Sep 02

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Ashton Comments: Everything about the closer man’s outfit is amazing, from his puffy velvet shirt covered with large gold buttons and trousers striped with red and blue, to the leopard print trim on his girdle. The other man’s garbage sack outfit is no match.
Published 1982

Many thanks to Ashton!

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: 7.03 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Dilvish, the Damned”

  1. Richard Palmer Says:

    Also, he looks a little like Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder II.

  2. SI Says:

    Is that prince harry getting magic zapped at him?

  3. Herm Says:

    The further-away dude appears to be wearing a fisherman’s waders. One’d think that might not be a practical hobby to pursue while wearing a cloak.

  4. Richard Palmer Says:


    Hellhound, eh? I see you made it onto this cover!

  5. Little Mi Says:

    Is that some kind of black glowing horse climbing a mountin in the background?

    I am also spending far too much time wondering what kind of obstacles ‘only a man fron Hell could overcome’…perhaps a really, really scary rope swing.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    “As my dying wish, I hope that my cape will do more than I achieved in my life.”

  7. anon Says:

    Icicle Ray spell creates heavy iciles..

  8. CSA Says:

    No, the guy getting hit by the Icicle isnt falling over. He’s just throwing out his gang sign. “Beeeche, is that all yo gawt”

  9. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: The guy getting hit by the icicle…
    “All right, All right, I’ll take back what I said about your codpiece…!”.

  10. Mooir Says:

    Re:Is that some kind of black glowing horse climbing a mountin in the background?

    Yes it is. It is also made of metal (the horse, not the mountain).

  11. Little Mi Says:

    Gosh, thanks for clearing that little mystery up for me Mooir. That certainly makes much more sense now…really…ummm….

  12. ashton Says:

    And it talks!

  13. anon Says:

    @Little Mi, Mooir
    It’s ordering a drink at the Invisible Bar ™.

  14. DaveM Says:

    Much as I loath necroposting I am moved to point out that apart from the appalling wardrobe and making Dilvishs elven boots into waders, this cover is reasonably accurate. The book itself is a collection of short stories, and the cover shows the penultimate scene in the story “Devil and the dancer”.

  15. Tom Noir of the Red Moon Says:

    Tazed by the fashion police!

  16. GSS noob Says:

    That is definitely Rowan Atkinson from Blackadder II fighting against Kenneth the Page from “30 Rock”.

  17. Tom Noir Says:

    @GSS noob: holy crap, you’re spot on about that second one. Now I can’t unsee it.

  18. GSS noob Says:

    @Tom: My work here is done. Once you see it…

  19. A.R.Yngve Says:

    How does that, you know, work? I mean, in practice?
    How does a blue energy bolt come out of his fingers?
    Even assuming the source of the energy was “another dimension” (fine, OK, let’s go with that), wouldn’t the heat/particles/emission burn his hand to a crisp…?

    But then, I always preferred SF over Generic Fantasy…

  20. Ryan Says:

    @A.R.Yngve, Rowan Atkinson has developed a personal, short-range, hand-held wormhole that summons the mass/energy from one location about 200 feet away, focuses it, and releases it as a burst of blue-shifted energy beams to another location about 20 feet away.

    Coincidentally, the source location becomes denuded of energy and mass in the form of a black hole in the shape of a rearing horse. Science!

  21. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Ryan: Of course! It’s so simple when you explain it like that!

    I wonder what snarky remark Rowan’s quipping as he zaps Kenneth.

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