Sep 09

I can't stop imagining his head moving while he talks instead of his lips...Click for full image

Well... I cut that picture up for the front cover. I'll be damned if I won't use it for the back too!Click for full image

Frank Comments: Saw this at the Friends of the Library sale where I volunteer, and remembered one of my brothers had a copy of it when I was very young. I remember being very creeped out by the image of the stuffing coming out of the open head. And they did it again on the back cover!
Published 1962

Yes, Twilight Zone is a franchise…
…but this is amazing!

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: 6.42 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “New Stories from the Twilight Zone”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    And I thought it was the smoking what done him in. No, it was all the Numskulls escaping from his hinged cranium.

  2. GSS Admin Says:

    I just couldn’t resist!

  3. DaveM Says:

    “Submitted for your approval”

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Substitute ‘lemony-scented’ for ‘eldritch’ on the back cover and it sounds like advertising copy for a heavy-duty cleaner!

    Are those four obese nude women in red on the front cover?

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    @GSS Admin: “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of me turned into Pacman, and er, that’s about it.”

  6. L.B. Says:

    “You unlock this mind with a key like a hacksaw…”

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    When you smoke four packs of cigarettes a day your head starts opening up like an old Zippo lighter.

    This isn’t the only cover artist dreaming of three fat asses.

  8. Phil Says:

    Say what you like, but Rod Serling was definitely open-minded…

    That sure looks like Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street lifting Rod’s lid.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    This cover shows that in the hands of a gifted artist, an Exacto knife® and a bunch of random rubber stamps is more than enough. If only they’d had a gifted artist around.

    P.S. Hey, Rod—serious zit issue there. Ever heard of Clearasil®? I guess it’s true that smoking is bad for the complexion.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “It’s…. Monty Python’s Flying Serling!”

  11. FëaröfMüsic Says:

    ‘Weirdies’ is a noun? Weirdness wasn’t a more appropriate choice? They left enough space around ‘of’ that they surely could have squeezed in another letter.

    Then again.. from now on when someone says ‘Whatcha readin’?’ I going to say ‘A weirdie.’

  12. THX 1138 Says:

    “I’ll bet my badge that we haven’t seen the last of those weirdies!” (c.1959)

  13. fred Says:

    Bats. Bats? There were bats, lots of bats. Any butts? A bounty of bodacious butts. Bones? The finger bones connected to the hand bone. Devils? No devils, but there was a Beelzebub.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FṑM—all the language in that blurb is a bunch of weirdies. I was grimacing at the phrasing “out of that” instead of just “from.” Guess the blurb writer had been into that “wonderful place”—perhaps a hookah or a jeroboam of rotgut—a little too long.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @FöM: Willie Weirdie is a character created by American cartoonist Al Jaffee for Mad Magazine…back in the 1970s or 80s, I think. I remember sneaking over to an older friend’s house and reading a few of her paperbacks while I waited for Mum.

  16. Lionrock Says:

    Photoshop beta versions showed a lot of work was still required.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    “read these stories and set yourself to working properly again!”

    You mean, unlike Rod there?

    Or do they mean your head will begin to hinge open, too?

  18. Bibliomancer Says:

    I noticed this morning that GSS Admin, Twitter Division, is using the skulls-a-poppin’ Rod Serling as its new avatar:

    Thumbs up!

  19. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is that a scratch on the cover, or is that Rod foaming at the mouth due to his skull-cap being unhinged?

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