Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent: Early Stories and Commentary

Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent: Early Stories and Commentary

Illustration By Mark A. Nelson

Dustjacket and signature sheet art by Mark A. Nelson.

The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent collects 34 stories, 16 never before published, by Joe R. Lansdale, award-winning author of The Two-Bear Mambo, and Bad Chili.

Ultimately, with a writer like Joe R. Lansdale, it's his voice that carries us along from one project to the next. It's his voice that brings us back time and time again. The writer behind that voice, the guy on the other side of that page.

The early stories included in this book give us a whisper of that voice. Watch for it. Listen closely. Joe's voice might crack a little bit as our boy shuffles through a kind of writer's puberty, but that's just part of the fun.

Which is another way of saying that you shouldn't take any of these tales too seriously. You'll see Joe trying on different hats, jumping from genre to genre, sometimes in one story. If you're looking for primo Lansdale, you've come to the wrong place.

But without these stories, there wouldn't have been any primo Lansdale. Keep that in mind as you settle in for a lazy afternoon with that damn near twenty-year overnight success, Joe R. Lansdale.


--Norman Partridge, from the introduction

Note: The Lettered copies are bound in leather, and housed in a handmade slipcase which features exclusive stamping art by Mark A. Nelson, with a "vintage" photo of the author recessed in the front. An original rejection slip received by Lansdale in the late '70s or early '80s is laid in each.


  • "Four on the Floor" (Introduction) by Norman Partridge
  • "A Boy and His Typewriter" (Introduction) by Joe R. Lansdale
  • "The Junkyard"
  • "The Princess"
  • "Quack"
  • "The Hungry Locust"
  • "The Man Who Dreamed"
  • "Devil in the Hole"
  • "The Amusement Park"
  • "The Pit of Kundolkan"
  • "Full Report at Ten"
  • "The Valley of the Swastika"
  • "A Frog-Strangler"
  • "From Little Things"
  • "For Whom the Bell Blows"
  • "Hang in There"
  • "Waziah"
  • "Hickory, Dickory, Dock"
  • "A Debt to Pay"
  • "The Honeymoon"
  • "Walks"
  • "All the Little Animals"
  • "The Man Who Could Not Get Four in a Row"
  • "Saved"
  • "Why Does It Cry?"
  • "The Last of the Hopeful"
  • "The Yard Man"
  • "Futility"
  • "At the Mouth of Time"
  • "Night Drive"
  • "Escape Artist"
  • "Huitzilpochtli"
  • "Knock Knock"
  • "Cowboy"
  • "Trapped in the Saturday Matinee"
  • "One Death, Two Episodes"
Mark A. Nelson
Joe R. Lansdale
310 pages
United States
Out of Print