Apr 06

Whack-a-Mole: The NovelClick for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: It’s that same nightmare we all get: posting giant memos with huge pushpins while naked.

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: 8.57 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Possess & Conquer”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    *insert Trump jokes here*

    Done! Off to the pub.

  2. Ray P Says:


  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    “SCIENCE FICTION” is written in a font called Seizure Sans.

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    A vivid illustration of the dangers of using too much Axe Bodyspray(tm).

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Who’s up for a game? 🙂 I’ll go first.

    I spy with my little eye something that begins with…W! Go on, have a guess.

  6. fred Says:

    Behold, The Popeil Art Deco Arts and Crafts Dual Hal 9000 Destroyer/compost bin for the ecologically minded eradicator.

  7. Lillie Awesome Says:

    You know, I’ve never seen a space helmet that had been thrown on a pottery wheel before this morning, so I guess my horizon has been expanded, which is nice.

  8. Ray P Says:

    “I will kill you, Atreides.”
    “Look down, we would have joined each other in death.”

  9. THX 1138 Says:

    @7: Whereas I’ve never seen an earthworm sporting a legitimate WTF?! expression on its “face”.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    So who came up with the idea of using a bowling ball as a handle on a dagger? He’s about to fall over backward from the weight.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I like the pensive hand-on-chin expression of the possibly dead woman. Her final thought: “Hmmmm, a bowling ball on a dagger. Interesting design. Aaarrrgggh!!!”

  12. Anna T. Says:

    Anyone got any idea as to the (probably unimpressive) symbolism of the giant skull?

    I mean, he looks like a barbarian from the savage post-apocalyptic world where people fight with weapons that look like office supplies. The world as imagined by Michael Scott, that is.

  13. JuanPaul Says:

    The artist is a master of vision and suspense! Whom will skinny Trump stab with his bowling dagger of savage twittery? The screaming man, which symbolizes the horrified populace? The arrogant TING of the Freedom Caucus? Or Willie the one-eyed wonder worm, representing Trump’s own failing libido?

  14. MisterBob Says:

    I’m pretty sure, this is what you see inside if you open up …
    an Amstrad Emailer !
    … and it plays Danse Macabre,over and over.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JuanPaul—I love a good allegory. But what does the pensive-possibly-dead girl represent? Perhaps Ivanka, Mistress of the Night?

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    @bc definitely Ivanka, and I think the guy behind her is Paul Ryan, patting Trump’s bum.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Ah! THX got it at 9! Good show, sir!

  18. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Is someone or something not very good at writing blurbs?

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  20. JuanPaul Says:

    This may be Charles Moll’s magnum opus, considering his other works that have appeared on this site.

  21. Ray P Says:

    This cover really has very little suggestion of sf. It resembles a cheesy nineteen seventies sleazy murder-thriller: they joined the cult of the death-worm, now the killing starts.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The stabber’s not Tr*mp, though — he’s yelling over on the far right, see? It’s a perfect likeness! I think that’s Ivanka and her equally useless husband on the left, and perhaps we’re seeing the future warped psyche of the youngest boy, who is the chap with the impractical weapon and a whole lotta family issues.

    WTF is the top of the “space helmet” made of? The engine cover of a 70’s VW and an overgrown Ting?

    (3) B’mancer: we also would have accepted “Astigmatism Sans”.

    Wow, that artist really did have some repeated motifs regardless of the book, didn’t he?

  23. Francis Boyle Says:

    This is some achievement. A cover that manages to be WTF incomprehensible and boring at the same time.

  24. HappyBookworm Says:

    Okay, I’m going to ignore everything else on this cover–the mega push pin, the skull, the symbolic annelid, the incomprehensible space helmet, etc.–to focus on two things:
    1) Who is the “our” in the blurb? The community of people on terrible book covers?
    and 2) Does not one usually conquer BEFORE possessing? Or is this a case of possession being 9/10 of the law?

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