Works about Philip José Farmer (9): H-J
The entries are in alphabetical order of the writer's name.
If more than one publication is mentioned, the publication of which a cover scan is included is indicated with a . Click on a cover to see it enlarged.

Hagan, Randall - "The Possible Subconscious Source of Philip José Farmer's Riverworld"

Followed by "Some Comments" by Farmer.
  • Moebius Trip Library's S.F. Echo #22, April 1975
    [Fanzine, edited by Edward C. Connor.]


Haldeman, Joe - "Daring to be Farmer"

A tribute to PJF. Haldeman describes how he became aware of PJF's writing and what he thinks of Phil as a person: "...He was and is an original. A gentleman who occasionally revealed the rogue inside...".
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 1, July 2005
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Keith Howell

Haldeman, Joe - "Philip José Farmer"

An orbituary, about how Phil kicked science fiction more than once: «...writing unlike anything I'd ever encountered in or out of science fiction...».
In this issue also orbituaries by Charles N. Brown, Gary K. Wolfe, Christopher Paul Carey, Mary A. Turzillo, and Richard A. Lupoff.
  • Locus Issue 579, Vol. 62 No. 4, April 2009
    [Newszine, edited by Charles N. Brown.]


Hansom, Paul - "Strange Relations"

A critical essay about the stories in the collection Strange Relations, describing the plot and analyzing each story. "..The use of alien encounters and environments to explore complex problems of personal development and sexual maturity provides fantastic scenarios that have an acceptable familiarity about them. The stories themselves have cleverly ironic twists. Farmer cleverly unsettles readers and interrogates accepted assumptions..".
  • Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Vol.4, edited by T.A. Shippey
    Salem Press, ISBN 0-89356-910-0, hardcover [no dustjacket], 10/1996

Hanson, Alan - "Farmer's Vision of Ancient Opar"

A lengthy essay in which Hanson compares Farmer's two Opar novels, Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar, with the description of Opar in the essay "Heritage of the Flaming God" by Frank Brueckel and John Harwood. How much was Farmer inspired by this essay? The article ends with "A letter from Philip José Farmer on his Hadon of Opar Books", in which Phil answered the many questions Hanson had.
  • Heritage of the Flaming God (An Essay on the History of Opar and Its Relationship to Other Ancient Cultures), edited by Alan Hanson and Michael Winger
    Waziri Publications, no ISBN, large paperback, 05/1999
    [Limited to 500 copies.]

Thomas Yeates

Hanson, Alan - "Heritage of the Flaming God (A Classic Essay, Long Forgotten, Inspired Farmer)"
The essay "Heritage of the Flaming God" - see entry above - was used by Farmer as a source for his Opar series. The history of this essay, written in 1971 by Frank Brueckel and John Harwood, and why it was published only in 1999 for the first time in the above mentioned publication, is given in this article.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 5, July 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Keith Howell

Harenko, Ari - "Philip Jose Farmer - universumien tekijä"

An article about Farmer's life and career, and about nearly all of his published work in books. Some of his short fiction is also mentioned, for instance "O'Brien and Obrenov". Both the article and the bibliography are heavily illustrated with many book covers.
  • (Finnish)
    Portti, Issue 1/1984
    [Magazine, edited by Raimo Nikkonen. A special Philip José Farmer issue with this article, a bibliography compiled by Raimo Nikkonen, the story "Äiti" ("Mother") and a Farmer oriented cover illustration.]

Reijo Purontakanen

Harris, David M. -"Kilgore, Kurt, and Me"
The history of an editor at Dell Books, Harris, who bought Kilgore Trout's Venus on the Half-Shell. For this he was in contact with Phil Farmer, and later got Kurt Vonnegut on the line who inquired about a movie that would be made of this book. There was no movie to come. However, there came a movie with the title Venus on the Halfshell (2005), but that one has nothing to do with the novel.

Keith Howell

Heaphy, Maura - "Philip José Farmer (1918 - )"
One hundred authors are listed in this reference work. The entry has a brief Biography, a list of Major Works (novels, collections and short stories) and Research Sources (Encyclopedias and Handbooks, Bibliographies, Biographies and Interviews, Criticism and Reader's Guide, Web Sites). My website is mentioned with the bibliographies.
  • Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide, by Maura Heaphy
    Libraries Unlimited, ISBN 978-1-59158-515-2, trade paperback, -/2009


Heck, Peter - "The Riverworld Series Reconsidered"
Essay about the Riverworld series. on the occasion of the publication of the fifth Riverworld novel, Gods of Riverworld. Heck: «Farmer's delight in the play of ideas, expressed in a plot that rarely pauses for breath, filled his enormous stage from side to side, and gave his his cast almost as much to do as the reader's imagination could handle.»
  • Xignals Vol II, -/1983
    [Waldenbooks Otherworlds Club magazine.]


