August 05, 2009

The Little People

Bookdwarf wonders if this is the best book cover ever:


I'd vote yes.

The "flap copy" is does the job as well:

They speak German. They carry whips. And they are connected in some mysterious way with Nazi experiments carried out in the charming old Irish castle during World War II.

When members of the vacation party are found to be missing from their beds, and when pleading cries ring through the halls of the great house, terror grips hearts and minds, and the vacationers are brought face to face with the unknown...

(via Mark Athitakis.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at August 5, 2009 08:19 PM | TrackBack

I have a great problem with this. I mean, being Irish, I am greatly offended by the author's confusion and amalgamation of Leprechauns, Elves and Gnomes. Oh and I guess the Nazis too.

Posted by: Zaphod at August 5, 2009 09:06 PM

What a cute little leprechaun!!

Posted by: Amy 80 at August 5, 2009 09:24 PM

I like covers from the old men's adventure magazines, especially in the days before Playboy launched in the early 1950's. There is a thick hardback book titled "It's a Man's World" put out by Feral House from a few years ago that has hundreds of examples that are laugh out loud funny.

Posted by: David at August 5, 2009 09:45 PM

zaphod: i think the nazis did experiments to combine leprechauns, elves, and gnomes.

Posted by: aaron at August 5, 2009 10:29 PM

In the spirit of your books' covers, I suggest that this is the one chosen to deface for King Dork, Approximately.

Posted by: Leah at August 5, 2009 11:10 PM

"Carefully-laid horror" is a pretty good compliment.

Posted by: Cpt. at August 6, 2009 06:08 AM

Was my comment removed because it was seen as anti-Semitic? 'Cause part of my family is Jewish, so that's kind of funny and wrong.

Posted by: Sarah at August 6, 2009 06:47 PM

I used to work in a library and once came across a romance novel entitled, The Reluctant Viking.

Posted by: Nate Pensky at August 6, 2009 08:35 PM

The Reluctant Viking--pretty spectacular. And about this cover. YES--I have to agree.

Posted by: Jen Dutton at August 7, 2009 12:35 AM

I may be showing my age here but the cover of this book reminds me of the hundreds of "choose your own adventure" type books that I read when I was a kid. Did anybody else just absolutely love those things?

Posted by: Zaphod at August 7, 2009 01:13 PM

I'm right there with you, Zaphod. You should check out this guy's books.

Posted by: Nate Pensky at August 7, 2009 07:24 PM

No Sarah, it wasn't removed on purpose. I'm just trying to batch-delete all the spam comments and sometimes real ones get caught in the batches. Sorry about that.

I found it in the junk file and restored it.

Posted by: Dr Frank at August 8, 2009 01:36 AM


that has to be up there as best book cover ever.

i am not a robot.

Posted by: .jeff. at August 10, 2009 04:44 PM

Great cover - it reminds me of an idea I developed after repeatedly being told by hippy types that the reason for Hilter invading Russia was to get his hands on Russian hemp, which he knew he'd need in order to win the war. Anyway, the idea was a comic book where the intrepid heroes encounter a lost unit of Nazi soldiers deep in the Siberian wilderness. This unit was sent to secure the Russian hemp but became lost in the wilds. Of course, they do not know that WWII is over. Over the intervening years, the unit's unwavering focus on finding this hemp and years spent lost has resulted in a shift in their thinking - a pot leaf has replaced the swastika on their uniforms. In place of Hitler, the soldiers are devoted to Marijuana and almost worship it - perhaps having experimented with its use when they have encountered small amounts. Maybe it's not as good of an idea as Nazi leprechauns but I think Pot Nazis still sound very scary!

Posted by: Christopher at August 10, 2009 09:12 PM

WOW--you should definitely write that novel. And now I'm going to have to read this blog more often, because obviously interesting things happen here.

Posted by: Jen Dutton at August 11, 2009 12:43 AM

I'm trying but I can't think of a better one.

Posted by: Lynn at August 14, 2009 03:31 AM