Ugly and Bizarre book covers

200910091156-1 In honor of this phallo-rific paperback cover that Hang Fire Books proprietor William Smith recently stumbled upon, he has created an "Artists With Issues" tag for the "Ugly and Bizarre" category of his Pulp Fiction Cover Gallery.


  1. I read that ‘Blade’ book, and believe me the cover does a good job of foretelling what you will find inside.

    It’s basically James Bond meets Conan meets Harlequin Romance with some explicit sex thrown in.

  2. Those blade books are a treasure trove of bad covers. I have a later one called, “The Crystal Seas”, with a cover that implies the (nude male) protagonist is about to be violated by tentacles.

  3. I think in 5th or 6th grade I read a couple of those Blade books. Mainly I was interested in the sex parts, but I think the story was that a modern day man has a scientist friend who accidentally sends him to another dimension (creatively called Dimension X) where scantily clad women need his help in defending themselves from angry overlords. Or maybe the scantily clad women were the overlords and he’s taken prisoner and tortured by the high priestess. Or some variation of that kind of story. I hadn’t thought about that in forever. It seems there’s a gallery of Blade covers at

  4. Ugly? I disagree. I’d get a poster print of that in a heartbeat. Put it in a nice frame above the mantel.

  5. He’s using the crowbar thingy to escape the Crap Dimension, while the cavewoman sets it on fire as a diversion. And isn’t that the dinosaur that savaged Newman in Jurassic Park?

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