Howard Waldrop Books In Order


  1. The Texas-Israeli War (1974)
  2. Them Bones (1984)
  3. A Dozen Tough Jobs (1989)
  4. The Search for Tom Purdue (2001)
  5. Heart of Whitenesse (2005)


  1. Going Home Again (1985)
  2. Howard, Who? (1986)
  3. Strange Monsters Of The Recent Past (1987)
  4. Strange Things in Close-up (1989)
  5. Night of the Cooters (1991)
  6. Custer’s Last Jump and Other Collaborations (2003)
  7. Dream Factories and Radio Pictures (2003)
  8. Things Will Never Be the Same (2006)
  9. Other Worlds, Better Lives (2008)
  10. Horse of a Different Color (2013)


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A Dozen Tough Jobs

Cloth binding in jacket in transparent cover, 135 pages, new book from 1989, book in new condition, jacket has minor shelf wear. Mark V Ziesing, 1989, stated First Edition.

Howard, Who?

If this is your first taste of Howard, I envy you. From the Introduction by George R.R. Martin Acclaimed cult author Waldrop’s stories are sophisticated, magical recombinations of the stuff our pop culture dreams are made of. Open this book and encounter jazz singers, robotic cartoon ducks, nosferatu, angry gorillas, and, of course, the dodo. The first paperback and twentieth anniversary edition of a landmark debut collection. Waldrop’s capacious, encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes, baseball players, world wars, long dead film stars, Mexican wrestlers, pulp serials, and fairy tales is put to good use in these sophisticated re combinations of oddball television shows, radio plays, scientific expeditions, extinct species, knock knock jokes, and questions like these: What if the dodo wasn’t extinct after all? What if sumo wrestlers could defeat their opponents with the power of the mind? What if Izaak Walton and John Bunyan went fishing for Leviathan in the Slough of Despond? Never published in paperback, long out of print, and extremely collectible, Howard Who? was Waldrop’s seminal debut collection. If you haven’t read Waldrop before, you’re in for a treat. ‘The best Waldrops tend to mix the humorous and wistful…
. Italo Calvino once said that he was ‘known as an author who changes greatly from one book to the next. And in these very changes you recognize him as himself.’ Much the same could be said of Howard Waldrop. You never know what he’ll come up with next, but somehow it’s always a Waldrop story. Read the work of this wonderful writer, a man who has devoted his life to his art and to fishing.’ Michael Dirda, Washington Post ‘A charming collection.’ Los Angeles Times ‘Back in print after so many years, Howard Who? remains a terrific collection of short stories. There is nobody else alive writing stories as magnificently strange, deliriously inventive, and utterly wonderful as Howard Waldrop.’ Metrobeat Table of Contents Introduction by George R. R. Martin. The Ugly Chickens Der Untergang des Abendlandesmenschen Ike at the Mike Dr. Hudson’s Secret Gorilla…
the World, as we Know’t Green Brother Mary Margaret Road Grader ‘Save A Place in the Lifeboat for Me Horror, We Got Man Mountain Gentian God’s Hooks Heirs of the Perisphere Praise for Howard Waldrop: ‘Clever, humorous, idiosyncratic, oddball, personal, wild, and crazy.’ Library Journal ‘Wise and funny.’ Publishers Weekly ‘An authentic master of gonzo sf and fantasy.’ Booklist ‘Erudite and gonzo.’ Science Fiction Weekly ‘Waldrop subtly mutates the past, extrapolating the changes into some of the most insightful, and frequently amusing, stories being written today, in or out of the science fiction genre.’ The Houston Post/Sun ‘The man’s a national treasure!’ Locus ‘The resident Weird Mind of his generation, he writes like a honkytonk angel.’ Washington Post Book WorldAbout the Author: Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, and Going Home Again. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette ‘The Ugly Chickens.’

Custer’s Last Jump and Other Collaborations

Story collaborations between cult figure Howard Waldrop and numerous other celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers are collected for the first time in this unique volume. ‘One Horse Town’ breathes fresh life into an ancient tale, combining elements from the sack of Troy, Homer’s early days, the last day in the life of a Trojan warrior, and the archaeological dig at Troy. In ‘Custer’s Last Jump!’ the legendary Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes in his famous battle against General Custer. ‘A Voice and Bitter Weeping’ paints a grim post nuclear age where Israeli mercenaries fight Texans in a never ending, hopeless war. Mystery, intrigue, and treachery abound in the Heian Japan setting of ‘The Latter Days of the Law’, where a clever man must find a lost prince.

Dream Factories and Radio Pictures

What if the post apocalyptic world was inehrited by the android avatars of a famous duck, mouse and dog? What if every ’50s Bugarama monster movie nightmare came true at once? What if Cloudbuster pioneers had transformed the arid American Southwest into a subtropical paradise? What do you mean, what if? They’re real, they’re here, a life giving downpour in the desert of mundanity from the mind of Howard Waldrop, one of the best, most original writers in America. For the first time in print, the greater part of Waldrop’s media related tales are brought together in one place. Plus original essays by the writer.

Things Will Never Be the Same

‘The only problem with Things Will Never Be the Same is that it’s not nearly long enough. Sure, sure, it’s chock full of great stories by the best short fiction writer of his generation, modern classics like ‘The Ugly Chickens’ and ‘Flying Saucer Rock n Roll’ and ‘Heart of Whitenesse’ and many more…
but there are two or three times as many terrific Waldropstories, equally good and sometimes even better, that have been left out for want of space. There’s only one solution. Read this book…
and then go out and track down all of Waldrop’s other collections and read them too.’ George R. Martin

Other Worlds, Better Lives

Collects 7 longer pieces by this aclaimed writer.

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