31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 7 – THE DRIVE-IN by Joe Lansdale

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.

drive in

There is nothing out there quite like THE DRIVE-IN. It’s arguably one of the most insane horror novels to have ever been written. A giant multi-screen drive-in theater in Texas (it can hold four thousand cars!) is doing an all-night horror movie marathon when is almost hit by a “meteor.” Immediately afterward, all the people in attendance find themselves trapped an unable to leave the drive-in theater. They now find themselves having to live for weeks, or even months, with nothing but theater concessions to eat while under the rule of the dreaded Popcorn King.

The book may sound silly but the entire story is played with direly straight. While absurd, this is pure horror. The setting and events of the story are among the most original horror set-pieces I’ve ever read. There’s a desperation to the characters that just oozes off the page. While it’s not the most well-known horror novel, whenever I am talking to current horror writers, this is a book that always seems to come up.

This novel is also extremely important to two particular genre movements. It can be credited as one of the first splatterpunk novels and it’s was many (including myself) trace as one of the first bizarro novels. It’s a small book but its impact on genre fiction can never be overstated.

Side note – I really, REALLY want to see a movie of this someday.

Another side note – the sequels are really fun and worth checking out as well.

You can buy this book here.

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