JOHN (LEE) FARRIS was born 1936 in Jefferson City, Missouri, to parents John Linder Farris (1909-1982) and Eleanor Carter Farris (1905-1984). Raised in Tennessee, he graduated from Central High School in Memphis and attended Southwestern University there. His first wife, Kathleen, was the mother of Julie Marie, John, and Jeff Farris; his second wife, Mary Ann Pasante, was the mother of Peter John ("P.J.") Farris. Apart from his vast body of fiction, his work on motion picture screenplays includes adaptations of his own books (ie., The Fury), original scripts, and adaptations of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man). He wrote and directed the film Dear Dead Delilah in 1973. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, Southern California and Puerto Rico; he currently resides near Atlanta, Georgia.


"I don't know if I'm morbid by nature. I don't think so. I am deeply cynical. I'm always appalled by human nature yet fascinated by the contradictions, the perversity of people. You just need to sit back and be tolerant ... or amused by it all."

John Farris

Quoted in Dark Dreamers: Conversations with the Masters of Horror (ed. Stanley Wiater, Avon, 1990.

John Farris CANNOT BE CONTACTED through this website.

Don't even try.

(NOTE: This John Farris is not the "John Farris" who is described as "the poet laureate of East 3rd Street and the bar 2A," whose poetry book It's Not About Time was published by Fly By Night Press in 1992, and who edits a multimedia CD-ROM journal entitled Digitas: The New York Digital Review of Arts & Literature. That's a different John Farris, and he should really use a middle initial or something, and besides, our John Farris would never write something as goofy as "A Poem for Elian Gonzalez.")

He is also not THIS guy. Or THIS guy.

He is also not the "John Farris" who is the "Used Car Team Leader" of the Saturn dealership in Livingston, New Jersey, though the internet might lead you to him.

He is also not THIS guy, though who among us really is?


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