Jul 21

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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: 5.82 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Forty Thousand in Gehenna”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Rather than have one straightforward campaign using one idea, US advertisers run six or seven at once for the same thing. Geico, yet another even-cheaper-car-insurance one, muddles its message with this (A neanderthal trying to insure his car, or do other supposedly-amusing everyday activities) and this CGI reptile with the voice of Max Branning, because nothing says ‘trustworthy source for car advice’ like a philandering used-car dealer and murderer).
    The wraparound back cover probably shows the couple who’ve bought a new house with obscure 80s band Ratt living in the basement. And a woodchuck. And a camel.

  2. Tor Mented Says:

    You had forty thousand
    When you were in Gehenna.
    But I was in the valley
    And I didn’t have enna.

  3. fred Says:

    Unfrozen caveman climate denier.

  4. JuanPaul Says:

    I’m glad naked rock climbing never became a thing.

  5. Ryan Says:

    Once I realized that the brown thing at the top was a dragon’s head and not a distant rock formation, then I wondered where exactly the caveman was exiting.

  6. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The lost Fifth Gospel of Melvin had so much cool stuff in it, especially about the dragons and amazons of the Resurrected Christ. Pity it was edited out by the early Church…

  7. Tracy Says:

    So much bad with this I’ve given one of my rare 10 ratings. What kills me is the lady’s denim jumpsuit with the bell bottoms and the artist’s complete lack of skill with texturing rock and scales, not to mention the lack of perspective depicting the serpentine mounds in the distance. The caveman looks like he is quietly trying to escape all this in an artistic photobomb moment.

  8. Max Bathroom Says:

    “See? I told you 1983 would be a lot more fun than that Hawkwind concert you were complaining about.”

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    At last, a book for which the SFBC cover wasn’t the worst. The guy on that one has clothes and the dragon-thingy is more impressive.

    I thought I remembered Phantasia Press as appearing here regularly, and indeed it has. Consistent badness.

    The French and German covers are, as usual, bad.

    @Tat: The wrap-around cover has the rest of the dragon, the rest of the cave Mr. Starkers is exiting, and more dragons. It’s actually better than the front.

    @Tracy: You can tell this is a primitive planet by the fact that denim bell-bottom jumpsuits were out of fashion by 1983.

  10. Emster Says:

    Aliens make crop circles, dragons make pasture swirls. Just don’t ask what they are made of. And maybe stand upwind.

  11. JJYoyo Says:

    @Emster: I can’t unsee that now. GSS!

  12. Hammy Says:

    Forty thousand in Gehenna isn’t much of a retirement fund….

  13. fred Says:

    If that is Jamie Lee Curtis this should be an interesting addition to Halloween canon.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @fred: Jamie Lee is gonna take her dragon and kill that bastard once and for all. Then he can become what @Emster suggested.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Hammy: you’ll end up naked and living in a cave.

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    @ Hammy: maybe the title isn’t investment advice, which they had better not be making without a Series 7 and 63 registration anyway. Maybe it’s a real estate pitch: $40 000 in Gehenna; $10.7 million in Sagaponack.

  17. Hammy Says:

    @JJYoyo (prev.): Is that what they mean by “location, location, location”?

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @JJoyo, @Hammy: the “pasture swirls” will certainly have an effect on real estate prices.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think I see why that guy’s stuck in the cave. Look how awkward and possibly useless his attempt to climb out is. Wouldn’t you want both arms with hands supporting your weight, not one just touching, the other off to the side doing nothing, and only one leg up? If he brings the other leg up, he’s going to collapse back down on his starkers butt.

    No wonder Denim Woman’s ignoring him.

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