My essay “Transformationen und magische Gegenwelten. Einige Anmerkungen zu den Erzählungen von Lucius Shepard” (“Transformations and Magical Counter Realities. Some Remarks on Lucius Shepard’s Tales”) has just been published in Quarber Merkur #113, Franz Rottensteiner’s critical magazine for science fiction & phantastic. As far as I can see there has been, apart from reviews, remarkable little critical work about Lucius Shepard who is surely one of the greatest American writers in the transition area of science fiction, fantasy and horror. In hope my essay could lay some groundwork to reveal recurring patterns in Shepard’s short fiction.