Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Cover of the Day


This is one of my favorite covers for 'A Scanner Darkly.' I'd like to think the filmmakers remembered it (perhaps subconsciously) and were referencing it during the scene in which Freck's sins are read to him by this many-eyed creature from beyond the grave:


Update: Reader jojo points out that the creature with many eyes is described in the book:

"The creature had many eyes, all over it, ultra-modern expensive-looking clothing, and rose up eight feet high. Also, it carried an enormous scroll."

I remembered this detail on my way to work this morning. Thanks for keeping me on my toes jojo...

4 comments:

palmer_eldritch said...

It's got the Sandman's helmet in it, as well.

jojo said...

i'm not the movie character was a reference to this cover. actually i'm pretty sure both the movie and this cover point to the same detail from the book:
"The creature had many eyes, all over it, ultra-modern expensive-looking clothing, and rose up eight feet high. Also, it carried an enormous scroll.
"You're going to read me my sins," Charles Freck said.
The creature nodded and unsealed the scroll.
Freck said, lying helpless on his bed, "and it's going to take a hundred thousand hours."
Fixing its many compound eyes on him, the creature from between dimensions said, "We are no longer in the mundane universe. Lower-plane categories of material existence such as 'space' and 'time' no longer apply to you. You have been elevated to the transcendent realm. Your sins will be read to you ceaselessly, in shifts, throughout eternity. The list will never end."

jojo said...

i forgot to mention the fact that this is my favourite cover for this book so far.

thanks for digging it up

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