Cosmic Interruptions

by Joe R. Lansdale
Release date: November 19, 2018 (SST Publications)
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories

Dust jacket illustration by Vincent Chong.

"Reading Joe R. Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller" — Dean Koontz

Cosmic Interruptions is a collection of speculative fiction by Joe R. Lansdale. The stories here have been grouped as part of a four part set, this first volume loosely falling into the speculative fiction, science fiction, and off-beat fantasy realm. The stories range from alternate universes to dark futures to the warping of time and space, and a variety of unclassifiable items. There is action, humor, whimsy, and a large dollop of what was once called A Sense of Wonder. Future volumes will gather tales of crime and mystery fiction, horror and East Texas Gothic, and historical and western stories. This is a unique chance to gather not only Lansdale’s popular stories, but some that are lesser known and should be known more broadly.


  • Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Bill the Little Steam Shovel
  • In the Cold Dark Time
  • Duck-Footed
  • Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back
  • Trapped in the Saturday Matinee
  • Letter From the South, Two Moons West of Nacogdoches
  • Starlight, Eye Bright
  • Down by the Sea Near the Great Big Rock
  • Trains Not Taken
  • Fish Night
  • Bar Talk
  • On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks
  • Personality Problems
  • Morning, Noon and Night
  • Godzilla's Twelve-Step Program
  • The Fat Man
  • The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning
  • The Dump
  • After the War
  • Hell Through a Windshield
  • The Tall Grass
  • Big Man: A Fable
  • The Shaggy House
  • King of the Cheap Romance
  • Rex
  • The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down: A Dime Novel
  • Way Down There
updated 2018-11-19

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