Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale
Edge of Dark Water
by Joe R. Lansdale posted on
“The strongest, truest, and most pitch-perfect narration since Huck Finn’s. Marvelous and terrifying, EDGE OF DARK WATER is the result of real genius at work. A masterpiece.”–Dan Simmons, author of the national bestsellers The Terror and Drood
May Lynn is a pretty girl who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star. Until her dead body is dredged up from the Sabine River.
Sue Ellen, May Lynn’s strong-willed teenage friend, and her friends Terry and Jinx set out to dig up May Lynn’s body, burn it to ash, and take those ashes to Hollywood. If May Lynn can’t become a star, then at least her remains can be spread in the land of her dreams.
All they need is some money and a raft; while raft is easily available, stealing the money requires some gumption, but they manage it. Then they head downriver together with Sue Ellen’s agoraphobic mother: a motley crew on a mission.
Pursued by Uncle Gene and Constable Sy, who’re after the money, and Skunk, an all-too-real legendary killer who’s after their lives, they begin to understand that when you set out to make the dreams of a friend your own, your worst nightmares might come along for the ride.
“Joe Lansdale has long been one of our finest and most difficult to classify writers. You can call his writing supernatural, horror, crime, or plain Southern, as long as you remember to call it great. Always a generous storyteller, in EDGE OF DARK WATER he offers a beautifully spun tale of life in the sticks, friendship and mortality, and tells it with the wit, humor and pure-dee power we’ve come to expect of him.”–Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone
“Joe Lansdale always transports me. In EDGE OF DARK WATER, he takes me to the mysterious brooding landscape of Twain and Faulkner, with a compelling twist that is all Lansdale.”–David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and Creepers
“Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”–The New York Times Book Review
“One of the greatest yarnspinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic, and dreadfully funny.”–Dallas Morning News
“A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain.”–Boston Globe
“Joe Lansdale simply must be read.”–Robert Crais
Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Bottoms, A Fine Dark Line, and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.