Don’t Adjust the Horizontal

Today in The Rap Sheet’s spin-off blog, Killer Covers, J. Kingston Pierce chats with Charles Ardai, publisher of Hard Case Crime, an outfit that has been publishing interesting — and well covered — books ever since it debuted five years ago.

Though Pierce and Ardai have chatted before, this time out their conversation stems from yet another bit of innovative publishing: one of Hard Case’s newest titles, Russell Atwood’s Losers Live Longer, sports the Robert McGinnis-illustrated horizontal cover shown above. Says Pierce:

I couldn’t fail to feature on this page the cover of Russell Atwood’s paperback novel, Losers Live Longer. Not only is Losers the brand-new follow-up to East of A (2000), the “tough little shaggy dog tale” that introduced New York City private eye Payton Sherwood and launched the authorial career of Atwood, a former managing editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; but the book boasts a jacket illustrated by the renowned American artist Robert McGinnis — and a horizontal jacket, to boot.

Pierce and Ardai’s conversation can be found here.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Adjust the Horizontal

  1. My, but that's an offensive cover. It looks like anorexic Cher on a bad day in the '60s. And a horizontal book cover? In the interview Mr. Ardai says the form has never been popular. It is not difficult to see why because it doesn't seem like a very good idea.

    Please, we've seen some nice covers here and at the Rap Sheet but this is not one of them.

  2. Methinks someone doesn't know what 'anorexia' means (or what anorexic women look like). You might not find this one attractive, but anorexic she ain't.

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