The 1978 Jove/HBJ paperback The Colour Out of Space, one of two Lovecraft collections the publisher licensed from Arkham House’s 1963 collections. Hot damn, look at that cover painting by Rowena.

That is a Yithian, from “The Shadow Out of Time.” Always been a big fan of Yithians, they are suitably ridiculous aliens, recognizably so but also largely free from modern alien design conventions and certainly not a man-in-suit. Just about any painting of a Yithian is going to be a winner for me, but this one is the tops. Just absolutely astounding, all those textures, just an absolute disregard of sense. Extremely like the sundew skirt of the cone, that’s a perfect touch.

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