The JFK Assassination in Fiction
The JFK assassination has spawned fictional accounts of the deed itself or
related matters such as the characteristics of its hard-core students or buffs.
Best known are novels of the assassination, such as Mark Lane's Executive
Action or Don DeLillo's Libra. We describe these separately. Less
known are the short stories, of which we present two examples. The first, Edward
J. Delaney's 1996 "Conspiracy
Buffs," tells the story of Lyle and Deborah Asay, a middle-aged married
couple from Denver, attending a JFK convention in New York. Lyle is a buff,
Deborah a supporting wife with no particular interest herself. Because Lyle
exhibits the extreme suspiciousness of so many buffs, I have cross-listed this
story under Conspiracy
Theory/The Paranoid Mentality. The second story, John Royal's 1999 "Dutch
Treat," tells of two guys in Texas, one who is paranoid about just
having found the grand master of THE big conspiracy, and they other guy
who.....if I go much farther, I'll give away the tricky ending, and you surely
don't want me to spoil your fun!
I have recently (November 2003) posted a poem on the assassination by Del "Abe" Jones, entitled A Brief Glance, and an earlier one on the Death of John, Jr., entitled Camelot! Have a look.