It may be a terrible cover but it took some effort. Some skill even. I couldn't draw a horse-thing nearly that well.
Then there are the covers that seem to have been bizarre experiments by people who perhaps haven't read the books. Here are 2 terrible, low-effort US covers for Daniel Polansky's excellent debut, Low Town, and a decent if dull cover for the same book (re-titled) in the UK. Click for detail.
But then there are the fuck you covers.
Del Rey blessed SPFBO winner Michael McClung with this beauty.
How long did it take someone on Paint (the free graphics tool, not huffing it) to come up with that? But let's be fair here ... this was an ebook cover back in 2003 and back in those days nobody knew if ebooks were really going to be a thing...
What excuse do Night Shade Books have for this nonsense?
This is an omnibus of the first two parts of Courtney Schafer's excellent Shattered Sigil trilogy.
I'm offended on her behalf by this lazy shit...
They even got the name of the first book wrong (Whitefire, one word). I could do better than this in ten minutes with Paint. And I'm no good at this stuff. My readers did much better than this making deliberately bad covers.
Anyway. Don't be put off by the cover. They're great reads and the third book, The Labyrinth of Flame is also fine work, available everywhere. Get it here. (If you want books 1 & 2 and you're outside North America you can get them from the author).
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