Title: Family Portrait(aka Picture of Evil) Artist: Publisher: Arrow Books Year: 1988 Synopsis: See Graham Masterton Official Website Comments: Another great scan from Mariano Baino's incredible Masterton collection. Family Portrait is a great book and this is a really neat cover. Much more interesting than the U.S. Edition.
Mariano says of Family PortraitI was once the proud possessor of a copy of this book with a beautiful cut-out type cover. In my fervour to spread the Masterton gospel I lent the book to a friend of mine. Bad mistake. He lost the book while moving and I have mourned its loss ever since. The paperback I now own was kindly provided by David Kelly, another Masterton message board regular and a gentleman to boot!.Thanks to David for this one. That'll teach you Mariano. Never lend your Masterton to a mate unless you have a second copy.
Title: Family Portrait(aka Picture of Evil) Artist: Publisher: Severn House Year: 1985 Synopsis: See Graham Masterton Official Website Comments: A hardback edition of 'Family Portrait'. I remember reading 'Family Portrait' and thinking 'Masterton is an expert on food, art, wine ,sex, geography, language, literature, etc., etc. How the hell did he get so knowledgable about everything?' My wife's answer: "He's a writer, that's what they do." Makes the software business seem downright bland.
Graham was editor of 'Penthouse' in the UK at one point. I wonder what he thinks of Bob Gucionne's paintings? I think they're quite good.
Now the painting on this cover is truly horrific. I mean, I understand the Dorian Gray concept about how a person's sins take a toll on their face, but how the hell do you end up with all the skin stripped off like that? I'd keep this one locked up too. A great cover from a great publishing house with a flair for them.
Ron Sutton has blessed us with another great edition.
Title: Le portrait du mal Artist: Publisher: Year: Synopsis: See Graham Masterton Official Website Comments: Laurent Pannequin sends us this cover of the French edition of Picture of Evil. Thanks Laurent!