What The? #2

Herovit’s World by Barry N. Malzberg

1974 – Pocket Books
Cover by Charles Moll

An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.

Nope, me neither. This cover clearly depicts a sleepy/grumpy naked man exiting a typewriter whose eye is turned upwards as if to say “At least put some pants on mate”. The typewriter is surrounded by orange and green globules of an indeterminate nature and also appears to be wearing a rather dapper matching bow tie. I’d love to have been at the art director’s meeting the day this one was given the go ahead. The shit sure was good back in the seventies man.

Herovit's World Malzberg


8 thoughts on “What The? #2

  1. Joachim Boaz 14/04/2014 / 4:39 pm

    But it works! It’s about writing oneself into a narrative! But yes, no fan of Moll but weirdly, I enjoy this weird one.


    • unsubscriber 14/04/2014 / 4:42 pm

      Glad you liked it Joachim, it inspires a weird fascination in me.


      • Joachim Boaz 16/04/2014 / 10:22 pm

        So, I think I’ve found one of the more unusual covers…. To put it mildly.

        I mean, clockwork swiss cheese?


      • unsubscriber 17/04/2014 / 9:56 am

        Great find Joachim, there’s always a place on my shelves for books with covers as brilliantly bonkers as this one! I have a few more entries lined up in this series for the coming weeks.


      • Joachim Boaz 17/04/2014 / 3:34 pm

        I only found it because I was looking for early Malzberg stories — I want a copy…


      • unsubscriber 17/04/2014 / 3:40 pm

        I’d like a copy of that too. I have another Malzberg title lined up for the next instalment in this series actually.


  2. Lestaret 23/04/2014 / 8:11 pm

    I like the eye. It reminds me of something Japanese…


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