May 08

NOOOO Mangoes... my one weakness!Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Well here’s my Nephew, a silver jump suit and a box of mangoes. Now just head out to that field and get me a picture. I’m sure whatever you come up with will be just fine.
Published 1969

My favourite thing about the book.
Weird Cover – Written by the book store owner!

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: 8.85 out of 10)

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41 Responses to “The Killing Thing”

  1. Jaouad Says:

    The Killing Right Arm

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Any horny handed son of the soil will tell you the crop of 1979 Gary Numans has not been bountiful this year, the weather being what it is.

  3. SI Says:

    The mafia are just getting lazier and lazier. They haven’t even tried to bury that body!

  4. Phil Says:

    This would just about work as the cover of THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, but is better suited as an illustration of the perils of growing potatoes.

    The title and the author’s name are not separated in any way, which may lead some readers to think there’s something amiss with the syntax. It should surely be called THE THING KILLING KATE WILHELM. (With apologies to Ms Wilhelm, who I gather is thriving at the age of 83.)

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Why did they rake the dirt across his shoulder?

  6. Smith Says:

    You say potato, I say… Arrgh!

  7. Smith Says:

    Although for a moment I thought that this was a novelisation of the acclaimed Danish police-and-knitwear procedural by a new Scandinavian writer, Thing Kate Wilhelm.

  8. Tom Noir Says:

    Evil Knievel should never have tried to jump his bike across the Field of Dreams…

  9. Jon Says:

    Is he….smiling? And, if so, the dirt across his mid-section, coupled with his left hand position, makes this cover a bit….odd.

  10. Phil Says:

    Hmm, maybe he’s growing in the ground, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS-style.

  11. NGpm Says:

    Obviously the Killing Thing is quite the agronomist … it knows astronauts are a good source of nitrates.

  12. Adam Roberts Says:

    “Thing Kate Wilhelm” remains my favourite Danish crime-writer, and ‘The Killing’ is her masterpiece.

  13. Vic Says:

    “And then the kids tried to bury me alive after pelting me with green apples. Those scamps!”

  14. Herm Says:

    The little moon and star on his non-naked arm just make this for me.

  15. Yoss Says:

    Looks like he’s halfway through making a dirt angel.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    No, wait, we’ve got it all backwards. This is science fiction for panthers, that’s the size of the litter box, and those round things are…are…

  17. fred Says:

    I think we have stumbled upon The Genesis Moment for those “get rid of cable” DIRECTV commercials.

  18. Ian Says:

    Wait… that bare arm is a zombie dragging that space suited dude underground!!

  19. Ian Says:

    Ah I think someone took “Pomme de terre” literally… apples of the dirt.

  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Panther Science Fiction: Look for the Logo!!

    Oh, wait, we don’t have a logo. OK, just look for the books with the weird photographs for covers!

  21. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “In Russia you don’t play bowls, in Russia bowls plays you!”

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    It is oh so tempting to make a pun on “balls”… but I fear a diving 13-ton weight dropping from the sky onto my head.

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Hey, where’s Fredo?”
    “Fredo sleeps with the balls.”

  24. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The balls look like mini Jupiters.

  25. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Maybe he’s being crushed by the gravitational forces imposed by the mini Jupiters….or it could be just gas.

  26. anon Says:

    So it’s not just “Star King Jack Vance” but also “The Killing Thing Kate Wilhelm” who wrote “Panther Science Fiction”?
    Not the kind of sci-fi/fantasy book covers I was expecting.

  27. Tat Wood Says:

    The ground is controlling Major Tom

  28. L.B. Says:

    “Is Kate such a killing thing? Are mangoes her deadly weapon?”

  29. JuanPaul Says:

    Death by automatic tennis ball launcher must be horrible.

  30. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Whatever these things may be, they can be cultivated by seed or by cuttings.

  31. B. Chiclitz Says:

    It’s a clever puzzle: “Ok kids, who can find the Panther in the field of mangos?”

    Strike “clever.”

  32. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I’m trying to imagine what this photo shoot was like.

  33. fred Says:

    I don’t care if it is faithful to the book or not but he really should be dressed as a clown.

  34. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    When no one was looking, Scott Bakula stole eleven mangoes. He stole 11 mangoes. That’s as many as 1.1 tens. And that’s terrible.

  35. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    BREAKING: Trump accuses cover model of lying.


  36. JuanPaul Says:

    He’s not so much ‘the man who fell to earth’ as he is ‘the man who threw a hissy fit while planting potatoes’.

  37. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @DSWBT: That’s not Scott Bakula. It’s John Barrowman.

  38. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @GSS Whovian: Good show, ma’am! 🙂 But not enough forehead, I’m afraid.

  39. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: the thought of John Barrowman Quantum Leaping into the bodies of people in 1950s midwest America and making them get their willies out and belt out show-tunes is almost enough for me to wish Donald Belisarius would revive the series.

    “Oh boy”.

  40. THX 1138 Says:

    @39 TW: More like “Oh, boys!”

  41. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: I’d damn well tune in to that, and probably buy the DVDs.

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