Feb 01

The ghost of Boris Karloff be with you.

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Published 2004

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: 6.78 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Mountain Magic”

  1. Nequam Says:

    Any explanation for why Boris Karloff as Hjalmar Poelzig from The Black Cat is on there?

  2. JuanPaul Says:

    The hills hide many strange things, which is why we moved to the mountains!

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    @Nequam. The movie is set in mountains so … that still doesn’t solve anything.
    I’ll take a Lugosi. The name certainly rings a Bela.

  4. Francis Boyle Says:

    The hills hide many strange things . . . the rest are on Baen covers for all to see.

  5. fred Says:

    I don’t care if it isn’t in the book, that blurb deserves a buxom BAEN beauty.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Despite the obvious Baen-ness of having a messianic hand-weapon halo, ths is obviously a filter added by Lego Obi-Wan’s Instagram.

    He could have done duckface but everyone would have made Jar Jar jokes.

  7. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:


  8. Ryan Says:

    The Hills Hide Many Strange Things, Including An Excess Of Capital Letters.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Yes, they’re coming for our Christmas lights, Boris. I told you we should have taken them down on January 6.”

  10. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I like that there are two “ridiculous” tags here. Perfect.

    I feel bad for Henry Kuttner even though he was dead for over 40 years by the time this was printed. Shame they’re using his good name to draw people in to the hacks.

    Hills and mountains aren’t the same thing. The hills have eyes; there’s 4 of them on this cover alone.

    It’s a cheap shot making the guy in back so obviously Boris. Really spooky, huh kids? He doesn’t look excited to be there — in fact, he’s looking to skedaddle off stage right ASAP. Preferably before the torch-carrying crowd arrives.

    @FB, fred, Ryan, and most especially Tat: GSS!

  11. Emster Says:

    @fred: agreed – perhaps a buxom MUTANT Baen beauty.

    I’m getting a 70’s Battlestar Galactica vibe off this one, and no clue what this book is about based on the cover… quick visit to Baen and… okay, yeah, I’d read that, but the cover’s not sellin’ it very well. A little stingy with the orange to be really Baen-y.

    @GSS x-n: ooooooooooo – scary stuff!

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    The magical “shine” around the gun is definitely there for the Baen fans…they know what they like.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What if the gun isn’t magic, it’s just a toy with holes in it that the lightbulbs inside shine through?

    Also, dig the unholy combo of Christmas light wires and polished rocks on the far right.

    @Emster: I can see the BSG resemblance. There isn’t enough orange coming from the sky, but there will be plenty of it when the mob starts burning.

    @Tag: Can we get “BEHIND YOU” for the mob? The cover boys really ought to be facing the other way. Either that or there’s two mobs.

  14. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    GSS ex-noob: perhaps the torch bearers are just standing around waiting for them to join in on the mob action?
    “Look, if you guys aren’t ready in another five minutes, we’re going to go burn down the Shack of Evil on our own.”
    “Hold on, dagnabbit! Gotta get the sights lined up on mah atomic boom-stick.”
    (Boris didn’t say anything. Social situations made him uncomfortable.)

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tag: You noticed! Thanks!

    @Bruce: Extra points for “dagnabbit”. Also I maintain Boris is looking to exit, or at least checking for angry mob thataway. It’s getting dark, he’s in black with no glowy gun, he might be able to skedaddle out.

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    The Psychlos all got haircuts and returned to Battlefield Earth 2 : Payback!

  17. Tat Wood Says:

    I suppose there might have been someone who muddled this up with Thomas Mann, so a lurid cover could have been a precaution.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is Ryk E. Spoor actually called that? It sounds like a name made up to parody this publisher’s oeuvre. Maybe they hired him just for that.

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