Sep 02

If I can just cut this sash I can lose the midget and outrun these angry aliens. Click for full image

Bibliomancer’s Art Direction: A centaur-babe with an evil papoose devil-baby being chased by an alien army that looks like surfboards with eyes. Have that on my desk by five! And don’t forget the purse!
Published 1977

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.08 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Midnight at the Well of Souls”

  1. Perry Armstrong Says:

    That’s no centaur – that’s the mother of all transporter accidents!

  2. Claire Says:

    There’s something seriously wrong ( well, along with the whole thing obviously ) with that centaurs legs.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    This has centaur round the bend.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga, ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga…’

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the painting began with the horse bit of the Posh Spice Centaur running away from us towards the pointy-headed horde then the artist decided otherwise but couldn’t remember how a horse’s chest went so just stuck the tail on the neck and grafted a fashionista on its hind-quarters and a beat-poet on hers. Then gave Neddy three front legs and a back leg instead of two and two bigger hind legs. Then replaced her cocktail with a broadsword.

    But of course I do know better and this theme of transformation, using a computer-aided Kabbala, runs through the book and the many sequels so it must be deliberate.

  6. fred Says:

    One of my favorite book titles, any genre.
    There be ‘glorious’ covers in this series. BAEN.

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    @Fred: My copy was the incomparable Penguin, cover by Peter Goodfellow It’s the moose in the background that does it for me – Monarch of the Dune.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tat Wood – Let me zoom in on that “moose” on your glorious cover:

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Evacuation of Nathan Brazil?

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    @Bibliomancer: there is only one legitimate response

  11. Anna T. Says:

    The leg from the guy, that’s just hanging in midair – it looks like a goat leg.

    Which makes this a seriously messed up centaur-satyr hybrid.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why is it always at midnight, then? Why not at 00:23:56.4409? Or every hour between 14 and 18 minutes after? And, if it’s a strange and distant planet, what if the day-night cycle is irregular?

  13. Tom Noir Says:


  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    How the Moai got to Easter Island.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Horse: “And I thought I was going to show those humans that a horse can also go to a costume party! Well, is my face red! Can somebody please get this thing off my head! HELLLP!!”

  16. Yamamanama Says:

    Baen reprinted these books. Somehow *cough* the covers are worse than this one.

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