Thursday, May 22, 2008

Paperback 98: The Corpse in the Wax Works / John Dickson Carr (Dell 775)

Paperback 98: Dell 775 (1st ptg, 1954)

Title: The Corpse in the Wax Works
Author: John Dickson Carr
Cover artist: Richard Powers

Yours for: $16


Best things about this cover:

  • It's surrealism + gothic - SURROTHIC!
  • Richard Powers is probably the best known scifi cover artist. It's weird - highly unusual - to see one of his paintings on anything but a scifi book. His stuff is always creepy and wacked-out, with arcs and bulbous things of indeterminate status. Clearly influenced by surreal artists, especially Yves Tanguy. In fact, this painting, despite its eerie otherworldiness, is far more representational (i.e. it has identifiable things in it) than most of his stuff.
  • Love the lurking shadow in the middle background. Not as enamored with the horn-hatted Fu Manchu Dracula guy.

Best things about this back cover:

  • This is astonishingly gruesome.
  • Marat!
  • "Sepulchral" is a beautiful word (like "cellar door," which is two words, but still...)

PAGE 123~

"She had no ticket, Jeff!" Bencolin leaned forward and slapped the arm of his chair impatiently. "Surely you know that if only for appearance's sake each member of the club must buy a ticket for the waxworks when entering. Those blue tickets! You must keep them constantly in mind!"


~RP

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those blue tickets! You must keep them constantly in mind!

Aw, jeeze, now I can't stop thinking about them!

Zach M. said...

Didn't know where else to leave this, but love the new header, and the new motto! Tres chic!

Michael5000 said...

Blue tickets....

Blue tickets....

Blue tickets....

Nancy Beck said...

A killer lurked among the silent dead...

Aren't the dead supposed to be silent?

Oh, wait a minute...zombies, right?

Never mind.

Neko said...

"Revolutionist"...