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Bubba Ho-Tep by [Lansdale, Joe R.]
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About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale has written more than a dozen novels in the suspense, horror, and Western genres. He has also edited several anthologies. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, seven Bram Stoker Awards, and an Edgar Award. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his family.

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  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Gere Donovan Press; 1.0 edition (January 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00727M1PG
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By Chadwick H. Saxelid on May 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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5 STARS.

I give 5 stars to every book I read, no matter who they are, whether they be Stephen King or Dostoevsky or Joe R. Lansdale or any writer from A - Z. I'm not a critic. I figure the author took the time to write this book, and I took the time to enjoy it... so it's worth 5 stars to me.

thank you.
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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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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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Set in the Mud Creek Shady Rest Convalescent Home, we are introduced to some residents, including a geriatric man who believes he is--radically disguised--as President John Kennedy, and another who believes he is the true Elvis Presley. Landsdale describes parts of their sad, meaningless days--with most having no family that bother with them anymore. In the hands of a lesser author, this would have been utterly depressing; however, Landsdale has the ability to turn this bleak situation of society into a laugh-out-loud story.

These are characters you quickly grow to care about (cantankerous though they may be). While the "outside" world and families may have already forgotten about them, they connect with their fellow patients an become their OWN type of family.

Enter the soul sucking mummy, Bubba Ho-Tep.

What does the aging "Elvis", and "President Kennedy" say to this???

I have to add that the way Landsdale pulled this novella together was fantastic! He took a brief look at how our society treats the elderly in cases, and quickly morphed it into an almost "uplifting" story--if you ignore the soul sucking mummy part... How could you not love hieroglyphics that read "Eat the dog '?' of Anubis, you '??"!"?

Highly recommended!
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