Feast of Laughter is envisioned as the semi-annual celebration of the writing of R. A. Lafferty, the Oklahoma Leprechaun, the epitome of sui-generis, the spinner of tall tales, the creator of a modern literary mythos couched in Western, Irish, Native American, Catholic science Fiction.
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At long last, Feast of Laughter Volume #3 is here!
This issue has the best content and production yet, including an interview with Harlan Ellison, correspondence between Lafferty and Alan Dean Foster, and two Lafferty pieces:
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World Abounding - New Essays
All But the Words - Translating Lafferty
Bright Coins in a Never-Ending Stream - Reprinted Essays
In Deepest Pen and Ink - Laffertian Illustration
Through Other Eyes - Reviews
Club Mentiros - Works inspired by Lafferty
Correspondence with the Cranky Old Man from Tulsa
Guesting Time - Interview
The Man With the Aura - Lafferty's own words!
All the People - Those who contributed
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The time is upon us to start assembling Feast of Laughter Issue 3.
We already have some amazing stories, essays, artwork, interviews, and reviews lined up. We need YOUR contribution. We need your original stories, your original essays, your original artwork, your original reviews, and your old and ancient and oft reprinted versions of the above. And if you've seen something online about Lafferty that you think ought to be reprinted, by all means suggest it. Try to reach out and get permission from the author to reprint it. The only real guideline is this: Share your love of Lafferty!
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Feast of Laughter Issue #2 is here!
This issue has more of everything that made Feast of Laughter Issue #1 great.
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Table of Contents
Inventions Bright and New: Original Essays
Working With Ray: My Experiences with R.A. Lafferty by Greg Ketter
Ray’s Recycling Rewards Program by John Owen
Valery’s Really Eyes and the Parade of Creatures by Daniel Otto Jack Petersen
“This Was More Than a Spectacle, More Than an Illusion, It was a Communicating Instrument”: R. A. Lafferty and Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Relational Form of Being by Gregorio Montejo
Through a Glass Darkly by Craig May
Exploring Themes From Catholic Theology in Two Short Stories by R. A. Lafferty by John Ellison
Late Light by Rich Persaud
Lafferty’s Monkey by Clinton Reid Claussen
Lafferty: An Appreciation by Patrick May
Question: Why? Excuse: Because Monsters by Rich Persaud
All the People: International Fandom
Seven-Story Dream on Terschelling by Peter Sijbenga
The Lafferty Centennial In Japan by Kenji Matsuzaki
Continued on Next Book by 7 Japanese Laffertians
Russia Discovers R. A. Lafferty by Sergei Sobolev and Yakov Varganov
Those Who Know Everything: Interviews
An Interview with Nat! by Kevin Cheek
Oh, Whatta Ya Do When The Well Runs Dry: Reprinted Essays
Despair and the Duck Lady by Michael Swanwick
R. A. Lafferty—the secret sci-fi genius more than ready for a comeback by David Barnett
Twice Beheaded: R. A. Lafferty’s Thomas More by Anne Lake Prescott
Excerpt from a Thesis by John Ellison
A Richness of Endings by Dan Knight
Introduction to More than Melchisedech by Robert Whitaker Sirignano
On Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas by Andrew Ferguson
You’re On The Right Track, Kid: Reviews
R. A. Lafferty Spins a Yarn by Keith Purtell
Strange Doings - a review by Stephen R. Case
Oklahoma Gothic by Martin Heavisides
Arrive at Easterwine—a brief review by Kevin Cheek
Task Force Fifty-Eight and a Half by Heywood Reynolds
Iron Tears - a review by Darrell Schweitzer
Iron Tears - a review by Don Webb
The Emperor’s Shoestrings: Works Inspired by R. A. Lafferty
Land of the Great Horses by Peter Sijbenga
The Honking Worm and the Gorilla Cheetah by Bill Rogers
The Waltz Macabre by Logan Giannini
Fourteenth Chambers by Noah Wareness
A Fisherman’s Tune by Daniel Otto Jack Petersen
What I Wrote for Andronicus by Stephen R. Case
Willow Beeman by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
Primary Education: Lafferties
An Interview with R. A. Lafferty by Tom Jackson
Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas by R. A. Lafferty
What great people are saying about Feast of Laughter Issue #1:
"I hit the first link and bought the book." -Neil Gaiman
"The latest, and in many ways the most important, of the Lafferty centennial tributes". -Andrew Ferguson
In celebration of Ray's 100th birthday, November 7, 2014, we (the Ktistec Press) have published the First Edition of Feast of Laughter!
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