The King Of The Elves

"Shadrach Jones and the Elves"


Manuscript received at SMLA Aug 4, 1952            

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     (1953 SEP) BEYOND    (1953 SEP) BEYOND {ill. by Barth}
(1980) THE GOLDEN MAN {Ed.: Hurst} Berkley, pb, 04288
(1987) BEYOND LIES THE WUB/THE SHORT HAPPY LIFE OF THE BROWN OXFORD
(1988) MASTERPIECES OF FANTASY AND ENCHANTMENT {Ed.: Hartwell} SFBC, hb,
(1991) FAERIES {Ed.: Asimov, Greenberg, Waugh} Roc,
(1991) SPELLS OF ENCHANTMENT {Ed.: Zipes} Viking,
(1993) THE OXFORD BOOK OF MODERN FAIRY TALES {Ed.: Lurie} Oxford University Press, hb,

THE GOLDEN MAN story notes by PKD

"The King of The Elves"

    This story, of course, is fantasy, not sf. Originally it had a downbeat ending on it, but Horace Gold, the editor who bought it, carefully explained to me that prophecy always came true; if it didn't ipso facto it wasn't prophecy. I guess, then, there can be no such thing as a false prophet; "false prophet" is an oxymoron. (PKD>1978)


TTHC 210: {...} The title of Goethe's ballad "Erlkonig" is echoed in Dick's short story "The King of The Elves."


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