Episode 277 – Joe R. Lansdale and Jeff Lindsay

On June 14, 2016, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

In episode 277 of the Functional Nerds Podcast, Patrick Hester and John Anealio present Patrick’s chat with two legends – Joe R. Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep, Hap and Leonard) and Jeff Lindsay (Dexter) – live from the 2016 Pike Peak Writers Conference.


About Joe:

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, and numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He 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. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep 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,” and he adapted his short story “Christmas with the Dead” to film his ownself. The film adaptation of his novel Cold in July was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is currently co-producing several films, is Writer In Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University, and 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.

About Jeff:

Jeff Lindsay is the award-winning author of the NY Times Best-selling ‘Dexter’ novels upon which the international hit TV show “Dexter” is based. His books appear in 42 languages around the world. Although a full-time writer now, he has worked as an actor, comic, director, MC, bouncer, teacher, DJ, singer, songwriter, composer, musician, sportscaster, dishwasher, teacher, arts reporter, soccer coach, talk show host, steel worker, cook, detective, gardener, handyman, greeting card salesman and sailing instructor. He still does occasional work as a voice-over artist, including narrating his own audio books.

Jeff performed extensively as a solo singer/guitarist on the coffee house circuit and later with a series of bands in the L.A. club scene of the early 1980s. He also worked for comedian Steve Allen for four years. He worked for 6 years as a story analyst, script doctor and screenwriter, and even had breakfast with Steven Spielberg. He also wrote several TV sitcoms, and many feature films, with his co-writer and wife Hilary Hemingway, for Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Fries Entertainment, and Republic Pictures, and he has taught writing and screenwriting at the University level. Lindsay has written twenty-two plays – several of them musicals – which have been produced in New York, New Haven, Key West, Pittsburgh, London and California.
For 5 years Jeff wrote “Fatherhood,” a semi-syndicated weekly column on parenting from the male perspective. He hosted several local PBS-TV shows, and a documentary, Hemingway In Cuba, which was seen nationally on PBS. 

An enthusiastic cook, he also fishes, cruises on his 36 foot trawler, and acts as a trampoline for his three daughters.


© 2016 Patrick Hester and John Anealio

This podcast contains original music by John Anealio.

One Response to Episode 277 – Joe R. Lansdale and Jeff Lindsay

  1. Alverant says:

    I think it’s great that you want to fill part of the void by SF Signal. I think the interviews was a big part of what I liked about SF Signal so in a sense you’re already doing it. Maybe you can have an extra show on alternate Fridays with these interviews. But the key thing is not to take on more than you can handle. Have you considered taking another person into the group or having book reviews posted on your site?

    For me one of the most important things for a podcast to do is be entertaining. The second most important thing is for it to come out on a regular basis. So I wouldn’t want any changes you do that would keep FN from coming out every Tuesday. But that’s just my thoughts on the subject.

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