Fanzines

Listed below are four fanzines devoted to Farmer and his work, including Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau.

Farmerphile was a quarterly magazine completely dedicated to works by and about Philip José Farmer. It featured the unpublished novel UP FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT, a suspense-thriller about the ultimate disaster in the oil industry, serialized over the first ten issues. The ten issues also included other unpublished stories, speeches and letters by Farmer himself, as well as articles about the Grand Master and his work from his fans and peers. Farmerphile was fabulously illustrated by such talented artists as Jason Robert Bell, Charles Berlin, Keith Howell, Karl Kauffman and Shannon Robicheaux.

48 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Keith Howell.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; The Face that Launched a Thousand Eggs, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Daring to be Farmer, by Joe Haldeman; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 1), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

48 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Karl Kauffman.

Contents: Gatherings of Tricksters, by Bette Farmer; Who Stole Stonehenge?, by Philip José Farmer and you?; Farmer & Rosny Kindred Souls, by Jean-Marc Lofficier; The Unnaturals, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Karl Kauffman; The Innocent Dilemma, by Christopher Paul Carey; My Feast Unknown, by Jason Robert Bell; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 2), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Charles Berlin.

Contents: A Man Bigger Than His Works, by Tracy Knight; The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; That Great Spanish Author, Ernesto, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Farmerphile Interviews Chris Roberson and Win Scott Eckert; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Bibliophile, by Christopher Paul Carey; I Still Live!, a speech by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Essex House, Tarzan and Time's Last Gift, by Bob Zeuschner; How Tarzan Introduced Me to Philip José Farmer, by Rick Beaulieu; The Peerless Pastiche Farmer Does Doyle and Burroughs, by Archimedes Q. Porter, Ph. D.; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 3), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Jason Robert Bell.

Contents: On a Riverboat with the Farmers, by Gary K. Wolfe; Hayy ibn Yaqzam: An Arabic Mowgli, by Philip José Farmer; Why Do I Write?, a speech by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell; The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; The Essence of the Poison, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Phil Farmer Meets Roger Bacon at the Ends of the Earth, by Danny Adams; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 4), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Keith Howell.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; The Trickster Awakens, by Tracy Knight; The Trout Letters, by Philip José Farmer; Trout Fishing in Bermuda: Why and How, by Roger Crombie; Bibliophil, by Paul Spiteri; Hertiage of the Flaming God, by Alan Hanson; The Doll Game, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Alias Philip José Farmer, by Danny Adams; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 5), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

48 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Charles Berlin.

Contents: The International Appeal of Philip José Farmer, by Rias Nuninga; Bibliophile, by Fender Tucker; Keep Your Mouth Shut, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Jason Robert Bell; The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; Caliban, by Will Murray; A Box Within a Box, by Danny Adams; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Doc Savage Montage, by Chuck Loridans; Through the Seventh Gate, by Christopher Paul Carey; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 6), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Shannon Robicheaux.

Contents: Riverworld in Parody, by Walt Liebscher; The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; Excerpt from The City Beyond Play, by Philip José Farmer & Danny Adams; Farmerphile Interviews Danny Adams and Philip José Farmer; The Frames, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; The Light-Hog Incident, by Philip José Farmer; A Letter from Farmer, by David Bischoff; Creative Mythography, by Dennis E. Power; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 7), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell./p>

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Keith Howell.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; Finnegan's Wage, or, Portrait of the Farmer as a Joycean Fan, by Danny Adams; Phil & Bette Farmer, Jack London, a Wife and a Baby, a Clean Well Lighted Hotel Room, by Joe R. Lansdale; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert, illustrated by Chuck Loridans; A Spy in the U.S. of Gonococcia, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Images of the Soul, by Dennis E. Power; Bibliophile, by Michael Croteau; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 8, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

56 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Charles Berlin.

Contents: The Archaeology of Khokarsa, by Christopher Paul Carey; White-Skinned Grey-Eyed God, by Dennis E. Power; Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind, by Robert R. Barrett; The Brueckel/Harwood Letter, by Philip José Farmer; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; The Rebels Unthawed, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Shannon Robicheaux; Star Trek's Loss Is Your Gain, by Danny Adams; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert, illustrated by Chuck Loridans; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 9), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Jason Robert Bell.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; A Modest Proposal, by Philip José Farmer; The Smartest Man in the World, by Dr. Bennett L. Oppenheim, Ph.D; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; A Peoria Night, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Farmercon II in Pictures; When Day Breaks the Stone God Awaits, by Dennis E. Power; Remembering the Eyre Incident Three Decades Later, by Danny Adams; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Up from the Bottomless Pit (part 10), by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

56 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Joey Van Massenhoven.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; Birthday Wishes and Greetings, by S.M. Stirling, Mike Resnick, Michael Moorcock, James E. Gunn, Kim Newman, Norman Spinrad, Joe Haldeman, Piers Anthony, Richard A. Lupoff, Richard E. Geis, David Langford, Tracy Knight, Joe R. Lansdale, Harlan Ellison, Robin Wayne Bailey, Will Murray, Garth Nix, James Sallis, Gary K. Wolfe, Chris Roberson & Peter Crowther; White Whales, Raintrees, Flying Saucers, by Philip José Farmer; Parables are Pablum, by Tim Howller; Smoke Gets in Your Nose, by Spider Robinson; The Magic Filing Cabinet and the Missing Page, by Christopher Paul Carey; Further Sketches from the Ruins of My Mind!, by Robert Barrett; The First Robot, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Henry Covert; On Not Going There, by Howard Waldrop; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Duo Miaule, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin.

56 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Keith Howell.

