Saturday, July 10, 2021

Intensive Scares: The Paperback Cover Art of J.K. Potter

Vintage horror fiction fans are well aware of American artist J.K. Potter, born Jeffrey Knight Potter in California on this date in 1956. His macabre photorealistic imagery decorated the covers of dozens of small-press hardcovers, various magazines, and plenty of paperbacks throughout the Eighties and beyond, most often for such genre heavyweights as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Charles L. Grant, and Karl Edward Wagner, along with many other writers in the fantasy and science fiction fields as well. 

With its surrealistic blending of collage and contrasting elements along with ghostly hues and piercing eyes, Potter's art probably unsettled and attracted as many readers as it repelled! Here is a  sampling of his paperback work:


3 comments:

Eric said...

Thank you for reminding me of Potter's work! I especially associate him with his work in Twilight Zone Magazine, where his nightmare fuel frequently graced the pages. Good stuff.

Nathan Shumate said...

Back when you had to actually know something about photography and developing to manipulate images like that. A lost skill...

Babs said...

I love the illustrations he did for Michael McDowell's Toplin.