Should We Judge This Book By Its Cover? – Part 3 – “Slob” by Rex Miller

Slob by Rex MillerRex Miller’s Slob has been on my “oh, I should read that one” list since the early 90s or so. The book was mentioned in Twilight Zone magazine a lot back in the day, and was often sited as a prime example of the then budding fad of splatterpunk fiction, which was basically over the top horror for the MTV generation. Slob tells the tale of a brutal yet brilliant serial killer who goes by the deceptively ordinary sounding name Chainsaw Chaingang. There were some comic books based on the book awhile ago, but the amateurish art was a turn-off for me, and that became one more reason for me to put off reading the book. I currently have the ebook sample on my Nook, but time will tell if I ever get around to it.

This time out, the new versus old debate seems like a no-brainer. Neither gives any specifics about the book, but the original Onyx paperback version on the left has a nice dark energy to it, and I love how the chain link works directly into the title. It’s a great bit of pre-Photoshop design work. That new one just does not entice me in the slightest. The layout is consistent with other Miller books in current release, but the imagery here is maddeningly bland. What does everyone else think?

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  1. Will E. says:

    I’m not big on the novel itself, but you’re right about the original cover’s energy. The update simply looks uninspired and lame.

  2. Shannon says:

    Totally with you on this one, too. The new cover… the image and font, and even the author’s name just makes me think its a historical romance or something equally as boring.

  3. Jess says:

    I’m fairly certain the second font is a staple of romance novel covers…

    First cover wins, hands down!

  4. Craig says:

    Actually, it’s “Chaingang” not “Chainsaw.”

    1. admin says:

      Whoops! Thanks, Craig.

  5. Phantom of Pulp says:

    I always liked the idea of Miller’s books more than the books themselves, but the original art definitely captures the spirit of the novel. The updated art is pretty awful. The story of an untidy romantic, perhaps?

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