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Good Show Sir Comments: “Demented California of the future…”?
Sounds like the California of the present.

Published 1974

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: 8.33 out of 10)
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20 Responses to “The Gorgon Festival”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    This is why they quietly dropped Thora Hird from Songs of Praise.

  2. Bibliomancer Says:

    GMILF?

  3. Ray P Says:

    Like a bat out of hell I’d be gone long before the morning comes. Bastard step-child of Goya and Whistler.

  4. fred Says:

    Matterhorn…….y.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    “Come over here and give granny a kiss!”

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The blurb forgets to mention that in the demented California of the future, motorcycles get really really tiny.

  7. Raoul Says:

    A Goodreads review:

    “De-aging, bikers, hippies, a white guy impersonating a black guy, infertile sex goddesses… it all climaxes with an orgy that contains the unforgettable phrases, ‘Bad trip… Get my guru, I’m freaking out.’; ‘Save me, Filmore. My Virginia’s a werewolf.’; and ‘Grandmother, you!’

    How can you pass this one up?”

  8. Lillie Awesome Says:

    Well, this is a side of Cloris Leachman I didn’t expect to ever see.

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    @Bibliomancer

    I’d point out that the, erm, technical term, is GILF but I wouldn’t people to know that I know that.

  10. Yoss Says:

    That cloud of smoke must come from all those dead passions burning again.

  11. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Ray P @ 3: and Lucien Freud was the midwife. God that’s an awful cover. I wonder how a major publisher got away with it.

  12. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Francis – Thank you. Your knowledge of acronyms reflects hours of painstaking research.

  13. Anna T. Says:

    Quite apart from everything else wrong with this cover, her body’s completely out of proportion. Where’s the “anatomical issues” tag when you need it?

  14. Ray P Says:

    @Lurker She looks too skinny for a Freud subject.
    @Lill She knows you better than you know yourself.

    Somebody gimme a straight cigarette.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    It’d have to be the future — no woman that old and un-enhanced would be so popular in the California of today, regardless of bod. Also, the smog’s not that bad even in LA. And the motorcycles are full-sized.

    @Anna T is correct about the anatomical issues. Her joints bend like she’s a Barbie doll.

    I’m not sure but what granny’s just stuck her head on/behind a decapitated babe. Necks do not work that way!

    The blurb and review do sound VERY 1974. So the future goes retro?

    @Lillie: Cloris was pretty hawt back in the day. Maybe the artist had lots of naughty thoughts about her. Here’s her in ’74
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloris_Leachman#/media/File:Cloris_Leachman_Phyllis_1974.JPG

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    Cloris made her screen debut (I think) in 1955’s Kiss Me Deadly, the film noir/apocalyptic sci-fi cult classic. She doesn’t last very long in it, but she makes an impression. And she’s still alive all these years later!

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    She was even on Dancing With the Stars in her 80s! Today is the future of 1974, so… maybe?

    Here she is in “Kiss Me Deadly”
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001458/mediaviewer/rm128074496

    and in 1975
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001458/mediaviewer/rm4024640512

  18. THX 1138 Says:

    I note there’s two new tags used here, “granny” and “embarrassment”. Could be used again if there’s a cover featuring Conan’s grandmother wiping his face clean with a tissue she’s wet with her own spit.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @GSSxn—And let us not forget Cloris’s role as the mother of little monster Billy Mumy in the 1961 Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life.” One of the great classics, with Serling’s screenplay of Jerome Bixby’s short story.

    In fact, we should have a “You’re a Bad Man!” tag for appropriate covers.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: “embarrassment” describes a lot of GSS.

    @BC: all true.

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