Feb 13

Art Direction: Here's some dead bugs and G.I. Joes. Make me a cover!

Emster comments: Caught up in the moment, Artie and Zeke were about to discover that they had just killed the main food source for something much bigger and nastier…

Published 2008

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: 7.71 out of 10)

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13 Responses to “Red Claw”

  1. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Talk about “shamelessly ambitious”—to leave the “i”s lower case and the rest of the letters in his name upper case is, like, so totally daring!

  2. Max Bathroom Says:

    The typography is dreadful, but I rather like the photo.

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  4. Tor Mented Says:

    Red Claw gives you wings. Dead. Cockroach. Wings.

  5. Francis Boyle Says:

    Paul Verhoeven is kicking himself that he didn’t think of this.

  6. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: “Bugs, Mr. Rico. Zillions of them.”

  7. Tat Wood Says:

    The one on the right seems to be holding a snake. Is wearing a spacesuit while proving his faith gong to debar him from heaven?

  8. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was going to laugh at the self-publisher, but, uh.

    Another cover from the “let’s open the toy box and take pictures of those” school, by little Billy, age 12. Although I think the roaches are shopped in (or all of it). The astro-nots seem to be the space equivalent of Little Green Army Men.

    The blurb is *squints* from somewhere you never heard of, for an entirely different book.

    Starship Troopers (movie) fans will find a lot to like?

    @Tat: They seem to have their faceplates open, so the snake can still bite him.

    GSS to BC, Tor, and Bruce.

    Good job, Emster.

  9. NomadUK Says:

    Rod Serling did it better.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    I could’ve sworn this cover was from 1965-66.

  11. Hammy Says:

    Astronaut mini-figures, or deep-sea divers? You choose….

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Could explain it, if the “snake” is actually a hose. They do seem to have fewer things attached to them than astronaut suits. Can’t see if the bugs are blocking boots or flippers.

    (Feet are hard to photograph too?)

    Also possible that guy on the right has just sprayed the very giant roaches with the hose and attached container. And it’s so toxic he and his buddy have to be in full closed suits. Space is tough.

  13. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:


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