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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then horror illustrators are the biggest flatterers of any genre - especially when it comes to European horror.  Every time I see a foreign horror novel I get a feeling of déjà vu. A feeling that I've seen that cover somewhere before. Indeed, it's so common I've seen a few sites devoted to cataloging the repetitions.

Well, this fits nicely into our Artful Conceptions category where we track repeated patterns in pop culture imagery.  Let's look at a few examples...

You'll note that these are not the same book.  It's totally different authors and different stories.

Could somebody out there identify this face?  It looks a lot like the Phantom of the Opera (the Lon Chaney version), but I believe the original conception comes from The Picture of Dorian Grey.

Perhaps the most disturbing horror concept is the one of the victim on her back at the mercy of some evil force.  This one could go on for days, there's so many examples.

But what could be more definitive horror than the "hands emerging from the grave"?  This surely deserves a post unto itself one day.


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