#31 – Halloween 2 – novelization by Jack Martin (Dennis Etchison) – (1981, Zebra)
#28: The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty (Harper Collins, 1971 and beyond)
As a young child, this cover image ruined me. At 4 or 5 years old, I thought it was a real photograph of a real demon, and that if I stared at it too long, it would somehow come and find me. This landmark cover didn’t change much through the 1970s. But most likely, the publisher got too many complaints and obscured the image as you can see from below.
#27: Weaveworld – Clive Barker (Pocket Books, 1988)
Not sure if this dude on the cover just won the lottery, or got kicked in the nuts…? Despite the questionable cover art, I dig the gold texturing. The novel itself is an epic of horror and fantasy.
Here’s the artwork under the front cover:
#26 – Dead White – Alan Ryan (Tor, 1983)
An underrated novel that seeps under the skin with its deceptively simple prose. Evil, floating clowns arrive in a ghost caravan to get revenge on a small upstate town.
Check review here.