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Nov 19

Even daemons of hellfire occasionally like to put bra's on their heads.Click for full image

Frank Comments: Now here’s one that if I were on the bus and saw someone reading it, I might try to avoid attracting his or her attention.  Just not my sort of creepy I guess.
Published 1968

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: 8.70 out of 10)
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22 Responses to “The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy”

  1. Phil Says:

    Come to think of it, yes I DO remember reading the “highly flammable” label on the can of hair lacquer. Is there ANY way I can gets my lips back?

  2. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Not really the sort of image I would associate with “The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.” I would expect something more … playful, I guess. Not the vicious glare of a hellspawned paper Playboy cartoon set on fire.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Burn, Mickey Mouse! Burn!

  4. SI Says:

    It is one hell of a list of authors though.

    By the size of it maybe they all wrote a page.

  5. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    I’m not surprised. Their “horror and the supernatural’ story collection has a cover image of what I had assumed were either mummified corpses, really ugly-ass zombies, or late-stage anorexia, and comes across as equally mystifying in its (assumed) relevance to the content.

  6. fred Says:

    Great use of fire and wood.

  7. THX 1138 Says:

    I AM THE GODDESS OF HELLFIRE AND I BRING YOU… something that should have been on the latest Pan Book of Horror.

  8. Sophaloaf Says:

    Not exactly erotic art.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi… actually, help me anyone. HELP!

  10. Greg M. Says:

    Are we sure that’s her hair that’s on fire, and not a bra on her head?

  11. David Cowie Says:

    So are these the stories that people who only read the magazine for the stories read the magazine for?

  12. David Cowie Says:

    Am I the first person to notice that the site name is now being added to the pictures in small letters in the corner that copyright violators can just crop off with a minute’s effort?

  13. GSS admin Says:

    @David Cowie. Yeah… pretty pointless eh? Got sick and tired of people stealing our images without credit. Not that they are mine or anything. Anyone got any better suggestions? Curiously.

  14. FearofMusic Says:

    People can burn/catch fire. Science fact, not fiction. So what we have here must be fantasy. Whose fantasy, I’d really rather not know.

  15. Smith Says:

    “But Hef, you said you wanted a hot woman on the cover”

    I’ll get my coat.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    OK, so Natalie Portman was a bit wooden in the prequels… but this is taking your geek outrage too far!

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Doctor, doctor, can’t you see I’m burning burning…”

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is this how the Playboy artist imagined fantasy/sci-fi to be?

  19. David Cowie Says:

    @ GSS admin: do I have any better suggestions? Not really. Anything that doesn’t obstruct our view of the covers is likely to be easy to remove, and anything that is hard to get rid of is likely to get in the way of the covers, which are what we all come here for. Bummer, eh?

    And while I have your attention, is there any chance of adding a “random cover” button to the site? That would definitely make the national time-wasting index rise.

  20. Paul Cook Says:

    I remember when this book came out. I was appalled then, I’m appalled now. (I’d love to see the numbers of this book–if it sold at all.)

  21. Frank Says:

    Cover Illustration: Jack Gregory, Sculpture; Seymour Mednick, Photography
    …and, well, that’s two of the names in the tag list.

    I’m amused that Our Good Host thinks this is worthy of watermarking! You can find better copies on the Intarwebs. But, here, Rule #1.

  22. Zycrow Says:

    Ah! I have this book! It does have a rather surprising list of contributors.

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