Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

I’m a little late in the month for this, but I couldn’t resist doing a themed Re-Covered Book contest for Halloween. So this time around we’re tackling Dracula by Bram Stoker, a classic novel who’s reach has influenced pop culture in so many ways and defined what a modern day vampire was. The book was written back in 1897, and as Wikipedia says, “touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and postcolonialism.” I think this is a great way to look at the book, these themes not necessarily coming across from a pale guy with fangs and a cape.

Your job is to make a super rad cover the portrays those themes without resting upon Hollywood cliches. Perhaps your cover is gruesome? Or maybe you say fuck it all and make the funniest cover ever? It’s up to you, but be sure to steer clear of pre-existing imagery like Bela Lugosi and the such.

The prize for winning, as always, is $100 to Amazon.

RULES

• Please save your images as JPGs no larger than 800px wide at 72 DPI/RGB mode, there’s no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Making a front and back cover with certainly help your chances, but is not required.

• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Dracula.jpg”

• Send all entries to contest@thefoxisblack.com with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Dracula“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due Saturday, November 12, 2011 by Midnight, PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate. Good luck and have fun!

See the entries below.

Fabiano Vincenzi's Cover for Dracula

Fabiano Vincenzi

Steve St. Pierre's cover for Dracula

Steve St. Pierre

Paul Jeffrey's cover for Dracula

Paul Jeffrey's cover for Dracula

Paul Jeffrey

Laura Gomez's cover for Dracula

Laura Gomez

Simon Lindenthaler's cover for Dracula

Simon Lindenthaler's cover for Dracula

Simon Lindenthaler

Heather Shaw's cover for Dracula

Heather Shaw

Michael Lashford's cover for Dracula

Michael Lashford's cover for Dracula

Michael Lashford

Mikkel Holm-Knudsen's cover for Dracula

Mikkel Holm-Knudsen

Luca van Grinsven's cover for Dracula

Luca van Grinsven

Grégory Sujkowski's Dracula

Grégory Sujkowski's Dracula

Grégory Sujkowski's Dracula

Grégory Sujkowski

Ryan Wunn's Dracula

Ryan Wunn's Dracula

Ryan Wunn's Dracula

Ryan Wunn

Mark McCartney's Dracula

Mark McCartney

Jeff Sutthoff's Dracula

Jeff Sutthoff

Dominic Clifford's Dracula

Dominic Clifford

Marcin Dzbanuszek's Dracula

Marcin Dzbanuszek's Dracula

Marcin Dzbanuszek

Chris Best and Gillian Hobbs' Dracula

Chris Best

Gillian Hobbs' Dracula

Gillian Hobbs

Bryan Byczek's Dracula

Bryan Byczek

David Dalbey's Dracula

David Dalbey

Lawrence Cole's Dracula

Lawrence Cole's Dracula

Lawrence Cole

Victoria Fernandez's Dracula

Victoria Fernandez

Devin Watson's Dracula

Devin Watson

Nim Ben-Reuven's Dracula

Nim Ben-Reuven

Jennifer Talesfore's Dracula

Jennifer Talesfore's Dracula

Jennifer Talesfore's Dracula

Jennifer Talesfore's Dracula

Jennifer Talesfore

Daniel Lopez's Dracula

Daniel Lopez

Steven Stevens' Dracula

Steven Stevens

Shelley Barnes' Dracula

Shelley Barnes

Francisco Hernandez's Dracula

Francisco Hernandez

Christie Aguasin's Dracula

Christie Aguasin

Egyed Szabolcs' Dracula

Egyed Szabolcs

Misho Zivanov's Dracula

Misho Zivanov's Dracula

Misho Zivanov's Dracula

Misho Zivanov

Destin Cox's Dacula

Destin Cox

Matías Otero's Dracula

Matías Otero

 Mirelle Ortega's Dracula

Mirelle Ortega

Laurie Rollitt's Dracula

Laurie Rollitt

Stefan Breukers' Dracula

Stefan Breukers

Josh Wendell's Dracula

Josh Wendell

Paul Bartlett's Dracula

Paul Bartlett

Chase Kunz's Dracula

Chase Kunz

Dustin Daniels' Dracula

Dustin Daniels' Dracula

Dustin Daniels' Dracula

Dustin Daniels

24 Comments Re-Covered Books: Dracula by Bram Stoker

  1. Kevin Allen Jr. October 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Is nudity kosher? PG-13? Hard G?

  2. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon October 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    @Kevin – Tasteful nudity is totally fine. If you’d be embarrassed to show your mother, you’ve crossed the line.

  3. Riley Hoonan October 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    From the post:
    “Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders“ – just wanted to double check, was that meant to be “Re-Covered Books: Dracula”?

  4. Lauren October 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    yes! haha I am so excited! I was hoping you’d pick something in honor of halloween. I am over the moon it’s Dracula though. This novel and Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire” and ” The Vampire Lestat are my top vamp novels. Great pick Bobby, it’s sure to rear up some killer work from your readers.

  5. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon October 19, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    @Riley – Yes, Dracula, I changed it in the post : )

  6. Chris Hood October 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Michael Lashford is my favourite concept so far, a nice nod to the cliche, but with a new twist.

  7. Chris Best October 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Yes Michael Lashford’s was the stand-out for me too. Hope to get my entry in this week.

  8. Gregory Sujkowski October 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I really like the work of Simon Lindenthaler (the 1st one), even if Michael Lashford did a really great work.
    Hope to get my entry this week too ^^.

  9. Christina StimpsonChristina Stimpson October 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    These are great! Totally making me want to read this book! Love Paul Jeffery’s. But I’m a minimalist.

  10. Taylor November 3, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    These are all amazing! I wish I had time to make one, maybe next time. This is going to be a tough decision!

  11. Simon H. November 3, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Amazing ones by Simon Lindenthaler.

  12. Daniel November 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Heather Shaw’s submission is actually frightening.

  13. Gerardo November 8, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Steve St. Pierre is the winner in my opinion. Simple concept, great typography.

  14. Shmeergla November 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Sent my entry and can’t wait to see it posted :-)

  15. Simon H. November 14, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Damn’, missed the deadline.

  16. Fraistat November 17, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    These are just great. Personally, I love it when design captures both the popular imagination of the story and the very “literal” identity of a story in print. Case in point, J Talesfore’s submission playing off the book as an epistolary novel, i.e. the book as a diary, and also the very literal horror that the the name “Dracula” evokes. Draaacuuula!!! Love em.

  17. Paul J. Bartlett November 17, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Did anybody else just read the book for the first time and get very taken aback by the fact that Dracula has a big white mustache?

  18. Mushi November 17, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Which would have made my Sam Elliott splattered with clip art blood cover all the more relevant. Damn you deadlines!

    Great submissions, however, by the more disciplined readers.

  19. Pascal Fuentes November 18, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    Gregory Sujkowski and Chase Kunz covers are really great

  20. Boyan November 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Misho Zivanov has the coolest entry! I like that leather bound look. I looks like the book has been read by vampires themselves…

  21. Nindza November 18, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Misho Zivanov has a great cover design!

  22. Maxxa November 19, 2011 at 4:48 AM

    I like Misho Zivanov entry. Minimalistic in approach with a classic look. I like the way how the blood looks dripping from the covers to the pages.

  23. Noyes November 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    That leather one by Misho Zivanov! I want it!

  24. Tanja November 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    The Best cover design has Misho Zivanov!It is great cover!

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