Hodder, Mark - "Philip José Farmer: The Liminal Writer"
Introduction, how Hodder first encountered Sir Richard Francis Burton (in Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go), that started him to read everything by and about Burton. He also writes about the lifelong fascination by Farmer as well as Burton with all things liminal.
Mark Hodder also chose Burton as the protagonist, in his 'Burton & Swinburne' series of novels.
  • A Rough Knight for the Queen
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-19-0, hardcover, 09/2020
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-18-3, trade paperback, 09/2020

Charles Berlin

Hofmann, Armin - "Philip José Farmers fleischliche Genüsse"
Article about the publication of the German omnibus Fleisch, with a discussion and description of the included novels: The Image of the Beast, Blown and Flesh. Hofmann thinks some of the scenes in the first two books rather obscene, but he isn't in favor of censoring these novels: «Lassen wir die Moralisten und Kirchgänger schreien; lassen wir sie Dreck schleudern ob der FLEISCHlichen Genüsse Philip José Farmers. Wir sind immer noch gegen Zensur!»
  • (German)
    Fandom Newsletter
    # 28, April 1990
    [Newsletter, edited by Matthias Hofmann. The article comes with two uncredited illustrations, one of them by Denis Sire.]

Frans Stummer

Holm, Palle Juul - "Ædle vilde - Syge guder"
A very thorough and twenty-two pages long essay about Farmer -called one of the most productive and controversial science fiction talents- and his work. Many known influences in Farmer's writings are mentioned, like Freud and Jung, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Frank L. Baum, William Blake and others. Most of his books and stories gets attention in this essay.
  • (Danish)
    Virkelige eventyr, edited by Ole Lindboe and Svend Kreiner Møller
    Spar Knægt, ISBN 87-87528-48-7, trade paperback, -/1978

Frihioff Johansen

Holm, Palle Juul - "Philip José Farmer's forfatterskab"

Essay, about Farmer's life and writing career, about his books and stories. Especially written as an introduction to Farmer being the Guest of Honor at the next Scancon, Fabula77 in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 1977.
  • (Danish)
    Proxima Nr. 11, March 1977
    [Fanzine, edited by Erik H. Swiatek. There is also a translated story "Efter King Kong's fald" ("After King Kong Fell") by Farmer in this issue.]

Niels Erik Knudsen

Howell, Keith - "Chasing the Bronze Knight of the Running Board"

A tribute. About his first encounters with Doc Savage and later with Philip José Farmer. And how he came to draw his first cover for a Philip José Farmer book.

Joe DeVito

Huckenpohler, J.G. - "The Peerless Pastiche Farmer Does Doyle and Burroughs"
Article, written under the pseudonym Archimedes Q. Porter, Ph. D.
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 3, January 2006
    [Fanzine, edited by Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri.]

Charles Berlin

Hughes, Rhys - "The Voice of Farmer in My Vermiform Appendix"
Essay about how Hughes discovered the writings of PJF, what he likes in the stories, and how Phil's work has influenced his own writing. Hughes: «...Farmer was really an intellectual writer who had no hesitation in taking inspiration from pulp forms, from comics, films and other expressions of popular culture...»
  • Farmerphile Issue No. 14, October 2008
    [Fanzine, edited by Win Scott Eckert & Paul Spiteri.]
  • The Best of Farmerphile, edited by Michael Croteau
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4, hardcover, 07/2017
    Meteor House, ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7, trade paperback, 07/2017

Charles Berlin

Huttner, Cheryl L. - "Name of a Thousand Blue Demons"

  • Myths for the Modern Age (Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe), edited by Win Scott Eckert
    MonkeyBrain Books, ISBN 1-932265-14-7, trade paperback, 10/2005
  • Online: read it here

John Picacio

Jakubowski, Maxim - "Essex House: The Rise and Fall of Speculative Erotica"

An article with a summary of the Essex House line from publishing house Parliament News, Inc. and the 42 titles published under this line, three of which are written by PJF. Farmer is mentioned throughout this article and even gets his own paragraph as one of the major contributors of Essex House: "...the editorial carte blanche of Essex House allowed his imagination to take full, fluent flight. It is not always in the best of taste, but he is certainly a master of startling speculative concepts...".
  • Foundation #14, September 1978
    [Academic Journal, edited by Malcolm Edwards.]
  • Paperback Parade #13, June 1989
    [Fanzine, edited by Gary Lovisi.]
  • The Masquerade Erotic Newsletter, 1995
    [Publisher's newsletter, edited by Richard Kasak.]


Jannone, Claudia - "Venus On The Half Shell as Structuralist Activity"
An essay about the many levels that Venus on the Half-Shell can be read on: "...the novel itself is a maze of structures which reflect other structures like mirrors...".
  • Extrapolation Vol.17 #2, May 1976
    [Critical journal, edited by Thomas D. Clareson.]


Josephsohn, Thomas José - "Religion in the Life and Work of Philip José Farmer" (Through the Eyes of His Grandson)
Essay in which Josephsohn tries to tackle Farmer's relationship with religion: «...I write here about his thoughts on religion as found in his work and life and how they influenced me...»

Laura Givens

Jungvogel, Markus - "Welt ohne Tod"
As the subtitle, "Philip José Farmer und sein Flusswelt-Zyklus", already suggests, this article is about the Riverworld series. The article introduces the Riverworld setting and describes the events that take place in the five novels of the series. Jungvogel concludes that the Riverworld books balance between a very serious work and a comedy: "Einerseits stellen sich die Hauptfiguren ernste Fragen zu Ethik und Religionsphilosophie, anderseits erscheint der Flusswelt-Zyklus oft wie eine Art Satire auf das gesamte Science Fiction-Genre."
  • (German)
    Nautilus Abenteuer & Phantastik Nr. 57, December 2008
    [SF&F magazine, edited by Jürgen Pirner.]


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