The other day I got an email from Damonza.com, who design book covers. I used them for Eve of Snows and Trail of Pyres, and I hopped over to their website just to poke around and took a look at their premium service which starts at like 2k-ish. They have this cover up as one of their examples: Now, I'm going to say first that if I paid 2k for that (which I wouldn't because you get to consult on the cover) I'd slap myself silly. The only thing, IMO, that makes this cover work is the name "Dean Koontz". Okay, it also works well in thumbnail. Is it bad? No. But, to be blunt, this would be friggin' easy in photoshop. Now the general premise here is a simple and less is more cover, but imagine an unknown author name up there. It becomes... Meh! Now, IMO, you could take this next very simple cover, change the title and author to unknowns, and I would still check this book out due to the cover. This is just one my favorite covers, period. I'm not even sure why, but I love it. So, what covers by big or small names have struck you as junk or are favorites? It'd be interesting to see what turns people on or off.