Paul Mason is an author who has written a number of Fighting Fantasy titles including four Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, and other related publications.


Early Life[]

Mason was raised in the town of Sutton Coldfield in the English Midlands [1] Mason has described the fantasy writers Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock, as well as the TV shows Doctor Who, The Water Margin, and Robin of Sherwood, as being influences on his work.[1] Mason became interested in Dungeons & Dragons after seeing an advertisement for it in a wargaming magazine.[1]


Mason got a job working for Games Workshop. This led Mason to work on White Dwarf magazine with Ian Marsh, and Warlock magazine with Steve Williams.[1]

Mason wrote four Fighting Fantasy gamebooks; Slaves of the Abyss, Black Vein Prophecy (both with Steve Williams), The Crimson Tide and Magehunter. In these books, Mason said he wanted to avoid traditional European-inspired fantasy. Hence Slaves of the Abyss and Magehunter are inspired by Arabian legends, and Black Vein Prophecy and The Crimson Tide by Chinese legends.[2]



Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks[]

Other Fighting Fantasy[]

Warlock Magazine[]

At Warlock magazine he was Editorial Assitant for Issues 7 through to an including Issue 9 (through which time his writing partner, Steve Williams, was Assistant Editor). During the run of the magazine he wrote the following multi-player short adventures:

Unpublished Fighting Fantasy[]

Outside of Fighting Fantasy[]

  • Robin of Sherwood: The Sword of the Templar (credited solo but actually co-written with Graham Staplehurst)
  • Robin of Sherwood: The King's Demon (credited to Graham Staplehurst, but actually co-written)

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Building Strong Foundations (Paul Mason interview)", by Alexander Ballingall. Fighting Fantazine Issue 10 (pp. 11-21)
  2. "Pieces of Masonry", by Alexander Ballingall. Fighting Fantazine Issue 11 (pp. 16-25)