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Publication Order of Harrison High Books

Harrison High (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl from Harrison High (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble at Harrison High (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow on Harrison High (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Anniversary Harrison High (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to Harrison High (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crisis at Harrison High (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Fury Books

The Fury (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fury and the Terror (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fury and the Power (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Avenging Fury (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Corpse Next Door (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby Moll (As: Steve Brackeen) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danger in My Blood (As: Steve Brackeen) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Night of Dawn (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
King Windom (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Michael Calls (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Captors (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sharp Practice (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shatter (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catacombs (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Uninvited / Unearthly (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Son of the Endless Night (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minotaur (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wildwood (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightfall (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Axeman Cometh (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Blood (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiends (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sacrifice (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragonfly (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soon She Will Be Gone (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Solar Eclipse (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elvisland (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom Nights (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Don't Scare Me (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
High Bloods (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Before the Night Ends (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Sin Unpunished (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Transgressions Books

Transgressions (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Anne Perry,Jeffery Deaver,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake,Bonnie Jeanne Perry,Joyce Carol Oates,Walter Mosley) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 2 (With: Stephen King,Lawrence Block,Ed McBain) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 3 (With: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain,Donald E Westlake) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 4 (By: Anne Perry,Sharyn McCrumb,Ed McBain) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Hunting Meth Zombies in the Great Nebraskan Wasteland (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of World Disasters Books

The Dust Bowl (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hiroshima (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chernobyl (By: Don Nardo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Krakatoa (By: Don Nardo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Irish Potato Famine (By: Don Nardo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children's Crusade (By: Bradley Steffens) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Night Visions Books

Night Visions: In the Blood (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 2 (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 3 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions: The Hellbound Heart (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 6 (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 8 (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 9 (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 10 (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 11 (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 12 (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Vol. 15(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 2(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transgressions, Vol. 3(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

About John Farris

An American writer, John Farris has become a literary institution in his own right over the course of his life, largely focusing on the southern Gothic genre of fiction. This he would use to shape much of his career, with a clear gift for creating both suspense and tension, building them almost effortlessly over the course of each and every novel. He would also go on to become a highly well regarded figure within Hollywood too, with many of his novels reaching the big-screen.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Missouri, Jefferson City, on the 26th of July in 1936, John Farris was born to parents Eleanor Carter Farris and John Linder Farris. Raised in Tennessee, he would go on to graduate from Central High School based in Memphis, before going on to attend South-western College. Over the years he would also continue to build upon his style and voice, creating a substantial body of work as the years went by.

Not only has his work gone on to become major motion pictures, but he’s also managed to write and direct himself as well. Directing the film ‘Dear Dead Delilah’ in 1973, he would be no stranger to adapting his work for the cinema, giving his work a more visual and vibrant presence. With his first wife, Kathleen, he would have three children, and one child with Mary Ann Pasante, his second wife, as he currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he continues to work to this very day.

Writing Career

Bringing out his first book, ‘The Corpse Next Door’, in 1956, Farris would make his debut with a suspense fuelled first novel. This would then see him become more prominent over time, especially after his book ‘Harrison High’ was released in 1959, which mark the first in his series of the same name. Later he would also publish ‘The Fury’ in 1976, which would in turn go on to become the first in the ongoing ‘Fury’ series of novels.

Producing several plays from off Broadway too, he would come to express himself in a number of creative ways throughout his life. This would include painting and poetry, as he would continue to channel his voice into his work throughout his life, creating a substantial body of work. With directors such as Brian De Palma having produced his work too, he has built a backlog of material that will stand the test of time for many years to come.

All Heads Turn When The Hunt Goes By

Initially brought out through the Tor Books publishing label, this was originally released on the 15th of January in 1977. Not being a part of any series as such, it’s a stand-alone novel with a completely self-contained narrative, making it an ideal starting point for anybody looking to get into the author. It would also show the ability that John Farris had when it came to crafting horror, keeping the reader on the edge of the seat constantly throughout.

Combining horror and suspense, this is a novel steeped in darkness and fear, making it a must for any fans of the genre. With strong leading characters, the reader never truly knows where to turn, as Farris keeps the tension held firmly at boiling point. Many of the characters all have their own unique story to tell as well too, making for a very immersive an involving experience throughout. The world that’s created is also one that’s fully submerged in darkness as well, creating a dark and foreboding sense constantly through the novel.

With a military wedding set to go ahead, everything seems to be going to plan, just as everyone had initially hoped for. That is when the entire event quickly and abruptly into chaos, as the entire service turns into an ordeal of ungodly proportions, filled with the blood curdling screams of terror. Each generation of the Bradwins faces a curse that threatens their entire existence, something which takes them from horror to horror. Doomed to a blood filled future of occultism, vengeance and sheer terror, it is up to them to prevent the curse from taking place and stop it in its tracks. Will they be able to find out the truth behind it all? What is the secret of the curse? Can they prevent the terror as all heads turn when the hunt goes by?


Originally published through the ‘Hodder and Stoughton’ publishing imprint this time, this would also mark a stand-alone horror title. Much in the same vein as many of his other novels, John Farris would bring up the suspense and terror, building it to an entertaining and thrilling climax. First released in 1986, it would be a later novel for Farris, setting it up as one for fans, as well as newcomers, with him clearly showing a lot of development as an author.

Operating largely as a horror novel once again, this manages to evoke an uneasy air and atmosphere throughout the entire novel. With characters that really draw the reader in, it manages to establish a dark and foreboding tone, from the people to the setting of the world. Not only that, but it also manages to keep the reader guessing throughout as well too, holding their attention to the very last page. The mansion itself almost becomes a character in its own right, using the drama of the haunted house trope to its full effect.

Abandoned for over forty years, the estate and mansion residing upon Smokey Mountains is going derelict, ever since it was obliterated by the dreams of a rich mad man. Now the mountain was largely home to masses of strange undergrowth, odd storms, and sightings of weird mythical creatures by the local residents nearby. Returning there with his wife and ex-army friend, someone seeks to find out more on the mystery of the mansion and what really happened there. It is here that he finds the dark secret lying at the heart of the estate, and what it is that has really been hidden for all this time. Will he find the secrets about what really happened on the mountain? Can he remain safe long enough to do so? What will he find embedded within the Wildwood?

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