Jan 18

Darling, have you ever noticed our ESP worm is a bit more... rainbow-ie than most?Click for full image

Scott’s Art Direction: I was drinking fairly heavily when I read, “The E.S.P. Worm” but I’m pretty sure it was about an estranged pair of anthropomorphic sticks of chalk, plus a bespectacled penis, I mean “worm”, lassoing the Earth with its magic rainbow powers. So put that on the cover!
Published 1970

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: 8.97 out of 10)

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22 Responses to “The E.S.P. Worm”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Wait, I’m getting a message through from the ESP worm! He says, ‘Eat more dirt! Avoid moles!'”

  2. Smith Says:

    So many things one could say!

    Why is the ESP worm/marital aid wearing glasses? Is a side effect of ESP short sightedness?

  3. SI Says:

    The original concept art for the kids show Rainbow was just really strange.

  4. Tom Noir Says:


    Cover artist compensating for something?!

  5. Michael Toland Says:

    That’s pretty eye-searingly awful, but I have to admit that I’d pick it up and at least check out the plot if I saw that on the shelf.

  6. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    Aaah, the ‘sixties. The awful drug-influenced art, the excruciatingly Freudian watercolors, the space-age-née-jet-age swooshy loops and planets, it’s all here.

    Piers Anthony, hmm.

  7. Scott B Says:

    Michael — it’ll capture your attention all right. And what will your attention be subjected to while being held in captivity? Equally awesome blurbage!

  8. Phil Says:

    “Prodigal worm” does it for me. I’m rushing out to buy a copy right now.

  9. fred Says:

    The beginning of the end for early birds.

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  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    And don’t miss the brain-scrunching sequels




  12. Yoss Says:

    Guys…. The ESP worm knows you’re making fun of him.

  13. Ian Says:

    Really? “brain-bending”? Might they mean mind-bending? I think branches bend, roads bend, and even bananas bend, but a brain is squishy and will not bend.

  14. Michael Toland Says:

    Scott – wow, apparently the sellers know as much about language as the artist does about art. I have to read this now.

  15. Simon Says:

    That artwork is remarkably reminiscent of David ‘Mr.Ben’ McKee. Can’t be though. Can it?

  16. David Cowie Says:

    I’ve got a copy of this edition, and I didn’t submit it. Bugger!

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Judging by the shades, the worm looks like he’s on vacation in another country. The local worms around there are apparently much more cylindrical in shape, and not very friendly, seeing as they aren’t even looking at the new guy…

  18. Rev Says:

    – Barkeep, get me a brain-bending science fiction surprise! Er, that IS a surprise…

  19. Tat Wood Says:

    If the colour-scheme had been more lurid this would be even more horribly reminiscent of ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’.

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  21. Tom Noir Says:

    What I’m learning is that you don’t want ESP, because you’ll either wind up as a giant cylinder cut in half by a weird worm thing, or as a head-shaped house with people crawling all up and down through your sinuses.

  22. Noel Says:

    Good to see this one making a late surge. It has always tickled me.

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