Another in our growing line of vintage book covers we love.
Wear the Butchers’ Medal, by John Brunner
Illustration by Harry Bennett.
Prolific and British-born author John
Brunner (1934-1995) was principally known for penning science fiction and fantasy, including such novels as The Whole Man (1964), the Hugo Award-winning Stand on Zanzibar (1968), The Jagged Orbit (1969), The Sheep Look Up (1972), and Children of the Thunder (1990). But he also wrote outside of that genre, producing a trio of espionage thrillers starring “Jamaican man of action” Max Curfew, a “satanic chiller” titled The Devil’s Work (1969), and what’s been called “a stunning suspense-adventure novel,” Wear the Butchers’ Medal.
Unfortunately, I don’t (yet) own a copy of Butchers’ Medal, so all I really know about this book’s plot comes from its cover blurb: “A summer hitchhike across Europe turns into a nightmare of horror and fear.” I’m more familiar with the illustrator responsible for the powerful, slightly off-kilter artwork fronting Brunner’s book: Harry Bennett (1919-2012), whose talents have been applauded a number of times on this page. With damn good reason.