Dark Spring, by Unica Zürn, from Exact Change. The Temple of Iconoclasts, by J Rodolfo Wilcock, from Mercury House Dictionary of the Khazars, by Milorad Pavic, from Vintage (not the one from Derata) Notable American Women, by Ben Marcus, from Vintage Fog & Car, by Eugene Lim, from Ellipsis Press Northwest Edge II: fictions of mass destruction, from Chiasmus Press anything from Calamari Press (art by Derek White himself) …well, you get the idea.
…but you’re right, Sean: there’s very little good cover art out there, and I hate hate hate that most publishers are driven to redo the cover art every time they put out a new run.
…We don’t see that in the music industry.
I like good covers, and I’m one of those people who thinks it’s important to design the spine of a book to pull in the browsing customer.
…And after all: people do judge books by their cover, and you can tell that the ‘Industry’ knows this.
that’s true Sean, that’s kind of what I was thinking (when I wrote it I was sort of thinking “you could do this with anything [general, like hands or birds or mammals or heavenly bodies or w/e]”). I think a cover with a hand on it can be ok. but I guess the point is that I’m not going to be super wowed by a cover with a hand on it (below, Ditrapano mentions Firework, the cover of which did not disappoint, but didn’t impress either). so yeah. those who rush in, or something.
For designers, yeah, but of course: if all else fails you can always just grab a painting you really like and use that.
That’s why Temple of Iconoclasts wins for me, for example, among a bunch of others. The painting on the cover of Stacey Levine’s “Dra-” I’ve always liked. Of course, I also like the book a lot . . . it’s nice when the two coincide.
Exact Change and @tlas Press have some good covers, too. Well, actually I guess I already mentioned one from Exact Change… .
A while ago there were a line of books by Wyndham Lewis which drew me in, for some reason, I always wanted to pick them up and handle them… although I wasn’t really very much interested in the contents.
Based on an Amazon search, it looks like they’ve changed the covers since then. Different publisher, maybe.