Legendary Texan author Joe R. (BUBBA HO-TEP) Lansdale gave Fango the scoop on BUBBA director Don Coscarelli’s adaptation of his story “Incident On and Off a Mountain Road”–available originally in his HIGH COTTON anthology book—for Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series. “MASTERS is sailing right along,” he tells us. “The story was modified somewhat, but it’s pretty much the same. A character was added and some of the things mentioned in the backstory have become more frontal. My son Keith and I went to Canada to watch the filming, and what we saw looked good. I haven’t seen the completed film. Don Coscarelli is in Canada now, finishing it up with sound, music, etc.” The original “Incident” story is the classic “woman-in-the-woods-vs.-serial-killer story with a twist,” according to Lansdale, so it’ll be interesting what Coscarelli and co-screenwriter Stephen Romano have done with it. The cast is headed by Bree Turner and PHANTASM veteran Angus Scrimm.
Living in Texas, Lansdale says he was influenced by the local culture—or lack thereof—to develop his own style. “I’ve always wanted to write,” he says. “Living in a somewhat culture-starved area of Texas—not so much starved now, but in the ’50s—I was always looking for something exciting. I found it in comics, books, films and, later, martial arts. I can’t remember not wanting to write.” The author also confirms that BUBBA NOSFERATU, the much-awaited sequel to BUBBA HO-TEP, is something he and Coscarelli definitely want to see happen, but “right now it’s in the maybe stage, the early planning stage.” As for the storyline, “It’s hush-hush for now,” he jokes.