"I just couldn't get past the mammalian accoutrements. Yes, the illithid's psionic "voice" had a feminine vibe, but seriously, boobs on a squid? [...] I remembered thinking that I should have named the creature "Illthid Thexth." My apologies to readers who might actually be afflicted with a lisp."
—Elaine Cunningham about the original cover of her Tangled Websnote v.2.0 had the stylized portrait of the illustrator with his girlfriend... which wouldn't be bad if said lady's features weren't much farther from "chipped-out-of-obsidian" sharpness than human average.