Title: Spring Riot
Author: Jay Presson [Jay Presson Allen, screenwriter of some note; also, a woman] [h/t Bill Crider]
Cover artist: Alan Smithee (uncredited, actually)
Estimated value: $10-15
Best things about this cover:
- "I want MORE than your body, Susan … I want … I want your green sofa. I'll give you $20."
- His face reminds me of the Jaime Sommers ("The Bionic Woman") beauty/styling head my sister got once as a gift and then left on the bricks in front of the fire and then her face did a slow horror-movie cave-in. It's a good thing we can't see the right side of his face, because I am convinced it is doing terrible things.
- Art here is just terrible. Those hands! His are practically amphibious. Hyper-slim and not convincingly human.
- I love her 1000-yard stare. "No, Steve. I'm meant for bigger, for much bigger things than this book cover."
Best things about this back cover:
- Ah, the '50s, when rape = "passion."
- I keep seeing "Kipping Silk" and thinking "that sounds like fun … what is that?"
- "His mouth closed down on hers…" For the CPR fetishist in all of us!
- I love the idea of her palm "exploding" across his mouth. Exploding palms would be a cool superpower.
- Oh, she's "evil," so it's OK. You can enjoy the rape scene with no guilt. Just don't your friends how it ends (!?!).
And wonder of wonders, the next day she did go docilely with him to the dentist.
I don't even want to touch that sentence. I'm gonna leave it there in all its perfect, crystalline glory.
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