(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1972 edition of Dreadful Sanctuary (1948), Eric Frank Russell)
THE SKULL. The bones of the dead, the empty sockets gazing at us, a deathly gaze…. I have collected for your [horror filled] enjoyment a vast variety of SF skulls: the moon mutated into a skull, the half-skinned skull as part of mysterious contraptions, photographs of real human skulls interspersed with statuary and wigs, bizarre pink skulls pulsating with green radiation-esque light, the gas mask as skull, the all-seeing skull as a manifestation of doom and destruction—among other sinister delights.
I am reminded of Capuchin catacombs, and the relic of St. Catherine in Siena…
What are your favorites?
Are any of the books worth reading? Of the bunch I have read PKD’s A Maze of Death (1970), John Brunner’s The Sheep Look Up (1972), and Robert Heinlein’s dismal I Will Fear No Evil (1970).
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(Bob Pepper’s cover for the 1983 edition of A Maze of Death (1970), Philip K. Dick)
(Lorie Epstein’s cover for the 1978 edition of Our Lady of Darkness (1977), Fritz Leiber)
(Garland’s cover for the 1976 edition of Isle of the Dead (1969), Roger Zelazny)
(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1979 edition of Sinister Barrier (1939), Eric Frank Russell)
(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1968 edition of The Monitors (1967), Keith Laumer)
(Murray Tinkelman’s cover for the 1976 edition of The Sheep Look Up (1972), John Brunner)
(Uncredited cover for the 1972 edition of I Will Fear No Evil (1970), Robert A. Heinlein)
(Richard Weaver’s cover for the 1976 edition of Badge of Infamy (1963), Lester del Rey)
(Hubert Rodgers’ cover for the September 1951 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, ed. John W. Campbell, Jr.)
(Bob Pepper’s cover for the 1974 edition of The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World (1969), Harlan Ellison)
(David Pelham’s cover for the 1973 edition of A Cure for Cancer (1971), Michael Moorcock)
(Edward Valigursky’s cover for the February 1957 issue of Amazing Stories, ed. Paul W. Fairman)