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Joe R. Lansdale Releasing ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ Prequel ‘Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers’!

Come and get it, you undead sacks of shit.

One of my personal favorite films is Don Coscarelli’s Bubba Ho-Tep, released in 2002. Based on a novella penned by Joe R. Lansdale nearly ten years prior, the movie starred Bruce Campbell as Elvis Presley (or was he merely an Elvis impersonator…?), who happens to be alive in a nursing home – a nursing home being preyed upon by a mummy. Yeah. It’s wacky. And fantastic.

For years, Coscarelli has been trying to get sequel Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires off the ground, but at this point I’m no longer holding out hope. It’s probably never going to happen. That being said, I’m incredibly excited to report that Lansdale has taken it upon himself to pen a full-length prequel novel to his brilliant 1994 alternate history novella!

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers is coming soon from Subterranean Press!

Part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians, Elvis Presley and a handful of hardcore warriors set out to save the world from an invasion of hive-minded, shape-shifting vampire-like creatures from a dark dimension who have taken up residence in a New Orleans junkyard.

Besides Elvis, among these righteous warriors is a hammer-wielding descendant of John Henry of railroad fame; a Blind Man who sees more than those with sight; Jack, a strategic wizard; and Elvis’s right hand man and journal writer, Johnny, all thrown in with Raven (real name Jenny) a female recruit who is also a budding pop star – and like Elvis, high on the charisma chart.

Their leader is none other than Colonel Parker, Elvis’s cutthroat manager, and a warrior himself, directly in contact with President Nixon… or possibly one of his doubles.

It’s an unnerving peek into a secret world, and a possible delusion. It’s what happened before Elvis, aka Sebastian Haff, found himself in an East Texas rest home, mounted on a walker, fighting an Egyptian mummy and worrying about a growth on his pecker.

Strange monsters, wild fights, sex with a beautiful ghost, a drug-induced trip into another dimension, and all manner of mayhem ensue, along with a Mississippi riverboat ride on a giant paddle wheel, and of course, there will be 3D glasses, fried peanut butter and ’nanna sandwiches, and a few hard working zombies.

Bring the kids, but plug their ears and blindfold them. This is one wild and nasty ride to the dark side, but with laughter.

The novel is set for release in October and you can pre-order your copy today!



  • Christopher Nickerson

    Love Bubba Ho Tep, but at this point how about a sequel to John Dies at the End

    • Rose Walker

      Seeing as this article is talking about a prequel to the novel, not a film, the sequel to John Dies at the End (entitled This Book is Full of Spiders) is readily available, as it was published in 2012.

      • Christopher Nickerson

        If you read the whole article. It makes a point of addressing the fact that Coscarelli was trying to make a sequel the the film, so no need to try to be a self righteous douchebag. Also I own John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders so I am fully aware a literary sequels ecists.

    • GinsuVictim

      There is a sequel, but what does that have to do with Lansdale’s work?

      • Christopher Nickerson

        If you actally read the ENTIRE article, a point is made addredding the difficulty Coscarelli has had getting tge cinematic sequel off thebground, forgive me for making a post that addressed that part of the article

        • GinsuVictim

          I did read the entire article, your comment just seemed unrelated until you explained how you got there.

  • ConnieHinesDorothyProvine

    I like the sound of this.

    I guess that Ossie Davis is the only person who can say that he both eulogized at Malcolm X’s funeral but also played John Kennedy.

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