April 18, 2017


Classic Love Songs Become Creepy Stephen King Book Covers

Nostalgia never dies, but old-school Stephen King vibes have been soaring since last summer's Stranger Things. (And will continue to fly high through the It remake and beyond.) Now the macabre imagery and big, stark block letters that adorn a huge swath of King's book covers have been remixed into imaginary books named after well-known love songs. The series, called Stephen King's Stranger Love Songs, comes from Brazilian designer/illustrator Butcher Billy.

In addition to the song titles, lyrics are printed in the fashion of the usual blurb reviews and corny plot teases. You'll catch Adele's "Hello," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take" among the mix. A few standalone samples:

Butcher Billy breaks down Stephen King's Stranger Love Songs like this:

“This series imagines an alternate universe in which some of the most hopeless, desperate and tragic heartbreak songs of the 70’s and 80’s were actually novels written by Stephen King. The concept is to look at the dark side of love through the lenses of pop culture, bringing twisted aspects of his classic stories to play with the original meanings of the songs—that can be completely subverted or strangely emphasized, while paying tribute to the vintage design of the original book covers.”

The artist's other work plays with classic films and characters, VHS boxes, comic book covers, B-movie posters. Peruse it all and purchase prints and T-shirts right here. Almost 20 of the Stephen King–y love song designs are already available.

For more, watch the new trailer for the TV series adaptation of The Mist, go behind the scenes of It, and watch actor/filmmaker Rider Strong (Cabin Fever, Girl/Boy Meets World) break down his five favorite horror movies for Fuse: