James over at the Speculative Horizons has a little series going in which he regularly posts horrible book covers. Anyway, I couldn't resist adding to his list, which by the way, was recently updated with this horrible, strange, and amazingly bad book cover:
What is with that spiky-collared dog, and the smoke/fog curling around her leg?
So I stumbled across a few other covers that (to me) appeared equally bad. The one below appears to be in a similar genre to the cover above, with a horribly posed photograph, strange gloomy looking girl, and a lion this time, instead of a spikey-collared dog...
Maybe I'm just not in the target market for Magic Strikes (what does this title mean?). But I can say this, if I judged these books by their covers I would never, pick either of these up. So the old adage? Don't judge a book...? Well I guess I just did.
Here's another one that is simply shocking in its strangeness. "It Will Come to Me" is probably a great novel, but seriously, this cover is just shocking in its random application of an image of a giant baby.
The cover below just looks so thoroughly depressing and weird, I would veer away on sight. I love myself some good poetry, in fact, that was my major in college - well, creative writing - but I wouldn't pick up Silence Fell based on the cover alone. Sorry.
I think my problem with the book below, has less to do with the design itself, though I can't stand designs like this, and more to do with the title, which is Motive: Secret Baby. Gag me with a spoon.
And my favorite horrible COVER/TITLE combination that seriously misses any mark whatsoever, is this one (even though it is kind of funny):
So, do you have any really horrible covers you can share? Or do you LOVE the book covers above? And if so, I want to hear from you, why?