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Sep 25

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Bibliomancer Comments: Cover art by world famous dog artist Chet Jezierski.

Published 1975

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: 7.20 out of 10)
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29 Responses to “The Best of C.L. Moore”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cover motif: Moore’s lesser-known story “Twerking Shambleau”.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Because who wouldn’t think Buster Crabbe looked better without his trousers on?

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    The missing episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Class act on the mouseover text! 🙂

    Where’s his right arm?

  5. fred Says:

    His right thigh seems a wee bit long. And where exactly are those lower snakes attached.

  6. Raoul Says:

    Cameron Diaz and Joe Montana dancing at the Halloween party.

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: she’s shedding.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Barry Manilow’s darkest dream.

  9. Michael Toland Says:

    Is it my imagination, or is that Flesh Gordon?

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Nice asp, lady!

    This cover was painted so darkly. I tried photographing and scanning it to show the details but it was like the artist put three coats of lacquer over everything. I have no idea where superhero’s right arm or knee went.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    “Are her snakes bigger than mine?” he thought to himself.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—that artistic technique is the result of painting dog portraits all those years, trying to hide the genitalia and all.

  13. B. Chiclitz Says:

    An excerpt from CL Moore’s “other” literary masterpiece:

    ‘Twas the night before daytime and all through the house
    The lady with snakes in her head was aroused.
    She stripped herself naked and pointed her asp
    At a guy who could only recoil and gasp.

    “Nice pouch,” she observed as she puckered her lips
    “Er, thanks,” he replied, trying to give her the slip.
    The moon, on the crest of her two perky breasts
    Cast modesty shadows all over the rest.

    He laughed rather nervously, backing away
    And finally she knew that he just would not play.
    So laying a finger aside of her—nose
    And shaking her asp, off the cover she rose!

    And he heard her exclaim as she flew out of sight
    “I’ll find a real man if it takes me all night!”

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    BC may write poems, but I will not bite. 😉 Good show, sir!

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Is she wearing a radioactive choker?

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DStuffWBT—good catch on that choker. Even when embiggened, I cannot tell if that is an object (e.g. a lacy rosebud) or a radiation cloud coming from it. A snake charm, perhaps?

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: quite the opposite, I think. It’s why she’s bright red (hematomae) and losing her pelage.

  18. THX 1138 Says:

    There’s still time for Mel Brooks to make Flash Gordon: Men in Tights.

  19. Bibliomancer Says:

    @BC – Nice poem but wrong Moore. You are forgetting CL Moore’s other career:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clayton_Moore

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    I hate to say it, but this lilac-coloured beaux-arts retro look is exactly what it felt like for me to read CL Moore in the 80s. A whole anthology was like eating five packets of Parma Violets in an hour.

  21. Raoul Says:

    @DSWBT – That’s not a radioactive choker. That’s her gaydar going off.

  22. Tracy Says:

    I’m sure I read this same anthology and there wasn’t anything about Flash Gordon, or Flesh Gordon, or Buster Crabbe in it.

  23. Anna T. Says:

    I didn’t know Gorgons went for double amputees.

  24. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer—Good one, Kemosabe. Tonto taken by surprise! 🐴

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    Nothing is more awkward than when your girlfriend feels the need to crouch down when you get your picture taken with together.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Twerking Shambleau vs. Prince Valiant Smith.

    @Michael Toland: Flesh had a lightning bolt on his chest, and his tights were also blue. But good eye — damn near identical, even the hair!
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/yCpe562WRj8/hqdefault.jpg

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Since nobody’s made the effort to mention the Obvious Pun, that solemn duty falls on my shoulders… taking a bullet for the team, so to speak… *ahem*

    – “Who farted?”

  28. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—the real Flesh had a better mullet. Otherwise, uncanny!

  29. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “I’d like to poison your mind with wrong ideas that appeal to you, though I am not unkind.”

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