Top Ten Crappy Covers for Classic Books

Bravely wading into the morass of republished classics, the curator of Kindle Cover Disasters shares some of his favourite crappy book jackets.

1. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

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Not only does this cover take the book’s title way too literally, it also literally confuses a screw with a nut.

2. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Take your pick: lousy refrigerator art or trippy electric cyberscape.

3. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum


My favourite scene in The Wizard of Oz was when Dorothy climbed in that fighter jet and carpet bombed the wicked witch.

4. The Shining, Stephen King

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This Brazilian book jacket for Stephen King’s The Shining was obviously designed by someone with a firm grasp of The Master of Horror’s work, and certainly doesn’t employ a photograph meant for a 1980s knitwear magazine.

5. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndam

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The Day of the Triffids: a terrifying tale of alien comets bringing to life all our male/female toilet symbols.

6. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Crime is in the covers.

7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

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Take a hike, shitty cover.

8. The Island of Doctor Moreau, H.G. Wells

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A Moreau cover that strives to be even worse than the Marlon Brando/Val Kilmer movie adaptation.

9. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

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The Scarlet Pimpernel: the story of a dashing baron in the French Revolution who rescues individuals sentenced to death by the guillotine. Using a briefcase with a kitten in it.

10. A Collection of Short Stories, H.P. Lovecraft

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The absolute worst.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Crappy Covers for Classic Books

  1. At first I thought the Hitchhiker’s hand was butt cheeks. Just thought I’d share.

    Great post 🙂


    1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide cover is actually the cover of the paperback version of the book that I bought sometime in the 90’s. I have it here on my shelf.


  2. Why is Hank Hill on the cover of “The Day of the Triffids”?


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