Jun 11

And here is your blind date, Shelgrangormoth the Third.Click for full image

Shira Comments: My partner discovered this book at the Friends of the Library Book Sale in Ithaca, NY. With my love of mushrooms and her love of cheesy sci-fi, we had to have it, of course!
Published 1973

A brilliant picture out in the wild!
Many thanks to Shira!

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: 8.67 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “The Secret People”

  1. SophaLoaf Says:


  2. Adam Roberts Says:

    Good teeth, though.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:

    Ah, John Wyndham! A giant of British SF, known to millions around the world as the author of Day of the Triffids and Stowaway to… Hang on, what’s that second title again?

  4. Herm Says:

    The Chrysalids? The Kraken Wakes?

  5. SI Says:

    It’s not shrek, it’s just a crazy old women who has forgotten to wash in about 40 years and has problems applying make up.

  6. James Lovegrove Says:

    One pupil is more dilated than the other. The poor monster has clearly suffered brain damage. Probably it was trampled in the stampede of people trying to get away from this cover.

  7. DeadRobot Says:

    I’m sure his mushroom growths supplied many a hippie with a good time back in the day.

    But good lord… veins on a mushroom stalk? Penis much?

  8. CSA Says:

    @DeadRobot, Sometimes a rocket is just a rocket, a train going into a tunnel is just a train going into a tunnel, and a mushroom is just a penis.

  9. Phil Says:

    At first I thought that this cover couldn’t possibly be appropriate for this novel. Then I read the plot summary on Wikipedia, and it seems the book is as kooky as its cover. Pygmies! Fungi! Caves!

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I think the cover art was originally used in those psychological tests — you’re supposed to tell the doctor what you think you see in the picture…

    (I see a serving of chilled monkey brain, potentially delicious but ruined by the idiot chef who inexplicably stuck mushrooms into the dish.)

  11. Vincent Says:

    I guess Magic Mushrooms cause visions like this cover…

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Lemme tell ya, it ain’t easy being an ogre with antennae disguised as mushrooms. There I am, minding my own business underground, when those Goddamn trained pigs come sniffing for truffles. I hate’em! Goddamn pigs!”

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