Dec 10

Cover artist majored in My Little PonyClick for larger image
Click for wraparound horse’s ass

Marcia Rose Comments: You would think a guy who can paint a halfway decent horse wouldn’t screw up a half-horse centaur.

You might remember this from here. But not here.

Published 1983

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: 9.00 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Night Mare”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:


  2. THX 1139 Says:

    At least we can agree this does have a brilliant theme tune.

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    That little castle is adorbs

  4. fred Says:

    Clapton…???…David Crosby.

  5. Ryan Says:

    So many questions.

    Why are the centaurs murdering children?

    Why is the horse farting out the moon on the back cover?

    Why is The Noob ( appearing on book covers?

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    —Bad Beard #1: Where’s the blurb? I thought you were going to write the blurb.

    —Bad Beard #2: Don’t look at me. I ordered us these swell looking sleeveless t-shirts. I thought Weak Chin was writing the blurb.

    —Weak Chin: No, the horse was supposed to write the blurb, I’m sure that’s what the editor said.

    —Horse: Me write the blurb? Uh, have you noticed—no hands?

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    They’re not murdering children. They are murdering little green ninjas in Bermuda shorts.

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Centaur in the middle: “Holy smokes, there’s a centaur that’s half horse and … the other half horse.

  9. Alice Says:

    If you click on Tony Fiyalko’s tag, you’ll see this isn’t the first flying equine rodeo he’s done for the Science Fiction Book Club.

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    I can’t look at those centaurs without thinking black horse is the new space sheep.

  11. Raoul Says:

    I have feeling Tony had a pretty painting of a castle and a pony and when he found out it was a Piers Anthony cover added on the centaurs murdering children.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tag Wizard—I must confess I just spontaneously crack up whenever I see that “He’s dead, Jim” tag. GSS! 😉

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Ah, SFBC, what would GSS do without you?

    That middle centaur’s hair and beard are artificial, I think, and molded out of one piece. Fits over his head like a helmet fits on a Lego minifig. Which is why he doesn’t look like a rock star, @fred.

    @Alice: well spotted!

    @Raoul: It does look that way, doesn’t it? Although to be truly Piers, he’d have to have the centaurs, er… flirting with children.

    But since the black horse is apparently a mare, perhaps the centaurs are attracted to it. Or it’s their mother.

    Really don’t know where the children/small ninjas come into it.

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