Mar 02

What the WHAT!Click for full image

Amy Comments: I wish this snap had turned out better but I was getting suspicious glances from the clerk at the bookstore. At any rate, high focus is not entirely necessary to appreciate a fat, be-earringed red Troll doll brandishing a sword whilst riding on an anatomically challenged horse floating above a cloud in front of an angry sun. Winds of Limbo indeed. Also, it says Moorcock *snigger*
Published 1974

Many thanks to Amy!

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: 8.58 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “The Winds of Limbo”

  1. Phil Says:

    That’s one hilarious cover. But it is so beautifully executed that I feel unable to give it a high GOOD SHOW, SIR rating. Take a look at the higher quality image on Wikipedia and you will see there is comedic subtlety in this artwork:

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The artwork’s good — it’s forgetting to put “Michael” before “Moorcock” that makes the cover such comedy gold.

    Also available in this series:

    The Shaft of Fate

    The Tower of Heaven

    The Cosmic Rod

    It Just Goes On and On

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    Is this what’s called breaking in a horse, or is it just breaking a horse?

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Every time I look at this cover, I keep seeing fetuses…goodbye…

  5. Adam Roberts Says:

    I like the way the horse’s back legs are made of rubber. And also the way the slight out-of-focus-ishness means I can’t be quite sure if that’s a sword potbellied-red-demon is holding, or if he just hasn’t cut his fingernails in a long, long time.

  6. Dalton H. Says:

    The horse must be flapping his hind legs to fly. Now I understand.

  7. Tom Noir Says:

    IMHO, that horse has EXACTLY the right reaction to what’s going on.

  8. mfabry Says:

    I must say it’s one of the most hilarious covers I’ve seen here. The horse looks so terrified. I’m not amazed. If I found myself hanging mid-air with sword wielding, fat maniac on my back I would be out of my wits too!

  9. Infidel753 Says:

    The horse is looking all like “OMG what happened to my Moorcock?!?!?” Which also explains why the red guy is waking the knife around triumphantly with an evil smirk. It’s a cruelty-to-animals theme.

    Also, is that a really fluffy tail or is the horse farting?

  10. NGpm Says:

    I’m just stunned … three bucks for that?!?

    Pray tell, what is the “science fantasy” that Mayflower is selling here? I mean, I get the fantasy part … troll dolls and frightened airborne geldings and all, but where is the science?

  11. Amy Says:

    I’m glad Phil provided a link to a better image. I also think I do not have the hang of my cell’s camera. Still, I’m not convinced it is supposed to be humorous, however, I haven’t read the book. Moorcock certainly was published a lot, but his publishers didn’t seem to like him very much.

  12. Green Says:

    A demented, sword-wielding Tibetan demon would scare the horse hockey out any poor horse.

  13. Brendan Podger Says:

    I have to say, putting Michael Moorcock covers up here is like shooting fish in a barrel. There is so much wrong with pretty much all of them. A lot like the contents really.

  14. SI Says:

    The horse is clearly upset cause someone has cast a magic fireball at them. The plump bloke hasn’t noticed it yet.

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  16. FearøfMusic Says:

    Is it just me, or do the Winds of Limbo always seem to reek of unbaptized baby souls? I really hate that smell.

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