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Adam Gorightly

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THE PRANKSTER AND THE CONSPIRACY:

THE STORY OF KERRY THORNLEY AND HOW HE MET OSWALD AND INSPIRED THE COUNTERCULTURE

BY ADAM GORIGHTLY

FOREWORD BY ROBERT ANTON WILSON

An Overlooked Life Linked to the JFK Conspiracy

The Prankster and the Conspiracy details the life of one of the 1960s counterculture's most fascinating characters -- Kerry Wendell Thornley, a writer, philosopher, Zen dishwasher, enlightened prankster, and, possibly, an Oswald double with disturbing ties to the Kennedy assassination.

A lifelong provocateur, Thornley was linked to many of the fringe elements of the time. He helped create the spoof religion called the Discordian Society and its tract, the Principia Discordia. He coined the term "paganism" to describe various nature religions. And he befriended Robert Anton Wilson, inspired the Illuminatus, and gave his anarchic support to the Bavarian Illuminati, a brilliant prank.

But Thornley's path also crossed Lee Harvey Oswald's. It's a fact that the two served together in the Marines. But did they keep in touch later, in New Orleans? And were they both used by foes of JFK? Jim Garrison investigated their relationship -- and so does Adam Gorightly in The Prankster and the Conspiracy, an account of Thornley's tragic yet hilarious life, the JFK conspiracy, and the chaos caused by worshipping the goddess of discord. With a foreword by Robert Anton Wilson.

About Adam Gorightly

Adam Gorightly is the author of The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control, and "The Manson Family" Mythos. His articles have appeared in zines such as The Excluded Middle, Crash Collusion, UFO Magazine, Paranoia, SteamShovel Press, Pills-a-go-go, Dagobert's Revenge, and Saucer Smear.

 

Disinformation.com review of The Prankster And The Conspiracy

Hail Eris! The Prankster And The Conspiracy

A tip from our 'wicked warlock' Richard Metzger: Adam Gorightly's new biography of 60s counterculture icon Kerry Thornley is one of our new favorite books here at the Disinformation offices. 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?

The Prankster and the Conspiracy

by Adam Gorightly

Paraview Press, 2003

ISBN: 1-931044-66-X

Biography, Trade Paper Original

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1334/193104466X

Pub. Date: November 1, 2003

9x6 inches, 292 pages, $16.95/£11.50

 

The Prankster and the Conspiracy is available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and can be ordered through local and online bookstores nationwide. For further information or to request a review copy, call 212-989-3616.

Signed copies are available from the author at:

http://www.mansonmythos.com

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