Jun 06

The Jack of Clubs in a poorly-painted deck of playing cardsClick for larger image

Tracy Comments: Figure drawing class? Who needs that?

Published 2002

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: 8.56 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “The Thorn Boy”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Chorn’ sounds like a euphemism for ‘rent’…

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Goodness, it is The Thorn Boy not the Chorn Boy!

    Parenthetically, there may be one or more hermaphrodites on this cover… not sure about the final quantitative total, though.

  3. JuanPaul Says:

    “What’s got two available thumbs and loves mutual masturbation? These guys!”

  4. fred Says:

    “The cover is not the same as the one I have read (my copy’s cover is far worse).”

    “In My Lady of the Hearth, a wealthy young man wants for nothing except a loving wife; all his attempts at finding love having failed. Yet he loves his loyal cat, Sinew, if only his cat were a woman he wishes. When his secret wish is granted, the resulting beautiful young woman is however still essentially feline, with inevitable consequences.”
    Benjamin (every story described if you really wants to know – Beware Here Be Catamites n Such”

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Goodness. Storm Constantine is a real author. How did she wind up with this self-published-esque monstrosity??

  6. THX 1138 Says:

    From the publisher of the stark raving mad and the stark naked – now combined!

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    They call him “The Thorn Boy” cause he’s such a little prick.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The real question is: who’s the dreamer and who’s the dream? Perhaps the “new” introduction will help clear that up. I hear the old introduction was hopelessly muddled, sort of like this cover.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Stark House…mm…yes, yes indeed.

    The Shorn Boy & Other Dreams of Running Around With No Trousers, Nude introduction by the author.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    What! Not even worth Space Sheep?

  11. Anna T. Says:

    If the tags and publishing house label didn’t tell me this was published by an actual press, you could’ve fooled me.

    As it is, I would advise not going to Stark House Press if you want a book cover that doesn’t look like it was illustrated by grade 3 students.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    @fb this is an equal sheeportunity blog. No sheep for the guy, no sheep for the gender-fluid.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This HAS to be self-published under a fake press name. Pleaaase.

    Can we get an “anatomy” tag? Orange dude’s hand is all kinds of messed up, and he seems to be missing an arm. Other guy’s face is melting. Chorn!

    @Francis: There’s nothing for Space Sheep to cover. The nipples are barely visible and in the wrong place. There’s no naughty bits.

    Click “Other covers” on @fred’s Goodreads link. They’re all horrible, and all from different publishers.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    @GSS-ex-noob: Well, I suppose we were all fooled. I stand by my original assumption that this is self-published, then. God that is an ugly cover.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now YOU can also make naughty books seem arty and pretentious, by using the Ladies’ Erotic High Style!
    Just add “Dreams”, “Dark” and “Desire” to any indecent material, and voila! it becomes vague enough that you can buy it without worrying What People Will Think.

    (If you’re still too embarrassed to be seen with said naughty book, try applying another proven technique — the brown paper bag.)

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