Nov 11

A witch? She looks familiarClick for larger image

Norman Comments: It’s been said some people start looking like their pets. But …

Published 1969

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: 8.70 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “The Revenge of Increase Sewall”

  1. Paul Says:


  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I told you it would be madness to mix up the Columbia and MGM logos, but you wouldn’t listen!

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    It take a certain sort of genius to invent the Photoshop Fail in 1969. Not a good sort though.

  4. drlemaster Says:

    Increase Sewall sounds like the name of a rejected Good Omens character.

  5. Tor Mented Says:

    Even though it’s a cat’s mouth, it still has that “Smirky McSmug” look.

  6. anon Says:

    Cat in her hair, G.
    Witchcraft transformed her face, allowing her to hiss with renewed purpose at Duke Even Botenev.

  7. MakkaPakka Says:

    One feels the evil shadow of witchcraft lacks conviction, what with unspeakable rites only in secret.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    No, that blurb needs more work. Call in The Blurbinator (TM):

    “The evil shadow of [1] hung over the [2] and unspeakable [3] were performed in [4].”

    a) witchcraft
    b) Roseanne Barr
    c) election meddling
    d) tie-dye shirts

    a) town
    b) TV studio
    c) White House
    d) Berkely campus grounds

    a) rites
    b) avocado recipes
    d) corruptions of democracy
    e) sit-ins

    a) secret
    b) the state of Hawaii
    c) broad daylight
    d) safe space

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    I wonder what Increase’s friends called her. Innie? Creasey? Inky?

  10. anon Says:

    @Tor Mented: Plussie, Addie, Topper or “the sum one”

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    If you conduct an unspeakable rite in public, it’s still sort of secret, isn’t it?

    Is that supposed to be a cat or a fox. A woman who turns into a fox opens up a lot of possible plot-avenues but makes my childhood memory of ‘Basil Brush’ a lot more Yewtree-ish.

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    @Tor Turns out Increase was a man, and is, at the time of the events of the book, long dead and an evil lurking presence. I think the nick names still apply.

  13. Bibliomancer Says:

    The dark side of Pussy Galore

  14. fred Says:

    Tag suggestion. ‘cover noir’ or any other appropriate French color for a sparse cover with a solid color background.

    I think that the evil shadow of witchcraft should have warped the symmetry of the cover.

  15. Tor Mented Says:

    @JuanPaul: You’re right about that. I had a nagging suspicion after making my post, so I looked up the name on Wikipedia. It’s a male name derived from a literal English translation of the biblical name Joseph or Yosef.

    One of the most prominent men named Increase was Increase Mather, “a powerful Puritan clergyman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. … He was influential in the administration of the colony during a time that coincided with the notorious Salem witch trials.” And was the father of Cotton Mather, one of the driving forces behind the witch hysteria.
    I also encountered the family name Sewall while looking these people up. So I’m guessing Heinrich Graat drew a lot from the lore of the Salem witch trials.

  16. Bruce A Munro Says:

    So is this going to be “things turning into cats” week?

    What with the internet, there are no more unspeakable rites nowadays: there is no act so foul or depraved that it hasn’t been used in a My Little Pony fanfic by this point.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    This is a special level of blending fail. Just cut and paste a couple of different-sized pictures together unevenly — it’s not like people worldwide are going to laugh at it in 50 years, right?

    @Tor: ALL cats are Smirky McSmug. At least all of them who’ve owned me.

    @anon: Perfection!

    @MakkaPakka: indeed, how can the town be shadowed if the rites are secret?

    @JP: egads! First of a trilogy!

    @Tor (again): Increase Mather was the first thing I thought of too. We always had a good snicker in history class over his and Cotton’s names. No wonder they went all witch-hunt crazy. The description says it’s set in New England, so I guess Graat (rhymes with cat?) just swiped some names from a pamphlet he got at a Salem souvenir shop.

  18. Calyx Says:

    You had one job. Cats don’t pluck their eyebrows.

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