Lords of the RazorJoe R. Lansdale's Lords of the Razor
edited by Bill Sheehan and William Schafer

Dustjacket by Timothy Truman; interior illustrations by Glenn Chadborne

Signed Limited Edition - $125.00
Fine in fine dj; new and unread, direct from the publisher

Subterranean Press, 206; 281 pp.; limited to 500 signed numbered copies

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).

ItemJoe R. Lansdale -- "The God of the Razor" -- the classic tale
ItemChet Williamson -- "Jeaves and the Deteriorating Relations"
ItemStephen Gallagher -- "The Butterfly Garden"
ItemGary A. Braunbeck -- "Old Schick"
ItemElizabeth Massie -- "Fence Line"
ItemChristopher Golden -- "The Art of the Deal"
ItemArdath Mayhar -- "The Edge"
ItemHugh B. Cave -- "Brief Stay in a Small Town"
ItemP.D. Cacek -- "The Monster"
ItemThomas Tessier -- "Back in My Arms I Want You"
ItemBradley Denton -- "Blackburn and the Blade" (a 30,000 word novella
ItemJoe R. Lansdale -- "King of Shadows" (original novella)

From The Rocky Mountain News:
"Their stories, each illustrated with a frightening drawing by award-winning artist Glenn Chadborne, feature the razor god in settings as diverse as Vietnam, a stately British manor and various American locales. Some are perversely humorous, but all are genuinely frightening and guaranteed to make you opt for shaving with an electric razor."

From Locus:
"Lords of the Razor is another, rather more expensive, Lansdale-related anthology project, and it also revels in larger-than-life pulp territory... This limited edition invites several talented writers to use Lansdale's character as they see fit, with some impressively bloody results."

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