Shock paperback series by Richard Matheson (Dell) Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Oct 31st, 2020. Artwork published in March 1966. Source: uncledougsbunkerofhorror.blogspot.com Uncle Doug's Bunker of Vintage Horror Paperbacks. License: All Rights Reserved. Shock! Thirteen terror-charged tales served from the imagination of a master storyteller, Dell 7828. First published in 1961, this is a later edition from November 1966. Cover art by Tom Ryan. [More info on ISFDB] The title is in contoured caps from Cooper Black, with the italic used for the blurb. Between 1961 and 1970, Dell published four collections with short stories by Richard Matheson (1926–2013). Each volume contains thirteen horror and thriller tales. For more info including a list of the contents and images of the back covers, see Uncle Doug’s Bunker of Vintage Horror Paperbacks. Source: www.flickr.com Steve. License: All Rights Reserved. Shock II. Thirteen tales to haunt the imagination, Dell 7829, October 1964. Cover artist is uncredited. [More info on ISFDB] The title uses Tension, a shaking variation of Futura Bold Condensed, carried by Photo-Lettering. The Roman numerals appear to be custom additions, made from repurposed I’s. The secondary typeface is Britannic Bold. Source: www.flickr.com Steve. License: CC BY-NC-SA. Shock III. Thirteen electrifying tales by a master of the far-out and the bizarre, Dell 7830, March 1966. Cover art by Norman Adams. [More info on ISFDB] “Shock III” features Allen Riptide, another vibrating face from Photo-Lettering, designed by John S. Allen. It’s paired with Optima. Source: www.flickr.com smiley_derleth. License: All Rights Reserved. Shock Waves. The weird, the wild, the horrifying-thirteen terror trips by a master, Dell 7831, October 1970. [More info on ISFDB] For this last volume, the uncredited cover designer cut up Impact and shifted some of the slices to the left or right. A few years later, in 1973, Vic Carless created the Shatter typeface by applying a similar concept to the letterforms of Helvetica. With the diagonal cuts and the slight offset including repeating bits, his execution is more dynamic and convincing. The blurb at the top uses Ludlow Black, a follower of Cooper Black [correction: it’s Pabst Extra Bold, see comments]. Typefaces Formats Books (4802) Topics Literature (2233) Designers/Agencies Norman Adams (1) Tom Ryan (1) Tagged withRichard Matheson (2)Dell Publishing (17)paperbacks/softcovers (1220)book covers (4213)book series (402)horror (147)thriller (70)short stories (78)pulp (60)1960s (545)spoons (2)mouths (19)teeth (19)exclamation mark (!) (234)contoured type (260)blurbs (122)all caps (5116)stacked and justified (525)Roman numerals (190)modified typeface (1308)vampires (29)eyes (109)sliced type (83)vibration effects (6) Artwork location United States (7454) New York City (2045) In Sets Photo-Lettering, Inc. (Florian Hardwig) (366) Colossal Combinations (Jay Mellor) (2041) 3 Comments on “Shock paperback series by Richard Matheson (Dell)” Miro Denck says: Jun 17th, 2021 2:45 pm Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker comes to mind Bryson Stohr says: Jun 22nd, 2022 10:34 pm That last image appears to be using Pabst Extra Bold instead of Ludlow Black (the “a” is a particular indicator). Florian Hardwig says: Jun 23rd, 2022 7:07 am Eagle eye strikes again! Thanks, Bryson, good call. The e with its larger aperture is another distinguishing detail. Post a comment Name Email – will not be published Website Your response Submit Comment More Cooper Black in use Maria Muldaur – “I’m A Woman” / “Cold River” German single cover1975unknownPhoto(s) by Buro Destruct on Flickr. 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3 Comments on “Shock paperback series by Richard Matheson (Dell)”
Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker comes to mind
That last image appears to be using Pabst Extra Bold instead of Ludlow Black (the “a” is a particular indicator).
Eagle eye strikes again! Thanks, Bryson, good call. The e with its larger aperture is another distinguishing detail.