Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Oklahoma Troll

'Lafferty?  Lafferty?  He's that Oklahoma troll who's been bamboozling us for years with his indescribable and impossible stories.  (Who but Lafferty would write a story whose main characters are a ghost, a sawdust-filled doll, and an Australopithecus?)  His work has been published all over the lot, though he's best known outside the science-fiction world for his powerful novel of the American Indians, Okla Hannali. An issue of New Dimensions wouldn't be complete without him.'

-Robert Silverberg, intro blurb to Lafferty's story 'Animal Fair' in New Dimensions IV (1974)


Gregorio said...

"That Oklahoma troll," love it!

Daniel Otto Jack Petersen said...

Ha, I know, me too!

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