Apr 30

Thankfully for us... none of those guys seem to be able to see out of those masks...Click for full image

Frank Comments: The cover picture makes me think of folks bringing knives to a gun fight, but isn’t exactly a situation from the story, although you can see the characters there: the antagonist, the girl, the adventurer, and some of the nameless drug addicts who do the antagonist’s dirty work.
Published 1971

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: 6.48 out of 10)

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23 Responses to “Seven Footprints to Satan”

  1. Phil Says:

    Could have deployed the BEHIND YOU! tag here.

    I don’t find much wrong with this, just the chubby guy’s gleeful look and confusing hands. It’s good to see Ron Ely re-enacting his Doc Savage role.

    And I think I’ve already done the gag about A.Merritt being the first answer in a multiple choice question (where the third answer is C. S.Lewis).

  2. The Tag Wizard Says:

    Perhaps not quite as outstanding as other examples but … BEHIND YOU’d! Thanks Phil!

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    You fools, that’s not Satan, it’s Aleister Crowley pretending!

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


    7 simple footprints for dating my satanic daughter?

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    No matter how lucky he says it will make you, DO NOT RUB HIS BELLY.

  6. Tom Hering Says:

    Why is the American explorer forcing those four guys to puncture Mylar party balloons? And why does Satan enjoy watching? “Hurry up you bums – popping bubble wrap is next!”

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    I never knew that Satan looked like a black Mr. Clean. Thanks unknown paperback artist!

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Satan is pretty obviously ogling the cleavage. You’d think he’d be above (or below) such base human distractions!

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    @ B. Chiclitz. And by cleavage you obviously mean butt cleavage. But which butt is more to his liking?

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Bibliomancer, yeah, I thought about that, but in “a world of evil” (the best kind of world for Satan “himself” to rule, I guess), it probably doesn’t matter. Also, good to see you too are hard at work at your day job. . . .

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Using books to conjure and mock Satan IS my day job. I am The Bibliomancer!

    … but the hours are terrible and the pay really sucks.

  12. FearofMüsic Says:

    Worst realtors campaign ever.
    “We know you’ll love everything here at The Fantastic Worlds of A. Merritt. Parks and public spaces abound, astride major public transportation lines, good schools, and so conveniently close to absolute evil! Just seven footprints to Satan! Hurry, Phase Two is nearly sold out!

  13. Tom Noir Says:

    Such a cute couple! They even imagined to color coordinate their outfits before taking on Satan’s Minions together!

  14. fred Says:

    Exploring is hard on clothing.

  15. FearöfMusic Says:

    Oh hey, and a tip for the tattered twins there. The BIG advantage to having the gun is you can keep idiots with pitchforks and swords from getting close enough toto wallop you.

  16. David Cowie Says:

    “From the fantastic worlds of A Merritt.”
    But not necessarily written by him.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    I read that as “From the fantastic worlds of Amerritt”.

    What the heck is an “Amerritt”?

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    I’m Amerritt the Eighth I am!
    Amerritt the Eighth I am, I am!
    I left a footprint for Satan next door,
    He’s gone and taken seven steps before
    And every print was fantastic! (Fantastic!)
    He wasn’t catapulted on the lam!
    I’m the eighth footprint to Satan,
    Amerritt the Eighth I am!

  19. Judges Books By Their Covers Says:

    Color coordinated and cleavage coordinated too.

  20. Tat Wood Says:

    I wondered what had happened to Ainsley Harriott…

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    In Satan’s world everyone must go with cleavage showing.

  22. anon Says:

    I never realized the Temple of Doomers were buddhists.
    No worries, Indiana Schwarzenegger with his big shiny balls will show them the “slug life”, amerritt?

  23. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Not to sound crass or anything, but this is exactly how I picture the state of things after Donald Trump becomes President of the United States.

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