The OF Blog: The DAW animal anthology meme?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

The DAW animal anthology meme?

Over the past few days, John Scalzi and Jeff VanderMeer, among others, have been blogging about the rather odd (OK, fucked-up) cover to the Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies themed anthology released in MMPB format by DAW books.  Some readers expressed incredulity, doubting that such a beautiful piece of...something actually existed. 

To that, I say:  It exists, oh, it exists.  And I have provided photo evidence of it, not just of the cover, but of an excerpted page that ought to pique curiosity even more!  Feast your eyes on these images!


I thought it'd be best to pair this anthology cover with a book that would show the natural prey for fey, rabid, zombie animals:  women in (not so much) distress, showing cleavage.  It's like chocolate and peanut butter for these type of stories, no?

Not enough for you?  Then what do you make of the sparkling dialogue and stunning narrative wit revealed in the passage excerpted in the image below?



Yes, Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies seems to be after the cheese factor.  In a perverse way, I'm tempted to read and review this, but I think I might be able to resist (barely!) due to the overload of work and other books I need to read for review purposes over the next few weeks.  But here's a question:  Should I a) Give this book to someone I know who has a thing for rabid squirrels, or b) Hold some sort of silly contest for my copy of this book? 

Not guaranteeing that I'll follow the results of this poll, but if there is a lot of response, I might be swayed...after all, rabid squirrels are just something you don't mess with, ya know?

5 comments:

Gavin said...

Wow, thanks for showing us this cover is real..I think. I'd have a silly contest. Let those who really want this book tell you why:)

Larry said...

Yes, but what the basis the contest might be is unclear. I suppose I could ask for someone to share a funny experience involving a raccoon, rabbit, squirrel, possum, or other such critter...

marco said...

Already in the 70s there was the seminal collection "The Platypus of Doom and Other Nihilists" , which included, along with the title story, "The Armadillo of Destruction" , "The Aardvark of Despair" and "The Clam of Catastrophe".

Steph Campisi said...

There's something incongruous about a platypus being associated with doom, but I can totally see the others. ;)

But, yes, this book is its own LolCat. Perhaps it's like the recent Vegemite naming outrage in Australia, and the current terrible cover is just to elicit interest before the One True Cover is revealed?

Larry said...

Perhaps so, Steph. All I know is that the cover seems to be calling to me, begging me to reveal its hidden passages of joy...

 
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