Oct 22

Is that a... yep... it really is... wow...Click for full image

Scott B Comments: It looks like there’s some serious industrial-grade symbolism happening on this cover, but I have no idea what it is. An albino woman with some sort of aboriginal figure superimposed (or inside her?) surrounded by Fire (and with weird fiery-squiggle aura around the woman) over a background of Earth and Water. It feels like it should really mean something but…
Published 1972

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: 8.49 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “The World’s Desire”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Carlos Castaneda wants his cover back.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    You’d look like that, too, if it were wash day and an incandescent aboriginal was all you had to wear!

    The text at Project Gutenberg. I think the bird is supposed to be Helen of Troy, which might explain the burning city at lower left, but not the pollen grain at lower right.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Everybody now: Lucy in the sky with diamonds…

  4. Jaouad Says:

    Ancient Greece and Egypt. Now that explains the Kaaba at lower left.

  5. David Cowie Says:

    1) Font problems. Those E’s!
    2) Superimposed Dazzle Man clearly has a dangling penis.
    3) Does it say ADULT FANTASY around the unicorn’s head in top right? I can’t quite make it out.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    “Make sure to include a highly stylized representation of a man that has no distinguishing features besides a penis.”

  7. fred Says:

    His painting “Annunciation” was used as the Santana Abraxas album cover.

  8. Jerk of all Trades Says:

    Unless that’s an albino that got shut in the walk-in freezer on the first day of a long weekend while wearing blue contacts, what i think we actually have here is some kind of generic “Fantasy Woman Who Is Special, Like From D&D Or Outer Space –You Know.”

  9. James Says:

    The word ‘desire’ is on the cover, and there are no visible boobies. They had to put a penis there… if that can be qualified as such.

  10. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Kate Moss on acid?

  11. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Oh yeah, I can see how the world’s desire would be translated into that picture…I personally would have gone with something a little more subtle though…like boobies 😀

    Is it me, or do the flames around the lady look like those outlines of sitting naked ladies you find on the back of truck mud flaps?

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now we can see for certain that it’s “Burning MAN” Festival…

  13. The World's Tom Noir Says:

    The World’s Desire? Guess The World is kind of a perv.

  14. Anna T. Says:

    Not only do we need an “Artist On LSD” tag, we need a “Taken From Artist’s Crazy Dreams” tag.

  15. Tag Wizard Says:

    @ Anna T. – “Artist on LSD” = “wtf”

    . . . or perhaps an “artist not on LSD” tag would be easier to add to the necessary covers.

  16. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    An interesting example of sexual parasitism?

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Objection, m’lud! It’s only Thursday, not Friday.

    However, this is complicated and WTF enough for two days.

    The elongated arms, the giant pollen, and all the elements: earth, air, fire, water, and penis.

    @Tag Wizard: you missed something here. Check the upper right corner… Unicorns!

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Seems about right for 300 pages of Homer (not Simpson) fanfic.

  19. MakkaPakka Says:

    Poor fellow, I don’t like the look of that catheter about to be inserted.

  20. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I realized, after several hours of close scrutiny, that the flame-blobs surrounding the central figure are actually a form of writing, some bizarre alien language. So I fed the symbols into my Universal Space Translator (purchased from Chinese GSS) and was able to decode the two-word message:


  21. fred Says:

    Haggard and Lang must have been hitting the magic mushrooms really hard to concoct this tale of WTF,

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    What a little wiener.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    I’d ride ‘er haggard, if you know what I mean.
    Considering that this is from H. Rider Haggard, I doubt that any women in the book have 1980s big hair.

  24. drlemaster Says:

    If you are looking for this on Project Gutenberg, it is under Lang, not Haggard. I doubt you get the Lin Carter introduction that way, but you can decide for yourself if that is a feature or a bug.

  25. JuanPaul Says:

    Typical man wanting control over a woman’s body.

  26. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @drlemaster: Definite feature. Also it won’t have this cover.

    Apparently Mr. Klarwein titled this work “Astral Body Asleep”, which fits it. No idea how or why Lin Carter decided to put this on a reprint of an old book, in mirror image.

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