Friday, June 28, 2013

We Are For The Dark by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard

One of the nice things about putting together my recent catalogue of Supernatural fiction was getting to indulge my love of book covers at the same time. There's no denying that the covers on genre fiction can be very hit and miss but when they are right, they are often some of the best examples of book-art available. I rather liked, for example, the first edition of Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard's book of ghost stories, We Are For The Dark (above), published by Jonathan Cape in 1951 with a suitably Gothic but understated black and cream cover. So I was also interested to see this paperback copy from 1965 by Mayflower who, it may be honestly admitted, weren't known for the strength of their cover designs! Nonetheless, the pulp paperback version does have a certain style to it.

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