Urbana, IL; Golden Gryphon Press, 2000. 1st hardcover edition. This collection of Joe R. Lansdale stories represents the best of the "Lansdale" genre. There are tales about a modern gladiator arena, run by fanatics, using Roman methods ("The Pit"), about dark crimes where the "good guys" are bad, and the "bad guys" define evil ("Night They Missed the Horror Show", "Drive-In Date", "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road"), about alternate history, with Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok as an ambassador and a clerk ("Trains Not Taken"), about a not-so-good Samaritan ("Mister Weed-Eater"), about large lizards ("Godzilla's Twelve Step Program", "Bob the Dinosaur Goes to Disneyland"), about a disastrous night out for a trio of lads (Steppin' Out, Summer, '68") and other errie, horrific, and/or amusing themes. With a dash of Twain, a sprinkle of Poe and an innate East Texas ability for story telling, Lansdale's creations are riveting, difficult to put down or to forget. And, as a bonus, all the stories have introductions by Lansdale himself. Cover art by J.K. Potter. Fine in fine dj. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.