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Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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Scariest book cover

There's a discussion on one of the mailing lists I still subscribe to about the scariest book you've ever read.

I can't think of the scariest book I've read immediately, but the book with the scariest cover is More Tales of Unease by John Burke (not in a great resolution but you'll get the basic idea)

I first came across it in primary school when the mobile library stocked it. I pulled it out of the shelf and it was like an electric shock went up my arm and I quickly put it back.

My next encounter with it was noticing it faceup in a discard box at Dickson Library in Canberra - even behind a counter, part of the cover obscured by other books and at a bizarre angle it still chilled me and haunted my dreams for the next few nights.

Years later I finally purchased a beaten up copy of it to try and immunise myself against it. No luck, it still exercises it's terrible power. It still lurks in a box at home somewhere, waiting for me to pull it out again and relive that horrible chill.

It must be that particular juxtaposition of elements that strikes a deep chord within me, but I wonder if that image will now haunt your sleep...

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OK, I'm intrigued... and a little disquieted... what exactly is going on with the face in that cover? The image isn't quite clear enough to make it out. It certainly does look freaky.

It's the face of an old woman (really a crone's face.) Unfortunately that was the best image I can find.

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Actually, now that I think of it, the face worn by the children in the Aphex Twin "Come to Daddy" clip is really similar.

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