Whatever the hell it is they’re actually doing, be it dancing, courting or comparing their biceps, they’re distracted enough that they haven’t noticed the white-gloved entity in a ridiculous double-birded helmet that’s clearly coming for their souls.
“The two, half-brothers with the same father (the infamous Victorian era serial killer, Jack the Ripper) share a horrible affliction thanks to the powerful elixir that gives them near-eternal life. At the start of the novel they have discovered that they can no longer engage in sexual activity except during acts of violence (their penises become erect only during an act of violence) and they ejaculate after taking lives. By the end of the novel, Grandrith and Caliban will have grappled with each other in the nude, punching, clawing and biting, each of them sporting massive erections.”
New content, and we’re starting the year off with a bang (literally, Wiki tells us). It’s at 9.50 as I write this, a solid second place.
I could have guessed 70s just from the outfit the man far right is wearing.
@Tat Wood: I thought it was Dean Learner minus necktie.
@B’mancer: One wonders about the orientation of Mr. Woodroffe’s art directors. His obit indicates he was an amiable homebody type, so perhaps they thought “Patrick’s a good chap, won’t cause a fuss about having to draw the hunks.”
I started this comment off ready to make fun of him, but a quick Google and a bit of clicking about shows him to have been a thoroughly decent sort who produced a lot of fantasy art for books, albums and his own exhibitions, and is survived by his wife of over 50 years, children (including a professor daughter who is an expert on badgers) and grandchildren, and a big supporter of the local museum.
So instead I say, “Patrick, you did your best considering what this novel is.”
Oh, I’ve been to a marvelous party
In orange and sans serif fonts
A fellow was there
With birds for his hair
And needed to know all our wants
The two brothers Ripper were rassling
Arm-in-arm, though they knew they were passing
Dear Jose and Philip and the lout they were hassling
I couldn’t have liked it more!
I think the challenge is to find a Noel Coward song you CANNOT filk with this cover!
The more I look at this cover, the more confused I get about how their arms are interlocking. It looks like they are passing through each others arm rather than crossing. Still, given the plot summary, the cover could be WAY worse..
@Tracy: I read the Wiki synopsis and it made me nauseated — even just the part [email protected] quoted is enough to do it. No intention of ever even being in the same room as this book, much less read it.