Mar 22

Sorry... you eat me after sex?Click for full image

Kevin’s Art Direction: Don’t put a red flame ANYWHERE on the coverthat’s too obvious! Instead, put Grizzly Adams into a jumpsuit and have him talking earnestly to a lizard man who’s walking a giant stag beetle through an alien city. Insert sexual tension by hiding the human’s left hand behind the lizard man’s buttocks. Also, hide both bipeds’ right feet from view so people will focus on the fact that the beetle is practically floating.
Published 1986

Many thanks to Kevin!

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: 8.74 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Red Flame Burning”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    That’s a normal sized beetle that they’re taking for a walk, but the forced perspective of the drawing makes it look giant.

  2. Evad Says:

    Curb your beetle.
    After all, no one wants to step in dung beetle dung.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    It wasn’t until the late 19th century that scientists conclusively proved that giant dung beetles do in fact life all six feet off the ground when they run.

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    My three-year-old son looked at the picture and said: “Daddy, beetle poops on bearded man’s feet!”

  5. SI Says:

    It’s so annoying when you’re walking your beetle and you get hassled by charity workers.

  6. Phil Says:

    I assumed lizard man was the alien, but if you look at the background you see that this is a planet of lizards. That makes the human (Girzzly Adams? Kris Kristofferson maybe) the real alien.

    If I were that beetle, I would be desperate to get at least one tongue’s length away from my lizard master.

  7. Adam Roberts Says:

    That’s not a lead; that’s a sword. Bug-head man is saying: ‘I dub thee Sir Dungbeetle …’

  8. Dalton H. Says:

    The lizard man is like,” He’s a rescue bug.”

  9. A.R.Yngve Says:

    After some digging around, I found the perfectly rational explanation (rational for the publishing business, that is) to this odd cover design:

    There was a misunderstanding.

    At first the artist was assigned to make a cover for a book which he was told — over the phone — had to do with “ailing proctology”, and so he assumed that “Red Flame Burning” referred to a painful bowel condition.

    You can imagine the editor’s dismay when the artist proudly delivered a finished, very detailed painting to the office.

    After a heated argument, selfsame artist was re-assigned to paint the proper cover, referring to a book about alien psychology — with very little time to spare — hence the rush job.

    And the moral is: Editors should never eat cornflakes while talking over the phone.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    No author given!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Still no author listed!

    Also, if it wasn’t burning, it wouldn’t be a flame now, would it?

    And did we ever get to see the cover of the book on the left? Also from Del Ray, what we can glimpse makes it look like a possible GSS candidate.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Inimitable: Sword of Fire, there you go.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The sequel! Now with more lizard-men and walking the beetles on the National Mall!

  14. L.B. Says:

    “Ward, I’m worried about the Beetle.”

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