Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers
by Joe R. Lansdale
Cover Artist: Timothy Truman
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596068414
Date: 31 October 2017 List Price $40.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Before Elvis fought a mummy in East Texas, he fought other dimensional vampires in a New Orleans junkyard. Top of the music world, Elvis Presley is working for the government whether he wants to or not. Fortunately, he doesn't have to face the blood-suckers alone, he has the help of several others including a descendant of John Henry and his agent Colonel Parker.
The shape-shifting vampires hive is growing in New Orleans. The more vampires who are able to come to this plane, the more powerful and difficult to stop the hive becomes. All of the powers of Elvis's team will be needed to save the world. This mission on top of the pressure of being Elvis has him rethinking his life and career choices. An existential crisis isn't the best thing to have when the world is about to end.
Although related to the events of Bubba Ho-Tep, readers do not need to be familiar with the material. This is a prequel to that story. The story is written in the same whimsical manner and is a fun little tale. Knowledge of the Bubba Ho-Tep movie may cause readers to hear Bruce Campbell's ham version of Elvis, which I think was a bonus and creates the right mood for this story.
This is a quick hitter coming in at under 200 pages. The character development is a bit thin and relies on the stereotypical portrayals of the characters or their ancestors, but it fits this type of story. I fully enjoyed it and anyone looking for a quick read and few laughs should look no further.