Landsdale was born in Gladewater, Texas. He is married to Karen Landsdale and they currently live in Nacogdoches, Texas. He is father to reporter and screenwriter Keith Lansdale and actress and musician Kasey Lansdale.
Joe Lansdale is an American writer, autor and martial-arts expert. He is an occasional comic book writer. His first comic book publication was in 1992 in the Legends of the Dark Knight. He also contributed to the DC Animated Universe writing episodes for Batman: The Animated Series and Superman. He also did the screenplay for the DC Showcase: Jonah Hex and the animated film Son of Batman.
- He currently is the writer in residence at Stephen F. Austin State University. He also teaches at his own Shen Chuan martial arts school Lansdale's Self Defense Systems in Nacogdoches and is a member of both the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Sōke and the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame.