Eye of the Bookholder – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita - Unknown Artist

“We all have such fateful objects — it may be a recurrent landscape in one case, a number in another — carefully chosen by the gods to attract events of specific significance for us: here shall John always stumble; there shall Jane’s heart always break.”

“Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.”

“He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.”

“I shall be dumped where the weed decays. And the rest is rust and stardust.”


Where images are uncredited, I was unable to trace them to their original designer. Should anyone know who the relevant artist is, please let me know and I will add a credit.

Eye of the Bookholder – Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

As plenty of bookworms, I imagine, I am guilty of judging books by their covers. If I’ve fallen in love with a pretty cover, I am almost guaranteed to add it to my collection. I am also frequently stumbling upon brilliantly reimagined covers by freelance artists, which I feel sometimes capture the character of a book much more intimately than the originally published jacket, and wanted to start a weekly post showcasing my favourite finds. Starting off with an old favourite of mine – Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.


“I lived like a man who wanted to die but who had no courage to do it himself. I walked black streets and alleys alone; I passed out in cabarets. I backed out of two duels more from apathy than cowardice and truly wished to be murdered. And then I was attacked. It might have been anyone – and my invitation was open to sailors, thieves, maniacs, anyone.
But it was a vampire.
He caught me just a few steps from my door one night and left me for dead, or so I thought.”

Book jacket recreated by Simon Povey.