The Killer Inside Me — an anti-hero too far?

Classic pulp art — the US first edition

Classic pulp art — the original US paperback

Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of noir titan Jim Thompson‘s irredeemably dark fifth novel of 1952, The Killer Inside Me, has been attracting considerable flak for its brutality and amoral tone. Reportedly, even the film’s co-star, Jessica Alba, didn’t make it to the end of the gala showing at the Sundance Film Festival, so unflinching was the portrayal of a violent scene between her character and the work’s anti-hero, Texan Deputy Sheriff, Lou Ford (Casey Affleck).

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Cormac McCarthy book covers

PanMacmillan have reissued Cormac McCarthy’s back catalogue. The covers have been given a lovely typographic treatment, beautifully designed by David Pearson.
They’ve been embossed too which makes them feel very desirable when you’re in Waterstones.

Ski Williams — extreme hand-lettering and illustration

In this age of digital derring-do, it’s easy for bands to put together great-looking gig flyers, posters and artwork for their releases. However, sometimes, there’s no substitute for extreme hand-lettering and illustration. With the prices of original 1960s rock posters by such artists as Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse and Wes Wilson still rising in value (especially since the publication of The Art of Rock), and modern works by the likes of Coop and Kozik attracting serious attention (they’re documented in Art of Modern Rock), it’s time to praise the UK’s greatest current poster artist, Ski Williams.

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Flipping Princess

The Princess Bride has got to be one of my desert island DVDs. I already have the 15th anniversary edition, but the 20th is tempting… Got to love this fabulous ambigram cover design…

Princess Bride 20th edition

Princess Bride 20th edition

The Book Cover Archive

If you like design and books and typefaces and imagery and reading then the Book Cover Archive is a great place to spend a little time. In the meantime here are a few of our favourites.

The Noughties as told through US magazine covers

2009’s best cover lies

Great post from Jezebel decoding the best (or should that be worst) cover lies on women’s mags last year. Here’s a couple and the full list is here.