Dec 09

And for your coarse hair we recommend disembodiment and fire!Click for full image

John Comments: There isn’t a joke I could make that would trump the description on the back – “The wife of a powerful figure in CA is found brutally murdered in the couple’s lonely mountain retreat. Wesley Stoneham made certain that all the evidence concerning the murderer of his wife pointed to a nearby hippie community. He had 3 goals in mind: to get rid of his wife, to drive out the hippie commune, and to enhance his own power in the state. He was at the point of achieving them all when Garnna, from the peaceful planet of Zartic finally made contact with Debby, a hippie from the commune, who had problems of her own. Then, Stoneham’s troubles began.” OF COURSE I BOUGHT THIS RIGHT AWAY!
Published 1975

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: 8.48 out of 10)

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18 Responses to “Herds”

  1. Ian Sales Says:

    All those Laser Books have identical covers, with a man’s disembodied head in the lower right corner. They’re usually ugly men too. Check out the cover on John Morressy’s A Law for the Stars here, for example.

  2. SophaLoaf Says:

    That is amazing!

  3. SI Says:

    I like to think Debbies main problems of her own might be something around.. being in contact with large zebra like aliens. Otherwise on the same scale.. not having enough butternut squash might be a major issue.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    See, this is what happens when hippies write SF.

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Alternative back cover blurb, matching the cover:
    “The wife of a powerful figure in CIA is found brutally murdered in the couple’s high-rise apartment. Wesley Stoneham is behind the murder, and the mastermind of a galaxy-spanning plot to murder a peaceful herd of vegetarian aliens, by setting them on fire with Peter O’Toole’s disembodied flaming head. Only an enlightened hippie commune can save the galaxy…”

  6. Phil Says:

    I was thinking Catweazle. A YOUNG Catweazle.

  7. Little Mi Says:

    Is that some kind of dancing dinosour chorus?

    Every disembodied head should have one…

  8. Seamyst Says:

    Yeah, I didn’t think those looked like zebras so much as velociraptors.

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “I was thinking Catweazle. A YOUNG Catweazle.”

    He he! 🙂

  10. Zycrow Says:

    “I am the floating head of Dr. Strange and I approve of this—wait, what the hell is going on back there?”

  11. Nix Says:

    Hey, give the poor artist a break. This was an Elwood, at the height of his hyperpublication frenzy, so presumably there were about five million more covers to do that week.

  12. David Cowie Says:

    “The wife of a powerful figure in CA … ”

    I’m trying to think of a “Man At C&A” joke here.

  13. Agrajag Says:

    You know a similar thing happened to me on the way to my mountain retreat whilst trying to enhance my powers. I buried my wife under the patio instead though.

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    One might credibly argue that book covers like these deter aliens from contacting Earthlings.

  15. Cliff Says:

    This is a series!?

  16. FearofMüsic Says:

    “My, floating flaming head, what big eyes you have!”
    “Shut up kid. Hey, is that a macrame poncho you’re wearing? What are you, some kind of hippie? I HATE hippies..”
    “No mister, it’s a riding hood. And might I say, what a big unruly platicy looking mop of hair you have!”
    “Kid, if I had hands I’d slap you upside your hippie head.”
    “And mister floating head, what a big bunch of aliens you have…behind you!”
    “What?! Aargghh! They’re back…again? Kid, turn me around..”
    “Not even, you fascist pig from CA! Hey aliens! Over here! See this head? He says he’s gonna wipe out your planet and turn the whole place into low rent commercial property, tax free of course.”
    “HEY! No! Kid!”
    “Ya hungry Mr.Aliens? His head tastes just lime chicken!”

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  18. GSS noob Says:

    I own this book. And yes, it is exactly as the back cover describes — luckily the murder isn’t much and the aliens are pretty cool.

    All the Laser Book covers are terrible, even though the books (all unrelated, by different authors) are adequate-to-good. I, uh, may have a collection of them? The disembodied dude heads never had much to do with the books.

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