this 5 star review, his fears were unfounded.
But I shouldn’t have worried, because Lansdale gives us a volume that’s on par with any other entry in the series, with at least one story that ranks among the best the series has ever been.
Now, after the stories end, you’ll see more of the book to come – a collection of recipes of the food mentioned in the stories. You might think, oh, interesting, but inessential. But there you’re wrong, because the recipes are written in the voice of our characters, peppering the recipes with commentary, insights, jokes, and even epilogues to some of the stories. I can’t think of another set of recipes that made me laugh this much, or that brought me this much joy, and I’m so glad I didn’t skip them.
Should you start with OF MICE AND MINESTRONE if you’re new to Hap and Leonard? I’d say probably not; these stories are good, and you’d enjoy them, but they’re richer for knowing these two men and their lives. But they’re every bit as good as basically every other Hap and Leonard writing Lansdale has ever done – and that’s no small thing at all, given how consistently great this series is.
In their podcast, KAZI 88.7 FM Book Review recommends the new collection.
Via Instagram, Jacob Weisman posts an image of Lansdale.
RUE MORGUE shared this exclusive clip from the acclaimed documentary about Lansdale, ALL HAIL THE POPCORN KING.
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[STARRED REVIEW] “Magical stories unfurl with marvelous subtlety in this delightful collection from Klages.”
A rebellious child identifies with Maleficent instead of Sleeping Beauty. A solitary woman inherits a penny arcade haunted by a beautiful stranger. A prep-school student requires more than luck when playing dice with a faerie. Ladies who lunch—dividing one last bite of dessert—delve into new dimensions of quantum politeness. From on a habitat on Mars to a boardinghouse in London, discover the wicked, wondrous adventures of Ellen Klages (The Green Glass Sea).
2019 Otherwise Award Honor List
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[STARRED REVIEW] “One of the best story collections of the past few years.”—Booklist
“Kameron Hurley is a badass.” —Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous
When renegade author Kameron Hurley (The Light Brigade; The Stars Are Legion) takes you to the future, be prepared for the unexpected. It will be dangerous, frequently brutal, and often devastating. But also, savagely funny and deliriously strange. In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.
“Some of the funniest, lovingly antagonistic, and memorial dialogue of any crime series.”
Hap and Leonard have never fit the profile, and that is not going to change. Hap Collins looks like a good ’ol boy, but his liberal politics don’t match. After a number of failed careers, Hap has found his calling: kicking ass.
Vietnam veteran Leonard Pine is even more complicated: black, conservative, gay . . . and an occasional arsonist. With Leonard on the job with his childhood friend Hap, both small-time crooks and the masterminds of the Dixie Mafia had best be extremely nervous.
Here are Joe R. Lansdale’s popular Texan crime-fighting duo in this first, hard-nosed collection of short stories.
“There is just one great collection of Tiptree’s fiction in print…Her Smoke Rose Up Forever from Tachyon Publications. It contains all of her major short stories.”
—New York Times Book Review
Featuring: Hugo Award winner: “The Girl Who was Plugged In” and Hugo Award winner: “Houston, Houston, Do You Read?”
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever collects eighteen brilliant short stories from a luminary of the science-fiction genre, James Tiptree, Jr. This updated edition is the quintessential Tiptree collection and contains revisions from the author’s original notes. Tiptree’s fiction reflects the darkly complex world its author inhabited: exploring the alien among us; the unreliability of perception; love, sex, and death; and humanity’s place in a vast, cold universe.
“A superior array of creative and thoughtful writing.”
“Deserve[s] to grace the shelves of all science-fiction and gender-studies fans.”
In these provocative award-winning tales intersecting sexuality and identity, a third-world fashionista masters the Internet, an itinerant poet collaborates with its eight selves, a four-way marriage flouts social conventions, and an ugly duckling is reinvented as a compromised swan. You will be subverted and you will like it.
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Doug and Judy both know exactly how and when their romance will play out. Because they both happen to be clairvoyant.
Hurtling toward their foretold breakup, Doug and Judy must each determine how immutable the future really is—except when it isn’t. Can two people who are always right somehow prove each other wrong?
In her bittersweet and witty Six Months, Three Days, Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) chronicles a brief relationship that is both impossible and familiar to anyone who has fallen in—and out—of love.
“‘Time Gypsy’ is about science, about history, and about falling in love. It’s a hard science ‘chick’ story where the scientist is a woman and has a heart as well as a brain. It’s the kind of story I wanted to read when I was growing up, but it just hadn’t been written yet.”
A modern post-doctoral physicist gets the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel backward in time and meet her heroine, Dr. Sara Baxter Clarke. But there is something else that Carol McCullough never could have expected in the shockingly oppressive world of 1956: Love.
In the excellent OF MICE AND MINESTRONE, Joe R. Lansdale provides further proof of Hap and Leonard’s innate humanity and inherent likability
Joe R. Lansdale’s OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS continues to garner raves.
At MANHATTAN BOOK REVIEW, Philip Zozarro praises the collection.
Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard never cease to interest the reader. The situations they start and end up in are amply filled with humor, wisdom, and heart. The early years provide the reader with more proof of the two characters’ innate humanity and inherent likability. No matter the trouble they find, their loyalty is to each other and what’s right, which makes every story stronger. An excellent addition to a great collection.
