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First edition cover by Josh Kirby
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Audio read byTony Robinson (abridged)
Stephen Briggs (unabridged)
TBC (new)
IllustratorJosh Kirby
Cover artistJosh Kirby
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Preceded byGuards! Guards! 
Followed byMoving Pictures 

Eric (usually written as Faust Eric on the cover) is the ninth Discworld book, a novella starring Rincewind and parodying the story of Faust. Eric was originally published as a large-format illustrated book in collaboration with artist Josh Kirby. It was reissued as a standard paperback the year after (1991) without the internal illustrations, and a new smaller version of the illustrated novel was published in 2010, using the title The Illustrated Eric to differentiate it from the still in-print paperback.


Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it.

All he wants is three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him, the usual stuff. But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and the extremely intractable and hostile form of travel accessory known as the Luggage.

With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he'd never been born.

Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.

Date Show Episode External link
2017-06-07 Radio Morpork “Faustian Hack”
2018-05-08 Pratchat “All the Fingle Ladies”
2019-07-15 The Death of Podcasts “Eric”
2019-10-28 Wyrd Sisters “Eric”
2020-08-25 The Compleat Discography “Eric”
2020-09-07 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Corporate Nonsense Demon” (1/3)
2020-09-14 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “The Moustaches We Made Along The Way” (2/3)
2020-09-21 The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret “Not a Sandwich, But” (3/3)
2020-10-10 Who Watches the Watch “The Parody Redacted Episode”
2021-10-24 Disc Coverers “Eric”
2022-03-30 Nanny Ogg's Book Club “Eric”
2022-04-28 The Disc-Course “Schrodinger's Big Wife” (1/2)
2022-05-18 The Disc-Course “Disrupting the Damnation Industry” (2/2)
2023-02-07 Beyond the Bindings “Eric - Discworld 9”
2023-06-18 Desert Island Discworld “Discworld Podcasters and Eric”[1]
2023-06-19 I’ve Never Read Discworld “Book 9: Eric” Spotify

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link
2021-09-29 Fiction Fans “The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True & Eric"


  • There have been three audiobook versions of Eric: an abridged one read by Tony Robinson, and unabridged ones read by Stephen Briggs and Colin Morgan. It’s the earliest of the Discworld novels to have a Stephen Briggs audiobook, as it was skipped by Isis Audio during the era in which Nigel Planer was narrating them.
  • A radio adaptation was produced by the BBC, directed by Joquil Panting with a script in four parts by Robin Brooks. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013 and starred Mark Heap (who would also play Aziraphale on radio) as Rincewind.

External links

  • Eric at the L-Space Wiki
  • Eric at
  • Eric on Wikipedia


  1. This special episode features six guests: Ben and Liz from Pratchat, Joanna and Francine from The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret, and János and Chaz from Who Watches the Watch.