Creepy book cover (can you spot why?)


68 Responses to “Creepy book cover (can you spot why?)”

  1. CSMcDonald says:


  2. kP says:

    This book was published 8 years prior to the shooting rampage.

  3. allan bailey says:

    the mullet in the window

  4. Maria Pranzo says:

    According to Amazon, published in 1991, eight years before the massacre.

  5. einsteinatthemall says:

    It’s the same creepy feeling I get when I see lovely shots of the doomed World Trade Center in the pleasant background pans of old TV shows like “Friends” and “Law and Order”

    • Mark Davis says:

       Go watch “All For The Best” from Godspell.  Listen to what they’re singing about and watch it to the end!

      • Mike Harris says:

         Sweet LOUISE, that’s one of the more creepy coincidences …

      • Sue Lochbiler says:

        The last line is always sung by the character  Judas.   Not so creepy after all. Back to the book, how or why was that photo picked?

    • Jardine says:

      Want to get really creeped out? Watch the first episode of The Lone Gunmen. It aired March 4, 2001 and involves a large passenger plane being remote-controlled and almost hitting the World Trade Center.

      • retchdog says:

        i dunno, i think this has it beat; some of frothing nutcases on youtube actually take it as serious “evidence” of the illuminati.

        steve jackson did 9/11!

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      And Microsoft removed the world trade center from their flight simulator program.

      Then there is the Simpsons NYC episode where Homer has to get his car from the WTC.

    • Itsumishi says:

      Ever listened to the album Party Music by The Coup?
      This was the original cover, due for release September 2001; thankfully the release got delayed and they had a chance to replace the stock with a new cover.

      • penguinchris says:

        Ever listened to the album Party Music by The Coup?

        Something tells me the only people who answer “yes” to that question are well aware of the cover. Further, I guarantee 1000x+ more people have heard about the pulled cover than even got close to listening to it :)

        (I’m judging a book by its cover – heh – and don’t know if it’s actually any good, but I suspect not)

        • Itsumishi says:

          The beats are average, their lyrics are great. They’ve got a couple of killer tracks: I’d recommend Fat Cats Bigga Fish from Genocide and Juice.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      That fall I was working in post production on Will & Grace, and we had to do a bit of nailbiting over what to do about establishing stock shots of the NYC skyline that featured the towers.  Should we leave them in?  Digitally erase them?

      For the most part we just avoided skyline shots for a while, and in finished episodes that were about to air we swapped out the stock shots for other angles.  Eventually we  resumed using skylines, but with digitally-erased towers, because innocuous sitcom-appropriate skyline shots filmed post-9/11 were hard to come by for a couple years.

      I don’t believe the artist who erased the towers for us enjoyed his work at all that day.  In any event, it was really strange working on a NYC-set show that had such a pre-9/11 carefree joyfulness to it, and made no mention at all of 9/11 for several months.  Comedy required a defter touch than usual for a while there.

    • cjporkchop says:

       Or when the WTC is featured in cartoons. One episode of The Real Ghostbusters had Egon fall from the roof of one of the towers (saved by the flying Ecto-2 gyrocopter) and at least one episode of Gargoyles had pivotal scenes take place on the tower roofs too.

  6. Peter Swimm says:

    This school is clearly in violation of the 1977 Americans with Disabilities Act.

  7. crummett says:

    Pink all-caps serifs? Oh, wait, I get it…

    • Aram Jahn says:

      Yes, yes! The big pink letters against a blue background. Soooo creepy! Just plain bad aesthetics, and should only be used for mystery novels set in Florida. Oh, and that Columbine thing.

  8. Isaac Marx says:

    Digging the organic chemistry textbook backdrop.

  9. lesmanalim says:

    $2.95 for a trade paperback? Are you the Ghost of Publishing Past?

  10. Bink Binkerson says:

    Just like all the film edits to remove the WTC from the NY skyline, the Orwellian history editors miss a few items.

  11. It was so close to be even more creepier with A.Bates just an N away from being super duper creepulious.

  12. Wayne Dyer says:

    Being from Scholastic Press is also creepy.  

  13. bcsizemo says:

    “Just” needs to be removed from the tagline, it flows much better that way.
    (And possibly the “will” as well.)

  14. unit_1421 says:

    Another female author humiliated by the reduction of her first name to an initial, because, you know, boys won’t buy books written by girls???

  15. sean says:

    I can’t see it! What is it? Is there something in the leaves?

  16. benher says:

    Lack of depth cues in the windows?

  17. Robert Taylor says:

    Wow. Reminds me in the wake of 9/11, I watched an episode of “The Lone Gunmen” – a spinoff from the X-Files – that dealt with almost the exact same plot as played out in real life. Apparently that episode came out six months before the tragedy occurred. I always wondered what the producers/crew and particularly, the writer, thought about that. Must have been a mind-screw.

  18. Ted Lemon says:

    Is the book any good?

  19. pkpk says:

    I probably read this book.  I used to love the trashy horror teenage books published by Point.

  20. Alenônimo says:

    Will anyone here buy the Mr. Bates books?

  21. jhertzli says:

    Does the Bates Motel have anything to do with this book?

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