Jun 06

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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: 8.26 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Gorgon Festival”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

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

  2. Bibliomancer Says:


  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:


  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:


    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

  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”

    and in 1975

  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.

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    by John Boyd

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