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It Came From The Drive-In!

Norman Partridge
Martin H. Greenberg

Science fiction, horror, and the truly unbelievable-it's all here in an original collection that captures that almost gone and highly romanticized era-the Age of the Drive-In Movie. Fogged-up windshields, bad speaker systems, snack foods galore, it was all part of the drive-in experience.

Table of Contents:

  • 7 - Introduction: Or, Here's Where Your Ticket Gets Torn (It Came from the Drive-In) - essay by Norman Partridge
  • 11 - Talkin' Trailer Trash - short story by Edward Bryant
  • 16 - 10585 - novelette by Sean A. Moore
  • 37 - Big Bust at Herbert Hoover High - short story by Jay Bonansinga
  • 52 - '59 Frankenstein - short story by Norman Partridge
  • 72 - Tuesday Weld, Sunday Services - short story by Rex Miller
  • 77 - Die, Baby, Die, Die, Die! - short story by Dan Perez
  • 89 - The Yellers of Their Eyes - novelette by Tia V. Travis
  • 125 - Underground Atlanta - short story by Gregory Nicoll
  • 143 - The Morning of August 18th - short story by Ed Gorman
  • 150 - The Thing from Lovers' Lane - novelette by Nancy A. Collins
  • 184 - Jungle J.D. - short story by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • 196 - The Blood on Satan's Harley - short story by Gary Jonas
  • 204 - I Was a Teenage Boycrazy Blob - short story by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • 218 - Bullets Can't Stop It - short story by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • 232 - Race with the Devil - short story by Randy Fox
  • 242 - The Good, the Bad, and the Danged - novelette by Adam-Troy Castro
  • 268 - The Slobbering Tongue That Ate the Frightfully Huge Woman - novelette by Robert Devereaux
  • 289 - Plan 10 from Inner Space - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner

The Complete Drive-In: Three Novels of Anarchy, Aliens, & The Popcorn King


Joe R. Lansdale

Friday night at the Orbit Drive-in: a circus of noise, sex, teenage hormones, B-movie blood, and popcorn. On a cool, crisp summer night, with the Texas stars shining down like rattlesnake eyes, movie-goers for the All-Night Horror Show are trapped in the drive-in by a demonic-looking comet. Then the fun begins. If the movie-goers try to leave, their bodies dissolve into goo. Cowboys are reduced to tears. Lovers quarrel. Bikini-clad women let their stomachs' sag, having lost the ambition to hold them in. The world outside the six monstrous screens fades to black while the movie-goers spiral into base humanity, resorting to fighting, murdering, crucifying, and cannibalizing to survive.

Part dark comedy part horror show, Lansdale's cult Drive-In books are as shocking and entertaining today as they were 20 years ago.

The Drive-In: A B-Movie with Blood and Popcorn, Made in Texas

Drive-In: Book 1

Joe R. Lansdale

When a group of friends decided to spend a day at the world's largest Drive-In theater horror fest, they expected to see tons of bloody murders, rampaging madmen, and mayhem - but only on the screen. As a mysterious force traps all the patrons inside the Drive-In, the worst in humanity comes out.

Filled with Lansdale's razor whit and black humor, The Drive-In is a darkly humorous masterpiece! Collected here is the complete four issue series with bonus material including a new interview with Lansdale himself about the writing of The Drive-In.

The Drive-In 2: (Not Just One of Them Sequels)

Drive-In: Book 2

Joe R. Lansdale

Just when they thought it was safe to leave the drive-in, the survivors of the Orbit's weekly All Night Horror Show discover that their old world has been reduced to a single cracked highway surrounded on all sides by a prehistoric jungle filled with man-eating dinosaurs. For a while, Jack and his friends are content to make the best of life in the Stone Age--until they meet a sexy martial arts expert from Nacogdoches, Texas, named Grace who wants to find out what's at the end of the road.

Now things really get weird as they encounter a town where public suicide is encouraged, a forest of old movie posters, movie mags, and carnivorous film, and Popalong Cassidy--a man-monster cowboy with a television head and a taste for human munchies--whose church of film and pain is presided over by the alien drive-in gods: the Producer and the Great Director.

Even more outrageous than the horrifying original, The Drive-In 2 is a delightfully down-and-dirty romp through the dark backcountry of our own imagination, the kind of stuff that nightmares--and B movies--are made of it truly is not just another one of them sequels.

The Drive-In: The Bus Tour

Drive-In: Book 3

Joe R. Lansdale

The wild and weird wonders of the Drive-In world continue in this third volume, The Drive-In: The Bus Tour. If you thought the first two books in the series were wacky, this one moves into a whole new realm of whacked and confused. Floods of Biblical proportions. A catfish that would swallow Jonah's whale. Horrid creatures almost as evil as man, and a look at the very machinery of the Drive-In Cosmos, and beyond.

This is Joe R. Lansdale at his ironic best, dissecting humanity with a scalpel and a chainsaw. And then it all gets the hammer. The Drive-in, a B Movie with Blood and Popcorn, first published in the eighties, was a milestone for horror fiction as satire, and influenced writers in many genres, from horror to science fiction to fantasy to humor to the literary novel of the strange. Here's your chance to leap back into Lansdale's classic universe and take a whirl on the amusement rides of one of this generation's most unusual novelistic minds.