Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme hosted by Lori, over at The Broke and the Bookish (love that title - it sooo explains my credit card statement!). Each week participants list their Top Ten choices for a weekly theme. This week's theme is a freebie, a chance to write about anything in literature.
On that note, I've decided to explore the Top Ten Gorgeous Book Covers (in no particular order).
1. Clive Barker's Books of Blood: I'm talking about the original British editions here, with cover artwork from Clive himself. It's these covers that leapt out at me from the shelves, capturing my attention, and ensuring a life-long love affair with the master.
2. Stephen King's The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1): I'm referring to the original mass-market edition here, with cover (and interior) artwork from one of my favourite artists, Michael Whelan.
3. Brian Lumley's The Last Aerie: All of the Necroscope books have gorgeous covers, dark and delicious in their elegant simplicity. Something about this one sticks with me, though.
4.Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart: It's such a simple cover, but the fact that she looks so peaceful and composed, with her tattoo half-exposed, really makes it sing . . . and the blood red reproduction of her finished mark pulls it all together.
5. Sarah Water's Tipping the Velvet: This one is so cute, sexy, and just a little bit suggestive, but beautifully quaint. It's naughty, but has class.
6. Melanie Rawn's Sunrunners Fire: Another Michael Whelan classic, I love everything about this one.
7. Micheal Crichton's The Lost World: A perfect example of less-is-more, the simple black T-Rex jaws on the white background, with the author's name in red . . . as if he were a piece of bloody flesh upon which the T-Rex has been feasting . . . makes me smile every time I spy it on the shelf.
8. Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms saga: This has to be the most gorgeous collection of covers ever put together for a single author, much less series. They're beautiful, magical, and perfect in every way.
9. Janine Cross' Touched by Venom: Another great dragon cover, but this time I think it's the woman at the centre who sells it . . . just a gorgeous, powerful piece of work.
10. Any of the Nexus books: Sadly no longer being produced, since Virgin media decided to retire their erotic publishing, these covers are just full of fetish fun!