Sunday, April 18, 2021

Who wrote the Fiend Folio? F-K

Continuing to investigate the people who created the monsters in the best monster book.




Author Notes

Ferguson, Mike


Algoid, Ice lizard, Tiger fly, Trilloch, Vision

Publisher and editor of early UK fanzine Illusionist’s Vision. A couple Traveller articles in early White Dwarf. Many credits in various rpg product lines: d20, Pathfinder, BRP, Rifts, WFRP 2e, DCC.

Fiore, Albie


Berbalang, Carbuncle, Caterwaul, Dragonfish, Firenewt, Giant strider, Grimlock, Quipper, Sussurus, Vodyanoi, Yellow Musk Creeper, Zombie (yellow musk)

From “Albie Fiore (c. 1946 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex - July 28, 2009) was a London game designer who was a long-standing editor of the regular Fiend Factory column in the Games Workshop Ltd. magazine White Dwarf, the editor of the magazine Games & Puzzles, and a compiler of the London Guardian's cryptic crossword. He co-authored the book Rubik's Puzzles and was known for composing puzzles and crosswords. He also worked as a contributor to the television show The Crystal Maze, a writer and researcher of children's comic characters such as Scooby Doo, an antiques dealer specializing in slot machines, and a chef on private yachts...

He died at age 63 from complications from a lung tumor.”

Also one of the designers of the Judge Dredd rpg and codesigner the Games Workshop ‘dungeon planners’ Caverns of the Dead and Nightmare in Blackmarsh.

Goodwin, Jeremy and Ian McDowell



Jeremy Goodwin has several contributions to the zine Trollcrusher. Illustrator for module O2: Blade of Vengeance. UPDATE: Commenters have suggested that Jeremy Goodwin is the same person as Jes/Jez Goodwin, who illustrated CM6 When Chaos Reigns and has done art for Warhammer 40K.

Ian McDowell will get his own entry in a later installment.

Graver, Trevor


Galltrit, Needleman

Multiple articles in the UK Traveller zines Dark Star and Alien Star. Some White Dwarf articles. One piece in the zine Illusionist’s Vision. An adventure in issue #10 of Journal of the Traveller’s Aid Society.

Gygax, Gary


Booka, Demon (Lolth), Elf (drow), Jermlaine, Killmoulis, Kuo-toa, Mezzodaemon, Nycadaemon, Svirfneblin

Never heard of him.

Gygax, Luke and Gary Gygax



Luke is co-author of a variety of D&D/AD&D/Castles & Crusades adventures, probably most notably The Lost City of Gaxmoor. He also was one of the designers of the classic Gamma World adventure GW1: Legion of Gold along with his dad and Paul Reiche III.

Hall, Ronald



Inventor of two AD&D oddities: the Attack Priority System (Dragon #71), the land dragons (Dragon #74).

Hellman, Stephen


Pĕnanggalan, Revenant

No further info available.

Hitchcock, Cricky


Gorilla bear, Xvart

Desert Raider, another monster in White Dwarf #12.

Home, Stephen


Lizard king

No further info available.

Jackson, Dermot


Bunyip, Meazel

No further info available.

Jones, Jonathan


Garbug, Volt, Witherstench

No further info available.

Kernohan, Hugh


Eye of fear and flame

Articles in early Scottish zine Underworld Oracle.

Key, Andrew


Gorbel, Imorph

Contributed to an issue of UK zine Demonsblood.

Korabik, Peter



No further info available.

RIP Albie Fiore


  1. I wonder if Jeremy Goodwin is any relation to Jes Goodwin, the sculptor and artist responsible for a large part of Warhammer 40L's original aesthetic and many of Asgard Miniature's figures.

    1. Anonymous9:39 AM

      Jeremy/Jez Goodwin also illustrated CM6 "Where Chaos Reigns" (another TSR UK production).

    2. I really like that module, Where Chaos Reigns. I've used bits n peices from it like the Oards, their gear, goals & ships in both D&D & sci-fi campaigns actually. Dig the art too, nice to be reminded of that again.

  2. Stephen Hellman sounds like a pen name. Too bad there isn’t more info on him...the revenant and penanggalan are two of my faves in the FF.

    I’m a bit surprised that the yellow musks weren’t a Gygax invention, given their appearance in I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City. Would have figured they at least came from this side of the pond.

  3. Ronald Halls land dragons are awesome.

  4. And who the hell is Gary Gygax?

  5. Man, I miss Albie Fiore a little more every year. His The Lichway (White Dwarf #9) is absolutely fantastic, and I can only imagine what he could have gotten up to with the resurgence of Old School design in 5E. At the very least, I feel he would have released updated/converted versions of his classic modules, and probably have been able to partner with a studio to get to work on new stuff; a lot of the classic authors have found new life in the energies of new fans who've discovered them.