Sep 14

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Emster Comments: Mary Poppins wasn’t available so the agency sent her less popular sister, Scary Poppins

Published 2021

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: 5.75 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

  1. Max Bathroom Says:

    Neil Gaiman: It’s not fair! Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler and Clive Barker are my contemporaries and they all have some really shitty book covers, but I’m stuck with Dave McKean painting Athena posters on my books. If I don’t get a really rotten cover for this book, I’m going back to writing comics.

  2. Danno Says:

    Holy moly, it’s amazing how bad this is compared to the original cover art.

  3. fred Says:

    I’m assuming the kid is barefoot because it’s in the story. Passable feet, Mr. McGinnis, you rose to the challenge.

  4. Tat Wood Says:

    “We can re-use the artwork from when Nicole Kidman remade ‘Bewitched’, because nobody remembers that.”

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    “OK, I like the generic scary little boy, but it’s a bit bit, you know, generic. How about we put in, say, a scary Mary Poppins but we don’t want to be predictable so make her goofy looking. You know, like she’s from Scooby-Doo. That’ll work I’m sure.”

  6. Ryan Says:

    The hills are alive,
    with the sound of voltage.

  7. Leak Says:

    Well, somehow I liked the soundtrack (and it’s cover) a lot more…

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I think that cat is loaded and semiautomatic.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Wow. This is… a concept.

    Not a good one, mind you.

    Why did someone (not Neil, I hope) think that the appropriate cover for this book was in 50s-60s style Nurse In Peril/Cheesy Horror? Right down to the horrible font.

    It would scare away people who’d actually be interested, and people who liked the cover wouldn’t like the book.

    I believe Leonard Pinth-Garnell is the only one who could do this justice.

    @Bruce: It’s SF. Could also be Laser Cats.
    (this one has the best SF-related cameos)

    @Admin, Tag: ISFDB says this art first came from hell in 2016. And they reprinted it 14 times! Including the final one, in 2021.

  10. Hammy Says:

    If you embiggen the cover (when did “embiggen” even become a word?), the kid in the lower right doesn’t look scary.

    He looks like he’s raised his eyebrows and rolled his eyes, like so many cover-art models who apparently are thinking “why did I (or my parents) think this would be a good thing for me and my career?”

  11. Emster Says:

    You may also recognize that kittah from here:
    If he fits, he sits!

    @GSS x-n: best episode of Laser Cats, ever

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Emster: Except this one seems to have some appendages, judging by the way the kid’s holding it. Or at least it has some kind of trigger mechanism.

    Also, I looked at all the Laser Cat sketches (not all the way through) to pick the most completely SF of them all. That was easily it.

    Laser Cats haz feetz, at least.

  13. A.R. Yngve Says:

    Wanted to read this book, but I just can’t find it on Amazon! I keep searching for “The Neil Ocean Gaiman at the End of the Lane,” but no luck…

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