Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Khul, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Peter Darvill-Evans

Illustrator(s): Alan Langford
Cover illustrator: David Gallagher
First published: February 23 1989
Number 37 (no number in original printing)
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-032839-4
Previous Book: Armies of Death
Next Book: Vault of the Vampire
Wizard (Series 1)
Wizard (Series 2)

For other uses of Portal of Evil, see Portal of Evil (disambiguation)

Portal of Evil is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Peter Darvill-Evans, illustrated by Alan Langford and originally published in 1989 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 37th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-032839-4). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.



Evil forces have been awoken!

No one has ever set foot in the dense forest lying to the west of the Cloudhigh Mountains ... until now. Gold fever has hit these inhospitable woodlands and the consequences are terrifying! Some deadly, ancient evil has been disturbed and the whole area is suddenly terrorised by mysterious prehistoric creatures.

It is up to YOU, a renowned and hardy adventurer, to destroy this ancient evil before it is too late.

Part story, part game, this is a book in which YOU become the hero! Two dice, a pencil and an eraser are all you need. YOU decide which routes to take, which dangers to risk and which foes to fight.

The area surrounding the Cloudhigh Mountains has been beset with gold fever after several successful strikes, but the digging has uncovered an ancient Evil alongside the precious metal. The player must locate the source of the strange monsters which have besieged the region, the titular portal, and travel through it in order to put an end to the threat.

How to Vanquish the Portal of EvilEdit

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

Equipment ListEdit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Portal of Evil (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by David Gallagher.

Portal of Evil through the years
1989 1990 1993
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Dragon No No. No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£2.501 £3.502 £3.99


  1. Price of 1st Impression
  2. Price of 3rd~4th Impressions


The interior illustrations were by Alan Langford. There were 30 full page illustrations and 7 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 22, 27, 42, 53, 62, 82, 102, 120, 130, 139, 152, 163, 179, 196, 205, 215, 237, 263, 273, 286, 305, 319, 329, 342, 358, 372, 385 and 395.

The colour map on the inside front cover was by Leo Hartas.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

The book is set in the same region of Khul as Darvill-Evans' previous book Beneath Nightmare Castle.

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Portal of Evil



Further NotesEdit

  • Strangely, the title page of the book does not feature an illustration as other gamebooks have usually done, something unrepeated till Darvill-Evans' next book Spectral Stalkers and then standard from Moonrunner onwards to the end of the range.
  • Oddly, the instructions section at the start of the book features no page numbers and the "Contents" page gives incorrect page numbers to the contents of the book. For example, the Adventure Sheet in on page 12, not page 14.



For Chris and Amy

See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Portal of Evil - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Portal of Evil - p.16
  3. 3.0 3.1 Portal of Evil - p.6

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