Apr 25

What did you do to Alfred Hitchcock's face!Click for full image

Jaouad Comments: I have no mouth, but I have a double chin & a sousaphone ear with tiny people creeping out of it & a plum floating above my eye & something which looks vaguely like a grape in my other eye & two tiny legs and and… I MUST SCREAM!
Published 1974

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: 8.43 out of 10)

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27 Responses to “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “I have no shame and we must scream”?

  2. SI Says:

    “THERE’S AN APPLE ON MY HEAD!!!! Oh man… I’ve been waiting for years to get a mouth just to scream that.”

  3. Smith Says:

    When Botox Goes Wrong.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m at a loss for words.

  5. L.B. Says:

    At least he’s a good listener…

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    My art direction: “Okay, for this cover, obviously you have to paint a guy with no mouth.”

    “Can he have tiny legs?”

    “Sure, whatever.”

    “How about a megaphone ear? With tiny naked women coming out of it?”

    “Look, go buck wild if you want to. Just make sure he has no mouth and he looks vaguely uncomfortable about it. OK?”


  7. Phil Says:

    Hmm. I’m a bit conflicted with this one, which I was already familiar with. My knee-jerk reaction is “ear- trumpet!” “One-eyed head!” “Tiny legs!”

    But it’s actually beautifully executed and its surrealism ties in well with the thematics of the title story of this collection.

    For belly-laughs, I would still turn to the Pan edition of THE BEAST THAT SHOUTED LOVE AT THE HEART OF THE WORLD.

  8. Herm Says:

    Vaguely spoilery while not the slightest bit appropriate to the story. Wow. That’s good going there.

  9. Philip Daniel Shaw Says:

    Still, it won the Hugo Award in 1968 and is one of my favorite science fiction stories

  10. Jaouad Says:

    @Phil: I had some doubts myself at first, but in the end the (to my mind) faux-Daliesque pretensions of this illustration became too annoying to let pass.

  11. Tim Says:

    I think I’m gonna hurl…out my ear

  12. Linden Says:

    A title that well-nigh demands bad cover art to illustrate it.

  13. THX 1138 Says:

    Murun Buchstansangur regretted eating that cheese he found under the sink…

  14. A.R.Yngve Says:

    What 80 years of cellphone use will do to you.

  15. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    To be fair, Harlan Ellison’s work ought to be illustrated symbolically — a literal depiction of what’s happening in a story would kind of ruin it.

    And it ought to look disturbing, too, given how disturbing his stories are (“Jefty is Five” chilled me at a fairly young age).

    So … maybe this is appropriate?

  16. SI Says:

    I think this will be similar to how I will feel later tonight after the pub.

    “I can’t find my bus pass & I must travel!”

  17. benny Says:

    is that a pair of balls where his chin should be?

  18. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    It looks like he indeed has a mouth. It was just slapped sideways.

  19. David Cowie Says:

    I’m mostly annoyed by the way that they have spread the title over four lines, with “I” all by itself on line 1.

  20. Jaouad Says:

    Leo Dillon died just a few days ago, according to RIP.

  21. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I missed the Leo Dillon part, since this is not typical of his work.

    Leo and Diane Dillon were a husband and wife collaborative team of illustrators, and they did some of the best fantasy, science fiction, and children’s book covers of the last half-century, including one of the nicest Earthsea covers:

    for Ursula K. LeGuin, who got some real bad’uns:

    The Dillons were personal friends of Harlan Ellison, so I can only conclude that this is the cover Ellison truly wanted. I find it disturbing, but it’s certainly appropriate for Ellison’s work.

  22. Jaouad Says:

    That IS a nice Earthsea cover, with an actual dark-skinned Ged, too.

  23. SI Says:

    You read the book! Now play the game!

    Which came out a while ago. I think I would prefer to play Monkey island again though.

  24. anon Says:

    I see someone has been to see Dr. Jaffe..

  25. Anna T. Says:

    I suppose an actual depiction of just what happens to the narrator of the story that leaves him mouthless would be hideously spoilery. It still does not excuse this odd sculpture thing.

    And what’s with the random orange?

  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    HARLAN ELLISON Seven, or maybe Eight, times winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards


    HARLAN ELLISON Seven times winner of the Haagen and Dazs Awards


  27. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The artist made quite a Bosch out of this cover.

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