80s pop songs turned into amazing horror novel covers

Written by Neil Bennett

80s pop songs turned into amazing horror novel covers

At the end of 2016, a series of Butcher Billy’s artworks brought him to widespread attention. The Brazilian artist and designer had created a reinterpretation of five episodes of the cult TV show Black Mirror as ‘Golden Age’ comics. They went viral on social media, shared by artists, illustrators, designer – and fans the show after its creator Charlie Brooker retweeted Billy’s work and asked about buying prints of the work.
Billy then went on to produce covers for all 13 episodes – which were equally well received. The project also lead to an invitation to work as a production designer on the forthcoming fourth season of Black Mirror, which is the dream outcome of a project like that for most artists.
Yesterday, Billy revealed his latest project to us. Again putting a darkly humorous spin on the pop culture of decades past – which is his thing as an artist – here he’s applied the iconic cover design style of early Stephen King books to 80s ‘pop classics’ (as well as some earlier songs that would have be played next to them on pop radio stations back then).
You can see them all here, while listening to this Spotify playlist of the tracks we’ve created for you.
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