R.A. Lafferty Devotional Page

About Reading a Lafferty story is a full body experience. After a few sentences your brain goes into hyperactivity, your belly is aching from laughter and you might need to reach for the aspirin jar soon, because like all good drugs his stories tend to leave you with a headache.

Sometimes the stories are absurd (f.e. in The Weirdest World) sometimes they are surreal (like The Hole in the Corner), the only sure thing is: nothing is normal.

You'll meet eminent scientist Willy McGilly, who employs magic as his scientific method, Epikt the Ktistec machine, the first transcendent computer, pride of the Institute of Impure Science, which (who?) prefers pipes over cigarettes and dislikes giving plain answers to unanswerable questions, Aloysius Shiplap the seminal genius and Margaret the Houri, the ageless intergalactic mistress. They'll break your perception of reality into unmendable shards, and leave you writhing on the floor laughing yourself mad!
[MORE : With a link to a complete shortstory!]

The Works I have reviewed some of the novels the man has written along with a few short story collections. There is also a list of all (?) short stories by Lafferty. Lafferty has also a small non-fictional oeuvre which is well worth reading.
And then some stories have been translated.

BIO For information about the author himself try this short biographical overview.
You may also peruse some of the collected accolades by writers and critics, who hold Lafferty in high esteem.

Read Don Webb's Effective Arcanum for a more in depth analysis of Lafferty's style

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LINKS Links to Lafferty information on other sites and pointers to Lafferty's backgrounds are noted in these bookmarks.

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