Apr 20

Is the flaming butterfly the new space sheep?Click for full image

Raoul Comments: Kind of like a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show … in HELL!

Published 1981

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: 6.79 out of 10)

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37 Responses to “Dragons of Darkness”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    NEVER trust interior design tips by Michael Goodwin. They all involve setting your house ablaze or inviting in the insects.

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: according to the infallible Wikipaedia, the authors of this tome include:

    Glen Cook
    Ben Bova
    Edward Bryant
    Stephen Kimmel
    Janet Gluckman
    Joan D. Vinge
    Robert Frazier
    Victor Milan
    James Tucker
    Lynn Mims
    Jeffrey A. Carver
    Allan Bruton
    Kevin Christensen

  4. Tag Wizard Says:

    @DS – New policy. If I don’t feel like typing a bunch anthology authors, they don’t get tags.
    The Last Dangerous Visions wore me out.

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    Could you turn the central heating down? Overdoing it a bit.

  6. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, if you’re a dog it’s probably heartworm.

  7. fred Says:

    Butterfly Kings Guard. Not a good choice for royal protection as it turned out.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    At least she’s wearing hot shoes.

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: Cheek! What is coiled in those hidden places in your heart???

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Glow-in-the-dark pasties.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    I checked the hidden places of my heart. I found a few pennies, a paper clip, and some lint.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Praise for the highly-praised Dragons of Light:

    “At least it’s not Dragons of Darkness“—Orson Scott Card

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    For a brief moment I thought that glowing censorship butterfly was the work of the admins.

    But no, it is the unsubtle creation of whatever artist spawned this oddity.

  14. ProfBeetle Says:

    The Butterfly Crotch Demoness didn’t make the cut for the 2016 Doom reboot but she is rumored to be in the sequel. At least the concept art found a home.


    Concept art has come to light revealing that “The Venture Brothers” had been originally planned to be much, much darker. Shown here, Dr. Girlfriend (her costum now a succubus) has murdered her rival arch villain The Monarch and celebrates as his lair burns.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    I’ve no idea what gives with the fishnet body stocking, but I bet it’s uncomfortable. Also, to the admins: I think we have a new censor beacon, to go along with the sheep, dolphins and C.S. Lewis – the fireproof monarch butterfly!

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘An’ I’m too sexy for this party, too sexy for this party, no way I’m disco dragon…’

  17. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—I fear that monarch isn’t quite as fireproof as it would like to be. Judging from the wings, it appears he might not have gotten soaked with enough flame retardant before the photo shoot.

  18. JuanPaul Says:

    See? Balrogs DO have wings!!!

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Dark and hidden and coiled and cloven
    The dragon from Ipanema goes walking
    And when she singes, each one she singes goes ‘AAAAARGH!’

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Since when does “interior design” get a credit as big as “edited by”? And being on the left, it’s top billing over CarD! Does this mean the book looks pretty inside but the content is meh?

    Agreed that the monarch butterfly is the new Space Sheep, but WTF does it have to do with dark dragons? Indeed, WTF does anything on this cover have to do with the topic (except maybe the fire)?

    @TW: Aw, c’mon, you can cut and paste from DS’ comment.

    I looked on Amazon: this is the MMPB cover. The trade paper cover is an actual dragon, in shades of black and gray. The reviews are extremely meh. A guy who’s a big OSC fan gives it 2 stars, and informs us that one of the authors is in fact OSC under a pseudonym.

    There are no “Look Inside” views for us to gaze upon the undoubtedly stunning interior design.

  21. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS lepidopterist: that may be from ‘A Plague of Butterflies’ by, of all people! Orson scott carD.

  22. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Off-topic, yet on-topic: MERMAIDS. Well, sort of.

    Apparently the were-Chihuahua has gotten his way, as here Sirens (closely related) are shown as dark and evil instead of all cutesy. Fighting back against the Mermaid Conspiracy.

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Makes sense he’d have one of his stories on the cover, even if it doesn’t really match the book concept.

    Apparently one of the non-CarD stories has lesbians, whoda thunk?
    (I would; men like him think lesbians are just straight girls pretending, but gay men are the menace to society which is why he keeps writing about them…)

  24. Scott B Says:

    Wait, wait, wait, so we’re 23 comments in, and NOBODY has yet begged for the application of the LITERAL “devil’s dumplings” tag? (OK, OK, half-literal.)

    I don’t know what this world’s coming to…

  25. Scott B Says:

    And the “devil woman” tag is just a gimme at this point…

  26. Tag Wizard Says:

    @Scott B – I should have saved this cover for Monday so I could spend the whole weekend adding tags.

    @GSSXN – There is no “cut-and-pasting” in Tag Science. Each tag is individually curated.

    Also, one look at the ISFDB page scared me off with, not just all the authors, but all of the interior art minions.

  27. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The only person EVER to successfully LARP Pokémon Go as Charmander.

    (CWCID, my wife suggested that one.)

  28. Tom Noir Says:

    How many years of study and training does it take to become a fully licensed tagologist??

  29. Tag Wizard Says:

    Tagologist? Please. More correctly I am a Taxonomic Engineer. I received my MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity from the Imperial College London.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @TW: really?! Tell me, what do you think of accelerated versus delayed character transformation as a character mapping algorithm for phylogenetic tree analysis?

  31. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What is coiled in those hidden places in your heart? CHOLESTEROL!! (If you’re over forty, male and overweight.)

  32. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Cher’s comeback tour was an overdone mess — and so was she.

  33. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Raoul: The Tag Wizard says that there is interior art…of what kind?

  34. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    TFW u finish the epic quest of burning the castle but u have to wait for your home girls to give u a ride

  35. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    All right, everyone! Hup hup! Time to do your part. As of today, GSS is number one for the search string demon muskrat vixens but only number eight for Butterfly Crotch Demoness. Let’s get to work, people, we have a long way to go.

    Edit: although we are the only hit for that exact phrase…

  36. RachelJ Says:

    *scratches head*

    Well, it’s different. Usually, when a cover artist fails at depicting a dragon, it ends up being a dinosaur

  37. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is Butterfly Crotch Demoness (aka Flaming Butterfly Woman) supposed to be a dragon?
    Wearing dragon’s wings as a souvenir of her little crime spree?
    Floating in front of a dragon?
    Floating in front of an oddly-designed throne?
    Floating in front of a Batman symbol?

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