There are the often unsung heroes of book publishing... Those great artists who manage to attract our eye and entice us to give an unknown book a chance.
Here's our chance to talk about the cover artists whose work we admire. I'll start with a man whose art is probably very little known (if at all!) in the United States: a Belgian painter named Henri Lievens.
Mr. Lievens, who was mostly active in the mid-20th century, became known to an entire generation of fantastic and SF literature thanks to the numerous covers he produced for the Marabout imprint. His art was usually very moody, often featuring eerie views of cities or old houses.
Here is one of my favorite Lievens pieces, representing the (maybe) haunted town of Ingersham.