No, this is not the VHS box cover art for a forgotten Italian zombie flick! Gloriously depraved and aglow with the green-grey hue of putrescence, this cover for the horror novel Disembodied (St. Martin's Press, 1988) is one of the most graphic I've seen. I snatched it up on that basis alone! But one glance at the back cover to see what's the haps and we're in trouble:
"Psychic adventurer"? "Astral self"? Ugh. My least favorite horror fiction involves these dopey old hippy tropes. Is the cover a bait and switch, promising extreme zombie mayhem but not delivering? Anyone know? Alas, Disembodied joins the ever-growing legion of the unread.
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