May 15

Nando's has gone down an odd direction!Click for full image

Frank Comments: Such a high-tension thriller. A goat’s head on a plate, and a toad. Photographic covers really should be used with more care.
Published 1969

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: 7.89 out of 10)

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39 Responses to “Devilday”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Satan! Happy birthday to you! Make a wish!

  2. SI Says:

    MasterChef contestants are going a bit overboard these days…

  3. DaveM Says:

    “I distinctly asked for the head of John the Baptist on a plate, not his goat..”

  4. Ewan Says:

    “Well, the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. What do you think, Greg?”

    “I think it’s lovely, John. The clean, refreshing mint leaves set off the sweetness of the perfectly cooked goat quite beautifully, and the whole thing is held together by that wonderful, sticky sauce…..”

    “The frog’s a bit undercooked, though.”

    “Yeah.” (licks spoon)

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Frankly, I don’t think the goat thinks much of the cover either.

    So, if May 15, 1969 was the first Devilday, then that makes today the 44th? What jolly fun! Let’s all celebrate by having something special to eat. 🙂

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    A review that concludes, ‘it is recommended if you are into that sort of thing.’ Talk about damning with faint praise!

  7. JuanPaul Says:

    Wow, it’s bad enough to be slaughtered, decapitated and stuffed. Now you go and immortalize the goat’s indignity by staging his head on a plate for a crappy suspense novel cover.

  8. Phil Says:

    Trying to be optimistic here, on the goat’s behalf. The goat’s head isn’t actually ON the plate. I think he is standing behind it, having popped his little head up from below the table. He is looking curiously at the toad.

    And someone has stuck a candle on his head.

    But he’s fine, the goat, he’s fine.

  9. Bibliomancer Says:

    Originally rejected as the cover artwork for the Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup album.

  10. fred Says:

    Can’t hold a candle to Devil’s Rain.

  11. Rags Says:

    (Explanation for the rosary over the goats head)

    Priest: “Well Mr. Baa, that is quite a long list of sins. You have committed every sin we have a name for and some we do not as of yet….”

    Mr Baa: “Baaa.” (eyes downcast, looking innocently)

    Priest: “Are you leaving anything out? You should start with a clean slate.”

    Mr Baa: “Baa, baa!!!”

    Priest: “Alright, give me 500 Our Fathers, 278 Hail Mary’s and your sins shall be absolved…..except for number 90, I cant help you with that one…”

    Mr. Baa: “BAA!!! BAA!!! BAA!!!”

    Priest whispers: “You might want to get rid of the horns, wear a toque or something…”

  12. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    Now remember, it’s the toads birthday, so when you cut the head, make sure he gets a piece with a horn.

  13. Tom Hering Says:

    Really, if you’re a publisher known for your genre titles, and you’re trying to break into the mainstream with a thriller in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, then take the cover away from your in-house art department, and turn it over to a design agency with experience in bestsellers. Really.

  14. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Won’t you join me in ‘The Lonesome Toad Blues’? *ahem*

    I’m a lonesome toad, with a goat’s head on a plate…
    I’m a lonesome toad, with a goat’s head on a plate…
    I’m a lonesome toad…
    Devilday gonna be my fate…

  15. B. Chiclitz Says:

    1. @Rags—excellent dialogue, but wouldn’t the goat actually say “Baal”; I guess maybe that would be his name too, “Mr. Baal.” ;-}

    2. Busted language department: don’t you love it when people put qualifiers on the word “unique”? So this novel is “truly” unique, as opposed to, say, “semi-” unique, or “sort of” unique?

  16. Bokrug the Beleagured Says:

    Poor ole devil. Millenniums spent corrupting mankind, spreading misery, hate, and unspeakable horrors; as well as striving with single minded purpose towards aperfect state of all consuming evil. All of that, and he only gets a day.
    Poor ole devil.

  17. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: Indeed sir. And if it’s “truly unique” how can it be categorized as Gothic suspense. If it is indeed truly unique it should defy any sort of easy description or summation.

  18. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @FoM—a punto, as the Italians say.

  19. Jaouad Says:

    Seven Hoofprints To Satan.

  20. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “In tonight’s episode of Hell’s Kitchen, the staff throws a surprise party for Gordon Ramsay!”

  21. Bibliomancer Says:

    The gss admin gods have forsaken us! Now EVERYDAY is DEVILDAY!!

    We must appease Satan by sacrificing a sci/fi-fantasy book cover virgin. There must one around here somewhere ….

  22. GSS Admin Says:


    You are correct Bibliomancer! All worship his royal goatness!

    In other news… the server may have broke this morning. We’ll be back tomorrow. Here’s a picture of Quincy M.E. to get you through:

    How I imagine every GSS commenter looking at a cover.
    Click for full image

    Woaaaah Scary… I can actually post images… no one else do that. It could screw up the comment section 😛

    Also I appologise for my randomness today!

    Tagged with: BEHIND YOU • once you see it • shiny oh so shiny (forehead) • Ting! • white-clothed protagonist

    Edited by TW

  23. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’mancer—Kudos for protecting the integrity of this most precious site. While waiting for GSS admin to unbreak the server, should we speculate on what Quincy is actually saying?

    “This slide holds the key to the entire mystery. It’s a space cat playing a laser guitar.”

  24. Rags Says:

    That Quincy pic needs a “behind you” tag stat!!!

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  26. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    ‘Yes, my little friend. Yes, you may have a cheeseburger.’

  27. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    (cue dramatic music in a minor key)
    “My God! The devil IS in the details! Professor Toad killed Colonel Goat in the kitchen with the candlstick! No, no that can’t be…God, I am so constipated I can’t think straight. I hope the devil isn’t in the lavatory as well. Talk about an unholy stench!”

  28. Rachel J Says:

    @Bibliomancer– the obvious choice is the young lady on the cover of “Crabs: the Human Sacrifice”. You’ll just have to push High Priest Fiddler Crab about of the way, and take his knife.

  29. THX 1138 Says:

    “Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most important and fascinating sphere of – hey, this isn’t a sphere, it’s a square!”

  30. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Rachel J—yes, that’s the perfect choice. Here are some places you needn’t bother looking, Bibliomance, in your search for a sic-fi/fantasy cover virgin: Second Kingdom, Honor’s Paradox, Ciphers, Exile—And Glory. Especially not Ciphers!

  31. FeàrofMüsic Says:

    @Rachel J.: Sorry, but crab sacrifice girl definitely does not qualify. Not sure there is a virgin anywhere in the cast of characters. Trust me on this.

  32. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Rachel J. – That poor girl can’t be a virgin. She’s afflicted with crabs! I’m thinking this would be the logical place to start looking:

  33. Bibliomancer Says:

    They asked the propmaster to get Quincy a “microscope slide.” Obviously he didn’t quite understand what that is.

  34. Paradoxos Alpha Says:

    Satisfied goat is supposed to sit in front of crucified toad, not bored toad in front of decapitated (excorporated?) goat. Somebody read the ritual all wrong.

  35. Frank Says:

    @Bibliomancer, try looking (again) at In the Den of the Dragon:

    Mind you may have to get past the guy with the pencil.

  36. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This hard-boiled thriller is a truly unique recipe of mayonnaise and ovum.


  37. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Gentlemen! We have found the counter-candidate who might prevent Trump from taking over our party… the most extreme one we cound find. Meet… Ronald Beelzegan.”

  38. anon Says:

    The image link points to /tag/ting/ which no longer works…

    My color for thin lace, high-tension suspensing thread is Vaguci “Equine Kill Tub Latch”
    by Hang Us All

  39. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    There are some who call him…Tim.

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