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Book Cover Series Smackdown: New Necroscope Series vs. Old Necroscope Series

This month, Tor is re-releasing (at a lower-than-normal price) the first few books in Brian Lumley’s Necroscope series with all new covers, as shown above. Specifically, the tiles being released include mass market editions of:

  • Necroscope (Awesome book — read my review)
  • Necroscope II: Vamphyri!
  • Necroscope III: The Source
  • Necroscope IV: Deadspeak

(Also noteworthy: the new collection Necroscope: Harry and the Pirates and Other Tales of the Lost Years is being released in July in hardcover.)

These new covers are slight variations from the 1980’s Bob Eggleton covers with which I’m most familiar, shown below…

So…Which ones do you like better?

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4 Comments on Book Cover Series Smackdown: New Necroscope Series vs. Old Necroscope Series

  1. The originals definitely look dated, but the newer ones go too far with the glitz. I like the first, but the second isn’t really intelligible, the third doesn’t seem different from the first, and the fourth just seems generic. :/


    I would vote the originals win by a wide margin.

  2. The old ones seem more consistent in terms of name/title placement.  I don’t really like the new ones.  Reads horror fluff to me.  I think they could have updated the fonts on the Eggleton and achieved a modern looking edition.

  3. None of the above.  This is what happens when you hire Xzibit as your art director — “Yo dawg, I herd you liked skulls, so I put some new skulls on your skulls so you can do whatever-it-is-you-do-with-skulls-while-you-read while you read.”

  4. I like the older covers more, something more scarier about the covers that made me want to pick up the first book.  I have the whole series except the Pirates book which I’ll be ordering later.

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