Contents: The Roller Coaster Ride with Phil Farmer, by Bette Farmer; We Were Introduced by Sherlock Holmes, by George Scheetz; Sherlock Holmes and Sufism, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Philip José Farmer and The Case of the Two Jungle Lords, by Dennis E. Power; Urania s Babysitter, by Rick Lai; A Study of Ralph von Wau Wau, by Danny Adams; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; How Much Free Will Does a Pumpkin Have?, by Christopher Paul Carey; Jongor in the Wold Newton Family, by Philip José Farmer; The Lure of the Emergency Shelf, by Michael Carroll; Full Blown Comic Book Images of the Beast, by Steve Mattsson; Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet; Three Metafictional Proposals, by Philip José Farmer; Uncle Sam's Mad Tea Party, by Philip José Farmer; Down to Earth's Centre, by Philip José Farmer.

52 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Vladimir Verano

Contents: Farmerphile Interviews Christopher Paul Care; Excerpt from The Song of Kwasin, by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey, illustrated by Keith Howell, map by Charles Berlin; Farmer of the Apes, by Charles R. Saunders; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert & Dennis E. Power; Escape from Loki Again, and Again, and Again, by Steve Mattsson; The Wild Weird Clime, by Philip José Farmer; To Be, or Not to Be, by Tom Wode Bellman; Bibliophile, by Heidi Ruby Miller; Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet; Polytropical Paramyth, by Philip José Farmer; Getting Ready to Write, by Philip José Farmer & Paul Spiteri, illustrated by Charles Berlin.

60 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Charles Berlin.

Contents: This Played in Peoria?, by Art Sippo; A Whale of a Time, by Leo Queequeg Tincrowdor; Tongues of the Moon, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by John Streleckis; The Voice of Farmer in My Vermiform Appendix, by Rhys Hughes; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Farmerphile Interviews Win Scott Eckert; Excerpt from The Evil in Pemberley House, by Philip José Farmer & Win Scott Eckert, illustrated by Keith Howell; Say, What's the Big Idea?, by Michael Carroll; The Doc Ravage Presidential Campaign, by Rick Lai; Bibliophile, by Paul Spiteri; Boris the Bear: Wold Newton and Philip José Farmer, by Steve Mattsson; Oh the Humanity, by Dennis E. Power; Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet; Greatheart Silver, by Philip José Farmer; Doc Wildman's Coat of Arms, by Philip José Farmer, illustrated by Keith Howell.

60 pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches), cover art by Keith Howell.

Contents: Excerpt from Cougar by the Tail, by Philip José Farmer & Tracy Knight; Farmerphile Interviews Tracy Knight; The Time Distorter, by Paul Spiteri, illustrated by Charles Berlin; Buddha Contemplates His Novel, by Philip José Farmer; Creative Mythography, by Win Scott Eckert; Bibliophile, by David Lars Chamberlain; On the River with Philip José Farmer, by Robert Weinberg; My Time on the River, by Ed Gorman; Writing Graceland, by Allen Steele; The River Not Taken, by Dennis E. Power; The Resurrection of Tom Mix, by Danny Adams; Unpolished Pearls from the Magic Filing Cabinet; Riverworld Dawn, by Philip José Farmer; Myadzian Journal, by Philip José Farmer; Time Has Its Mirages, by Philip José Farmer.

Printed by The Wold Newton Meteorics Society, there were only 5 issues of the Wold Atlas, from January 1977 to the Fall of 1978. This fun fanzine contains much original fiction about various members of the Wold Newton family.

  • Vol. 1 No. 1. This issue contains a letter from PJF stating that he accepts the offer to be the Honorary Chariman of The Wold Newton Meteorics Society. There are reviews of several of Farmer's books and other Wold Newton related books. For original fiction it contains part one of "The Terrible Beekeeper", "The Land That Maple White Found" and "The Dynamics of the Brother's Moriarity".
  • Vol. 1 No. 2. This issue contains part two of "The Terrible Beekeeper", "The Mysterious Case of the Carters" and the first installment of the cartoon "Duck Savage, the Mallard of Bronze!"
  • Vol. 1 No. 3. This issue contains part three of "The Terrible Beekeeper", stories about the first Doc Savage, Commissioner Gordon, Jack the Ripper and another installment of Duck Savage.
  • Vol. 1 No. 4. This issue contains part four of "The Terrible Beekeeper", stories about the King Kong, Fu Manchu, Dr. Doom and another installment of Duck Savage.
  • Vol. 2 No. 1. The second year of The Wold Atlas had a more attractive layout (as well as I can tell from photocopies). This issue concludes "The Terrible Beekeeper", has a story about The Shadow and another installment of Duck Savage. This issue also promises an interview with PJF in the next issue but there was no next issue.

Visit the Wold Newton Universe web site for even more great articles and stories about members of the Wold Newton Family.

Sadly there were only three issues of this outstanding fanzine, printed by The Philip José Farmer Society.

  • VOLUME ONE/JUNE 1978/NUMBER ONE The Debut issue reprints "O'Brien and Obrenov", Farmer's first published story along with the autobiography Farmer wrote for Adventure. There is a biography and bibliography through 1953 and an article about the immediate impact of "The Lovers". Also included are copies of four newspaper articles and a copy of the poem "Imagination".
  • VOLUME ONE/OCTOBER 1978/NUMBER TWO This issue reprints "The Wounded" and "Heel". There is also a story about the universe of John Carmody and an article about "Finnegans Wake" and "Riders of the Purple Wage".
  • VOLUME ONE/FEBRUARY 1979/NUMBER THREE The third and final issue contains a transcription of a speech that Farmer gave called "The Affair of the Logical Lunatics". Also included are pictures from Farmer's yearbook, and looks at Love Song, Jesus on Mars and As you Desire.