Penguin Children's Classic Cover - creepiest ever?

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Penguin Children's Classic Cover - creepiest ever?

Post  TwelveInchTailor on Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:47 pm



I don't know if anyone had/remembers this children's abridged edition of Phantom of the Opera published by Puffin - but man, this is probably the most realistic depiction of Erik's face from the book I've seen - and it was on a cute 'classics for kids' book?! This haunted my nightmares as a precocious 7 year old. I think it's the glowing eyes... and it still gives me shivers to this day, although I can't help but admire the artistry. Whoever illustrated this didn't pull any punches with the source material!
Anyone else remember this cover? Or can anyone else top it with the 'gothic horror' factor?

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Post  TBUGoth on Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:58 pm

This is a copy of the original novel, I know that because it was the first copy I ever read when I checked it out from the Middle School library,

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Post  NightRachel on Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:42 pm

Yep, I remember that book cover art. I did have that edition of Leroux's book at one time in my collection, but I don't think I have it anymore. But yeah, it's pretty creepy.  Smile 

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Post  TwelveInchTailor on Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:13 pm

Do you collect different editions, NightRachel? I bet that's quite an interesting mix! I seem to end up with a different cover every time I read my current copy of Leroux to death (Yup, sadly I've got through about 3 copies so far by just picking it up as a comfort read until the spine glue slowly dies) I've had a small lovely pocket classic with Renoir's Night at the Opera painting on the cover, a Dover Thrift edition with the Andre Castaigne illustration of the masquerade scene, and and the lovely Mireille Ribiere translation. And a rather peculiar edition that I can't find any trace of online with a picture of Rudolph Valentino looking at his own reflection. Not sure what that one was about - was it supposed to be Raoul? A reference to the Marie Bjornsen design? I really wish I could find a picture now, although there's any amount of cover art on Amazon that's beautiful and some unintentionally hilarious covers...

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Post  Scorp on Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:00 pm

The Puffin Classics edition was the first edition I ever owned of Leroux's novel in any language, and I was immediately attracted to it by the cover. Loved it -- and still do.

Back in the day, at some point in the 1990s, there was an interview that the phandom organised with the illustrator about this cover. I can't remember now if it's one of those old fanzines or whether it was on an earlier version of Christine Daaé's website. I think it was in a fanzine -- I probably have a copy of it somewhere lying about.

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Post  TwelveInchTailor on Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:48 pm

Oh, I bet that's an interesting article, Scorp! I was always intrigued by what a visual impact the artwork made (after I grew old enough to appreciate the artwork, mind you - aged seven I was a little worried that Erik lived under my bed and was going to grab my ankles if i got out!) - it really is the face of a living corpse 'built up of death from head to foot'. If you ever find it, I'd be really interested to know more about the illustrator.

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Post  NightRachel on Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:03 am

TwelveInchTailor wrote:Do you collect different editions, NightRachel?

Well, I kinda do. Some yrs ago I had a little collection of a few different editions of Leroux's POTO, but in the yrs since I've parted with some of them, so my collection of different editions has gotten smaller. Now I'm not sure how many I still have, but I don't think I have that many. I can tell you one of my fave cover designs is the one for the 1990 Bantam Classic paperback (the Lowell Bair translation) which shows Christine and Erik in his boat on the lake. I think that artwork is so hauntingly beautiful and romantic!  Very Happy   I love you 

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