Waltz of Shadows

Waltz of Shadows

Illustration By Mark A. Nelson

Dustjacket, endsheet, autograph page, and Lettered frontis art by Mark A. Nelson

The idea behind The Lost Lansdale program is to publish among the good, some of the interesting, and to do it in such a manner that they will be limited in number, and will not, in original form, and in some cases, any form, see publication again.

No second printing.

No paperback.

Hank Small is an everyman, has a loving wife and two kids, a dog that greets him at the door every time he comes home. He's got an estranged half-brother named Earl, and an always-in-trouble nephew named Bill. What he's got are the makings of a pretty good life, one he's contented to follow in its course.

Now he's got Bill, who's in more trouble than ever before over a little group he's joined called the Disaster Club. He's got someone he knows only as the Fat Man calling the shots, and a truly nasty piece of work named Snake ready to kill him and his family before lunch. He's got a reputation that's ruined, no home to return to... and Hank Small's got nowhere to turn but his brother.

Waltz of Shadows is Lansdale's longest novel, and closer to horror than anything he's written since The Nightrunners.

I wrote this in the early nineties for Mysterious Press. It was to be my first novel for them. It was over six hundred pages, the first time I had ever written anything that long. Waltz of Shadows does have some wonderful moments, the best of these the darker moments. Like the scene where the main character and his wife are attacked at home, humiliated. And the ending is a real ring-tailed tooter.

-- Joe R. Lansdale, from the introduction

Mark A. Nelson
Joe R. Lansdale
271 pages
United States
Out of Print