Oct 03

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!!! THAT is NOT a school regulation jumper young man!!Click for full image

Matthew Comments: I remember the TV programme of this being pretty scary…
Published 1976

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: 6.30 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Chocky”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Is this a textbook “negative reaction”?

  2. bincat23 Says:


  3. SI Says:

    The inclusion of psychic powers into Grange Hill would have been this epic!

  4. Smith Says:

    Back, and to the left…

  5. Phil Says:


  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Little known fact: kids in ugly jumpers get great TV reception.

  7. fred Says:

    I wonder if Wyndham has his full name on his gravestone. John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris.

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I’ll defend this cover. It relates to the content, it’s artful without being overdone, and it’s creepy (which the story also is).

    It wouldn’t be half as creepy in a “positive” version…

  9. Jami Says:

    When I saw the thumbprint version I honestly thought this would be one of those books that does a whole take on the Anti-Christ/Messiah thing. Not an alien scout thing.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @A. R. Yngve: yes, but is the flavour authentic?

  11. Adam Roberts Says:

    The Golden Shot was a great show. Until they started killing children on it, that is.

  12. Phil Says:

    Bernie, the bolt!

  13. Espedair Says:

    This is pretty scary but I prefer the same series cover for The Outward Urge. This features an astronaut wielding a strange bullhorn!

  14. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    That kid needs some serious teeth-whitener!

  15. Tam Fu Wing Says:

    Ready! Aim! Fire!

  16. Hex Says:

    I’m with A.R. Yngve here. All the Penguin Wyndhams were done by the same artist in a similar restrained, modernist style. They’re very good.

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tag Wizard: Sweaterworld?

  18. The Tag Wizard Says:

    @Stuff, better than obsessing over weird pecs though, right?

    Seems to me that we lack a bullseye tag, too. Sproing!

  19. anon Says:

    Chocky John Wyndham: “I’m not the person you’re looking for. You will chase the penguin in the orange bubble.

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