Crackpot Palace: Stories

Crackpot Palace: Stories

by Jeffrey Ford


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“Jeffrey Ford is one of the few writers who uses wonder instead of ink in his pen….A rare and wonderful talent.”
—Jonathan Carroll, author of The Wooden Sea

Eclectic is certainly an adjective that can be used to describe the work of the phenomenal Jeffrey Ford—along with imaginative, provocative, mesmerizing, and brilliant. His powerful dark fantasy, The Physiognomy, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; his novel, The Girl in the Glass, won the Edgar® Award, mystery and crime fiction’s most prestigious prize. Crackpot Palace is Ford’s fourth superb collection of short fiction, and in it, his prodigious talent shines as brightly as ever. Here are twenty tales both strange and wonderful, filled with mad scientists, vampires, lost souls, and Native American secrets, from an author who has been glowingly compared to Kafka, Dante, and Caleb Carr (The Alienist).

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ISBN-13: 9780062122599
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, the Edgar Award–winning The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, The Shadow Year, and The Twilight Pariah, and his collections include The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. He lives near Columbus, Ohio, and teaches writing at Ohio Wesleyan University.

What People are Saying About This

Nick Gevers

“The Shadow Year captures the totality of a lived period, its actualities and its dreams, its mundane essentials and its odd subjective imperatives; it is a work of episodic beauty and mercurial significance.”

Terri Windling

“The trilogy [The Physiognomy, Memoranda, and The Beyond] is simply brilliant and constitutes a modern masterwork of fantasy.”

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Crackpot Palace: Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
datrappert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a consistently interesting and quite diverse collection of horror, supernatural, and fantasy stories. There are threads that run through many of them--the author's place of residence, New Jersey, being the biggest. Each story but one has an afterword where Ford describes its genesis. He claims that many of them, including a couple of the stranger ones, are based in part on personal experience. New Jersey is even weirder than we thought....Despite the skill with which these are written and Ford's achievement in publishing a collection whose stories don't wear you out with their sameness, nothing in Crackpot Palace quite reaches the classic plateau. I may have to revise this judgment if, after a few months, I find myself still thinking about the Pine Barrens, spiders, strange fish, floating corpses, religious relics, or secret government compounds in deep forests....
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The scope and power of Ford's imagination is impressive and inspiring