Apr 15

The ultimate horror is living in IndianaClick for larger image

Tag Wizard Comments: In response to Tor Mented’s questions, here at GSS we start the party early so we can peak on 4/20.

Published 2013

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: 5.10 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Sex, Drugs & Horror”

  1. Ikari Gendo Says:

    They look they took the horror drugs instead of the sex drugs.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    The missing word on the title appears to be “Underage”.

  3. fred Says:

    Change ‘Ward’ for ‘Tiberius’ and you gots yourself an autobiography instead of an anthology.

  4. Griz Says:

    We need a photo of the editor for the cover. One with three days of stubble that looks like he’s trying to hide his identity. What do you mean “should it include the murder van?”

  5. Cornelius Says:

    “As long as there’s sex and drugs, I can do without the horror.”

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    So this guy edited the Indiana Horror, Indiana Science Fiction and Indiana Crime anthologies.

    Well here’s a little ditty about Jack and Diane …

  7. Ryan Says:

    Mouseover text is painfully correct.

    Apparently when they say the slogan, “There’s more than corn in Indiana”, this book is what they are talking about.

    And ennui. With bonus humidity.

  8. Tat Wood Says:

    “I’m James Ward Kirk: Welcome to my Darkplace”

  9. JuanPaul Says:

    “May I substitute some Rock & Roll for the Horror?”

    “Yes, but it will be a $1.50 up charge.”

  10. Francis Boyle Says:

    The only drugs I’m interested in after looking at this monstrosity are for the headache it’s given me.


    I’ll be sure to expect inexplicable racism towards Canadians in the entirely unlikely impossible event of my reading this book.

  11. Tracy Says:

    This is the kind of small-press design that really lets the reader it’s a small press. Not bad enough for self-published, but certainly not good enough, even in a bad way, for the big time. First of all, there’s no sex, horror, or drugs on the cover. Two naked people are showing their butts, but look puzzled, not in the throes of erotic abandonment, and the thing they’re standing on looks like either an alien fern or a nebula that’s inadvertantly beautiful and pleasing to the eye, not horrifying. There’s no reference to drugs either, no needles, smoke, or piles of powder. The fern might be the results of drugs, but that is not completely clear.

    Then there’s that HORRIBLE typeface which is not only awkward to read, but very dated and 1970s.

    The back cover is just as bad. I would have gone with a sans serif typeface that’s narrower — the text is running too close to the confines of its window and there’s no breathing space. The photo of the editor is not framed the same distance from the top of the window as it is on the sides. Again, the the type is squished in its window and running too close to the sides, and the red background makes it hard to read, as well as not matching the colors of the illustration.white text on black would have been better. I’d make fun of this but it’s just sad and the problems could have been solved with a competent designer.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Bums are easy, feet are hard.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “The contributors…never hold back.”

    Maybe, but the cover artist doesn’t seem to have given us their best effort – and if they have, maybe they should go into wallpaper designs instead.

    (Well, not entirely fair. I _did_ find myself wondering if the big spiky thing was like those nasty caterpillars covered with bristles that come off and stick in your skin if you touch them. Ick!)

    @Tracy: yeah, amateur hour. That’s a fine collection of people I’ve never heard of on the back cover, including the editor.

  14. Tor Mented Says:

    Another problem with the font is that I will always read the title as “Sex and Horror Drugs.” Which makes me wonder if you have an option of taking just sex drugs without the horror, or whether they are always paired.

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—I believe in the first draft of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Kurtz says, “The sex, the sex.” In the second draft he says “The drugs, the drugs.” Finally Conrad, ever the diligent craftsman, got it right the third time.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Edited by
    Published by
    Photo of
    Book binding by
    Terrible fonts and layout by
    Ego of
    (oh, and a few other people in tiny print)

    The layout and fonts are the true horror here.

    I agree with and give a hearty GSS! to all. You lot are perfect today.

    @B. Chiclitz, I’m not sure this artist can draw bums that well either. Look at the person in the back. Yes, many white people have really flat backsides, but not THAT flat. How can they stand up with such small gluteus muscles? Maybe both of them are embedded in the horror pile to stand upright.

    Wonder how much each of the authors had to pay for their copies, and how they hid them from their grannies.

    Mr. xnoob points out — and I concur — that the editor’s photo is not only pretentious, but he looks like Truman Capote.

  17. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: I was thinking Van Morrison. Probably about as reasonable.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    @THX, x-Noob: I was thinking Doug from ‘Svengoolie’.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: (I first typed THC, which… well…)
    Regardless of who he looks like, he seems to be looking at the the naked people on the front cover, which is another bit of unfortunate layout.

  20. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: _contemplating_ the naked people. “Hmm. I dunno…”

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: you are of course correct.

    He might be thinking “Feet really ARE hard to draw” — tough to tell the eyeline with his Shades of (Attempted) Mystery.

    Or it could be the butts.

    Sadly, he still approved the cover.

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