The Dark Heart of Time

The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan novel is a novel by American writer Philip José Farmer, authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.[1] Published in 1999, the book was first announced under the title Tarzan's Greatest Secret in 1997.[2] A 2018 reissue of the novel will mark the book's first hardcover edition, and will be retitled as Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time.[3]

The Dark Heart of Time: a Tarzan Novel
AuthorPhilip José Farmer
Original titleTarzan's Greatest Secret
CountryUnited States
SeriesTarzan series
PublisherDel Rey
Publication date
1999 (paperback)
2018 (hardcover)
2018 (trade paperback)
Media typePrint (paperback)
Preceded byTarzan: The Epic Adventures (1996) 
Followed byThe Adventures of Tarzan (2006) 

Set in October 1918—during Tarzan's search for Jane—the novel takes place between Tarzan the Untamed and Tarzan the Terrible.[4]

The novel's antagonist is James D. Stonecraft, an American oil magnate who believes that Tarzan knows the secret of immortality. Stonecraft hires hunters to track and capture Tarzan for the secret, leading to a conflicts at the "City Built by God" and the "Crystal Tree of Time". Through all of the adventure Tarzan is focused on escaping his pursuers so that he may return to his search for his wife.[5]

Other Tarzan stories by Farmer

Before The Dark Heart of Time, Philip José Farmer wrote a number of books based to some extent on Tarzan.


  1. Nuninga, Zacharias L.A. (16 April 2010). "Publication History". Philip José Farmer International Bibliography.
  2. "Edgar Rice Burroughs". Spirit of America Bookstore. July 24, 2010.
  3. "Meteor House » Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time – Now in Hardcover!". Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  4. Hermes, Doc (26 October 2002). "The Dark Heart of Time". ERBzine. 0981.
  5. Adams, David A. (2006). "The Dark Heart of Time". Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project.
Preceded by
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
Tarzan series
The Dark Heart of Time
Succeeded by
The Adventures of Tarzan

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