Welcome to the Feast of Laughter

Feast of Laughter is a 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. 

"Other writers are influences. Lafferty is a revelation."

                                                          - Noah Wareness

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Feast of Laughter, Volume #5

The Feast continues! Volume 5 features one of the last stories R.A. Lafferty ever wrote, “The Hand of the Potter: An Idyll,” completed in 1984 and published here for the first time! It also includes reprint of the important Lafferty essay “Riddle Writers of the Isthmus” and the review he wrote for Virginia Kidd of _Astérix et Cléopâtre_ There is an abundance of new content, essays and appreciations, including a section on “How I Discovered Lafferty.” We have new essays from science fiction giants Michael Swanwick and Howard Waldrop and reprints from the legends Gene Wolfe, Michael Bishop. Also included is a long out of print interview with Lafferty by Paul Walker.

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A note on the PDF text:

Because of copyright restrictions, the following pieces are only available in the print copy of the book:

This is a good thing. The Ktistec Press is very strict about respecting the copyrights of the contributors to Feast of Laughter. This means we will never use your contribution in a manner not in accordance with your wishes. In other words, you can trust us to use your work fairly and correctly, so please contribute!

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Feast of Laughter, Volume 5

Table of Contents

I Think I Will Dismember the World with my Hands  - New Essays

Helical Passion and Saintly Sexpot - How I Discovered Lafferty: Short Essays

Of Elegant Dogs and Returned Men (or) Either Awful Dead or Awful Old  -  Reprinted Essays

You Talk Like a Friendly Oracle,  So Be One To Me  -  Conversations With and About Lafferty

If They Can Kill You, I Can Kill You Worse  - Reviews

Revenge of Strength Unused  -  Works Inspired by Lafferty

Liar on The Mountain  -  Lafferty’s Own Voice (print edition only)

And All Tall Monsters Stand

Feast of Laughter, Volume #4 

The Feast continues! Volume 4 features the first all-new Lafferty story to be published in 14 years, "The Rod and the Ring," as well as a reprint of the very important Lafferty speech "The Day After the World Ended." There is an abundance of new content, essays and appreciations, as well as reprints from science fiction giants, including Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, Gardner Dozois, and Howard Waldrop.

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Note: Because of copyright restrictions, "Scribbling Giant: An Introduction to R. A. Lafferty and East of Laughter" by Gene Wolfe and "Varieties of Apocalypse in Science Fiction" by Andrew M. Greeley are only available in the print copy of the book. This is a good thing. The authors hold the copyright on these essays and are in agreements with their various publishers that we do not want to interfere with. These arrangements allow us to publish material that would otherwise remain unavailable.

The Ktistec press is very strict about respecting the copyrights of the contributors to Feast of Laughter. This means we will never use your contribution in a manner not in accordance with your wishes. In other words, you can trust us to use your work fairly and correctly, so please contribute!

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Feast of Laughter, Volume 4

Table of Contents

At the Twenty-Fifth Hour – Introduction 

The Shape of Things to Come – New Essays

On Thunder Mountain – Lightning Essays

On Happy Astrobe – Reports from LaffCon 1

My Grave, and I in It – Reprinted Essays

King-Maker – Reviews 

At the Naked Sailor – Interviews with Lafferty

The Deformity of Things to Come – Works Inspired by Lafferty

Nine Day King – The Master’s Own Work

Feast of Laughter, Volume #3

At long last, Feast of Laughter Volume #3 is here!

Feast of Laughter 3 - Fall 2015

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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Feast of Laughter #3 - Fall 2015

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Table of Contents

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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Issue #3 - a Call for Action

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!



Email editor@feastoflaughter.org with all your ideas, submissions, stories, artwork, and daydreams of things you'd love to say about R. A. Lafferty, and even requests. 

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Feast of Laughter Volume, #2

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

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The Honking Worm and the Gorilla Cheetah by Bill Rogers

- Honking Worm artwork here

- Gorilla Cheetah artwork here

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

Feast of Laughter, Issue #1

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!