The Man Underneath

R.A. Lafferty


In a career that began in 1959 and continued until his death in 2002, R.A. Lafferty garnered the admiration of authors and editors including Robert A.W. Lowndes, Harlan Ellison, A.A. Attanasio, Gene Wolfe, Michael Swanwick and many, many others. His body of short fiction is comprised of well over 200 stories and, despite his vast popularity, there was never a concerted effort made to produce a comprehensive collection of his short fiction, until now.
       Welcome to the third volume of the Lafferty Library, a series that will run to a dozen volumes and collect all of R.A. Lafferty’s short fiction. This present volume features Lafferty classics such as Snuffles and Boomer Flats alongside obscure later works such as Calamities of the Last Pauper and the rare The Last Astronomer. From the raucous fun of The Hellaceous Rocket of Harry O’Donavan to the quietly evocative Selenium Ghosts of the Eighteen Seventies to the disturbing The Funny Face Murders, the depth and breadth of R.A. Lafferty’s wondrous imagination is on display once again. Enjoy seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before!
       This third volume includes an introduction by Bud Webster, an afterword by John Pelan, and photographs of R.A. Lafferty. This item is now shipping.

edition information

  • Introduction by Bud Webster.
  • Afterword by John Pelan.
  • Photographs of R.A. Lafferty.
  • Fully cloth bound, gorgeous dustjacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands.
  • Original book price: $45.
  • Published February 2016.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-164-7.