The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent
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The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent

by Joe R. Lansdale
Release date: 1997
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror, short stories

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


  • "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"
  • "Huitzilopochtli"
  • "Knock Knock"
  • "Cowboy"
  • "Trapped in the Saturday Matinee"
  • "One Death, Two Episodes"
(updated 2017-01-21)

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