Dec 20

Just going for one of those, butt in the hell-light walks...Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: I expect hell will be similar to my Friday night… naked and flexing my fine stuff! HEYOOo… high five? High five…? No? Ok… but seriously, I want a bum on there. You can draw mine, I shaved and…. what… No? Ok… just get Ron from accounting, he works out.
Published 1982 (maybe)

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: 7.10 out of 10)

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15 Responses to “Hell’s Pavement (Le Pav de l’enfer)”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    The title translates as “I hope you don’t mind, I hate wearing clothes”.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The road to hell is paved with…one flagstone.

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    I think we’ve all had that dream: you’re riding your floating stone through the dark forest and suddenly you realize you’re not wearing any clothes!

    And also you’re super buff.

  4. SI Says:

    What you don’t see in that slab, is that it’s made of tiny stones like on an annoying car park after returning from the beach. It’s hell! HELLLLLL!

  5. fred Says:

    I see England, I see France, I found an artist who can’t draw pants

  6. Adam Roberts Says:

    He’s not naked. He’s wearing a tie. Sure, it’s floating around his head, but still.

  7. Rags Says:

    Arnold Shwartzeneger in “Terminator 5 – Hells Pavement!”

    (evil T1000 just woke up in hell! Hell is not ready for this!)

  8. David Cowie Says:

    Needs “Sir Mix-A-Lot” tag.

  9. Tat Wood Says:

    Hell is not being made to surf naked over blue volcanic lava. Hell is a bar full of people bragging about having done it.

    That’s why this is only the road to hell; the ingredients for it.

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  11. fred Says:

    A better pic so you an appreciate the artist’s skill at foliage and chasms. Not that chasm, the other one in the background.

  12. Emster Says:

    It’s not serious sf without a nekkid someone on the cover. Hands AND feet and everything at the proper proportion/angle – someone was paying attention in anatomy class.

    @GSS – excellent art direction!

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    He only had one good intention, but that’s all it takes.

  14. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What’s really hellish is that this cover is better than any of the English language ones. Check ISFDB.

    So, Le Pav is only that one chunk that’s apparently a hoverboard that you can only ride nekkid, preferably into a scary forest. Which is also possibly hellish — maybe it’s really hot, necessitating the nudity?

    Or maybe he just likes to show off that firm butt, which would be admired by whoever’s Sir Mix-a-Lot’s female counterpart.

    “Omigod, Becky, look at his glutes!”

    Perhaps this is the opposite of the famous Stairway to Heaven.

    @Emster: Yes, that looks like an actual human being of normal proportions. Even the feet! You don’t usually get that on a GSS cover.

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The paving of Hell has run into various delays and cost overruns, but Dis bureaucrats promise work will begin on the second brick by 2032.

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