Title: The Nothing Man
Author: Jim Thompson
Cover artist: Stanley Borack
Yours for: nuh uh
Best things about this cover:
- I wish I had a foreground me and background me.
- It's like a PSA against alcohol-induced psychosis: "Hi folks. You ever wake up with that 'not-so-fresh' feeling?"
- By "lost the power to love" they mean he has no penis (if I'm remembering this one right, which I think I am, but I could be confusing it with another Thompson title, as castration / genital mutilation is kind of a recurring theme)
- That guy looks like an actor, but I can't place him. Robert Stack?
Best things about this back cover:
- Yep, this is definitely the (or a) penis-loss story.
- Drink is a poor substitute for a penis, I find.
- Awesome psycho-face.
"That's awfully pretty, Brownie. Did you write that?"
"Yes," I said. "I did it under my pen name, Elizabeth Khayyam. I wrote it one eventide on a wind-swept hill while watching a father bird wing home to his wee ones. There was a long caterpillar in his beak and he had it swung over his shoulders, muffler fashion, as a shield against the wintery cold. I ... listen to me, Deborah! For God's sake, listen!"
"Heckuva job, Brownie," she sneered, right before he bludgeoned her to death with whatever blunt object was handy.
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