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The Nightrunners [Kindle Edition]

Joe R. Lansdale
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Becky and Montgomery Jones are struggling to heal their relationship in the aftermath of a terrifying rape. Haunted by waking nightmares, Becky is convinced that her visions of death are actual premonitions, and that her attacker—who hanged himself in prison—will be coming for her. Her husband thinks it more likely that she's suffering post-traumatic hallucinations.

In fact, the gang responsible for Becky's assault has made a pact with The God of The Razor, a malevolent entity that demands as much blood, cutting and terror as they can feed it. Its first order of business is to have them finish what was started with Becky Jones. To make sure that they do it properly, Becky's dead rapist has decided to hijack a body and come along for the ride.

Dean R. Koontz described The Nightrunners as having a raw power that "grabs you and carries you right along," and there speaks a man who knows terrifying. A full-tilt, no-holds-barred tale of death, destruction, and moral corruption, The Nightrunners isn't for the faint-hearted. Don't blame Lansdale if you find your dreams haunted as well.

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Becky got raped. Her husband Monty has the "lack of balls blues." Bad dude Brian blames Becky for the death of his closest friend. When Becky and Monty drive north from Galveston into the piney woods of East Texas, and hole up in a cabin to recover, Brian and his compadres make a date for revenge. Then the God of the Razor shows up. A brilliant, hypercharged horror novel with sex, violence, a black '66 Chevy and a plastic Jesus with a lightbulb inside.

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  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00634UDHC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nightrunners January 30, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I had read more recent Lansdale books (A Fine Dark Line, The Bottoms, etc.), so when I read this book I was little behind the times. Nightrunners is a show of the extreme dark side of human nature and what happens when light and dark begin to mix unwittingly. Lansdale is a master with the articulation of how good must fight the murky veil of evil without falling into the same mindset or abyss of an incredibly chaotic and insane situation that he draws so well in his story. The story compels one to reevalute the weakness of a person that when confronted with nightmarish horrors, as presented in this book, that person will not only rise to the ocassion, but can find a hidden strengh that may well take the breath away. Some books have to be read between the lines, not just as horror stories; i.e. The Drive-In: A Double Feature Omnibus, but as studies of human nature. When you read Nightrunners and are immediately plunged into the depth and degradation of the human spirit, you are also reading about the characters who are regular people who battle their own, albeit well-hidden, dark side. But when really examined, both are chasing their own demons and their own side of weaknesses and strengths. The big question is, which side will win out. Like the movies, we all want a happy ending. Just dont't go to the triple feature at the Orbit Drive-In.

I purchased a hardbound copy in excellent condition and it is on its way to Lansdale right now to be signed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely scary. Extremely disturbing and very violent December 17, 2000
Format:Paperback
I got into Joe Landsdale through his comic book work and I thank G-d that he took those jobs because it lead me to this twisted nasty little edge of Hell. A nice liberal couple comes face to face with hell when the wife is raped and the husband must confront his notions about human goodness head-on and ponder whether or not he is a coward instead of a pacifist. Meanwhile the rapist, hanging in his cell, isn't completely dead as his compatriots are alive and well and one of them is possessed. The car is racing towards them ready for more death. This book brings you face to face with pure evil.
There are rough portions. The teenagers are just nasty and evil, while you can see the husband's transformation from weakling to ravenous fighter coming a mile away. But this is an amazing book on its own merits and shouldn't be read if you are expecting a deep philosophical treatise on human nature. It's just fast, evil and damn good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Here's a book that should NOT be read in the young adult circle. "The Nightrunners" is my stock answer to the question, "What's the most extreme horror novel you've ever read?" In the hands of most other writers, it would be dismissable as sick, even pornographic, with its hyper-violent storyline, sex-driven villains, and the whole "riding the razor" thing ... However, this was written by Joe Lansdale, and he's both talented and empathetic. His characters don't just force stories along. They resonate.

I will say, I read this book when I was much younger, and I still recall how disturbing, upsetting, and riveting the book was. It had a lasting hold and influence on me. That reason, more than any other, is why I include the caviat FOR ADULTS ONLY, that to date I have not put on any other book I've reviewed. Great stuff, but not for everyone.

