The Big Blow (novel)

The Big Blow is a 2000 novel written by American author Joe R. Lansdale. It tells a fictional story of real life boxing great Jack Johnson.

The Big Blow
Cover art by Gail Cross
AuthorJoe R. Lansdale
Cover artistGail Cross
CountryUnited States
PublisherSubterranean Press
Publication date
Media typePrint - Limited edition
Preceded bySomething Lumber This Way Comes (1999) 
Followed byBlood Dance (2000) 

Plot summaryEdit

It's the year 1900 and a major Hurricane is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Future real life boxing champion Jack Johnson is training for an upcoming fight the promoters have no interest in him winning. The boxing fans in Galveston, Texas are incensed since an African American fighter(Johnson) has soundly defeated the local white champion. So they send north to import John McBride, a dirty fighting racist hired to do one thing: defeat Johnson and restore the championship to a white fighter. All the while the 1900 Galveston Hurricane is moving north towards the Texas coast.[1][2]

The short story on which this novel is based – which was originally published in the 1997 anthology edited by Douglas E. Winter called Revelations – won a 1997 Bram Stoker Award.[3]


This book was published as a limited edition and trade hardcover by Subterranean Press and is long out of print.[4]

Film AdaptationEdit

Currently a film based on this novel is in production. Giannina Scott and Ridley Scott are producing at Scott Free.[5][6]

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