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Bubba Ho-Tep [Kindle Edition]

Joe R. Lansdale
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An elderly, incontinent Elvis Aaron Presley teams up with an deeply incognito John Fitzgerald Kennedy to defend their East Texas nursing home from an ancient Egyptian soul-sucking mummy. This is the short story that became the cult classic major motion picture, inspiring a generation of care-givers, archaeologists, and public servants. TCB.

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  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727M1PG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great script, great book! May 31, 2004
Once upon a time, Texan writer Joe R. Lansdale was forced to put his ailing mother in a rest home. The writer found the place both sad and creepy...and a wonderful setting for a story. Combining two fallen heroes from his youth (Elvis Presley and President John Kennedy) with an interest in archeology (i.e. mummies) Lansdale drafted the story Bubba Ho-Tep, wherein the eldery men who may or may not be who they say they are (the aforementioned misters Presley and Kennedy) battle a soul sucking mummy that is feeding on the frail residents of the rest home they live in. Lansdale's story is sad, spooky, funny, and ulitmately heartwarming as the two find themselves vitalized by the battle with a nemesis that only they can see and touch. Ironically, Lansdale did not care much for the story and was surprised when it became a fan favorite. He was also stunned that Phantasm writer/director Don Coscarelli wanted to make the story into a movie. Considering how oddball the concept was, it is no surprise that financing Bubba Ho-Tep would prove problematic. But Coscarelli stuck to his vision and snagged Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis to star and managed to make the movie he wanted to make. When no one would distribute it, he distributed it himself and a bona-fide cult classic was born. In this book are Lansdale's story and Coscarelli's respectfully faithful shooting script. Whether you are a fan of Lansdale, Coscarelli, or Campbell (or all of the above, like me) this book is required reading. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Book to an Outstanding Movie December 15, 2003
I became obsesses with this movie when I heard Bruce Campbell speak at his book signing. It introduced me to the world of the Mojo story-telling of Joe R. Lansdale. I rushed out and ordered Writers Of The Purple Rage which included Bubba Ho-Tep. This volume not only includes the original story but also the screenplay to the movie. It is amazing how faithful Don Coscarelli has kept the script to the original. As an added bonus there is an inttroduction by Lansdale and Coscarelli plus their autograph to this limited 970 editions. The retail price is $40.00. Truly this is a bargain at $28.oo. If you see the movie, you will definitely want this fine companion piece!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubba Ho-Tep December 7, 2012
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I saw the movie when it first came out and really liked it, but never read to original story. When the Kindle version came out I thought I would give it a try. I really loved this book! Without a doubt, everyone should read this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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There have been a few times in life when I've laughed really hard. Those were some of the best times I remember. Reading Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe Lansdale was one of those times. It's great when you're settled into a story, happily and cautiously reading along and suddenly you're captured by an image that spreads an unstoppable smile across your face and makes you gasp and laugh out-loud. Bubba Ho-Tep is filled with these moments as well as intrigue, creepy suspense, embarrassing moments and the triumph of what has to be considered as insurmountable odds between the time-ravaged and demented old minds and the decrepit bodies of Petticoat Junction's own nursing home residents, Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy. Elvis and Kennedy are pitted against an ancient evil Egyptian force from beyond that has already proven to be formidable, ruthless and deadly. Whether or not you're an Elvis fan or ever wondered if the Warren Commission was the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, Bubba Ho-Tep certainly reveals Elvis and JFK to be genuine heroes. Joe R. Lansdale breaks the rules. He writes way outside of the box. This is one you'll enjoy reading more than once. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH THE PRICE September 5, 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars limited appeal January 10, 2014
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Well written, as all of Lansdale's I have read, he takes the absurd to new lengths. Always humorous, trying to keep a eye on realism takes on a new meaning in this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun July 18, 2014
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I've wanted to read this story ever since I saw the excellent film a few years ago. It first appeared in The King is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem. The film starred Bruce Campbell as the still alive Elvis and Ossie Davis as Jack Kennedy)the old black man claims to have survived the assassination attempt, only to be died black and abandoned.

Both are residents of the Shady Rest old folks home. Elvis is still alive because he'd gotten tired of the life and switched withe best Elvis impersonator. The idea was when he was ready to return, they would swap back. A contract had been drawn up to that effect. But then the impersonator had died of a heart attack and Elvuis's contract had been lost in a fire.

The two men battle a soul sucking mummy to save the lives and souls of their fellow residents.

How does a mummy get into an East Texas rest home? Read the superb story and find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious December 22, 2013
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This is that perfect mix of humour and horror. Elvis is alive and well in a nursing home since he faked his death. While there he discovers a mummy has been preying on the residents of the home and decides to put an end to it. At turns funny, scary and tearjerking, this is a riot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis vs Mummies
Engaging yarn. Balanced with humor and horror, Lansadale tells a scary, sobering story. The horror of a nursing home balances well against the horror of a monster stalking its... Read more
Published 2 months ago by James L. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the movie
Joe writes some graphic content that may offend but his stories never disappoint his fans. A good read, indeed. His images linger on.
Published 4 months ago by Ronald Longley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Let's see...There's Elvis, maybe JFK, and a mummy. How can you lose with those? Warning: rated "R" for dirty old men thoughts.
Published 15 months ago by Pamela Lea Van Nest
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Lansdale is a class act
There is nothing like a Joe Lansdale story, and Bubba-Ho-Tep is a good one. The only thing that I found unlikeable was that the preview of another Lansdale novel takes up most... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rib15
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Thriller in Backwoods Texas
The King of Rock and Roll and a transfigured JFK are hidden away in a retirement home when Egyptian spirits threaten their safety. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gary Denton
5.0 out of 5 stars Takin' Care Of Business...
Elvis (Real Or Impersonator?) and an African-American JFK (Real Or Impersonator?) fight an ancient mummy in a rest home... Read more
Published 22 months ago by srom
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly story
Yes, it's a silly story but it is supposed to be silly. I saw the movie some time ago and thought it was hokey too. The story is pretty well written. Read more
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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.

Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

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