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Come on, shake your body baby, do the conga - Wooo take that 15th Century Artist!Click for full image

Scott B Comments: Sure the cross-eyed owl and cherry-shaking duo being eaten by a giant flower seems bizarre, but the back cover explains that it’s a Bosch painting (so intellectual!) and it’s a better portrayal of the author’s work than any modern artist could make (so they don’t have to pay anybody for a cover!). The back cover also DARES YOU (in type so large they can’t fit a four-letter word on there) to, I don’t know, have acid flashbacks or something.  Not that you should do that!  But read this book, because the author did that.  Or something.
Published 1958

Back Cover Here

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: 8.09 out of 10)
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18 Responses to “Honeymoon in Hell”

  1. James Says:

    but…. it’s called Honeymoon in Hell ? it sounds about as terrifyingly out there as a episode of Fawlty Towers

  2. Jaouad Says:

    I only have one thing to say: DYD OOA URE!

    But I do like the way they managed to fit the rooster logo between those two feet.

  3. towrope Says:

    My honeymoon involved naked prancing, big red balls, giant tulips and an owl and I thought it was quite nice. You just can’t please some people

  4. SI Says:

    “meh… could be worse darling… they could of taken us to HULL!”

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha. I’m coming to a free comedy festival near you!

  5. Vigan Says:

    And just what is the significance of “O, OO” in Honeymoon?

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    I worry for Brown’s first name. My sense is he starts out as ‘Frederick’; then the cover truncates it to ‘Fredric’; then ‘Fred’. His first name is like one of those on-the-run Loopers from the film Looper, getting bits chopped off minute to minute.

  7. Phil Says:

    Yeah, what is it with the parents of SF writers, not being content with the conventional spelling of Frederick?

    I assume the “O, OO” is to imply some resonance with the otherwise irrelevant owl (which, incidentally, would make a nice occasional replacement for the modesty sheep or the embarrassed C.S. Lewis. Everytime we saw it, we would think “O, OO, there must be something hidden under there.” (Imagine Frankie Howerd saying it, and you’ll get the idea.)

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    That’s not an owl, it’s conjoined penguins.And the odd spellings of what might be ‘Frederic’ are usually the result of having German-speaking dads, which used to be an entrance requirement in the 30s pulps.

  9. L.B. Says:

    That pic doesn’t look like it’s from one of Bosch’ ‘Hell’ pieces. Looks more like a ‘Garden of delights’ character. Unless the main character’s neighbour is the Birdman or the folks with instruments coming out of their nether regions….

  10. THX 1138 Says:

    When Twister goes bad…

  11. Shannon Says:

    If he isn’t careful, he’s gonna pop her cherry…

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Seeing the location of the lower cherry just makes me wonder if it was placed there, or if it was actually produced by one of the half-people.

  13. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It also looks like the owl is holding out his arms and saying “nothing up my sleeves….”

  14. Pat Says:

    L.B., look closely at the spine of the book.

  15. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    The owl’s all, “Don’t ask me, I just live here.”

  16. FearofMusic Says:

    This pre-dates the pot smoking acid dropping hippie weirdos spray painting “Frodo Lives!” in the New York City subways. Apparently they are not to blame for all the horrific covets inflicted on the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Well, thats another bet. I’ve lost.

  17. FearofMusic Says:

    Damn the typos. I really need to get a new keyboard.

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I love Fredric Brown, but surely the blurb promises a bit too much?

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