Jul 11

'Why am I chained to this pig?' - The PigClick for larger image

Bibliomancer Comments: Who ya gonna call?! Car-nack-i!

Published 1973

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: 8.97 out of 10)

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32 Responses to “Carnacki the Ghost-Finder”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “If a pet pig is good enough for George Clooney, it’s good enough for me!”

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    This cover is so uncomfortable to look at, I can only imagine the artist broke down in tears halfway through painting it.

  3. Raoul Says:

    Is there a “reverse jazz hands” tag?

  4. Innocent Bystander Says:

    I wouldn’t be caught dead reading this book with this cover. Mostly because I would be afraid Carnaki would find me and make me defend this cover.

    The summary of this book actually sounds very interesting so it’s a shame this cover is so bad. I wouldn’t look twice at it in a bookstore with this cover.

    And I second the reverse jazz hands tag.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    🎶I’ve been through the desert with a pig on a chain
    It felt bad ’cause my feet were in pain
    In the desert, you can walk without shame
    ‘Cause you’re friends with a pig and you’re totally lame
    La, la, la….

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “I tried to tell you that poorly designed chastity belt would get you in trouble.”

  7. fred Says:

    They have been kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls porch since noon today.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    @B.C.: And what is the sense of a chastity belt when you’re already pregnant?

    @JuanPaul: GSS.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    So THAT’S what happened to Leo Sayer.

  10. Anna T. Says:

    I’m not sure what a naked, malnourished man with a pig attached to him by a rope has to do with the plot of this book at all. Especially since, as @THX 1138 pointed out, the result is just wrong to look at.

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    “An oinkredible reading experience!” – The Times-Pigayune

  12. Yoss Says:

    “So then I says to the genie, ‘For my final wish, I want a huge hog hanging between my legs!'”

  13. Tor Mented Says:

    “Wallow in this sowperb book.” — The Sties of London

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    “A work that stands alongside Ham-let.” The New Pork Times

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    “I never get boar-ed of reading Hodgson!” — Kevin Bacon

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The fuck?!

    I am too disgusted by the photo to join the porcine puns (should have been Space Sheep, for “Ew” was my reaction).

    @THX (2): I agree. It’s almost physically painful to look at, and I’ve been toughened by years of GSS.

    @JuanPaul (5): GSS.

    @fred (7): That was my first thought, until the picture loaded and drove all thoughts from my head.

    This has to be another case of “random creepy painting slapped on book”, because I’ve read some of these stories, and there are no naked post-apocalyptic reverse jazz hands mutants anywhere. They’re from 1913, for crying out loud, everyone (even the pigs) was fully clothed at all times then! There is an evil pig ghost in one of them, so I guess they figured “hey, close enough!”

  17. THX 1138 Says:

    “This is absolutely snoutrageous!” – William Hopes Hog’s-Gone

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    I mean, we’ve all had that dream where we’re naked, chained to a pig and doing Max Bygraves impressions.

    Or is it Tommy Cooper?

  19. Tor Mented Says:

    “I much prefer ‘Fize of the Gabriel Piglets.'” — Gerard Manley Hogkins

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Voulez-vous cochon avec moi?

  21. Francis Boyle Says:

    No, just no.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @TW #18 I would have gone with Michael Jackson-Thriller impressions

  23. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    “Here ghost, here ghost…”

  24. daard23 Says:

    The original book (without some of the additional stories added later) is in Public Domain on project Gutenberg

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I am disappoint that this has fallen to 3rd place. Still horrific.

  26. Andrea Says:

    Mac and Me – In Space! With a pig!

  27. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When Cameron arrived at the reunion party of his old fraternity, the Grandmaster greeted him with a sinister surprise…
    “David! The Brexit debacle, which you caused, broke fraternity rules — and you know the punishment for breaking the rules! Fetch the pig and chain!”

  28. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    HEYYYYYY! ARY is BAAACK! With the best comment on the whole Brexit mess I’ve seen for a while.

  29. GSS ex-noob Says:

    ARY’s comment is probably about the only good thing to come out of either Brexit or this cover.

  30. anon Says:

    The pot-belly and the pig.

  31. Emster Says:

    @Bibliomancer – fantastic! It’s the outer limits all right!

    @JuanPaul (5): I second that GSS
    When I hear that tune in future, my eyes will itch and water just a little bit.

  32. Mark Oliver Says:

    ” Chains, my baby’s got me locked up in chains..”

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