Monday, October 29, 2007

Paperback 38: Pyramid G-665

Paperback 38: Pyramid G-665 (PBO, 1961)

Title: The Ghoul Keepers
Editor: Leo Margulies
Cover artist: John Schoenherr

Yours for: $11

Best things about this cover:
  • So red
  • "I am the eye in the sky, / Looking at you -ou -ou, / I can read your mind..."
  • What kind of title is The Ghoul Keepers? Is it supposed to be a pun on "Goal Keepers?" I hope there is at least one story in here about monsters who play soccer.
  • There is nothing recognizable in this cover painting except the supremely miserable man (possibly bleeding from his eyeballs) who is about to impale himself on the spear-like branches.
  • That man is clearly damned - he has been cursed with an obscenely long thumb on his right hand ... and an exoskeleton.
  • "Seabury Quinn" is the most made-up-sounding name ever ever. Ever. Actually, it's just the "Seabury" part. Unless you are a racehorse, that is not an acceptable name.
This book is so beautiful. I wish you could see it in real life. Pristine. Unread. The kind of book collectors dream of. Several of the featured writers here are top-notch - the top three on the list, specifically. One of my students, whom I'll call Cindy Loo Hoo, is writing her Honors Thesis on short horror fiction. She will undoubtedly want to look at this book. But I am too neurotic a collector freak to let her actually read it.

Best things about this back cover:
  • Here we see the man falling in the opposite direction. And in black-&-white. How interesting.
  • I actually love the cheeky reference to "The Shadow" in the footnote.
  • Answers to the quiz:
1. Mermen
2. Sasquatch
3. a vampire (trick question)
4. Caspar
5. that quiet guy next door
6. Betty & Veronica



Anonymous said...

Dondie Says: Give it to Loo Hoo!

Michael5000 said...

M5K says: "Ha! Ha!" to the quiz answers!

Anonymous said...

Posting a year later, but...

I love the name "L. Sprague de Camp." What could his/her first name be that could possibly be worse than "Sprague?"

Also, the book contains nine stories, but lists ten authors. And they seem to have forgotten Tolkien, since that's plainly the Eye of Sauron.