Feb 21

Wow... that ripped guy really hates art installations!Click for full image

Good Show Sir’s Art Direction: We need something to symbolise life… like a man breaking out of a box, a box that’s sort of shaped like a man. I know! Put Alfred Hickcock’s head on that box as a hunky man breaks free! What doesn’t that say about life?
Published 1983 or 1986

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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14 Responses to “Chthon”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Is that the title or a Marvel comics-esque sound effect?

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Shouldn’t that be KERRASHH!! …?

  3. Bibliomancer Says:

    The mime had a recurring dream.

  4. rev Says:

    Looks like his willy broke off too. Maybe he can glue it back on.

  5. Ae7flux Says:

    “Far-future”. I’m going for “unflinchingly realistic portrayal of life in the 80s”.

  6. Tom Noir Says:

    Well you guys, I thought I was happy in my job at Amalgamated Mortgage Foreclosers, but then I saw this cover and I was inspired to quit my job and spend my life traveling the world to paint pictures of babies. Take this cover on the bus?? I’ve taken this cover on Himalayan treks and displayed it proudly to grim, frost bitten sherpas. I’ve seen tough men, hardened criminals, serving out life sentences in African prisons, fall to their knees and say, “Oh yeah, I used to read a lot of Piers Anthony when I was growing up!”

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Far-future Raskolnikov has been working out. He looks really ripped.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The problem with “Chthon the Unpronounceable” was that he always came apart when things got tough.

  9. fearofmusic Says:

    is this an actual classic, or a self-proclaimed classic? perhaps the publisher has taken a page from the ubbar guide to greatness and applied it here. i think i shall follow suit in my own life. from henceforth i am the all being, master of time, space, and dimension.oh, and i play banjo and tap dance as well. available for parties and all your entertainment needs.

    and now i have alice in chains stuck in my head. damn you, unknown cover artist!

  10. fred Says:

    Far-future building codes seem rather inadequate if a naked unraveling guy can bring down a building with just his hands.

  11. Tat Wood Says:

    He seems to be wearing a slightly outsized papier-mache head of former ‘Panorama’ host Robert Kee. I know they had a sort of rivalry with ‘World in Action’ back then but this seems as if he’s trying to smash up their Vitruvian Man logo.
    (Apologies to anyone not raised on 70s British current-affairs shows; I’m several kinds of wonk

  12. Jeff Vader Says:

    Say what you will about Pierce Anthony, but you have to admire his minimalistic approach to vowels.

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:

    – Gesundheit!

  14. Anna T. Says:

    The title makes me think it’s some kind of Cthulhu ripoff. The cover, in the proud tradition of surrealist covers, does not help in determining anything whatsoever about the plot.

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