Gervasio Gallardo’s H.P. Lovecraft Cover Art (Ballantine, 1970 – 1973)

Gallardo Kadath 1970

Gallardo Sarnath 1971

Gallardo Fungi 1971

Gallardo Spawn 1971

Gallardo Survivor 1971

Gallardo Mythos 1972

Gallardo Imaginary 1973

Spanish-born illustrator Gervasio Gallardo did a number of striking covers for the highly influential Ballantine Adult Fantasy series (1969 – 1974), edited by writer and fantasy literature historian Lin Carter. All of the Lovecraft volumes are featured above—I threw in Imaginary Worlds, the last volume of Carter’s non-fiction “look behind” trilogy exploring the origins of the fantasy genre. Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos is the second volume, and Tolkien: A Look Behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is the first.

Bob Pepper was another notable illustrator for the same series.

9 Responses to “Gervasio Gallardo’s H.P. Lovecraft Cover Art (Ballantine, 1970 – 1973)”

  1. 1 Don Gates June 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I just tweeted/Facebooked a post about Lovecraft, and here you are on an HPL kick. Coincidence, or the machinations of an eldritch abomination from beyond the veil of reality? My money’s on coincidence.

    These covers remind me a bit of Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”. It’s always interesting to see different artists’ interpretation of Lovecraft’s imagery because even though he was often very descriptive of his creatures and settings, he somehow let the reader fill in the blanks. Lovecraftian art seems to range from beautiful to grotesque to boring to “oh crap, what is THAT?” These covers aren’t boring, but they do qualify under the other categories…

    • 2 2W2N June 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      It shouldn’t surprise you anymore that we’re on the same wavelength! Bosch is a good comparison. I do love Gallardo’s style: his other covers are a pretty evocative combo of surrealism and expressionism.

  2. 3 flamingyawn September 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Thank you so much. These covers were a part of my childhood growing up. Definitely part of my imagination’s development. I found another cover which might be his, too:


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