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Joe R. Lansdale signs in San Diego

Event date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 2:00pm

Joe R. Lansdale

Mysterious Galaxy is happy to be hosting Joe R. Lansdale for the latest title in his Hap and Leonard series (as seen on the Sundance channel)!  In Jackrabbit Smile, Hap’s wedding barbecue gets crashed by Pentecostal white supremacists looking for help.  The titular Jackrabbit, revivalist cult leader Judith Mulhaney’s daughter, has gone missing -- and Hap and Leonard are on the case.  The pair end up mixed up with the cult, on top of solving a murder.  Publishers Weekly describes Jackrabbit Smile as “ always, Lansdale provides a wild, fun ride with an astute eye on social issues.”

Joe is a prolific writer, having authored several dozen novels and many short stories, in addition to work in comics, TV, and film.  Local comics publisher IDW is the current home for his Hap and Leonard graphic novel adaptation of Savage Season, and Wild Western Red Range, as well as the upcoming Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers series, a prequel to Joe's infamous tale of the King of Rock & Roll vs. the King of the Dead.  Joe has also been the recipient of several awards, including the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the British Fantasy Award, and the Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy.  He currently resides in Texas with his wife, dog, and cats.


Tickets Now Available!

How to order books & tickets:

This is a ticketed event. Tickets to the signing line are given only with the purchase of Jackrabbit Smile from Mysterious Galaxy. Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis.  You may purchase your book on our website, in-store, or over the phone, but all books must be paid in full in order to receive a ticket. 

Online orders:

1) You must enter payment method. Books ordered without payment using the 'pay in store' option will not be issued a ticket or guaranteed a book until actual payment is made.

2) Note your intent to attend in the comments section at checkout. 
You'll be able to pick up your book and ticket from Mysterious Galaxy on publication date, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Other limitations may apply. The event itself is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come first-served 30-40 minutes before the start of the event. The number of books the author will sign during an event always depends, but typically authors will sign their newest book plus, 1-2 other titles. If you have more books than that you'd like signed, we ask that after your initial pass in the line, you return to the line for a second and final pass at the end once, at which point, you are limited to 10 books total.For more details and answers to your questions, please see our FAQ on Events, or contact a Mysterious Galaxy bookseller at 858-268-4747.

Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard #11) Cover Image
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9780316311588
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mulholland Books - March 27th, 2018

Hap and Leonard are an unlikely pair-Hap, a self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough-as-nails black gay Vietnam vet and Republican-but they're the closest friend either of them has in the world. Hap is celebrating his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Brett (who is also Hap and Leonard's boss), when their backyard barbecue is interrupted by a couple of Pentecostal white supremacists. They're not too happy to see Leonard, and no one is happy to see them, but they have a problem and only Hap and Leonard will take the case. 
Judith Mulhaney's daughter, Jackrabbit, has been missing for five years. Well, she's been missing from them for five years, but she's been missing from everybody, including the local no-goods who ran with her, for a few months. Despite their misgivings about Judith and her son, Hap and Leonard take the case. It isn't long until they find themselves mixed up in a revivalist cult that believes Jesus will return flanked by an army of lizard-men-- solving a murder to boot. 
With Lansdale's trademark humor, whip-smart dialogue, and plenty of ass-kicking adventures to be had, you won't want to miss Hap and Leonard's latest.

Rusty Puppy (Hap and Leonard #10) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316311571
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - February 20th, 2018

While Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, is recovering from a life-threatening stab wound, Louise Elton comes into Hap and Leonard's PI office to tell him that the police have killed her son, Jamar. 
Months earlier, a bully cop pulled over and sexually harassed Jamar's sister, Charm. The officer followed Charm over the course of the next couple of months, leading Jamar to videotape and take notes on the cop and his partner. The next thing Louise hears, Jamar got in a fight and is killed in the projects by local hoods. It doesn't add up: he was a straight A student, destined for better things, until he began to ask too many questions about the racist police force. 
Leonard, a tough black gay Vietnam vet and Republican, joins Hap in the investigation, and they stumble upon the racial divides that have shaped their Eastern Texas town. But if anyone can navigate these pitfalls and bring the killers to justice, it's Hap and Leonard. 
Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, colorful characters, and relentless pacing, Rusty Puppy is Joe Lansdale at his page-turning best.

Paradise Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316329347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - September 26th, 2017

Young Willie is on the run, having fled his small Texas farm when an infamous local landowner murdered his father. A man named Loving takes him in and trains him in the fine arts of shooting, riding, reading, and gardening. When Loving dies, Willie re-christens himself Nat Love in tribute to his mentor, and heads west. 
In Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, Nat becomes a Buffalo Soldier and is befriended by Wild Bill Hickok. After winning a famous shooting match, Nat's peerless marksmanship and charm earn him the nickname Deadwood Dick, as well as a beautiful woman. But the hellhounds are still on his trail, and they brutally attack Nat Love's love. Pursuing the men who have driven his wife mad, Nat heads south for a final, deadly showdown against those who would strip him of his home, his love, his freedom, and his life.

Hap and Leonard: Savage Season Cover Image
By Joe R. Lansdale, Jussi Piironen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781684051847
Availability: Special Order
Published: IDW Publishing - October 17th, 2017

An all-new graphic novel adapting the original story which is the basis for the first season of the Sundance TV series. A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem.


Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an East Texas white boy with a weakness for all women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they stir up more commotion than a firestorm. But that's just the way they like it. When Trudy, an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score, Hap lets Leonard in on the scam. That's when things get interesting.


Joe R. Lansdale's classic dark thriller has been adapted and vividly bought to life by Finnish illustrator Jussi Piironen. He stays faithful to the original novel and creates a visual treat for Hap and Leonard fans.


Chockful of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. The world of crime and suspense haven't been the same since.

Red Range: A Wild Western Adventure Cover Image
By Joe R. Lansdale, Sam Glanzman (Illustrator), Richard Klaw (Introduction by), Stephen R. Bissette (Afterword by)
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9781631409943
Availability: Special Order
Published: IDW Publishing - June 20th, 2017

Set during the 19th century and combining an unusual mix of racial unrest, odd ball characters, and strange happenings, Red Range is a unique take on “The Western.” During a Klan lynching, a mysterious rider appears, and proves to be a deadly shot! It is the Red Mask, a tough, lethal, black man who wisely keeps his identity concealed, especially while battling his enemies. Through a series of events, the Red Mask continues to thwart the violent and hateful actions of the Klan, while picking up an orphan along the way and teaching him how to turn his hate into something more positive.