Eric J. Guignard for GINGER NUTS OF HORROR feels much the same.
All-in-all, an excellent pairing of crime writing tales, blood-soaked friendship, and Southern grits. Five out of Five stars.
MORE 2 READ concurs.
As always Joe Lansdale signature telling with characters, actions, and words, potent and vivid, ones to crack a smile on a dull day and stir a heart with nostalgic immersion in a scene.
As does TZER ISLAND.
In between “The Watering Shed” and “The Sabine Was High,” Leonard enlists Hap to work as a sparring partner in the aptly titled “Sparring Partner.” Hap and Leonard are both decent amateur boxers. The small-time promoter who hires them has a history of finding black boxers to match against white boxers. The promoter doesn’t really care if the boxers are good, a callous attitude that places his boxers at risk. The trainer knows better but wants to keep his job. The story culminates in Leonard switching places with an untalented boxer and going up against a slow but monstrous brute. This might be the best boxing story I’ve ever read, but apart from the fight itself, the story addresses collateral characters who confront moral dilemmas and, in a couple of cases, make a selfless choice. This is a heartwarming story and my favorite in the volume.
The collection ends with recipes for southern delicacies (chili and pies and the like) that appear in the stories. Not being much of a cook, I can’t comment on whether they are good, but they did make me hungry for pie.
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In celebration of the release of Joe R. Lansdale’s enthralling OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS, Tachyon presents glimpses from a collection that “proves once again why Joe Lansdale is one of our very best.” (Ace Atkins, New York Times Bestselling author of The Shameless)
The previews included
Plus recipes by Kasey Lansdale
- Brer Rabbit Cookies
- Kill Ya Dead Jalapeño Cornbread
- Leonard’s Banana Pudding
- Mama’s Pecan Bread
- Watering Shed Moonshine
In celebration of the release of Joe R. Lansdale’s enthralling OF MICE AND MINESTRONE – HAP AND LEONARD: THE EARLY YEARS, Tachyon presents glimpses from the “delightful collection of stories with interesting introduction and bonus collaborative recipes.” (Nonstop Reader)
The Sabine Was High
Joe R. Lansdale
I had gotten a phone call from Leonard a few days before he was to be mustered out, and he told me where he would be coming in, told me he wanted me to pick himup at the bus station in Tyler. From there, he wanted to go camping and fishing.
It was raining that day, and the water ran across the highway in silver sheets and filled the ditches on either side of it. The Sabine River actually touched the sides of the high bridge’s upper railing, and the water sloshed onto the highway.
I tooled on into Tyler, over to the bus station. The old colored section was still there, and most of the black people were sitting there, even though legally they didn’t have to.
I looked at the clock on the wall. I was early. I went to the coffee machine, dropped a few coins in. The cup came out upside down and the coffee hit the bottom of the cup and sprayed out onto me. The coffee was the color of diarrhea.
I tried again, and the cup was right this time, but the coffee tasted like what it looked like. I threw it in the trash and bought a package of peanut butter crackers, but the crackers were stale, and the peanut butter had a nasty taste somewhere between river mud and brick mortar. I tossed the crackers too.
I went outside. The rain had stopped. I walked out to my car and sat in it, read from a book I had in the glove box. I always had a book. It was science fiction. But I wasn’t in a mood to read. I walked back to the station. I looked at my watch, but I wasn’t wearing it. Inside the station I glanced at the clock again. It was five minutes until arrival time.
At the ticket desk I asked if the bus was on time.
The fat man behind the counter, who looked as if he had been built by stacking snowballs in three piles like Frosty the Snowman, and may have bought his clothes from a clown store, said, “We’ll know if they show up on time, won’t we?”
This was impossible to argue with. I thanked him and went back outside. I leaned on the wall. I saw there were flies on the wall next to me, high up close to the roof. I guess they were having a picnic, or maybe just a family reunion. I watched them for a while, and then I watched the road in front of the bus station.
The Greyhound came rolling in, shiny from the rain. The hound design on the side of the bus looked happy and in a hurry. The bus brakes hissed and the bus bumped a little as it stopped.
The bus door whispered open, and people started out. The first one out was a tall, well-constructed woman in her thirties wearing a blue miniskirt and blue top with the confidence of a nun who thinks being a bride to Christ means she’ll someday get epic action from Jesus. She had on white boots, and her brown hair was piled at the top but long in back. Watching her walk into the station, I almost forgot I was there for Leonard.
Looking back at the bus, I saw Leonard get off. The sunlight made his black skin shine. I guess I was expecting him to be in uniform for some reason, but he wasn’t. He was wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots and a blue western shirt with a blue jean jacket. He had a brown cowboy hat in his hand and a duffel bag slung across his back on a strap. He looked at me and smiled.
There are some people you don’t talk to for a couple years, maybe more, and soon as you see them, it’s like they have only left the room for a moment, and that’s how it was with me and Leonard.
Continue on to page two for more OF MICE AND MINESTRONE content with a preview from GOOD EATS: THE RECIPES OF HAP AND LEONARD by Kasey Lansdale.