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
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
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
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
Take a hike, shitty cover.
8. The Island of Doctor Moreau, H.G. Wells
A Moreau cover that strives to be even worse than the Marlon Brando/Val Kilmer movie adaptation.
9. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
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
The absolute worst.
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