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Jan 16

Stage magicians get all the chicks...especially when they have a horse.Click for full image

Alessandra’s Art Direction: I want the main characters looking soulful, or at least sulky.  I want the woman on the left missing her frontal lobes, but balance it out with piles of sausage curls on the woman below.  Give the woman on the right a freakishly small body and no flesh on her arms, no ribcage, in fact no anatomy at all.  Dress them in brightly colored Renaissance fair castoff costumes — don’t forget the purple!  Oh, and put in a horse because you do them so well.  Make its wings as sloppy as you like; we’re going to cover them with the title anyway.
Published 1978

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of artI would touch it without protective glovesI have seen worse. Far, far worseInteresting, but I would still read it in publicMiddling: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lamé picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show, Sir.... Good Show! (Average: 6.89 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “To Ride Pegasus”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    To match the cover “art”, the book title above the author’s name should simply be replaced with the words “TO BACKSTAB”.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Alternate cover blurb:
    How much do our editors despise Anne McCaffrey? THIS much!”

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Don’t tell me, they’re all related, or look it. Even the horse, who’s having a bad wing day.

  4. Phil Says:

    It’s a decent enough horse, but not much of a pegasus. Where exactly do the ‘wings’ attach? One of the women has a touch of the Jennifer Saunders.

  5. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I forgot to mention — It’s four shortish stories, each about a telepath, and three of the main characters are women and really, really important. So be sure to put a man front and center and make the women look like his adjuncts.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Alessandra: in his defense, he doesn’t look so keen on being in the picture either. “Just pull me out so I can get on with me bloody day!”

  7. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I have come to the conclusion that Darrell K. Sweet, the cover artist, must have been the nicest, friendliest guy, a really diligent worker, and a dream to work with. Because his art seems to be everywhere despite being … not so good. There has to be a reason.

  8. fred Says:

    Is that a fantasy cover or a prophecy predicting the entire Hairdini product line?

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Less of a horse, more of a HORSESPLOSION!

  10. Michael Toland Says:

    Apparently Sweet passed away just a little over a month ago, at the age of 77.

  11. B. Durbin Says:

    Alessandra: I have heard reports that he was exactly as you describe, and that he gave a lot of work to charity.

    I really, really need to put together my “Faces of Darrell K. Sweet” post. Because over the course of his career, he only did a few faces.

  12. Power Hydrant Says:

    Hey look, it’s Dr. Orpheus from The Venture Bros.!

  13. Hep C Says:

    Hey, there’s Peggy Bundy on the cover!

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