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Always At Home With Science, Crime Fiction – Lansdale

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 12:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Science Fiction, to the author of Edge of the Dark Water, Joe Richard Lansdale, an American writer and marital-arts expert is a rare ‘weapon’ for psychological creativity.

His words: “I’ve read too much Science Fiction to feel comfortable about trying to change the past. There are a few moments in my own history I’d like to change,” he said, adding that, “you can’t change one thing without changing many, what may seem like a good change could make bad changes.”

Since the choice of a literature is a function of personal interest and volition, Lansdale said he chose comical books because of its great influence in his life and career at his early life. According to him, the books played a major role on how he thinks and writes.

“I love comics. They taught me early on about mixing genres,” he claimed.

He also established that in so many ways, he thought that comic was a mixture of influential idea.

“I think the far out ones are pretty natural, however, and I think it’s due to all of my childhood influence’ books. All manner of stories come to me, and some are more traditional.”

As gathered, he started reading at a tender age. “I grew up on all that stuff, so besides the outlandishness that probably came out of sixties influences, I grew up and adore the classic approach to story,” he said, adding that his enthusiasm for pure story telling made To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee his favourite novel.

Among the catalogue of books on his shelf were those written by such writers like Robert Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Philip Jose Farmer, Glendon Swarthout, Jim Thompson, and Chester Himes. Others include, Charles Beaumont, Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown, Flannery O’Conner, Carson McCuller, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald among others.

Asked whether there were certain literatures he would want to read again peradventure he had the opportunity, he referred to authors like Trent Zelazny , Stephen Graham Jones, John Wyndham, Stephen King and Crime and Science Fiction writer like John Wyndham, among other.

“I seem to be rereading a lot of older writers, and have been for awhile; it is fun revisiting some of them, and in some cases, reading some of their works for the first time, or some of their works I’ve missed,” he said.

In his recommendation in an online interview, he listed the following books for pleasure readers: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, True Grit by Charles Portis and Lonesome Dove: A Novel by Steinback. Others were The Martian Chronicle by Ray Bradbury, I am a Legend by Richard Matheson, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott, Fitx Gerald; Wise Blood: A Novel by Flannery O’ Conner, The Balled of the Sad Cafe by Carson Mcculler among others.

Lansdale who lives in Nacogdoches Texas was among the genres contributor that was nicknamed Master of Horror.