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Location Shadow Keep
Publication Details
Author(s) Oliver Johnson
Illustrator Leo Hartas
Publisher Dragon
Other Details
Cover illustrator Bruno Elettori
First published February 14 1985
Number 3
ISBN ISBN 0-583-30760-4
Cover illustrator: Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Publisher: Fabled Lands Publishing
First published: 2013
Number none
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-49102-141-5

The Lord of Shadow Keep is a single-player role-playing Golden Dragon Fantasy Gamebook written by Oliver Johnson, illustrated by Leo Hartas and published in 1985 by the Dragon imprint of Grafton Books (ISBN 0-583-30760-4). It was republished by Fabled Lands Publishing in 2013 (ISBN 978-1-49102-141-5).

Creation[edit | edit source]

Lord of Shadow Keep was originally planned as the 11th or 12th in the FF series - something like that - and I was going to write it with Oliver Johnson. It was even advertised in the back of the Sorcery! books. Then Oliver decided to put it in the Golden Dragon series instead. Which would have been fine except that he didn't tell Philippa Dickinson, who was in charge of FF then.[1]

Forthcoming books announcement from The Seven Serpents

Unlike the Fighting Fantasy titles, this adventure is only 300 references in length.

Background[edit | edit source]

The land lies in the grip of fear. The king is helpless, withered and aged by evil magic. Arkayn Darkrobe, fell Lord of Shadow Keep, rules the country now with necromancy and vile cunning. You are the greatest of the Paladins. You journey through danger and darkness to face the Lord of Shadow Keep. If you cannot overcome his spells and slay him, all is lost!

This is a fantasy adventure with a difference - YOU are the hero! A pencil, an eraser and two dice are all you need to embark on your quest. Success and vast riches - or failure and savage death - will depend on the decisions YOU make!

The Lord of Shadow Keep - Back Cover

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Equipment List[2][edit | edit source]

Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]

Cover[edit | edit source]

The cover was designed and illustrated by Bruno Elettori. The cover for the US edition was by James Warhola. The 2013 edition saw new artwork by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This edition saw back cover art by Claude.

The Lord of Shadow Keep Cover Variants
1985 1986 2013
Golden Dragon Berkley (US) Fabled Lands
£1.50 US$2.50 £4.99

Illustrations[edit | edit source]

The interior illustrations were by Leo Hartas. There were 28 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 6†, 9†, 18, 27†, 43, 47, 50, 58, 69†, 78†, 87†, 105, 116†, 128, 149, 158, 167†, 172†, 176†, 207, 218, 229†, 244, 247, 256, 265†, 287† and 298.

† Many of the illustrations are not presented next to the paragraph they relate to.

The 2013 edition saw new interior art by Harry Clarke.

Intertextual References[edit | edit source]

Other Media[edit | edit source]

Main Characters[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Errors[edit | edit source]

Dedication[edit | edit source]

To Suzanne[4]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Reviews[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Interview with Dave Morris at the Internet Archive record of Advancedfightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2019-11-01
  2. The Lord of Shadow Keep - pg.12
  3. The Lord of Shadow Keep - pg.19
  4. The Lord of Shadow Keep - pg.4
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