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The Drive-in [Paperback]

Joe R. Lansdale
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Dec 7 1989
Joe R. Lansdale, writer of Westerns, science fiction, mysteries, horror and fantasy, whose most recent books include the anthology "Best of the West", tells the tale of the Friday All-Night Horror Show Drive-in in which a truly "captive audience" experiences the horrors of Popcorn King.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the popcorn king! March 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has got to be one of Lansdale's strangest stories. One Friday night at a drive-in in Texas something comes out of the sky and nothing is going to be the same. Everything beyond the fences of the drive-in disappear and as the popcorn and candy run out strange things start to happen. A new god is born and his name is the popcorn king.
This story is extremely original, fast-paced, full of interesting characters and great dialog. It has everything; bad movies, cannibalism, monsters, aliens, and a few other surprises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All hail the popcorn king! March 29 2000
By Lisa A. Decesare - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This has got to be one of Lansdale's strangest stories. One Friday night at a drive-in in Texas something comes out of the sky and nothing is going to be the same. Everything beyond the fences of the drive-in disappear and as the popcorn and candy run out strange things start to happen. A new god is born and his name is the popcorn king.
This story is extremely original, fast-paced, full of interesting characters and great dialog. It has everything; bad movies, cannibalism, monsters, aliens, and a few other surprises.
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll never eat popcorn again.... May 27 2013
By Mark Hannaford - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently discovered the talent of Joe R. Lansdale and have read the entire Hap and Leonard series, loving it. His standalone books are mostly excellent, with The Barrows firmly at the top. I am working my way back to Lansdale's early stuff. The Drive-In was ostensibly published in 1988 as a Bantam Book, but I would guess that he wrote it when he was much younger, like maybe in high school, then decided to clean it up a little and sell it as what it is.

This book truly sucks. When the Popcorn King started his mindless chant, I almost heaved it into the swimming pool. My dilemma is that there are apparently some sequelae to this piece, and I have to decide whether to add those to my reading list. Sorry Joe, I don't think I can handle any more junk like this.

There are some moments. The discussion about the hypocrisy of organized religion takes on a new, hilarious, but somewhat sophomoric, look, which unfortunately cannot salvage the story. It does show, however, a preview of the genius that the author developed after he grew up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars LOVE HORROR, HATED THIS BOOK Feb. 11 2007
By Brandon Blankenburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
People are trapped in a drive-in while attending a horror marathon. As times passes the people become more and more crazy. There's also a monster that has taken over and all this is supposedly the result of aliens trying to make their own low-budget horror film. Sounds great! There's no way one could go wrong with this. Ah but wrong I was indeed. This thing is horrible and by the end I was sick at the thought that I actually paid money for this book and took the time to read it. Its just people doing random weird and violent things at a drive-in. Even the "creature" mentioned on the back of the book is a disappointment since all it is is 2 people that got melded together (not a spoiler since you're there for its creation) . As for the aliens, they only make an appearance in a very brief dream sequence. The whole part about them trapping these people to make a movie really just seems like an afterthought thrown in to make the story (or lack thereof) somewhat understandable. Even the climax is one of the most disappointing I have ever had the displeasure of reading. As tempting as this book may seem to be, avoid it. Plus, keep in mind I actually like the movie "Dead End Drive-In" a lot so this book is REALLY awful.
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