Jul 07

His trouser snake finally got the better of him.Click for full image

Dave Comments: Let’s see. We have a guy in a tree, with a sword, getting ready to lop of the head of a snake, with its head super-imposed against The Moon. Paging Dr. Freud!
Published 1983

Hey, I’ve seen that scene in the jungle book!!
Many thanks to Dave!

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: 5.46 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “The Night Shapes”

  1. cutmanmike Says:

    TRRRrrrruusstt in meeeeee

  2. Little Mi Says:

    A man who clearly loves his surname in really big ’80s style! That font is super special.

    Also…don’t you just love a phantasmagoria, they are my favourite.

  3. SophaLoaf Says:

    Question: Did he go to a land of giant snakes or did he and his machete shrink?

  4. DeadRobot Says:

    I have no issue with the illustration. We all know giant snakes exist. I googled it.

    What the hell is a “midnight phantasmagoria of illusion and reality”?

  5. SI Says:

    The 80’s font is amazing….

    Are those considered adequate jungle boots? I always considered them to be just for riding.

  6. Nix Says:

    Also, this is a health and safety violation. All he’s hanging onto is the snake. When he kills it, isn’t he going to fall down?

  7. anon Says:

    “Also, this is a health and safety violation. All he’s hanging onto is the snake. When he kills it, isn’t he going to fall down?”

    I don’t think that situation is covered by the statutes.
    However, it certainly is a violation against common sense.

  8. Adam Roberts Says:

    Don’t kill that snake! It’s clearly a holy snake! Just look at the size of its halo!

  9. Little Mi Says:

    “Also, this is a health and safety violation. All he’s hanging onto is the snake. When he kills it, isn’t he going to fall down?”

    It’s ok. He’s only a foot off the ground.

  10. SophaLoaf Says:

    I’m serious about the question, yo.

  11. SI Says:

    Sophaloaf> well the moon does look pretty big so I guess he could be a tiny man!

    Also if a snake was that large I am sure it took about an hour to wrap itself around him and drag him up that tree.

  12. Kathleen Says:

    I’ve never heard of the “James Hugo Award”

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Awarded by one James Hugo during a live webcast from his parents’ basement. This year he awarded it to the ‘Avatar’ novelization, “Cause it like totally had that deleted scene with the giant snakes.”

  14. John T Says:

    The good news is he’s got both arms free, so he should be able to produce the tiny sign that reads “Uh oh!” in the couple of seconds between killing the snake and falling to the ground.

  15. Tommi Says:

    I bet the snake actually did snatch him off a horse. Just look at his nice shirt and hairdo! Good for him that he always keeps a sword hidden in the handle of his polo stick …

  16. Nix Says:

    The sad thing is, this is probably a really bad cover on a really good book. I mean, it’s *Blish*, someone who appeared incapable of writing a bad story. I’d say he was also SF’s best critic ever, but John Clute would throttle me in polysyllables and Adam Roberts would get all sarcastic and Chip Delany would say something deep and comprehensible only to alien superintelligences and I’d have to back off and apologise profusely.

    Perhaps I could just say that Blish was SF’s best critic ever who happens to be dead.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The Night Shapes, and a great constriction pains
    My chest, as though of venom I had drunk
    Or emptied some snake plasma to the drains
    One minute past, and Hugo ‘wards had sunk;
    ‘Tis in the darkest part of planet not
    But past and future clash in happiness;
    And thou, moon-litten Dryad of the trees
    In some strange Blish-recorded plot
    Have grabbéd me, and shadows numberless
    Hiss midnight phantoms, illusions and realities

    With apologies to Keats…

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