VHS cover art, behind the scenes special effects shots and Top Trumps), I've decided to stick with something I love, the cracking paperback covers of the 70s and 80s. One of the blogs I follow is Will Errickson's Too Much Horror Fiction, where he posts some cracking scans (I've tracked down a few of the books because of them) and in a nice twist, he sought out The Happy Man based on my post about the Eric Higgs novel. Looking at those old covers reminds me of being a young horror reader in the 80s when there was so much reading waiting for me to discover (along with the awful realisation that sometimes the artwork was the best thing about the whole book) and so much to be enjoyed.
These fit perfectly into my occasional Old School Paperbacks thread, blogs celebrating those cheesy, sleazy old-school pulp paperbacks from the 70s and 80s, which are now mostly forgotten . They might not be great art, certainly, but they have their place - for better or worse - in the genre and I think they deserve to be remembered.
So with that in mind, enjoy this Halloween treat of covers that (on occasion) promise far more than they deliver...
|New English Library, 1978 - cover scan of my copy|
|Sphere, 1978 - cover scan of my copy|
|New English Library, 1980 - cover scan by Will|
|New English Library, 1980 - cover scan of my copy|
|Pocket Books, 1981 - cover scan by Will|
|New English Library, 1982 - cover scan by Will|
|Futura Publications, 1983 - cover scan of my copy|
|Pocket Books, 1984 - cover scan by Will|
|Panther, 1985 - cover scan of my copy|
|Pocket Books, 1985 - cover scan by Will|
|Signet, September 1985 - cover scan by Will|
|Paperjacks edition, 1986 - cover scan of my copy|
I reviewed this slim novel in an earlier blog post, which you can find here and liked it a lot.
|Tor ,1987 - cover scan by Will|
|Arrow Books, 1987 - cover scan of my copy|
|Guild Press, 1988 - cover scan by Will|
|Leisure Books, 1989 - cover scan by Will|
|Pocket Libary, 1989 - cover scan by Will|
|Tor Books, 1994 - cover scan by Will|
* Thanks to Will for the use of his scans