Aug 19

Just north of sadness... Click for full image

Patrick Comments: I think the eyes are the most troubling thing here!
Published 1988

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: 8.94 out of 10)

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26 Responses to “East of Laughter”

  1. Elvraie Says:

    It is a disturbing version of bottoxed Brigitte Bardot, with her head put on someone else’s body in haste!

  2. THX 1138 Says:

    “Allow me to guide you to the faerie nail bar – they even do hooves.”

  3. Phil Says:

    I say, Mr Tumnus, you should cut your nails more often. And your hooves could do with a trim.

  4. Phil Says:

    Damn, THX 1138 based his/her comment on the same observation as me. Therefore I will have a second go:

    OK, I’ll TRY to draw the woman full-face, but I’ll warn you now: I can’t do eyes.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    Ah, the scenic vistas of the Fabric Mountains!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    If the faun stands ‘upright’ he’ll be facing the floor. Is there a flamingo in his family tree?

  7. fred Says:

    Her head must be like a helium filled balloon. It will shrink back to normal size when she descends to a lower altitude.

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    East of Lafferty by R.A. Laughter

  9. FeârofMüsic Says:

    ‘… the eyes are the most troubling thing here!’
    A close second for me is her neck, and the entire vicinity. Third would be the hind quarters of the faun. Fourth would be the choice of colors. Fifth would be her hair. Sixth would be the positioning of the two characters, seventh would be her clothes, eighth would be the overall layout of the cover,ninth would be the idea that in 1988 someone was paid to do this for the cover of an eestablished author, and tenth would be that I would spend the time thinking up ten things that bothered me and create a list of them.

  10. SI Says:

    “With your horns… and my hair… this hat is useless!”

  11. Tom Noir Says:

    It also appears that her belt has a mouth on it. It appears as though there’s a smiling face on her torso.

  12. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The cover art for Eat of Slaughter wasn’t in any better taste.

  13. Jeff Vader Says:

    “North of Giggle”

    “West of Chuckle”

    “South of Snigger”

    “North by Northwest of Guffaw”

  14. StevenLP Says:

    It’s weird, Morrigan (who published this) were a small press who published good quality hardbacks, either original novels (e.g. a couple of Lafferty’s) or those previously only available in paperback (e.g. James P Blaylock, KW Jeter) … yet when it came to the dustjackets they seemed to lose interest, though this one was the low point.

    The same artist also did the cover for the other Lafferty published by Morrigan, “Sepents Teeth”: he seems much happier painting snakes than people:

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Editor: “I have a problem, Billy. There’s this author who writes better than I do, WAY better, and I just can’t stand it. I want YOU to draw the cover for his new book. Are you up to it?”

    Artist: “Yes, Dad.”

  16. THX 1138 Says:

    @Phil: If I were a woman I’d have called myself LUH 3417, which is a girl’s name, obviously.

  17. Anthony Murrey Says:

    Sheesh, you could do better with stock art!

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    Fun fact: With a strategically placed ‘s’ this title becomes ‘East of Slaughter’. WAY more interesting!!

  19. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Fun fact: with a strategically placed ‘joke’ Tom Noir becomes ‘copycat’.


  20. Tom Noir Says:

    Dammit DSWBT, get out of my brain!!!

  21. anon Says:

    That does look like a match made in… Well, a perfect match.

    @Jeff Vader: Those books would have different authors.

  22. Tom Noir Says:

    This book is mis-titled. In my opinion the laughter is RIGHT HERE.

  23. Tor Mented Says:

    Looking at what she is placing her left hand on, I initially thought this was porn.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Tor: this being the Internet, that’s a safe assumption. Welcome to the site!

  25. Longtime_Lurker Says:

    Just found an interview with Lafferty on line ( where he mentions this as one of only 2 of his covers that he really hated. You can see why.

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Don’t you hate it when you have to deal with too much satyr butt crack?
    Pull up those fur pants, sir! What are you, a satyr or a plumber?

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