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CRACKPOT PALACE by Jeffrey Ford

CRACKPOT PALACE

By Jeffrey Ford

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-212259-9
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

The fourth collection of stories from Ford includes examples of fantasy, science fiction, neo-steampunk, noir and a few genre-busting curiosities.

The longest piece in the book, “The Wish Head,” is a haunted police procedural set in upstate New York in the mid-20th century. “The Double of My Double Is Not My Double” doubles down on the rich history of the doppelganger; it is funny, morbid and very clever. “Every Richie There Is” is a dry-eyed look at our inevitably mixed feelings about our neighbors. “Glass Eels” smarts like a sliver of glass under a fingernail. To all but one story, Ford adds a note. These notes pay homage to generous editors, describe flashes of inspiration, explain references and enlighten the ignorant. One note contains a bonus track, an additional story. 

Ford finds his way into scenarios infernal, haunted or merely strange, and keeps his wits about him on the journey.