I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but we’ve truly been blessed as a species this week. The greatest writer of (probably) all time, Joe R. Lansdale, was recently interviewed on not one but two podcasts: both the much beloved This is Horror podcast and newcomer (to me, at least) Adventures in Videoland. Whether you’re a casual fan or a writer seeking inspiration, I recommend you check out both interviews.
Also of note: in both of these episodes, Lansdale mentions he’ll be attempting to direct his first film next year, but doesn’t provide any further details. Lansdale has frequently shattered the standards of what a writer can accomplish with prose, so I’m insanely excited to see what a Joe Lansdale film might look like. I slightly suspect he might be referring to an adaptation of his novel, The Bottoms, which Bill Paxton had been trying to make for several years until his death. But who knows! It could be something totally different.
Anyway, the podcasts:
Of the two interviews, his appearance on This is Horror was by far my preference. If you’re a writer, you owe it to yourself to listen to this episode over and over for years to come. You won’t find a better conversation about writing. Featured topics: early storytelling experiences, storytelling vs. plot, writing rituals, and crafting unlikeable characters. Also, the speech Lansdale gives toward the end concerning racism and homophobia will send chills down your spine.
I’d never heard of Adventures in Videoland before but that doesn’t mean much. I haven’t heard of most things. I gave this interview a shot and ended up loving it. I would say this episode is more for fans than writers, but obviously being a writer doesn’t restrict a person from also being a fan. This interview mostly focuses on Don Coscarelli’s 2002 film adaptation of Bubba Ho-Tep and Lansdale’s new prequel novel, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers.
Max Booth III is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Perpetual Motion Machine and the Managing Editor of Dark Moon Digest. He co-hosts the podcast Castle Rock Radio with his partner, Lori Michelle, and writes online for LitReactor and Gamut. He’s written some novels, too. Follow him on Twitter @GiveMeYourTeeth.