Jan 27

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Rachel J’s Art Direction: All right, this cover practically designs itself. Think “teleportation”, “futuristic detectives” and “shapeshifting alien saboteurs hiding out on the Moon”. I’ll leave the details up to you…
Published 1966

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: 6.73 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “All the Colours of Darkness”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    The phrase “Will this do?” must have cropped up during the design of this one. There are bathroom books showing more dedication to the craft.

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The last thing that a crook sees before The Phantom punches him in the face with his skull-ring.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Mo-om! Dad took the clay sculpture I made in kindergarten and used it for a book cover!

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Alternate title:

    TWO of The Colors of Darkness

  5. Rachel J Says:

    In case you were wondering: no, the… whatever that thing on the cover is… does not appear in the book in any shape or form.

  6. Smith Says:

    Terrible meaningless title. Slightly amusing name “Biggle”.

    Cover art which looks like a melted margarine tub with a child’s drawing of a robot on it.

    It’s just perfect!

  7. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    It looks like they photographed a child’s toy (and not a fun one) through an ice cube.

    If you’re going to have abstract art on the cover it should actually relate to the book’s content. As a distant second-best it should be unremarkable and meaningless. It should not look like something utterly unrelated having an entirely different conversation.

  8. Ian Says:

    The proud father and almost famous sci-fi cover artist looked on in horror as his 5 year old held up the artwork… realizing he must have submitted her artwork for that latest book by Lloyd Biggle Jr b mistake and somehow here she was showing off his art in show-and-tell…

    Artist fades into oblivion. Daughter becomes famous.

  9. fred Says:

    Which Doctor Who/Cybermen Xmas special is that from?

  10. ecthroi Says:

    it looks like anyone who’s ever seen this book in person has punched it. just got angry at the meaninglessness of the cover and punched it as hard as s/he could.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    My God…it’s Goatse’s playgroup snapshot!

  12. Phil Says:

    Sort for looks like it should be embossed. That’s about all that could save it. Someone paid four whole shillings for that!

  13. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Which Doctor Who/Cybermen Xmas special is that from?

    The one with the robots made out of margarine tubs.

  14. Jane Says:

    Not surprisingly, the iSlime never made it past the prototype stage.

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    See, this cover shows why self-“published” writers can’t possibly meet the high professional standards of established publishing conglomerates.

  16. David H Says:

    It looks as if the design was carved from a Halls Mentho-Lyptus cough drop.

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    This cover makes me very angry!

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