John Farris

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John Farris
BornJohn Lee Farris
(1936-07-26) July 26, 1936 (age 83)
Jefferson City, Missouri
Alma materRhodes College
GenreSuspense, horror
Notable worksThe Fury
Mary Ann Pasante

John Lee Farris (born July 26, 1936) is an American writer, known largely for his work in the southern Gothic genre.


Farris was born in Jefferson City, Missouri, to parents John Linder Farris (1909–1982) and Eleanor Carter Farris (1905–1984). Raised in Tennessee, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis and attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes College), also in Memphis. His first wife, Kathleen, was the mother of Julie Marie, John C. and Jeff Farris; his second wife, Mary Ann Pasante, was the mother of Peter John (P.J.) Farris.

Apart from his substantial body of fiction, his work includes motion picture screenplays of his own books (i.e., The Fury), original scripts and adaptations of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man). He also wrote and directed the film Dear Dead Delilah in 1973. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, southern California, Puerto Rico, and most recently near Atlanta, Georgia.

Film adaptations[edit]

Three of his works have been made into film: first Harrison High became Because They're Young (1960), followed by When Michael Calls (1972), and then The Fury (1978) which was directed by Brian De Palma.

TV adaptations[edit]

Farris's short story "I Scream. You Scream. We All Scream for Ice Cream." was adapted for the Showtime anthology series Masters of Horror in 2007.


Novels (and other fiction)[edit]

  • The Corpse Next Door (Graphic Books, 1956) (as John Farris)
  • The Body on the Beach (Bouregy & Curl, 1957, hc) (as Steve Brackeen)
  • Baby Moll (Crest, 1958, pb) (as Steve Brackeen)
  • Danger in My Blood (Crest, 1958, pb) (as Steve Brackeen)
  • Harrison High (Rinehart & Co.,, 1959) (as John Farris)
  • Delfina (Gold Medal, 1962, pb) (as Steve Brackeen)
  • The Long Light of Dawn (Putnam, 1962) (as John Farris)
  • Guardians, The (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1964, hc) (as Steve Brackeen)
  • King Windom (Trident, 1967) (as John Farris from here on)
  • When Michael Calls (Trident, 1967)
  • The Girl from Harrison High (Pocket Books, 1968, pb)
  • The Captors (Trident, 1969)
  • A Sudden Stillness (1970)
  • Trouble at Harrison High, The (Pocket Books, 1970, pb)
  • Shadow on Harrison High (Pocket Books, 1972, pb)
  • Happy Anniversary, Harrison High (Pocket Books, 1973, pb)
  • Crisis at Harrison High (Pocket Books, 1974, pb)
  • Sharp Practice (Simon & Schuster, 1974)
  • The Fury (Playboy Press, 1976)
  • Bad Blood (1977)
  • All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By (Playboy Press, 1977; published in the UK as Bad Blood)
  • Shatter (W. H. Allen [UK] 1980) (true first)
  • Catacombs (Delacorte, 1981)
  • The Uninvited (Delacorte, 1982)
  • Son of the Endless Night (1984)
  • Minotaur (Tor, 1985, pb)
  • Wildwood (Tor, 1986, pb)
  • Nightfall (Tor, 1987, pb)
  • Scare Tactics (1988)
  • The Axeman Cometh (Tor, 1989, pb)
  • Fiends (Dark Harvest, 1990 [limited edition])
  • Demonios (1991)
  • Sacrifice (Tor, 1994)
  • Dragonfly (Tor/Forge, 1995)
  • Soon She Will Be Gone (Tor/Forge, 1997)
  • Solar Eclipse (Forge, 1999)
  • The Fury and the Terror (2001)
  • The Fury and the Power (2003)
  • Phantom Nights' (2004)
  • Elvisland (Babbage Press, 2004)
  • Avenging Fury (2008)
  • You Don't Scare Me (2007)
  • High Bloods (2009)

Short stories[edit]



  • "John L. Farris bio". The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Tennessee writers. Archived from the original on 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
  • John William Warren and Adrian W. McClaren. Tennessee Belles-Lettres: A Guide to Tennessee Literature. Morristown, Tennessee: Morrison Print Co., 1977.

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