Cover Trend: Animal Heads

When the amazing cover for the new story collection from Kevin Wilson (of Family Fang fame) popped up in my Twitter feed, I did a double take: as arresting as it is, I could have sworn I’d seen something like it before.

Then it occurred to me: Hanif Abdurraqib’s They Can’t Kill Us until They Kill Us also features a cartoon of a human figure with an animal head. (If you haven’t already, check out Abdurraqib’s playlist for the book. It’s got some solid jams.)

Are we in the midst of a full-fledged animal head trend? If so, from whence has it come? My colleague Susan Maguire suggested that it emerged from none other than self-published erotica weirdo Chuck Tingle. Behold the covers of his Dinosaur Tinglers series (yes, they are dinosaur erotica):

I love the shark head cover so much, I’m just gonna leave it here.

Has Chuck Tingle’s renown grown so much that his influence has bubbled over into mainstream, prestige publishing? Good Lord, I hope so.

Please tweet any and all animal-head covers to @booklistreader, and I might have enough for a follow-up post. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some animal-headed-human Bigfoot erotica covers.




About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the former Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist.

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