May 10

Mr. Bill can't catch a break

Emster comments: It’s the ghost of bad SF covers past

Published 2003

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: 6.88 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Fireside Ghost Stories”

  1. Steve S Says:

    Well the skeleton seems to be finding it all very humorous.
    Actually finding a humerus along with a few other skeletal features(including tarsals and metatarsals) wouldn’t be bad idea.

  2. Tor Mented Says:

    I have a hunch that this person became a ghost because of their practice of storing flammable packages next to a fire.
    Of all the things to ponder about this cover, I’m stuck trying to figure out what is in the tray at bottom right. Candy apple? Muffins? Scones?

  3. fred Says:

    The Bill Doors cover of ‘Tangerine’.

  4. Griz Says:

    Five fingers on each hand but no thumbs. Turning pages is gonna be tough.

  5. NomadUK Says:

    Griz@4: Clearly cover art generated by ChatGPT.

  6. JuanPaul Says:

    There’s a fire, a ghost, and a story. This is accurate cover art.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    FFS, make up your mind. Are you going for a ghost or a skeleton? Because ghost skeletons just aren’t a thing. And this thing looks like a mermaid who has become victim to ocean acidification. Yes that’s actually a thing – I looked it up. Climate change is an actual scary thing unlike this cover.

  8. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Casper has really lost some weight.

    @Francis Boyle: I am aware of at least one skeleton ghost, although it’s a little larger than this one.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So it appears that the ghost has a ghost? And only one leg/foot, which might be prehensile?

    @Tor: Definitely some kind of baked goods, which are useless to ghosts.

    @Nomad: Would that this could be blamed on AI instead of natural stupidity. It’s not like we didn’t have X-ray images in 2003, online even!

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    A prehensile coccyx may be a way to compensate for the precise opposite of phantom limb syndrome.

  11. Francis Boyle Says:


    That’s Japan so it doesn’t count. Because rule 35 – if it weird the Japanese have done it and probably as porn. And yes I did check and there is indeed Gashadokuro porn. (And, no, I didn’t follow any of Google’s links. Even I have standards.)
    I’m going with novelty dildos, because while I have standards they’re low.

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Prehensile extended coccyx or mermaid skeleton: either is an explanation, but as usual, we’ve put more thought into this than the artist did.

  13. A. R. Yngve Says:


  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    SCROOGE: “Sod off, I’ve reformed and I don’t need to be haunted any more, especially by the ghost of a Feejee Mermaid.”

  15. The Blue Are Coming Says:

    No bones about it. This artist can’t draw feet – even etherial skeletal ones.

    Considering what he did to the hands snd skull, it’s prolly for the best he didn’t try.

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