Reviews of The Prankster and the Conspiracy

** Jake Horsley **
"Gorightly explores Thornley's labyrinth of paranoia from the inside, willing, perhaps even happy, to let the weirdness of his subject infuse him, until, like a good anthropologist, he has been all-but assimilated by it. Even though he never partook of the events described, by the end of the book Gorightly seems to have grown quite intimate with the spirit behind them. The writer's sympathetic magic allows him to more or less seamlessly enter into the zeitgeist and weltanschauung of the period and its protagonists, and to take the reader along for the ride."

** Richard Metzger **
“The Prankster and the Conspiracy is a well-researched, absolutely fascinating look at a life full of such bizarre twists and characters that it would be easier to swallow if it was fiction. But it's not. Thornley was friends with Lee Harvey Oswald, knew several key suspects in New Orleans DA Jim Garrison's investigation into the JFK assassination (and was himself accused of involvement with the plot by Garrison), was one of the first "pagans" to emerge from the hippie movement (and perhaps the first to start using that term at the time and popularize it in the culture) and along with Greg Hill and others (like Robert Anton Wilson) started the "joke" religion of Discordianism with the writing of the Principia Discordia (How I Found Goddess & What I Did To Her When I found Her). Tragic, yet hilarious, this is a "print on demand" book so you can pretty much only get it online at Amazon or the publisher Paraview Press. So what are you waiting for?”

** Horatio's Book Club **
“The Prankster and the Conspiracy is just a damned entertaining biography. Gorightly's prose is clever, fast and clear, and Thornley lived an interesting life by any standard. I've said before that if anyone was going to be able to write a good biography of Discordianism, it would have to be a Discordian. Thank Eris it didn't have to be me. You can address Adam Gorightly as The Wrong Reverend Houdini Kundalini, of the Church of the Unwavering Indifference, and he'll hail Goddess all you want.”

** Victor Thorn **
”What is most intriguing about Gorightly's book is that he shows how Kerry Thornley became such an integral part of the counterculture in a long-gone era before Internet chat rooms, mass e-mails, and instant messaging. Combining a 1960s wanderlust with frequent appearances in a host of zines and other fringe publications, Thornley came to define the freewheeling prankster archetype in the tradition of Neal Cassady (On the Road), Alfred E. Neumann (Mad magazine), Randall P. McMurphy (from Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Paul Krassner (The Realist), Lenny Bruce, and Lester Bangs (Creem).”

** Jaye Beldo **
Lonenutter News
“Adam does a wonderful job of portraying Kerry Thornley in a way that allows the subject matter to come fully to Discordian life once again. The book reads well and is most engaging on so many levels. The book flows well indeed, for the author is not compelled to interject himself or some personal agenda into the text. A rare yet superb example of how a biography should be written.”

** A Cappella Books **
Frank Reiss, Owner
“Those of you who go back a few years with A Cappella Books probably remember Kerry Thornley. A friend and fellow marine of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kerry wrote the first book published on Oswald after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and had actually been writing a novel based on Oswald BEFORE the assassination. Because of this, he testified before the Warren Commission, was suspected by Jim Garrison as being involved in an assassination conspiracy and later came to believe he was an unwitting pawn of the true conspirators. Kerry's book on Oswald was his second; the first, co-written as a teenager, Principia Discordia, is a cult classic and is still in print almost 40 years after it was written. Kerry went on to be an important figure in Atlanta's counterculture, inspired Robert Anton Wilson's phenomenally popular Illuminati series, became a Little 5 Points legend, and worked at A Cappella Books before falling victim to a kidney ailment that led to his death several years ago. "Somebody should write a book about him," my wife always said during the years we knew Kerry. Now someone has. Like its subject, the book is fascinating.”

** Ronnie Dannelly **
Ear Candy magazine
“The Kerry Thornley story is an interesting twist on the 'tragic hero' - a gifted and talented counterculture figure that eventually succumbed to his demons. Adam Gorightly has delivered a book that is both funny (some of Kerry's antics were inspired hilarity) and sad (his decline in his later years) and gives you lots of twists and turns in between. Whether you are a Kennedy assassination buff or simply interested in the counterculture, The Prankster and the Conspiracy is definitely a must read.”

** Paul Thomas Evans **
“Gorightly set quite a task for himself--wading through the plethora of contradictions that the late Kerry Thornley wove around himself. He also had the uphill battle of sifting the truth from the lies and legends surrounding Thornley. And this book is the result! Tracking the life of Kerry W. Thornley was quite difficult, even for Thornley. And yet Gorightly made excellent use of letters, interviews, court transcripts, and social history to present a well written biography of a talented, verbose, and iconoclastic man, much overlooked by the JFK assassination community and social historians.”

** Jason Lubyk **
New World Disorder Magazine
“The Prankster and the Conspiracy was one of the better books I've read recently, a great modern myth of one beautiful soul whose flight to the white hot centre of being somewhere and somehow went wrong, plunging him into the sea of madness.”