Fighting Fantasy 10: House of Hell

Illustrator Ian Miller (cover), Tim Sell
Author Steve Jackson
Year 1984
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031831-3

Taking refuge in the infamous House of Hell has to be the worst mistake of your life!

The dangers of the torrential storm outside are nothing compared to the blood-curdling adventures that await you inside. Who knows how many hapless wanderers like yourself have perished within its gruesome walls? Be warned! Tonight is going to be a night to remember…

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which way to go, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

House of Hell available on Amazon

Fighting Fantasy 6: Deathtrap Dungeon

Illustrator Iain McCaig
Author Ian Livingstone
Year 1984
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031708-2

Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference – one in which YOU become the hero!

Down in the twisting labyrinth of Fang, unknown horrors await you. Countless adventurers before you have taken up the challenge of the Trial of Champions, but not one has survived. Devised by the devilish mind of Baron Sukumvit, the labyrinth is riddled with fiendish traps and hideous creatures of darkness to trick and test you almost beyond the limits of endurance!

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to follow, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

Deathtrap Dungeon available on Amazon

Fighting Fantasy 2: The Citadel of Chaos

Illustrator Emmanuel (cover), Russ Nicholson
Author Steve Jackson
Year 1984 (first published 1983)
Publisher Puffin
ISBN 0-14-031603-5

Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference – one in which YOU become the hero!

The Citadel of Chaos holds a dark and dangerous peril for anyone foolhardy enough to venture through its gruesome gates. And yet venture you must, for your mission lies at the heart of the Citadel, with the dread sorcerer, Balthus Dire.

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need to make your journey. YOU decide which route to take, which monsters to fight, and where to use your special knowledge of the magic arts.

The Citadel of Chaos available on Amazon

Twistaplot 15: Spellcaster

Illustrator James Warhola (cover), Ray Lago
Author Katy Brown
Year 1984
Publisher Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-72304-9

The gold letters on the cover of the ancient book glow with a strange inner light: SPELLCASTER. You open the book and read: “In your hands rests timeless power. Apply it wisely.” Soon, you will be a master of the magical arts. How will you use your new powers?

  • Will you join forces with the Wizard of the Endless Cave? Turn to page 31.
  • Want to learn how to fly? Transform yourself into a hawk and soar over to page 6.
  • Who is the mysterious woman in white? Can she help you survive a journey into the past? Find out on page 80.

In a Twistaplot book you make the choices. You decide which path to take and what will happen next. Be brave! Be daring! Be careful! With magic, things aren’t always what they seem.

Spellcaster available on Amazon

On a Pale Horse

Illustrator Michael Whelan
Author Piers Anthony
Year 1984 (first published 1983)
Publisher Del Ray/Ballantine
ISBN 0-345-30518-3


Shooting Death was a mistake, as Zane soon discovered. For the man who killed the Incarnation of Death was immediately forced to assume the vacant position! Thereafter, he must speed over the world, riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others.

Zane was forced to accept his unwelcome task, despite the rules that seemed woefully unfair. But then he found himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved.

He could see only one possible way to defeat the Father of Lies. It was unthinkable— but he had no other solution! Continue reading

Dragontales 1: Sword Daughter’s Quest

Illustrator Tom Hallman (cover), Michael Gilbert
Author Rhondi Vilott
Year 1984
Publisher Signet
ISBN 0-451-13082-0

While crossing the Wastes on the way to the warrior games that will mark the start of your career as a swordswoman, your party is attacked by an orc raiding band, and your father is slain.

Should you seek the help of the handsome, half-elven Ranger who rescues you, joining him in a mission that will take you underneath the sacred lake where a blue dragon is chained for all eternity?

Or should you follow the orcs yourself and perhaps fall prey to the lure of buried treasure and the powerful warlord who seeks it?

Danger, romance, and riches await you at every turn. Will you fall victim to the spell of evil, or choose wisely for both your heart and your sword?

It’s up to you to make the choices and explore the many roads to magical adventure!

Sword Daughter’s Quest available on Amazon

Choose Your Own Adventure 33: The Dragons’ Den

Illustrator Paul Abrams
Author Richard Brightfield
Year 1984
Publisher Bantam
ISBN 0-553-17903-9


You’re on the quest of a dragon’s fabulous treasure. With the help of the wizard Zarkon, you’ve reached the top of a tower near the dragons’ den. Suddenly you hear banging on the tower door. It’s Tarlane, the evil dragon master! You must escape! Zarkon lifts his magic staff–and a flying dragon appears at the tower’s edge.

If you try a daring escape by jumping on the dragon’s head, turn to page 88. If you decide to wait and take your chances with Tarlane, turn to page 106. No matter what you choose, your search for the treasure will be dangerous. You might end up waist-deep in gold and jewels–or battling a fire lizard in the depths of the dragons’ den!

What happens next in the story? It all depends on the choices you make. How does the story end? Only you can find out! And the best part is that you can keep reading and rereading until you’ve had not one but many incredibly daring experiences!

The Dragons’ Den available on Amazon


Illustrator Larry Ross
Author Marilyn Z. Wilkes
Year 1984 (first published 1982)
Publisher Piccolo
ISBN 0-330-28294-8

Rodney Pentax and his family needed a robot and when the Combined Level Unit/Type Z answered their ad, Rodney was delighted. An early prototype, C.L.U.T.Z. was programmed to do all kinds of domestic chores – from cooking lunabird eggs to disposa-mopping the kitchen floor. Most important he’d be company for Rodney after school and with luck he might even learn to play moonball! True Clutz wasn’t one of the new streamlined models, but he had something which they didn’t have…personality!

Clutz needs to be loved but his desire to help leads him into one disaster after another, and Rodney has his hands full trying to keep his miswired mechanical pal from ending up in the recycling plant…

C.L.U.T.Z. available on Amazon