Jan 17

Out of the way darling... I've got monsters to shoot!Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: Like a day at the office… but with monsters… mushrooms… and a gun!
Published 1964

Many thanks to Erin!

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: 4.90 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “The Secret People”

  1. RachelJ Says:

    That must be quite an introduction.

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    Every one a fungi to be with.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    John Wyndham was the pseudonym of John Beynon Harris!

    It’s like saying “Richard Bachman Introduces Stephen King” or “Paul French Introduces Isaac Asimov” or “James Tiptree Jr Introduces Alice Sheldon.”


  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Intruders! Intruders! Surface People! Here in the GOP Campaign HQ! Seize them!”

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    This is why Mormons don’t allow separate sexes to go out proselytizing together!

  6. RachelJ Says:

    @A.R.Yngve (#3). Exactly. I really hope he doesn’t bother with any false modesty in this introduction.

  7. L.B. Says:

    Worst Skyrim mod I’ve ever seen!

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    It says it is a Frank Frazetta but it is obviously a forgery. Frazetta never painted a cover with a woman wearing so much clothing.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The two little guys in the back, the pointing one under the toadstool cap and the one he’s looking at, are having an interesting exchange:

    “Borf, look, it’s secret people!”
    “Wait a minute, I thought we were the secret people, Dorf.”
    “That damn Wyndham, he never gets his introductions straight.”
    “Well, let’s just eat more ‘shrooms.”
    “Cool, dude.”

  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    Full Title:
    John Wyndham Introduces the Secret People to His Fiance, At Gunpoint

  11. Rags Says:

    Alternate cover for this “classic”

  12. RachelJ Says:

    And another:

    It’s a classic all right!

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Let me introduce a new rising star, the phenomenally talented John Beynon Harris, a giant among men, the new Dante Alighieri, an artist whose feet H.G.Wells isn’t worthy to kiss…”

  14. fred Says:

    C’mon Frazetta. You go through all that artisty time and trouble to get the wrinkled clothing just right but cop out by not putting the woman in high heels?
    A Luger, not a .45 or a Webley? Nazi bastard.

  15. Tat Wood Says:

    1. Rip off ‘The Coming Race’ by Bulwer Lytton, replacing Vril with mushrooms.

    2 ????

    3. Profit.

    Which is why Frazetta doesn’t draw people in their underwear this time.

  16. Tom Noir Says:

    It’s like that one Star Trek: TNG episode where Data’s brain is taken over by a dying scientist, who then gives an overwrought eulogy at his own funeral:

    “To know him, was to love him. And to love him, was to know him…
    Those who knew him, loved him, while those who did not know him, loved him from afar!”

  17. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    Mushrooms? This book looks like a prelude to this other book:

  18. HappyBookwyrm Says:

    Well, the people are not going to stay secret much longer with John Wyndham introducing them. Come to think of it, it’s hard to keep people a secret in the first place when the underground cavern they live in is glaringly lit for some reason.

    Is it just me, or is the man standing in a really strange way? Rough on the wrists to fire a gun at that angle.

  19. Jaouad Says:

    To give him credit, it can’t be easy groping that girl while simultaneously firing at mushroom people.

  20. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @HB: He seems about to vomit.

    Her dress is made of cling film.

    They fight secret people! 😀

  21. Stevie T Says:

    @Dead Stuff: ….people who don’t know that they’re secret….

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