Weird tales of Weird Tales

weird tales oct 1993

Boing Boing: Weird Tales covers 1923-1942 gallery. When I read this post, I immediately thought about the album Weird Tales by alt-country supergroup Golden Smog. I wondered: did that mean that the oddly evocative cover of that album was derived from the magazine?

A little spelunking through the cover archive found the answer. Golden Smog’s album cover is based on the cover of the October 1933 issue of Weird Tales, and is an illustration by Margaret Brundage for the story “The Vampire Master” by Hugh Davidson. (The Golden Smog album cover hides the bat head on the woman’s mask.) No word on who in Golden Smog was the pulp fiction fan, though.