Strange Relations by Philip José Farmer
1973 – Panther
Cover artist uncredited
An occasional series of book covers whose outlandish design evokes bafflement and confusion in equal measure.
Where to start with this one? A lion with women’s breasts and a bearded, long haired man’s head sits unaware that he/she/it has an enormous screaming slug on his/her/it’s back. In the foreground is a clutch of purple eggs, one of which has hatched out to reveal a fanged baby which is being bitten on the head by a snake. “What the hell is going on here?” I wonder, twitching slightly. I know the title is Strange Relations but this design is maybe stretching things a little too far.