Land of Unreason

by L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt
Release date: 1942
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy

Land of Unreason was first published in the fantasy magazine Unknown Worlds in October 1941. Revised and expanded, it was first published in book form by Henry Holt and Company in 1942. The elf was drunk to begin with... Otherwise he would never have kidnapped Fred Barber and dropped him into the Court of King Oberon and Queen Titania. Barber, a seasoned diplomat, believed only what he saw - but what he was seeing was unbelievable: elves, fairies, sprites, goblins, all matter-of-factly living in a world of spells, curses, and assorted magics. It was like something out of a children's story - until Barber's quest for a way back to the "real" world of the 20th century unleashed forces of ancient evil that had been lying in wait for him for a long, long time.
(updated 2010-09-07)

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