Saturday, September 15, 2012

All Writers Should Be Funny-Looking and All Stories Should Be Funny

'Mr. Lafferty says, "I'm the fellow who, for more than a quarter century, has faithfully maintained the thesis that all writers should be funny-looking and all stories should be funny.  Almost all of the evil in the world is brought about by handsome writers doing pompous pieces.  But sometimes readers tell me that such a story of mine is not funny at all.  'Wait, wait,' I tell them.  'You're holding it upside-down.  Now try it.'  And sure enough it is funny if they get ahold of it right.  This caution is especially applicable to the story 'Junkyard Thoughts.'  Be sure you're not holding it upside-down or it will be merely bewildering."'

Introduction to 'Junkyard Thoughts' by R. A. Lafferty in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, February 1986

'It was all strong talk with the horns and hooves still on it.'
(R. A. Lafferty, The Devil is Dead)