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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #60 on: July 02, 2019, 12:00:26 AM »
Truly shocking. I accidentally bought a Wordsworth Classic edition once and it's one of the few books that I can recall throwing away, so perturbed was I to have it blight my bookshelf. The anachronistic ones that get the historical period wrong are the worst.

I'm willing to sort through public domain art and do the covers for them for free. What sack of lumps is getting paid to produce these?

Though the budget-rate publishers are one thing, it's much worse when it's a legitimate imprint like Modern Library.

How is this possible from a major publisher like Modern Library, for one of the classics of early-nineteenth-century Russian literature?



Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #61 on: July 02, 2019, 12:35:54 AM »
I bought a few Wordsworth Editions when I was into classic horror and they were one of the only publishers who were putting out some of the authors. My copy of Ambrose Bierce's stories had a photograph of some corpse on the front. I hid it away on the bookshelf out of sight from the more sensitive.

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #62 on: July 02, 2019, 02:20:32 PM »
This is my favourite Wordsworth Classics cover, an alternative version where the painting transforms into a hipster.




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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #63 on: July 30, 2019, 11:21:52 PM »
Some 70s/80s editions of PD James. Not terrible covers, exactly, but unsettling, and in a couple of cases a bit too close to actual crime scene photos:


Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #64 on: August 01, 2019, 11:25:08 AM »
A google image search for 'John Wyndham Books' and I'm wondering if he's ever been published with a cover which wasn't terrible.

There are some breathtakingly beautiful Wyndham covers (see some of the mid-century ones at https://www.librarything.com/work/11738/covers) but the shabby recent treatment of JW is literally what came to mind when I first saw the title of this thread.

His publishers, presumably concerned with reaching a younger or intellectually subnormal audience, typically go for ironical pulp or kid-friendly toons. All of which sucks a big dog's cock.


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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #65 on: August 01, 2019, 09:37:59 PM »
Blimey, those illustrated platinum editions are really something. And there's loads of them. A sample:




Fucking hell.

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #66 on: August 03, 2019, 10:54:24 AM »
Terrible cover. Terrible idea.







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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #67 on: August 03, 2019, 10:59:41 AM »
Terrible cover. Terrible idea.







Does it have a section about how we invented concentration camps?

Got to respect a guy for going for the "zany humour" angle on that one.

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #68 on: August 03, 2019, 05:45:49 PM »
Will probably sell even more copies than Richard Herring's Emergency Questions book.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #69 on: August 03, 2019, 06:04:32 PM »

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #70 on: August 03, 2019, 08:30:41 PM »
I have no idea what that Chrysalids cover is trying to convey about the story.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #71 on: August 03, 2019, 09:51:33 PM »


its almost as if the cover designer was challenging the company to fire him by doing such a bad job

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #72 on: August 04, 2019, 02:17:29 AM »
Terrible cover. Terrible idea.







Oh, no. I'm all about the open discussion of atrocities throughout British history, but everything about this is just so... flippant.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #73 on: August 05, 2019, 08:23:44 PM »
It's awful, but I do have a grudging "this will probably make more people aware of it than a straight up factual tome" respect for it.
But yes, still awful.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #74 on: August 06, 2019, 10:24:44 AM »
The Crime & Punishment one is hilarious and I have a number of Wordsworth classics and the covers are all appalling apart from the selected Chekhov stories

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #75 on: August 07, 2019, 04:38:26 PM »
Oh, no. I'm all about the open discussion of atrocities throughout British history, but everything about this is just so... flippant.

Goodness me - David Scheider, Robert Webb, Dermot O'Leary... it's like a who's who of smug wankers, queuing up to provide testimonials. Robert Webb, especially - what a 'bellend'!!!11

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #76 on: August 07, 2019, 04:47:53 PM »
Truly awful; they're even worse than the horrendous Wordsworth Classics editions.



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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #77 on: August 07, 2019, 05:47:11 PM »
That's Richard Gere!

Accompanied by his faithful squire, Leadbelly.

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #78 on: August 07, 2019, 08:41:18 PM »
The Crime & Punishment one is hilarious and I have a number of Wordsworth classics and the covers are all appalling apart from the selected Chekhov stories

I thought the C&P was the least bad one by a large margin, the rest are horrific and cheap looking.

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #79 on: August 07, 2019, 09:17:55 PM »
Wrong thread...

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #80 on: August 07, 2019, 10:12:11 PM »
This is, apparently, real



Hahaha, fucking hell (at this and the others). Dostoyevsky via Dr Chuck Tingle.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #81 on: August 08, 2019, 03:16:32 PM »
Terrible cover. Terrible idea.




Apparently he's been getting a LOT of heat over it (the whole idea, not the cover) on twitter from people who have decided he's mocking and so in some way defending atrocities. I think he's even given up defending himself (gone on a twitter break) for a while, which must be worrying for his publisher.

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #82 on: August 08, 2019, 03:22:21 PM »
This is, apparently, real



Presumably there's an edition of The Jedward Story where the jacket illustration depicts an Orthodox monk, a sullen atheist and a drunk (I haven't read The Brothers Karamazov or The Jedward Story...).

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Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #83 on: August 24, 2019, 11:23:30 PM »

Re: More terrible book covers
« Reply #84 on: August 25, 2019, 02:11:45 PM »
Is that supposed to look like a blanded out No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency type thing?