Feb 03

And introducing our new dance group, The Cthulhu Dancers!Click for full image

Good Show Sir Comments: Mr SQUID! I said smile… smile with your eye! Jezzz… we’ll never get this cover shoot for Vogue done.
Published 1980

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: 7.43 out of 10)

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24 Responses to “Medusa’s Children”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    A squid harassing burlesque dancers? Did this book cost sick squid?

  2. SI Says:

    Must be nice having arms long enough to scratch your ankles.

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    All right — no one is ever allowed to complain about SF “gettin’ no respect” ever again.

  4. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Mass death of sea stars seen off western United States, clearly due to lactose intolerance.

  5. Tat Wood Says:

    @Si: Do mermaids have ankles?

    And how can Medusa get pregnant?

    This being by a UK author from the 70s, maybe someone was thinking of ‘Pan’s People’.

    If it had been late 70s, maybe ‘Ruby Flipper’

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Very artfully done. I propose that the modesty sheep be shrunken down to this attractive “pasty” size.

  7. SI Says:

    @Tat Wood- OHHH those are mermaids… that makes way more sense now!

    Got the Under the Sea song in my head now.

  8. fred Says:

    Around The World Under The Sea

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Hey, nice barnacles!

  10. Rags Says:

    The mermaids appear to be limbering up for a yoga class.

  11. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    From Wikipaedia: ‘Shaw had nearly lost his sight through illness, and suffered migraine-induced visual disturbances throughout his life. These, and references to eyes and vision, appear as a theme in some of his works.’ The cover art makes a bit more sense. There being a great huge goliath eyeball in it, if you hadn’t caught on, that is.

  12. A.R.Yngve Says:

    The relationship between SF literature and illnesses is an intriguing subject and should be explored further.

    Still, that cover is URRGH…

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Another eyeball cover that appeared on this ‘sight’.

  14. rev Says:

    The hard-faced old slapper has a backwards/upside down hand.
    And her arm is far too long. I don’t like her.

  15. Stevie T Says:

    How about an “Interpretive Dance With Cthulu” tag….?

  16. Lionrock Says:

    Meh its just like every other Japanese cartoon I’ve seen.

    Nubile young women? Check.
    Tentacle monster? Check.
    Inappropriate and somewhat nauseating combination of first two items? Check.

  17. anon Says:

    Very artsy. Like all those Japanese cartoons.

  18. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Looks like Medusa is an abusive parent.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is yon beastie the child of Medusa and Cyclops?

  20. fred Says:

    When you are married to a celebrity, it’s all about THEM. Just ask Mr. Medusa. He probably doesn’t even rate a footnote in this book.

  21. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Memories of the book are now vaguely dribbling into my brain. It’s medusa as in jellyfish, not snake-headed woman. There are also squid.

  22. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That squid is really giving them the eye.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    I don’t know whether to be delighted or horrified that we have a “squids and nudes” tag.

  24. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tor: Why not both?

    At least there’s only a few covers it’s applied to.

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