Jun 16

Prequels to 'The Whispering Gorilla Whisperer'Click for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments Hey GSS. Does this qualify for a two-fer Tuesday?

GSS Admin: *checks notes* “It seems to meet our impeccably high standards!”

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: 7.67 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “The Whispering Gorilla”

  1. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Hey, no fair! This is comedy … isn’t it? (Please, please read Bjm2K’s Goodreads review. The review was worth the price of the book on its own.)

    Given the utterly ridiculous storyline, I think these covers are pretty good! Reality? We don’t need no steenkin’ reality!

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Ah, the great British DJ and TV presenter, Whispering Gorilla Harris.

  3. fred Says:

    A vampire gorilla? Gorillula.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    @ LL

    Seconded. After reading that review my only complaint is that it is by no means silly enough. “Nazi gorillas on tricycles” is crazier than “Nazi leprechauns” and to think there was a time when I thought nothing was crazier than Nazi leprechauns.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    He’s not even stealing library books.

  6. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    A quick check of ISFDB shows that The Whispering Gorilla first appeared in Fantastic Adventures for May 1940, and he/she/it returned in the same journal’s issue for February 1943. Hardly surprising really. The original publication of both stories got the cover of the relevant issue. The May 1940 cover shows him throwing somebody off a building; the cover of the February 1943 issue is essentially the one above.

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  8. A. R.Yngve Says:

    I foresee a Netflix movie version of “The Whispering Gorilla” – and the only actor who could pull off such an outrageous role is of course… Nicolas Cage.

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    I find David Reed’s take on the Whispering Gorilla to be full of pathos and internal struggle which is in stark contrast to Don Wilcox’s wide eyed, visceral version of the character. I don’t care for either.

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Don’t we have a “disembodied brain” or “brain in a jar” tag? Because there it is on the right. I can’t blame the gorilla for looking so alarmed… *reads reviews*… yep, gorilla should be worried.

    Also, $20 for this? Nope. Double nope in 1983. Though I may give them a look-see on the Archive now. These really should have been either B movies or serials back in the day. I’m guessing this edition is dos-a-dos, like Ace Doubles?

    I agree these covers aren’t ridiculous enough. And kudos to Ron Turner for being brave enough to draw feet! Two of them, and bare! Must have gone to a real art school instead of UAI.

    @ARY: Now you’ve given them ideas. Think how much more scenery Cage could chew with gorilla teeth.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    As Perry Como would sing, whisperingly,

    Gorill o’ my dreams, I love you
    Honest I do, you are so sweet
    If I could just hold your charms
    Again in my arms
    Then, life would be complete!


  12. A. R.Yngve Says:

    @GSS ex-noob wrote: “Now youā€™ve given them ideas. Think how much more scenery Cage could chew with gorilla teeth.”

    “Not the bananas! NOT THE BANANAAAS!!”

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