For those not familiar with the "artful conception" posts (it's been a while since the last one); it's basically a look at old school motifs and themes that are repeated over and over in pop culture art. This one's a particularly grisly concept, but an amazingly common one - dead dames on mystery paperbacks.
Admittedly, it makes sense that mystery novels would regularly feature a dead chick on the cover. I mean, the stories generally revolve around a murder, and the victim is usually a female. Hence, the ubiquity of
dead chicks on mystery covers.
Still, it's a pop culture pattern that is just strange enough to warrant the attention of Retrospace. So, here's a dearth of dead dames from the archives.
You'll note the A Frame, another common artful conception
You'll note that we touched on this subject in an earlier Artful Conception Post; however, as with a lot of old posts, it just didn't do it justice. It was time to revisit the topic.