Nov 10

It looks like you are trying to write a letter. Would you like me to....Click for full image

John Comments: Sentient killer smog in Los Angeles of course requires occult defense. Only in the 80s.
Published 1985

Many thanks to John!

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: 6.62 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “Sunsmoke”

  1. Phil Says:

    Computers became much easier to use once the three different coloured keypads evolved into the QUERTY keyboard we know today.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:


  3. Nix Says:

    That machine screams ‘early 80s’. It’s not a PC: it’s a PET, coloured keyboard and all (though the areas covered by the different colours are wrong).

  4. SI Says:

    “No No No! Set your integer to 1 not 666!”

  5. THX 1138 Says:

    Didn’t that guy show up at the end of every Star Trek episode in the 60s? Nice to see he was still getting work as late as 1985.

    Also, Killus is a pretty badass name. He would be played by 80s Arnold Schwarzenegger in the inevitable action movie of his life.

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Pray that when someone calls for “James Killus!” he ain’t armed…

  7. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “First the sky turns dark, then hungry…then it calls Domino’s Pizza!!”

  8. BillyMuyo! Says:

    Is that the overworld map to the original Legend of Zelda on the computer monitor?

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Is that the overworld map to the original Legend of Zelda on the computer monitor?”

    It is! Because computer games are EEEEEEVILLL!!!

  10. Adam Roberts Says:

    I will grudgingly concede that Sunsmoke is a better title than Evil Brown Laptop Fart. Unless it’s a misprint for Gunsmoke. In which case it’s a much worse title.

  11. NGpm Says:

    The way the smoke is drawn gives it a bit of that Fu Manchu / Ming the Merciless look … hmm, there may be some relation to the 80’s Max Von Sydow Ming.

    “Klytus, I’m bored with the Legend of Zelda”
    “Just delete it my lord.”
    “Later, I like to play with things a little before annihilation”

  12. SI Says:

    Surely that’s just a quote for your average saturday out.

    First the sky turns dark, as you drink in your local from 3pm.. then you get hungry and slip off for a kebab.

  13. Mark V Thomas Says:

    “The Computer is displeased, & recommends that you report for Mandatory Termination…” – Paranoia RPG Dialogue sample
    As for the “possessed computer” image itself, isn’t it a “knock off” of the poster art of the early 80’s Video, Evilspeak…?
    (The art work, for said movie, had a possessed Apple II Personal Computer, projecting a pentagram into the air, as I recall…).

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The author went through and tossed several ideas for a pen name, until he came up with a real winner:

    James Killme
    James Killthem
    James Slayus
    James Stabus
    James Strangleus
    James Bruiseus

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Protip: do NOT ask ‘Am I pursued by an air elemental?’ on Yahoo!Answers.

  16. Anna T. Says:

    Did the System Lord Sokar just project himself out of that laptop? Because seriously, that’s who that looks like.

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