Here’s three of my favourites… and let me tell you, it was a hard choice to make.
Death preserved forever in drops of maple syrup — a name just out of reach — a bear’s growl — a door that leads to… nowhere, and a man who walks through it. These are the stories of things: some just this side of reality, some just that side of… somewhere else.
I reviewed Stories About Things way back in February, before Aelius got herself that shiny awesome new cover. Boy has she upgraded.
I want to own a print copy of this for that cover art alone — not to mention, I know the stories inside are worth reading again. (Psst, it’s free on Smashwords!)
Contained within are nine stories featuring bizarre beasties, mythological mutants, and overall “irregular creatures” – including flying cats, mermaids, Bigfoot, giant chickens, and mystic hobo hermaphrodites.
Horror, fantasy, science-fiction and humor.
This is another excellent anthology which I reviewed in July 2011. True to its name, the book cover also has a slightly irregular (more square) shape, however I adore the aged effect, the corners, the little cat with wings (featured in one of the stories), the swirly bits… well, everything.
Sitting at the top of a Ferris wheel overlooking the Boston skyline, Josh’s life takes an unexpected turn, and things will never be the same. Along with the many surprises on his life’s new path, he’ll come to take life advice from a family of ducks, get in a bloody war with a dog, lose his job over a spilled drink, wake up in the hospital, apply to work at an adult-themed novelty bakery, and find out that people often aren’t what they seem. When you’re at the top of the world, there’s nowhere to go but down.
This cover is far too quirky to resist. (And yes, I’ve reviewed it too!)
That’s only three, but there’s countless other great indie covers out there.
Go on, share a few of your favourites in the comments.