Dec 06

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Hex Comments: What is THE THING? I’m not sure, but possibly a giant meatloaf with a rubber arm and a pair of huge headlamp eyeballs.
Published 1963

Many thanks to Hex!

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: 8.55 out of 10)

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41 Responses to “This Creeping Evil”

  1. A.R.Yngve Says:

    At first glance, I’d say Sarah Palin is searching for her eyeglasses…

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Also notable:
    Apparently the author is a sea-lion (see the parenthesis under his name). This must be the first and only time in history that a marine mammal writes a monster novel. But perhaps he had a ghost-writer…

  3. Simon Says:

    “All your cookies are belong to me!”

  4. SI Says:

    The thing seems to be on fire! No wonder he wants water.

  5. SI Says:

    This was a good episode of lost btw.


    … I’ll get my coat ….

  6. Brian B Says:

    Go for the eyes Boo! Go for the eyes! RAGGHHH!

  7. Jen Says:

    …You know, I hate to say it but it’s actually kind of cute…

  8. Phil Says:

    A.R.Yngve: I’m desperately trying to find a punnish way of naming another marine mammal as the author of a monster novel…but failing. Closest I can get is that movie OF GODS AND MONSTERS, which was about James Whale.

    I do love these old books with their old prices. This one cost 2/6. That’s 12.5p for younger viewers.

  9. Phil Says:

    PS I’ve just noticed the typographical error: “from hell?” should have a capital F, surely. This invalidates the whole cover for me!

  10. Jeff Vader Says:

    To me it has more than a passing resemblance to His Noodliness The Flying Spaghetti Monster…

  11. Nix Says:

    Jeff, quite. It’s not a monster, it’s really sweet! Whoza widdle cute meatloaf with one freakish ten-mile-long arm…

    I think it’s the huge eyes that do it.

    (I do like the careful use of capital letters at the start of not quite all of the sentences.)

  12. NGpm Says:

    Cthulhu it ain’t.

    I remember naught but the maddening pounding of the native drums and the surf slapping against the hull whilst we fled that great cyclopian meatloaf horror.

  13. Brian B Says:

    I wonder…is that the money I could be saving on my car insurance with Geico?

    Perhaps not a funny pun for people who lack the joys of Geico insurance commercials.

  14. Anrkist Says:

    Meatloaf – Bat out of Hell 3

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is such a captivating cover! I keep coming up with different sound effects for the scene…Oh, how I wish I could be like Don Martin, and come up with *THHBLORPNIBSH* onomatopoeiae….

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    SI wrote:
    “This was a good episode of lost btw.


    … I’ll get my coat ….”

    No wait, SI, don’t get your coat. You have a point. That cover is how LOST really ought to have ended.

  17. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “What is THE THING?”
    -Err, a horror movie that was remade?

  18. Hal Says:

    Adorable. I want to adopt THE THING.

  19. ash966 Says:

    It looks like Meat Wad from Aqua Teen Hunger force doing some moonlighting:

  20. geri Says:

    Come on guys! It’s the Spaghetti Monster, isn’t it? Gee he seems to appear everywhere these days

  21. Calandra Says:

    Looks like something Dr. Seuss shat out.

  22. Kathleen Says:

    I don’t think “from Hell” really scans as a possible answer to “What is the Thing?”

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “From HELL?”
    No, uh, from Wasilla, actually.

  24. Don Hilliard Says:


  25. A.R.Yngve Says:

    OK, Don Hilliard wins this comment thread HANDS DOWN with the snappiest riff of all time.

  26. GK Says:

    I finally found out what the Thing is,

  27. Annexian Says:

    Reminds me of Kelley Jones “The Hammer”…

    Has a horrible Chtulhu type monster send a proboscis out and devours cultists who’ve messed up on him.

    The hero-
    “Hurry! Cthar-Fthagen has extended his Anus and is Sucking them to Hell! Now we act!”

  28. Colin Says:

    I can say proudly (?) that I’ve actually read this book. Indeed I may still have that very paperback edition somewhere. The monster is somehow evoked by the declining moral and religious standards of Britain. and is conquered by the power of prayer.. A monster novel written from the viewpoint of an elderly “Daily Mail” reader, if you can imagine such a thing!

  29. Tom Noir Says:

    There are many bad covers on this site, but this is one of the few that causes me to issue a great guffaw every time I see it.

    A less apt illustration of a hell-beast one could hardly hope to find.

  30. Tat Wood Says:

    Nearly a thousand covers, so I can be forgiven for never having spotted this in my delvings.

    But now I’m trying to imagine a sea lion reading the Daily Mail.

  31. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Extry! Extry! PM caught with walrus lady! Read all about it in the Daily Mail Sea Lion Supplement!”

  32. GSS noob Says:

    Looking at this from the distant future of 2017, and reading Colin’s summary, I bet the author fits the current internet definition of sea lion too…

    Who knew creatures from the pit of hell were so cute?

  33. Tor Mented Says:

    Looking at this from the distant future of 2017, I laughed at Brian B’s Baldur’s Gate reference in 6.)

  34. Tat Wood Says:

    Looking at this from six years almost to the day since my first trip to the US… re Brian (13), have Geico adverts always been shite? I mean, the current one isn’t even in the top 3 ‘He-Man’ themed adverts of 2017.

    Oh, yes, book cover. They seem to be muddling up their Tom Baker stories: the Creature from the Pit looked like this
    and what they’ve shown on the cover was Kroll (guest-starring John Abineri from the Ferrero Rocher adverts as Old Greg)

  35. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: the very first Geico ads were okay, but then they changed the voice of the gecko and they got worse. Way before you got to the US. Still, it beats the Cavemen ads. (The Tiny House one made me laugh, I must admit)

    Being as this predates the Doctor, I wonder if the writers saw this?

    Did anyone ever figure out what the (Sea-Lion) bit meant?

  36. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: so who was the gecko before Max Branning (which, if you know ‘EastEnders’ is about the least reliable voice you want for anything to do with cars)? And why do they run four or five concurrent campaigns (including one with Skeletor, as well as the ‘take a closer look’ thing, the ‘that’s surprising’ one,the ‘it’s what you do’ one)?

    Why can’t they leave car insurance to the Russian-accented Meerkats?

    Ans the gulf between the scripted descriptions of Kroll and Erato and what we got on screen was immense. Bob Holmes reading this, though, is vaguely plausible.

  37. Tor Mented Says:

    This cover looked sort of familiar, so I did some checking. I think the artist might have been ripping off a couple of covers done by Jack Kirby in the 1960s.

  38. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: It was Kelsey Grammer, doing a much higher-class gecko. A bit peeved, but trustworthy.

    Why they run so many at a time, I don’t know. It does make it slightly less boring when they’re a major sponsor of something you’re forced to watch live.

    @Tor: Oh, like if Jack Kirby couldn’t draw. (I met him once, briefly, near the end of his life; splendid chap). (Also, love the new Thor movie)

  39. JJYoyo Says:

    This cover looks borrowed from The Gallery of Regrettable Food”. I could have picked any one of half a dozen works but the link below will do as well as any of the others:

  40. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I double-checked to make sure this wasn’t another pseudonym of Rev. Fanthorpe.


    It was, however, first published under the pseudonym “Sea-Lion”.

    WTF indeed.

    @JJYoyo: Love the Regrettable Food. Various bloggers have taken on the challenge to actually cook them.

  41. Bruce A Munro Says:

    A little Junji Ito, rather more Muppet Monsters.

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