33 of the Weirdest Philip K. Dick Covers We Could Find
Eyes, Brains, Babies, and Marilyn Monroe
After landing his first story in the July 1952 edition of Planet Stories, Philip K. Dick published over 121 pieces of short fiction in science fiction journals. He went on to publish 44 novels, which were translated into over 30 languages, as well as 14 short story collections. Much of his work focused on the nature of reality, identity, drug abuse, and mental health. These subjects, paired with other planets and beings, invited surreal and bizarre visual interpretations of his work. Here are 33 of them, sourced from all over the world, and ranked from weird to weirdest.
At first glance it looks like we may be embarking on a beautiful sunset stroll, but with a second look that trail looks a little strange. A little . . . brain-like?
A bit literal, but very eye-catching.
Not that strange in terms of science-fiction cover composition. But a baby in space is always a little concerning.
A surreal interpretation of two nouns in the title. But a pretty one at that.
The slightest manipulation makes this cover more beautiful than strange.
Many of the covers for The Man in the High Castle feature a map of the US and/or flags of Japan and Nazi Germany. But the Bard publishers decided to go with something a little different: a goblin.
A little role-swap happening here. What do the sheep dream of?
Many of the covers from the Polish publisher Rebis feature strangely photographed objects; but only one has an eyeball with toothpicks sticking out of it.
A spray can emerging from an exposed brain, sure. But it’s those thoughtful eyes that get you.
You could treat this cover like an “I Spy” game: how many faces are hidden in this cover of Valis?
A beautiful pastoral scene, with an amputated robot coming at you.
This might be a shocking reveal, except it’s a science-fiction novel.
A fairly conservative guess at what aliens from another planet might look like, but with a mohawk.
Imagine if this were in your backyard.
What else would you expect a man who repairs broken pottery to look like?
A surreal interpretation of a visit to the dentist office.
It must be hard trying to sleep with faces staring up at you from the floorboards.
Nothing creepier than a smashed up doll in the face of earth’s destruction.
And here’s Weird Al Yankovic coming up with one of his hilarious satirical songs. What will he skewer next?!
A perfect blend of surreal and strange for a collection of the author’s letters.
An oddly compelling spin on the sci-fi collage cover.
If only fashion had gotten us this far in 2004.
Beetle-eyes? Almond-eyes? Not quite sure what’s happening here, but that golden halo is doing something for me.
There was so much weird, it couldn’t be contained on the front cover.
A classic, hand-painted cover.
Gumm thought he lost his soda and that society had forgotten Marilyn Monroe, but they were really one in the same.
A natural response to waking up and finding out that you now live in a police state.
TFW your dad is pulled from the sky with a fork. Is he the chosen one? Is he someone’s dinner? Will he need that shoe?
This probably is what it would look like if you had to work as a narcotics agent while tripping.
Playing with a sense of space (foreground, middle ground, background) in space.
I’m not sure what that television face is trying to do with a spray can, but she’s doing it convincingly.
This cover encapsulates so much of what makes the others bizarre: floating subject matter, aliens, disfigured figures, anthropomorphized objects. But the contrasting orange and blue make it pop in a garish way that separates it from the rest.