We are an on-line magazine that publishes a wide range of album, concert, book, and movie reviews, interviews, features, and resource links. We began in December 1996 and our monthly readership now numbers over thirty thousand.

Our staff of over 100 writers is committed to reviewing quality music in a timely and professional manner. We're always looking for the best in mainstream and underground music. We jealously guard our reputation for journalistic integrity. While many artist web sites and several on-line music stores link to our reviews, we do not sell ads, assuring the neutrality of our work.

If you are interested in writing for us, please >contact us.
Please use the subject New Writer

We do not review individual songs only complete albums.

The views expressed by contributors are solely the opinions of the contributors and do not necessarily express those of The Phantom Tollbooth, its management, editors, other contributors, or publishers.



Managing Editor

  • Shari Lloyd

Associate Editors

  • Linda  LaFianza
  • Olin Jenkins
  • Larry Stephan

Contributing Writers

  • Dean Arnold
  • Marie Asner
  • Chris Barlow
  • Justin Carlton
  • Anthony Castellitto
  • Mike Cooper
  • Trish Cooper
  • Matt Crosslin
  • Michael Dalton
  • Shawn Dickinson
  • Adam Duckworth
  • Jeff Elbel
  • Bert Gangl
  • Randy Jackson
  • Olin Jenkins
  • Gary Dean Kersey
  • Linda LaFianza
  • Tony LaFianza
  • Shannon Lewis
  • Shari Lloyd
  • Chris MacIntosh
  • Scott Mertens
  • Matt Mungle
  • Barry Nothstine
  • Jamie Rake
  • Frank Raseberger
  • Steve Ruff
  • Bert Saraco
  • Gar Saeger
  • Noah Salo
  • Dan Singleton
  • Brian A. Smith
  • Brad Snyder
  • Haydon Spenceley
  • Larry Stephan
  • Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D.
  • Jason Todd
  • Derek Walker
  • Jim Wormington


We are indebted to author Norton Juster for our name, The Phantom Tollbooth.


"Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you're going. Of course, some people never go beyond Expectations..."

"...for one of the nicest things about mathematics, or anything else you might care to learn, is that many of the things which can never be, often are. You see it's very much like your trying to reach Infinity. You know that it's there, but you just don't know where-but just because you can never reach it doesn't mean that it's not worth looking for."
(Quotes from the original The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster)

In 2012,  The Phantom Tollbooth is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our publication's namesake.

This article is a nice, in-depth piece about Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, how they met, how they collaborated, their friendship and upcoming versions of TPT, http://www.gazettenet.com/http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/10/27/a-fabled-friendship