The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll

The Land of Laughs

For some, the magic of certain books lasts a lifetime. For Thomas Abbey, the works of reclusive children’s fantasy author Marshall France have been an essential part of his life ever since he was a boy.

Son of a famous movie star, Abbey is now approaching middle age having spent too many years trying to get out from under the shadow of just ‘being the son of…’ and finding something meaningful in his life.

When he meets the puppeteer Saxony Gardner, who shares his passion for the France books, together they decide to collaborate on a biography of their favorite author. To do so, they must travel to the small town of Galen where France spent much of his life. Once there, they must gain the permission to write the book from France’s daughter Anna who is very protective of her father’s legacy.

What happens to them after they arrive in Galen and receive Anna’s blessing to write the story of her father’s life is beyond their wildest dreams. A story that Marshall France himself might have written…


"THE LAND OF LAUGHS is a book for anyone who has ever believed that a favorite book could be a safe place to go when things get hard."

Neil Gaiman

"I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats — with devilish tricks inside them."

Washington Post

"Smooth and fetchingly inventive."

Kirkus Reviews

"If you ever read another book in your life, it should be THE LAND OF LAUGHS."

SF Site

"For the uninitiated, THE LAND OF LAUGHS is the perfect place to begin the darkly fantastical journey through the fiction of Jonathan Carroll. Few will be disappointed."

Cemetery Dance

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