Sep 05

The Painting of Pelham ... 1, 2, 3Click for full image

Raoul Comments: I think it must be some kind of rebus.

You might remember this from here.

Published 1973

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: 7.88 out of 10)

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11 Responses to “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”

  1. Bibliomancer Says:

    You could probably run this site out to the end of the year with just bad
    David Pelham Penguin Science Fiction covers.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    He may be bleeding out from parts of his anatomy, but he seems rather jolly about it.

  3. fred Says:

    My eye is drawn to the purple surrounding the penguin ruining a long contemplation of the deeper philosophical meanings hidden in this cover.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    I only see two stigmata here, max.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    The thing is, those really are the three stigmata in the book. Although here it looks like leftover parts of a Wilf Lunn contraption.

  6. Anna T. Says:

    @THX 1138: If that’s the case, then . . . wow. I always thought stigmata were a particular kind of scarring.

    Also, to the Tag Wizard: where’s the “WTF” tag? Because, really, if this book cover doesn’t deserve it I will eat my nonexistent hat.

  7. Tag Wizard Says:

    @ Anna T. – Having seen more than a few of these David Pelham Penguin SF covers I guess I am WTF’ed out. But I will tag.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    when you look at this cover you have to ask yourself, how much more CMYK could this cover be?. And the answer is, none. None more CMYK.

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    @Anna T. – I think the stigmata are figurative rather than literal Christlike wounds. As far as I can remember everyone in the known universe takes this great new recreational drug, which has the unfortunate side effect of allowing Palmer Eldritch to take over and manifest himself in everyone you see, so they all have the robot eyes, teeth and hand. He becomes a godlike being, and everyone displays his “stigmata” as a result.

    I know, who’d have thought a PKD book would get so mindbendingly weird?

  10. Ray P Says:

    The shroud bears the distinct impression of his teeth and eyeballs.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Mm, I prefer Conrad Poohs und seine Tansende Zähne.

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