What The? #13… Stop This Madness Now!

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

Timepivot by Brian N. Ball
1970 – Ballantine Books
Cover art by Tom Adams

And finally, words almost elude me for this final entry in the series. A naked woman composed of a gigantic ear and nose stands in the foreground on a beach where some folks are clearly enjoying themselves frolicking in the sea as a large bloodshot eyeball stares down at them all unblinkingly.

Seriously, I really have to stop this series now before I besmirch my somewhat delicate sensibilities…

Ball Timepivot

12 thoughts on “What The? #13… Stop This Madness Now!

  1. Lestaret 11/10/2014 / 10:31 am

    Amazing. I tried to compose a witty response but am lost for words…


    • unsubscriber 11/10/2014 / 2:12 pm

      It’s just… well, what the f**k indeed. Now you see why I can’t go any further than this. It stops here!


  2. Bernie 11/10/2014 / 11:21 am

    That must be a first for you Mr Lestaret!! Same applies here but for me it often does, I think of something witty ages afterwards 🙂 This time, gobsmacked about covers it!


    • unsubscriber 11/10/2014 / 2:14 pm

      I’m not sure it’s worthy of a witty response Bernie, just an almighty “Huh!!!” Very, very odd indeed. Hope you’re well xx


  3. J.W. Kurtz 12/10/2014 / 9:31 pm

    Brilliant! Oh…to have been in the room when the artist/agent/publisher showed it to the author for the first time. AND to see the ones that were rejected!!!


    • unsubscriber 12/10/2014 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks for the comment Mr Kurtz. That’s always my train of thought. How the hell did this get chosen and what were the rejections like. I’d love to have a look through all the artwork not deemed suitable enough, wouldn’t you?


      • J.W. Kurtz 12/10/2014 / 9:52 pm

        Absolutely! There has to be a warehouse like in Raiders of the Lost Ark that is chalk full of rejected cover art. The stuff from the 60s and 70s must be absolutely outstanding.


      • unsubscriber 12/10/2014 / 9:55 pm

        I’d like to think so too, mind you I have featured some pretty far out stuff from that period elsewhere on the blog and there’s much more to come so stay tuned…

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  4. franzwesten 13/10/2014 / 9:25 am

    Perhaps the publisher purchased loads of these (akin to blank cards suitable to any occasion) and offered them to authors as bespoke designs… said authors being to shocked to respond…


    • unsubscriber 13/10/2014 / 12:34 pm

      Blimey, imagine someone sending you one of these freakish cards through the post! Actually, publishers like Digit and Badger used to work in a very odd way. The staffing writers were given the cover artwork first and had a few weeks in which to complete the novel. It’s like the cover dictating the book.


  5. lcmt 14/10/2014 / 10:38 pm

    I laughed when I saw this book cover, which I picked up recently for its puzzling qualities of repulsion and attraction.


    • unsubscriber 14/10/2014 / 10:47 pm

      Another act of meaningful randomness. It’s a strange book which I still haven’t got round to reading as yet – I buy far more than I can keep up with to be honest! Repulsion and attraction are both completely on the mark for me, not to mention a large spoonful of good old mind fuckery!


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