(This review posted by Marcus Damanda, author of the vampire book "Teeth: A Horror Fantasy.")
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the suspense doesn't end when the book ends.. October 22, 1997
Format:Paperback
this book truly made me live all the events in it, all the thoughts, all the horror. once i started to read it i just couldn't stop, i did try.. it usually takes about half a year for me to read a book but this took only a day. the story is so captivating, to get into the minds of all the characters. i just want to read it again and again, live it once more. in the middle of the night when i finished the book i could swear i saw a wooden doll sitting close to me in a blood red chair staring to nothingness ready to break the silence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 years till a movie.... July 14, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Like all of Lansdale's stories, this one is a tour of the off beat crash course known as America. Lansdale's language is very human, without the hidden baricades that many writers use to hide there inability to tell a good story. This tale of suspense, no matter how outrageous the turns may be, is made believable by Lansdale's amazing talent to make the reader believe his words, whether they choose to or not. Lansdales best work since Mucho Mojo..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from a true master of the game... August 16, 1997
Format:Paperback
How would one describe the plot? In Hollywood terms its "Strawdogs meets The Evil Dead." I think this is Lansdale's last CONVENTIONAL horror novel to date, but man if it doesn't hold up. As always his prose is blistering and white hot. This if one man who DESERVES to have his works made into films. Read this one and you'll know why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very scary, very good book. February 4, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
WARNING: This book is very scary, and very very good. Read it in the daytime, with the lights on, and as many locks on the door as possible. The story never slows down, it's never rushed, and all the characters are fascinating. Also, there is a description of a house that is some of the best prose I've ever read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'The God of the Razor' August 18, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Originally published as "Night of the Goblins" by Lansdale in 1982, "The Nightrunner" (better title BTW) is different than other Lansdale books I've read. But I guess that's true about most of his books - he doesn't write the same old thing.

We have Montgomery Buford Jones, Jr. and his wife, Becky, heading away to a friend's cabin to try to forget the awful happenings of Becky being sadistically raped. Doesn't work as well as hoped because the rapist's gang wants to complete the job and follows them. Monty has to decide if he's going to stay the pacifist he has always been and believed he should be, or whether he's going to man up and protect his wife.

This is a very brutal, violent book. But then Lansdale's books aren't known for being "G" rated. It is scary; the bad guys are really, really bad. There is some of the supernatural thrown in. Does evil really exist in this world? Lansdale is a great writer and while I think The Bottoms and A Fine Dark Line are his masterpieces, this older book of his is well worth reading. Just know you've been forewarned.

Oh, and Dean Koontz did a great introduction for the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always.
Landsdale never wrote a book I didn't like.
Published 6 days ago by ancientmariner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another terrific tale in a very long line of winners by Joe Lansdale. Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by David J. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A strange novel for Lansdale; a great horror novel by any standards
In some ways, The Nightrunners is a departure for Joe Lansdale, if only for the fact that it seems to be classifiable in a single genre fairly easily. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Josh Mauthe
1.0 out of 5 stars The Nightrunners
While Lansdale's early thriller work, "Cold in July", "Waltz of Shadows", are highly recommended despite flaws one would expect from earlier works of a tremendously gifted writer,... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Bob Cocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
I read this years ago and still love it now. Lansdale is one of my biggest influences and I read pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by T. Zelazny
4.0 out of 5 stars well written horror
a fine piece of scary writing. Dated now, copied a lot. A little bit of "Straw Dogs". But still original enough to admire.
Published on June 26, 2011 by John Bowes
2.0 out of 5 stars Against the grain
Well, I hate to break the streak here, but I found this to be pretty disappointing. This is a revenge story, as the other reviewers have noted, about a husband and wife coming to... Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by lawdood
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype on this book.
Mr. Lansdale is by far and away my favorite horror writter. I am a devout follower of his work and srongly suggest this book to anyone who has yet to meet his aquantance.
Published on June 4, 2008 by Chris.
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem . . .
This is Lansdale's first, and finest, work -- unfortunately, it's long been out of print and collectible prices are astronomical. Read more
Published on October 21, 2007 by Tyr Shadowblade (TM)
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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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