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Little did the world know... Rathrogaletech the Violator actually wanted to learn funk bass.Click for full image

Rusty’s Art Direction: Lovecraft, huh? In that case, of course we’ll have to slap a clarinetist on the cover. But that’s not very striking, is it? So give him more fingers…yeah…he’s a hardcore monster clarinetist. Yeah…and knuckles…lots of knuckles. Put in more knuckles, just stuff those hands full of knuckles. Make them have more knuckles than fingers! Yeah, yeah, that’s it. And his body and neck, even his lips! MORE KNUCKLES! MORE KNUCKLES! MORE MORE MORE!!!……oh yeeeaaaaaaah…..that there is beauty!
Published 2009

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: 2.23 out of 10)
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22 Responses to “At the Mountains of Madness and Other Weird Tales”

  1. Archipictor Says:

    This wonderful peace is done by a late Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski. His art has elements of horror you can’t find anywhere else. Nothing cheesy.

  2. Phil Says:

    A lot of knuckles, sure, but when you’re trying for grade 5 clarinet the more knuckles the better!

  3. SeriesFive Says:

    Reminds me a bit of Giger. I like it!

  4. Chris Reynolds Says:

    The fonts and banner for the title and author are very uninspired, but the artwork is actually very good and fitting for a Lovecraft anthology, capturing perfectly the Lovecraft quote about being “lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a daemoniac flute held in nameless paws.”

  5. Jaouad Says:

    A classic, this one. Obviously the ‘knuckles’ will invite comment, but I agree with #4, the worst thing about this cover is the lettering. Look up Zdzisław Beksiński for some truly weird and fantastic art.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Thanks for the Beksinski tip people.

    The lettering, with all-upper-case and slightly-taller letters in lieu of capitals, looks oddly like ‘In the Night Garden…’ Is this what Makka-Pakka will eventually look like in thousands of years?

  7. Michael Toland Says:

    Inspired by an actual Lovecraft line or not, the clarinet gives it a comical effect that I don’t think was intended. Otherwise it’s fairly creepy.

  8. Jami Says:

    I probably would’ve found this cover creepy but all I can think of now is “I have a fever and the only cure is more knuckles!”

  9. Joachim Says:

    @Jaouad — The work is Zdzisław Beksiński’s….. You were spot on — I was trying for the life of me to remember his name…

    I love the cover. I think it’s very creepy, brilliantly conveyed — but yes, the clarinet is rather silly.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    An unspeakable jazz solo.

  11. jere7my Says:

    I have more knuckles than fingers….

  12. fred Says:

    Great cover but Zeus is not impressed.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The cover is too good for this site!

  14. Yoss Says:

    That must be the illustration for when Kenny G. takes out a second mortgage on his deal with the devil.

  15. THX 1138 Says:

    You’ve been playing Stranger on the Shore too long, Acker Bilk!

  16. FearofMusic Says:

    I rather like this illustration as well, excessive knucklization((?) not withstanding. At least it isn’t playing a trombone. That would be ludicrous.

  17. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Could be worse. It could be playing a kazoo.

  18. vampy-ra Says:

    Probably the most failed post on goodshowsir.

  19. Samuel Erkison Says:

    The always excellent Coilhouse has an article on Zdzisław Beksiński over here: http://coilhouse.net/2007/12/the-beautiful-nightmares-of-zdzislaw-beksinski/

    Also, you might want to correct the tags on this post.

  20. keops Says:

    Really? you’re bashing Beksinski? He never did comissions nor did he intend his art to illustrate a particular work. Even if it was the case, this image brings to mind the musicians of Lovecraft’s “Demon sultan Azathoth” and seems to fit the imagery very well.

  21. Stephen Daugherty Says:

    Kenny G’s future punishment in hell. :-p

  22. Robert Carnegie Says:

    “No one ever found out what the great cast-iron cooking range had been turned into, because it had broken down a wall and made good its escape before the dishevelled party of wild-eyed mages burst into the room. The vegetable chef was found much later hiding in the soup cauldron, gibbering unhelpful things like ‘The knuckles! The horrible knuckles!’”

    That happened in Terry Pratchett’s [The Light Fantastic] when a magic spell zapped through several floors – or rather ceilings – at Unseen University. A range is a stove usually several times the size of a human being, but maybe what we’re looking at is, too. And it looks like something’s burning.

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