I was reading a great post by Heather L. Reid about her PRETTY DARK NOTHING cover and it got me thinking how warm and fuzzy it is when a cover goes right, but what about when it goes wrong? Horribly, eyeball-searingly wrong? Pause for a moment and imagine all the people it had to get through to reach publication: the designer, the editors and marketing team, the author, the agent… And every one of them was like, Yeah. I'm good with that.
I know there's already a million compilations out there, but they really never get old. Let's review some of the greatest hits, shall we?
This one is taken from WTFbadromancecovers, and reminds me of Julian Assange if he got all jacked up for a barbarian movie. (I highly recommend WTF, if only for hosting Objectified Scotsman Thursdays. Lots of kilts, or lack thereof!)
And one more from WTF, which is just a treasure trove of cover horrors. The chest fur looks like it came from the Wooly Willy magnetic hair game.
You have to love this Brazilian cover of THE SHINING, though. I totally forgot about the Joan Collins/Linda Evans catfight by the hedge maze in Chapter Six.
There's the desperately need a spellchecker...
And the painfully literal...
And the adorably inexplicable...
But honestly, better to have such a stupendously weird and/or horrendous cover that it lives on for the amusement of the Internet than to have something merely mediocre that fades away without a trace, yes?
Or maybe not.