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Nov 18

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Max Bathroom Comments: If you think the album art for Judas Priest’s “Stained Class” is bad, you should see the designs they rejected…

Published 1991

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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14 Responses to “Rune”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    So much for compassionate Satanism!

  2. Francis Boyle Says:

    So this is like the old Simon game but you always lose and have to forfeit your soul.

    Remember, kids, the only winning move is not to play.

  3. fred Says:

    For the love of God someone get that poor window a box of Kleenex.

  4. fred Says:

    Interesting Harlan Ellison news. May the cover be worthy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/16/harlan-ellison-the-last-dangerous-visions-anthology-may-be-published

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    Sequels ‘Rune Messiah’, ‘Children of Rune’, ‘God-Emperor of Rune’ &c.

    This cover is, in itself, a Peculiar Crime.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    I think Covid isolation is having a weird effect on Grandma’s stained glass hobby.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Pronounced phonetically, this is the biography of the family that owns the Pittsburgh Steelers. Relatedly, I hope that the cover is actually a photograph of one of the windows by Charles Connick in the Tower of Learning.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Learning

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So some kid with an attitude was forced into a stained glass making class and decided s/he needed to go METAL \m/ to show Mom and Dad they ain’t gonna take it any more. They can’t live by your “pretty” rules.

    @Francis, @Tat: GSS.

    @Ryan: I hope so too. Much Pittsburgh, very wow. I see young Ms. Mara of that family was in the remake of “Nightmare on Elm Street” so…

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Oh no! This cover is Runed.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The Vikings will not stand for this insult to their writing system!

    @fred: Christopher Priest is a bit of a downer there.

    “Many of the stories were withdrawn, because Ellison acted like a dick. Of the ones that remain, most of them are by writers who are now deceased, so the rights have expired and the estates would have to be traced. A lot of the writers have disowned their stories as juvenilia, or outdated, or simply because Ellison was acting like a dick.””

    It sounds like if it will be something of a Frankenstein’s monster, with a great many of the original bits missing and assorted doubtful replacements sewn on. At this point it may be of more interest as a historical document than a literary one.

  11. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Bruce A Munro
    Dead right. Assuming that Straczynski does any better with publishing the book than Ellison managed (and the fact that the new editor is having to buy stories again might suggest that since Ellison’s death he’s lost the rights to a load of the stories he’s been keeping for forty odd years) most of the contents will look downright quaint now. Nothing dates faster than the cutting edge, and the time to publish this stuff was back in ’74.
    (It’s well worth reading Priest’s The Last Deadloss Visons/Book On The Edge of Forever, btw. The article fred linked is a bit dismissive towards it, but it’s thoroughly researched and extremely funny. The later editions have an appendix of letters from unpublished contributors and other interested parties. One notable thing about it is that while Ellison spent a lot of time threatening and abusing Priest over it, he never once tried to sue, which seems odd from somebody with his taste for litigation.)

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max B: Considering Priest was merely expressing his opinion, that isn’t a sue-able offense in the US under the First Amendment — which, for all his many faults, Harlan supported. So no lawyer would have taken it.

    UK libel law is much stricter, but does anyone really want to cross and ocean and go before guys in robes and wigs and have it argued “M’Lud, my client wishes to prove he is not a dick.”? I think not. Look how well that’s worked out for Johnny Depp.

    I agree that a lot of the old stuff is going to look quite ho-hum, even supposing the rights to it can be gotten from heirs or the authors themselves.

  13. Tracy Says:

    Am I the only one driven nuts by how off-center the demon’s face is in relation to the stained glass?

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tracy: the whole stained glass panel is uneven everywhere. Methinks a beginner tried a project far beyond their capacity. UAI strikes again.

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