Monday, March 25, 2013

Ugly Book Covers

If you search around online, you can find countless samples of ugly book covers.  Here are a few of my (least) favourites.

Looks like someone was playing on their home computer...  Even the font/font colour are unappealing. 
Even books that become classics can have an ugly cover.

I don't know where to begin...  It's the images in particular that I dislike, not the title text.

It's all just so wrong!

Don't like the title itself, don't like the design/image/fonts.
This is so bad, so cheesy, I almost kind of like it!

Even BIG NAME authors like Atwood can end up with a dud of a cover.
Another one that's so bad, it's almost good.  I especially like the bunny's teeth!

Disclaimer: Yes, I know: Tastes and preferences vary among individuals!  And, yes, I bet there are lots of people out there who think the covers of my books suck.  Just humour me with this post, okay? 


  1. I've always wanted to 'out' some of the worst covers, but I'm not as brave as you, Jill! Some of those self-pubbed books are woeful, and I'm finding small publishing houses are putting out some bad ones too. I must admit, I have a week spot for the vintage look, so I quite like Of Mice and Men and the pulp fiction one (with an extra dose of cheese).

    Great post!

  2. Don't mind Ambush so much. And Earthman on Venus does pass the so cheesy it's good test.

  3. @Blckwatertown - I agree about the "so bad it's good" re: Venus!!!