Real Covers For Fake Books

Vulture: Real Covers For Fake Books

Ever watched a movie and wished you had the book the characters were talking about? UK designer Daniel Gray has, and he decided to do something about it.

He started by creating his own fictional imprint, Vulture Books, with a logo that puts a slightly macabre twist on the iconic Penguin logo, then began designing covers for nonfiction books mentioned in films. Gray's blog describes the Vulture Books as: "classic non-fiction texts illuminating the darker corners of human thinking, published as paperbacks for the first time. Ideal for sharing, pocketing and inducing metaphysical despair."

The resulting art has a cool vintage aesthetic. Now if only someone would write the texts to go with them.

Can you name the movies that each fake book came from? Leave your answers in the comments, smartypants.

Kimberly Turner

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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu July 6, 2012 - 11:19am

Betelgeuse for "Handbook of the Recently Deceased"! 

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alisia from Byron, NY is reading The Goldfinch by: Donna Tartt July 6, 2012 - 11:42am

The Philosphy of Time Travel - Donnie Darko

The Handbook for the Recently Deceased - Beetlejuice

The Woodsburo Murders - Scream

I don't know the others. I'm guessing but is the Grail Diaries a Monty Python and The Holy Grail referenced book? I don't remember it from the film, but I thought it a worthy guess. Looking forward to learning the others! Great post.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like July 6, 2012 - 11:52am

Grail Diaries has got to be Indiana Jones 3. (Dr Jones Sr)

All of them Witches is familiar but I can't place it.

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Ivan Amaro July 6, 2012 - 12:39pm

All of them Witches / Rosemary's baby
Tobin Spirit Guide / Ghostobusters

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Kimber from Atlanta is reading The Every by Dave Eggers July 6, 2012 - 1:22pm

You guys are super-smart winners (not that I didn't know that). Your prize is our eternal respect of your movie trivia knowledge.

"Handbook for the Recently Deceased" - Beetlejuice (props to @Limbless K9)
"The Grail Diary" - Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade (@J. Y. Hopkins)
"The Philosophy of Time Travel" - Donnie Darko (@alisia)
"The Woodsburo Murders" - Scream 2 & 3 (@alisia)
"All of Them Witches" - Rosemary's Baby (@Ivan Amaro)
"Tobin's Spirit Guide" - Ghostbusters (@Ivan Amaro)

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Tom S. May from Geelong is reading Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme July 7, 2012 - 12:04am

They'd totally make for the best meta props in films.

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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu July 7, 2012 - 8:12pm

Thank you, Kimber! Totally made my day. 

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Kevin Maddox from Melstrand, Mi is reading Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut July 9, 2012 - 12:53pm

I would love to write/read The Philosophy of Time Travel, and The Handbook for the Recently Deceased,Beetlejuice is iconically awesome!

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gray July 11, 2012 - 8:06am

Glad you like them! There's actually a sly reference to a seventh film in there somewhere - you may have to take a closer look …

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Jane Wiseman from living outside of Albuquerque/in Minneapolis is reading Consider Phlebas, by Iain Banks July 14, 2012 - 8:44pm

Have you guys seen Moonrise Kingdom? Susie, one of the two protagonists, lugs around an entire suitcase of girls' adventure stories, and the credits mention all of the book covers and their artists. I gather these were fictional books. There were 6 or 8 of them.

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