Nov 01

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Jesse Comments: ♪♫♬ All my anorexics live in Texas ♪♫♬

Published 1971

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: 7.57 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “A Spectre is Haunting Texas”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Brings new meaning to the idiom “bullet-head”.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Must be a hippie, they’re the only ones who wear sandals over stockings.

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Flip-flops, cape, helmet… Let’s hit the beach!

  4. THX 1138 Says:

    Oh, and bravo, TW, for the subtle variation in the Terminator tag…

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    That’s a nice costume. And who are you supposed to be?
    (And aren’t you a little old to be trick-or-treating?)

  6. fred Says:

    Needs a six-gun on the right hip, a black cowboy hat, and Morricone music.

  7. Ray P Says:

    New Dallas Cowboys running back causes a stir.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @fred—Not sure what good a six gun would do since he seems to have no arms (unless those little pipe stems behind his back are what passes for arms). He’s got a heck of a sternum, though.

  9. Francis Boyle Says:

    Two years later: “You know, these covers are so ridiculous someone should make a show about them. Maybe make it a musical.”

  10. Lillie Awesome Says:

    He looks all cool and imposing now, sure, but you just know his cape is going to get all tangled around his tubular metallic sandal garters the minute he tries to walk anywhere, and it’s going to be all sorts of fuss and bother, and he’s going to regret picking that combination from his closet the entire day.

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    Meh. I’ve been to Texas.

    This cover isn’t nearly weird enough.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Everything about Texas is big. The moon usually isn’t that big, though.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    I tried sending this but my camera broke. I don’t know if this is causally related.

    To be fair, it is at least something described in the book.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Proof that the old saying is wrong: You CAN be too beautiful, too rich and especially too thin.

  15. Anna T. Says:

    It would seem that whoever built this man his exoskeleton thing neglected to add arms. How odd.

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Anna T.—that was my first thought too, but it’s possible those tiny tubes are his arms clasped behind his back. I don’t know what’s creepier, his having no arms or his having those arms. Looking again, if those are indeed what passes for arms, it adds an air of smugness to his pose. Even creepier.

  17. Tor Mented Says:

    Texas is even bleaker than I imagined.

  18. Tor Mented Says:

    ‘Shake ‘is ‘and. ‘E’s ‘armless.’
    ‘How can I shake ‘is ‘and if ‘e’s armless?’

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    A spectre is haunting Texas… the fear that Bush Sr. will grab your ass if you stand next to him.

    After that, the Devil went down to Georgia.

    No arms to wield arms — seems very unTexan. Or if they exist, they’re mighty tiny, also unTexan.

    And I’m with @Lillie on the impracticality (not to mention fancy-pantsness) of the outfit. Why’s he dressed all European count/opera goer instead of in a cowboy hat, boots, and such?

    I would read this book, but not with this cover.

  20. Tor Mented Says:

    Here’s a Texan who comes with his own stirrups.

  21. Raoul Says:

    Future Texas looks like a hellscape.

  22. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Raoul: “future”? You’ve never been to Fort Worth, have you?

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: Try Odessa. Makes Ft. Worth look like April in Paris.

    @Tor: hee. He should give some to the poor witch on the last book.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Whoa, this is still standing at #2 on the all-time list! Above Bearsuit Woman, Sasquatch Girlfriend, Stovetop Boobs, Nazi Gnomes and the rest.

    A Spectre Is Haunting The Top Ten.

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    STILL at #2?! Wonder who’s voting it up. Sure, it’s bad, but nowhere near Bearsuit Turkey Leg Woman?

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