May 15

Uh-oh a knight! Quick pretend to be a park statue!Click for full image

Bob Comments: I volunteer in an Oxfam bookshop which provides a happy hunting ground for dubious scifi and fantasy cover art! I came across a load of stuff whilst having a clear out of old stock the other day. I’m especially impressed with The Dragon Waiting, it seems to be missing a leg and has speared itself through its abdomen with its own tail, a truly troubled beast….
Published 1985

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: 8.03 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Dragon Waiting”

  1. Noel Says:

    Lovely green grass. Hats off to the gardener.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    That’s no thunderclap, Rog, it’s the dragon falling over again.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There’s something heartbreaking about the beast, isn’t it? The pathos in the eye, the single foot, the wattle hanging down past his clavicles. You want to embrace him, don’t you? Plant a big kiss on his cheek and say you love him as he is.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    More like The Dragon Prancing.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    You have to admire his reptilian sang froid: faced with imminent danger he launches into his Jimmy Durante impression.

    Or maybe Ron Mael from Sparks.

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Dragon is waiting on a missing piano. Looks like he’s ready to belt out a song.

  7. fred Says:

    Looking at the Wikipedia page it sounds like an interesting read.
    Armored knight on a naked horse. Sounds like a good battle plan to me.

  8. Anna T. Says:

    That is, without fail, the worst dragon artwork I have ever seen.

  9. Stevie T Says:

    It looks less like a dragon than a deformed frilled lizard.

    The horse also looks as if its suffering anatomical issues.

    And the knight–he looks so depressed and uninterested! “Other knights get to battle real dragons. I got a deformed lizard, and a deformed horse. Life is so unfair…”

    I have a feeling the thunderclap happens when you slam the book shut in disgust.

  10. anon Says:

    That’s a damn long tail.
    And thunderclap or not, that’s a damn weird way to print the quote.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:


  12. DaveM Says:

    @Fred, it is a very good read, but the cover is so bad you’d be less embarrassed to read it in public if hid it in in a porn magazine..

  13. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    This was *such* a good book, and that is *such* a bad cover.

    Poor John M. Ford.


  14. Tom Noir Says:

    Art director: “It’s a thunderclap of a book!”

    Artist: *draws a one-legged special needs dragon on the cover*

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    “Norbert, it looks like there’s a knight taking a seat in your section.”


  16. RachelJ Says:

    @Anna T. Sure about that?

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    “Three feet on my dragon, and I’m still rollin’ along…”

  18. fred Says:

    If he actually impales the dragon with his lance he will immediately be propelled backwards off of the horse and eaten.

  19. Emster Says:


    What is that piece of red tied to the knight’s lance? Looks like the missing leg to me. The guy’s a jerk, and his horse is looking down in embarrassment.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Special needs dragon, microcephalic horse… are they Waiting at the expert clinic they’ve finally gotten a referral to?

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Well, you took your sweet time. I got so bored I went and ate one of my own legs. Did you pick the slowest horse in the stable or something? It certainly looks ‘slow'”.

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