For a final March Magics post, I couldn’t resist Kristen’s invitation to share some of my favorite (for lack of a better word) bad cover art from the works of Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones. One sometimes wonders whether the art department is actively trying to lower sales with their wildly horrific concoctions.
For example, here’s the American cover for Jones’s first published children’s book, Witch’s Business. It’s hardly surprising that she took a while to catch on here, and that this book wasn’t reprinted for over thirty years.
And here’s a psychedelic cover for Pratchett’s first Discworld book, The Colour of Magic. Um….just, what???
From there, things tended to get worse. Creepy, sick-looking covers for one of the funniest and most inventive fantasy authors around. What did she do to deserve this?
And for Pratchett, we got either bizarrely overloaded images or boring clip art with eye-crossing color combos.
Here is what I think is the absolute ugliest cover on a book I actually own. You have to be a really dedicated DWJ fan to buy this one. Oh, and this one too:
Yuck! To take the bad taste away, here are some of the GOOD covers that are out there as well. Thank goodness for these!
And thank you, Kristen, for all the wonderful events this month. I enjoyed it so very much and will look forward to next year.