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A few Fontana book covers

I mentioned a while back that I've been trying to find Ngaio Marsh mysteries with the awful photo covers. I have a few candidates but I think Fontana had at least two photo-cover series, and while one was pretty awesome in its awfulness, the other was even better. (For a given value of "better," which you may read as "worse. Much much worse.")




I doubt you'd really have this expression after you were drowned, but I like the woo-woo look of the picture as thought you're really looking down through water.


That bullet hole is vivid, don't you think?

I have one other but the picture didn't turn out. I'll try again later.

Now, the series I really wanted to collect features the front-cover photo extending to the back cover. Here's one I just acquired:


Front.


Back.

Also, this one doesn't look too terrible until you notice the skewer sticking out of the guy's eye. Ew!


Front.


Back.

Actually, even the back-cover copy on these is as icky as possible.

It may take time, but I should be able to find all of these sooner or later. I wonder what Death and the Dancing Footman looked like in this series??

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jacardie
27th Aug, 2007 21:08 (UTC)
Wow. Those are really... gruesome is the best word I can come up with. *g*
coneycat
28th Aug, 2007 11:12 (UTC)
You can see why I must have them, can't you? ;)
jacardie
28th Aug, 2007 18:51 (UTC)
Well, yeah. But then I'm a mystery fan, too. The general public would probably freak out. *g*
coneycat
28th Aug, 2007 18:52 (UTC)
Actually, in her biography Marsh reports that a reader once told her that she was horrified by the covers on some of her books. And Marsh was, too!

Which made me feel guilty for my enjoyment, but not for very long...
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