The Magic Wagon by Joe R. Lansdale


BookVoice Publishing is proud to announce a limited run release of the genre-defining classic THE MAGIC WAGON by the one and only Joe R. Lansdale.
This release will include 500 numbered hardcover copies signed by the author “His Ownself.”

Each hardcover copy will also include:

•    a special author’s signature page bound inside the book
•    all-new front cover artwork and inside sketches by artist Charlie Bullock
•    a new introduction by Lansdale in which he describes his time writing the novel and how he “gradually develop[ed] a method of writing that worked” for him
•    the rare short story “Man With Two Lives” by Lansdale
•    full-color glossy dust jacket
•    printed on thick 60# acid-free paper
•    bound in Pearl Linen® cloth and Smyth sewn for a sturdy binding
•    limited one-time printing of this “Literary Treasure”
•    retail price: $50

We encourage fans of Lansdale to order this limited-edition release of THE MAGIC WAGON, a true “Literary Treasure” available exclusively from the BookVoice Publishing Store.
Only 500 copies will be sold.

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Already renowned for his work in horror and “splatterpunk,” Lansdale (the Hap and Leonard series, Cold in July, Bubba Ho-Tep) helped cement the Weird Western genre as we know it with THE MAGIC WAGON and several other titles beginning in the 1980s and continuing more than 30 years later to this day.
First published in 1986, THE MAGIC WAGON tells the tall tales of narrator Buster Fogg and the group of traveling merchant marauders he takes up with after his family is killed by a tornado. Their adventures take them through dank caves, across the countryside, and into Mud Creek - an East Texas town that would have made Deadwood look like the Land of Oz.
Coming soon in a signed limited-edition hardcover format from BookVoice Publishing.


From the novel:

Wild Bill Hickok, some years after he was dead, came to Mud Creek for a shoot-out of sorts.
I was there. Let me tell you about it.
About an hour before sunrise, mid-July, 1909, we came rolling into Mud Creek in the Magic Wagon—Billy Bob Daniels, Old Albert, Rot Toe the Wrestling Chimpanzee, the body in the box, and me.

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Past praise for THE MAGIC WAGON:

•    The Magic Wagon is "to the 1980s what True Grit was to its decade."—Dean R. Koontz
•    "Part tall tale, part suspense story, part dark fantasy, The Magic Wagon is wholly unique and unfailingly SUCCESSFUL."—Ed Gorman, Trails West
•    "A delight."— Books of the Southwest
•    "An assortment of colorful, often humorous characters gives this insightful and gritty tale authenticity and a sense of wonder."— Booklist
•    "Pure escapist reading."— The Antioch Review
•    "This is a rare, wonderful book."—Lewis Shiner, The Austin Chronicle
•    "Joe R. Lansdale proves he can show his readers a good time—and leave them a little something to think about afterward."— The New York Times Book Review
•    “The true charm of the story, though, is in its telling, which melds laconic humor, colorful colloquialisms and outrageous figures of speech into a Twainesque tall tale. This novel endures as a modern western classic.” – Publishers Weekly

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East Texas native Joe R. Lansdale is the author of fifty novels and more than 300 short stories. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers and Internet sites. His work has been collected in thirty short-story collections and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He has received an Edgar Award, eleven Bram Stoker Awards, a Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, an American Mystery Award, a British Fantasy Award, an International Horror Guild Award, a Spur Award, a Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, a Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, a Burroughs Bibliophiles Golden Lion Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others. He currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas. 
Joe R. Lansdale