Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Claudia came to visit an old college friend, but soon finds the mansion scary as a domestic drama escalates into hatred and murder.
Allan Kass creates a sufficiently spooky cover with our heroine arms up against the danger while we note a dark mansion in the background. This is the first of nine gothic books by this author illustrated by Kass.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a picture of our couple sitting in a curricle about to go on a ride. It's a fine day and our heroine is pretty in a golden gown while the hero wears a red jacket. It looks like the beginning of a romance!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This is another rare Western illustrated by Allan Kass. What's interesting about this cover is the lack of any detail except the hero. Kass shows us a cowboy in typical western clothing carrying a gun. Our hero is weather beaten, but handsome in a rugged way. Note Kass's signature near the leg.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Allan Kass illustrated about 30-40 gothic romances and they are fun to see, though he didn't do much work for Avon, as far as I know. This book has our heroine running down the hallway of a stone building. I like the detail in the stained glass window along with the archway. Note Allan's signature gold jewelry on this heroine! Enjoy!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Allan Kass shows our couple at a masquerade and it's fun to see the different costumes and their detail. Our hero's costume seems a bit risque and the heroine's pretty. I really like the Elizabethan lady in the background. Masquerades were not unusual and sometimes people just wore a long cloak, or domino, over their evening clothes along with a mask.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Allan Kass creates a country setting for this cover with our couple on horseback. They ride in a grassy area near a stream and seem to be enjoying themselves as they talk together. Allan not only is correct in his depictions of people but also of animals. I appreciate how he draws to scale so that both look natural.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a sweet cover of our couple. I like that the hero has a genuine smile on his face as he looks at the heroine. She has been writing as evidenced by the quill feathers and paper on the desk behind. It's a charming picture which shows the love between them.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Cassandra Cresswell was content to be a bluestocking until the beautiful Miss Taylor stole away the one man she loved.
Allan Kass shows our couple at a ball where they are stealing a moment away from the gaiety. They could almost be dancing. I like the contrast of her pink gown with the black and gray of the hero. Notice Allan's unusual signature in the base of the figurine behind them.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Allan Kass brings us back to the regency with this cover! He illustrates our couple in an embrace and our heroine is very feminine in a purple riding habit with her hat discarded behind. The hero is in dark green, which is a color Kass doesn't use much but makes his coat and waistcoat stand out. This room seems like a 1800's version of a man cave with a comfortable couch and deer head trophy on the wall.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates an interesting scene here with our hero highwayman holding up the carriage where we assume the heroine had been traveling inside! Her coat of blue is exquisite and her bonnet is a perfect match. We get a glimpse of a peach dress underneath. The hero is casually dressed and brandishes a long pistol. Note the detail of the carriage, horses, and driver behind.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Allan Kass gives us an action pose for this cover. We see the hero rescuing the heroine from an overturned carriage. He carries her from the accident and her hair and skirts give us the feel of motion and movement. Again Kass uses autumnal colors for the clothing and landscape.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates our couple while out riding. Our heroine wears a simple, yet elegant green riding habit while our hero is autumnal in brown. I like her white blouse sleeves protruding from her habit's sleeves. They seem enchanted with each other and we hope for a happy ending.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Allan Kass created a few Victorian covers and they are always a treat to view. I especially like this one because it is bright and cheery with our couple standing near a park. The heroine's ornate blue gown is edged with lace and tiers most becomingly. Her hair is swept close to her head and she carries a straw hat. The hero is plainly dressed in black but also elegant. It's almost as if he's telling her not to go away.
Friday, December 6, 2013
This is my favorite western cover by Allan Kass. The colors are simply gorgeous as we see the hero descending the mountain on his white horse. I like how Allan uses the whole cover as a frame for the cowboy with the distant mountains and the nearby creek. I just wish my copy was in better shape. Click to enlarge.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Allan Kass shows our hero as determined as he stands on a cliff edge with his guns. Note his signature under the hero's foot. Though not as detailed as his regency covers, note the tree behind him and the greenery as well as the rock formations. Allan really enjoyed creating these covers of a land that he loved.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Allan Kass illustrated both photos. He told me in a letter that he was surprised not to have more western covers since he lived in Montana! Powdersmoke Feud shows the hero alone against the elements. It's a calm, quiet cover while Clattering Hoofs shows a group of cowboys riding to possibly find our hero. We can almost see the horses moving and stirring up dust. Kass did a few westerns, so it's a treat to find them. If you know of others, please leave a comment.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Allan Kass creates a elegant lady and dashing military hero for the cover of this book. She has a pensive look as she arranges the flowers and he seems to be reassuring her. Note the line of miniatures paintings behind them which are probably family members.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Allan Kass gives us a heroine who we know at first glance doesn't fit into regency society by her Indian looking looks, dark straight hair, and turquoise jewelry. The hero is as opposite her as can be and Kass gives us that difference subtly while showing them standing in a library of a great house.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Allan Kass illustrates a romantic cover of our couple. She looks as if she's about to move away from him and not quite sure of his motives. The hero is silently strong as he detains the heroine. There is a definite air of mystery in this portrait.