Fighting Fantasy was the name the series went under when the gamebooks were published in the USA in the 1980s by Laurel Leaf, the imprint of Dell Publishing.

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Laurel Leaf Editions[edit | edit source]

Laurel Leaf began publishing the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks in the November of 1983. The gamebooks featured a new cover design with the first eleven books using a generic white background, whilst books 12 through 21 had a generic black background. Initially the gamebooks had completely new cover illustrations, by Richard Corben (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to Island of the Lizard King) and R. Courtney (Scorpion Swamp to Freeway Fighter), until 1986 when with Temple of Terror the original Puffin Books cover illustration were used till the range ended with Trial of Champions. During this run House of Hell was retitled House of Hades.

After Dell was bought out it was, in 1999, merged with Bantam Books to form the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, the largest division of Random House.[1] Laurel Leaf was shifted within the organisation to become an imprint of Random House Books For Young Readers.

Publication History[edit | edit source]

Title Author(s) Illustrator Cover illustrator Map illustrator First published
1 The Warlock of Firetop Mountain Steve Jackson
& Ian Livingstone
Russ Nicholson Richard Corben NO MAP Nov-1983
2 The Citadel of Chaos Steve Jackson Russ Nicholson Richard Corben NO MAP Nov-1983
3 The Forest of Doom Ian Livingstone Malcolm Barter Richard Corben Malcolm Barter(BW) Feb-1984
4 Starship Traveller Steve Jackson Peter Andrew Jones Richard Corben NO MAP Apr-1984
5 City of Thieves Ian Livingstone Iain McCaig Richard Corben NO MAP Jul-1984
6 Deathtrap Dungeon Ian Livingstone Iain McCaig Richard Corben NO MAP Sep-1984
7 Island of the Lizard King Ian Livingstone Alan Langford Richard Corben Alan Langford(BW) Jan-1985
8 Scorpion Swamp Steve Jackson (2) Duncan Smith R. Courtney NO MAP Mar-1985
9 Caverns of the Snow Witch Ian Livingstone Gary Ward
& Edward Crosby
R. Courtney NO MAP May-1985
10 House of Hades Steve Jackson Tim Sell R. Courtney NO MAP Jun-1985
11 Talisman of Death Jamie Thomson
& Mark Smith
Bob Harvey R. Courtney NO MAP Sep-1985
12 Space Assassin Andrew Chapman Geoffrey Senior R. Courtney NO MAP Oct-1985
13 Freeway Fighter Ian Livingstone Kevin Bulmer R. Courtney NO MAP Jan-1986
14 Temple of Terror Ian Livingstone Bill Houston Christos Achilleos NO MAP Mar-1986
15 The Rings of Kether Andrew Chapman Nik Spender Terry Oakes NO MAP May-1986
16 Seas of Blood Andrew Chapman Bob Harvey Rodney Matthews Bob Harvey(BW) Jul-1986
17 Appointment with F.E.A.R. Steve Jackson Declan Considine Brian Bolland NO MAP Sep-1986
18 Rebel Planet Robin Waterfield Gary Mayes Alan Craddock NO MAP Nov-1986
19 Demons of the Deep Steve Jackson (2) Bob Harvey Les Edwards NO MAP Jan-1987
20 Sword of the Samurai Mark Smith
& Jamie Thomson
Alan Langford Peter Andrew Jones NO MAP Mar-1987
21 Trial of Champions Ian Livingstone Brian Williams Brian Williams NO MAP May-1987

Sorcery![edit | edit source]

The Sorcery! series was published by Penguin Books in the USA.

iBooks Editions[edit | edit source]

In October 2003, iBooks of New York began republishing the books beginning first two Fighting Fantasy adventures The Warlock of Firetop Mountain and The Citadel of Chaos.

iBooks was established in 1999 by company president Byron Preiss and was the first trade publisher to simultaneously publish titles in e-book and print formats. They were distributed by Simon and Schuster.[2] iBooks filled for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on February 22, 2006.[3]

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