Demons of the Deep (book)

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Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Atlantis, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Steve Jackson (2)
Illustrator(s): Bob Harvey
Cover illustrator: Les Edwards
First published: January 30 1986
Number 19
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-031921-2
Previous Book: Rebel Planet
Next Book: Sword of the Samurai
Wizard (Series 1)
Wizard (Series 2)

For other uses of Demons of the Deep, see Demons of the Deep

Demons of the Deep is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Steve Jackson (2) (the American game designer, rather than the series co-creator), illustrated by Bob Harvey and originally published in 1986 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 19th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-031921-2). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.



As the dread pirate ship Troll strikes, you know that you are doomed!

Captain Bloodaxe - the terror of these seas - is known to give no quarter. But you and your crew are hardy sailors, courageous too, and are determined to go down fighting.

The skirmish is swift and deadly. When it is over, YOU are the only survivor from your ship. But Captain Bloodaxe has a terrible fate in store for you - one which will take you into the coral caverns beneath the waves and into the dens of the demons of the deep, in search of the mysterious Black Pearls, which are your only hope for survival!

Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need for this adventure. YOU decide which route to follow, which dangers to risk and which monsters to fight.

In this gamebook, the reader takes on the role of the first mate of the merchant ship Sunfish. Unfortunately, before the adventure even begins, the pirate ship Troll strikes. The entire crew, save for the main character, are slain. Although the protagonist is merely knocked unconscious, waking grants little respite, as a quick walk off the stern of ship follows. The player sinks into the sea but, thanks to magic, doesn't drown, beginning an adventure underwater. The player character must collect black pearls and learn a spell to form skeletons from them, then use them to attack and capture the Troll.

How to Fight the Creatures of the Deep/Equipment/Hints on PlayEdit

The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Equipment List[2]Edit

In the course of events in the "Background" the player is given a sword and a bag containing 10 Provisions which can also be used to carry other items.[3]

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Demons of the Deep (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Les Edwards.

Demons of the Deep through the years
Zig-Zag BannerDragon FormatDragon No No.No. Spine OnlyNo Bronze-Foil


  1. Price of 1st~2nd Impressions
  2. Price of 5th~6th Impressions
  3. Price of 8th Impression


The interior illustrations were by Bob Harvey. There were 32 full page illustrations and 9 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 13, 25, 38, 50, 62, 75, 87, 97, 111, 122, 135, 148, 160, 172, 184, 196, 208, 232, 244, 256, 269, 282, 294, 307, 320, 333, 346, 359, 372, 385 and 398.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main article: Demons of the Deep (computer game)

A computer game was planned under the Fighting Fantasy Software brand, to be distributed by Adventure International (UK), sometime after February 1987. However, this was never released.

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Demons of the Deep



Further NotesEdit

  • This is the only gamebook of those that the American Steve Jackson wrote that follows a traditional linear design.
  • Unlike many gamebooks, the best ending is not found at (400).
  • Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World elaborates on the location of Demons of the Deep. The book takes place in Atlantis, a sunken continent located west of Allansia.[4]


  • The illustration of the Sea Hag at (307) shows a lit fire under the cauldron, yet the scene is set underwater.


Dedicated to Monica, with love

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Demons of the Deep - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. Demons of the Deep - p.16
  3. Demons of the Deep - pp.21-22
  4. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - pp.112-113/260-263

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