Remember this guy?



Not an outfit to tour Bluewater's bookshops in (but we did)

Not an outfit to tour Bluewater

This found image graced the cover of my neo-Faustian novel ‘Spanky’ (his real name was Fritz Kok – I wish I was making it up) and accidentally turned what was meant to be a serious supernatural thriller into something that looked embarrassingly like gay porn. However, Guillermo Del Toro was taken with the image, and when he owned the rights to the book, planned some astonishing transformations for the character.

One of his ideas was to fill the wings with human eyes. Sadly ‘Spanky’ proved a little too outre for the studio, but Guillermo’s design has finally surfaced in the magnificent ‘Hellboy 2: The Golden Army’ – watch out for it toward the end of the film…

7 comments on “Remember this guy?”

  1. Adele says:

    I loved Spanky, and I can’t wait ot see Hellboy 2, will def watch out for it.

  2. I.A.M. says:

    This book is under development with a film-maker isn’t it? There was something in Variety about it last year and Senor Del Toro wasn’t mentioned, or am I wrong?

  3. Mike Cane says:

    At least the image fit the theme of the book.

    Now imagine just the muscular torso in white (the color, not the skin) and as a bad drawing. That’s what’s graced(?) the cover of the US edition of Philip K Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle” — which is about an alternate future where the Axis won. First time I saw that cover, I thought “gay porn” too!

  4. D G says:

    I’m a bit ashamed to admit this cover was what got me into reading you! Obviously the writing was good enough to keep me hooked as it’s not exatly been gayporn covers for Bryant & May! (A missed opportunity there? LOL)

  5. Petra says:

    Not the model´s name, but the name of the photographer was Fritz Kok. Although it would have been more interesting if it were the name of the model 😉

  6. blackstreak says:

    I scored this masterpiece of literature for $1 at second store… I bought it for the cover image that made me laugh, opened it when I got home and discovered a new favourite author 😉

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