Jun 28

His skin is smooth as satanClick for larger image

Max Bathroom Art Direction: “I want this book to look well underground. Do we have any freelance artists who were so terrible that they couldn’t even get into the UAI?”

Published 1995

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: 8.86 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “Satanskin”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    OK, we’re all wondering: how does he go to the toilet?

  2. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @THX 1139: he’s got a groin on the back of his head.

  3. fred Says:

    The book is worse than the cover. Maybe worse than any possible cover. Even money the UAI member is a tattoo ‘artist’.

  4. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Does that mean “Satan’s skin” or “Satan’s kin” or an Eastern European Satanist named “Satanskin”…

    … or just “b***ocks”?

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    It’s like the kid the kid who created the Abzorbaloff grew up (for some value of ‘growing up’) and got into Satanism.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    OK, so he (or she?) has a candle and a dagger, like they’re preparing for a Satanic ritual – but if you’re an actual demon, do you need Satanic rituals? You don’t have to summon other demons, you can just pop over to hell and ring their doorbell. Or just call them on your hellphone or whatever demons use nowadays.

    Satan’s skin…hmm. Perhaps this is actually satanic _cosplay_, and this guy is basically a Furry, only he wears a demon costume rather than a dog-man costume?

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    Give the artist a break, folks. He drew feet.

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    @fred I think you may be right. Question is, would that even make a decent tattoo? Trying to visualize it on the thigh of an elf or other fae creature.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Thanks for giving us the gist of Dominic Cummings’s blog without us having to pay for the privilege.

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Yet another avatar (or is that rip off?) of the recently deceased S. Clay Wilson’s famous Checkered Demon.

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Any GSS Latin scholars out there? I’m not sure if the last word in the demon’s motto is “Fossam” or something else. I think it loosely translates as “You’re sliding steeply down to hell,” more or less. Maybe it’s what the editor said to the cover artist when offering this particular commission.

  12. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Is this even a book? It looks like some kid made a doodle while they were bored in class.

  13. Tracy Says:

    This cover is so bad it looks purposefully, professionally bad and could have come from some major publishing house for a novel about some angsty teen boy.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC I studied Latin for 3 years in high school. Let me meditate on it for a few moments………………..nope, I got nothing. Maybe “studied ” is a generous term.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    The RAF motto ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ is usually translated as ‘The Way to the Stars’ but it’s closer to ‘during’ or ‘towards’. What ‘Fussam’ might mean is anyone’s guess. If that U is really an O then ‘fossam’ might be a garbled version of the root word ‘fodere’, to dig. Maybe it’s a lost archaeologist wanting directions to ‘the dig’. Or, more appropriately than the author/artist intended, it’s ‘the pits’.

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Book by James Havoc.

    Cover by James’ younger brother, who was bored in math class and has just gotten into heavy metal. \m/

    (There has literally just been an earthquake here as I type. Duuuude.)

    @THX: maybe the crotch face pukes it out, like a fountain?

    @fred: and your link leads to one on the publisher, who is a real piece of work:

    And said publisher is also the author. And most likely the artist. Who is a fugitive from justice, but surprisingly not for this piece of absolute crap.

    “Fossa” is a trench. “Fassa” is unkempt.

    So “Through Difficulty To A Ditch” is about as close as it comes to making any sense.

    Perhaps this is the demon of being forced to dig ditches and becoming unkempt.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    After looking at the links, I have to say we’re kinda scraping the bottom of the garbage barrel for definitions of “book” here.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Per Ardua Ad Astra,” or “Per Aspera Ad Astra” (Kansas State motto) usually translates as “To the stars through adversity,” or through struggle. That’s what pricked my interest in this cover’s motto, which, following @Juan Paul’s lead, I have given up on. I’ll go with @GSSxn’s translation, and think nothing more of it.

  19. Dr Bob Says:

    My school had Per Ardua Ad Astra as its motto, and told us it meant “Through hard work to the stars”.

    The Fossa is an animal native to Madagascar:

    So the translation is obviously “Through hard work to the largest mammalian carnivore on Madagascar”. I mean, it’s obvious when you realise the demon has the head of a fossa on his groin! And kneepads. And shoulder pads. That’s a lot of hard work, right there.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Nicely done, @Dr Bob!

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Dr Bob: GSS!

    This book should have had the motto “Per Ardua Ad Excrementum”.

  22. Hammy Says:

    All I know is that the fancy, proper name for the back of the human knee is “popliteal fossa”.,the%20thigh%20and%20the%20leg.

    Make of that what you will.

  23. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I have trouble believing any real “ardua” was put into the making of this book, and if it was, that’s just sad.

  24. Tor Mented Says:

    My motto is ” Per Ardua Ad Futon.”

  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: I’m “Per Ardua Ad Sofa” myself.

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