This page is Providence collected/misc covers – for Neonomicon go here.
Avatar Press likes to use variant covers to promote its series, particularly short-run limited series like Moore’s. Besides their artistic merit, several of these covers have more to say about the contents of the book than readers might think. Most variant covers are on pages, grouped together by theme (Convention, Dreamscape, Pantheon, Portrait, Women of H.P. Lovecraft.) Below are the covers for the collected editions and miscellaneous issues that fall outside those categories.
Providence, Act 1 hardcover Kickstarter exclusive (collects issues 1-4) – This cover depicts Willard Wheatley, Providence‘s analogue for Wilbur Whateley in “The Dunwich Horror” – see Providence #4 P18,p1.
Providence, Act 1 (image) variant hardcover limited edition repeats the above Wheatley cover.
Providence, Act 1 Limited Hardcover
- The building in the background is the New York Herald Building, where protagonist Robert Black worked, see Providence #1 P22,p1.
- The dial at the left is a clock. The dial at right depicts the current wind direction.
- Commenter Legion of Andy notes:
This being the New York Herald Building, Robert Black is standing in front of the name of the paper, blocking from view everything but the first one and a half letters and part of the last. This is enough to remind us that the name The New York Herald is there though, and serves to label Black himself as “The New York Herald”. As seen in the stories within the book, Black is a “herald” of something that is to come – though he doesn’t know this. It is the various Lovecraftian figures whom he meets who have the hidden knowledge. The fact that most of the text of the building’s name is hidden from our view on the cover surely symbolizes the hidden nature of Black’s role. Oddly, when we see the outside of the Herald building for the first time inside the book, the space where the name would be has been left blank.
- The cover depicts characters from various issues (left to right):
- Salem/Innsmouth fish-person (from Providence #3)
- Salem/Innsmouth fish-person
- Salem/Innsmouth fish-person
- Robert Black carrying his Commonplace Book
- squid-headed monster (from?)
- Tentacle-faced motorman from “The Thing in the Moonlight” (depicted on Providence #8 Dreamscape variant cover)
- star-faced monster (from?)
- Ghoul, aka saprovore (Providence #7)
Providence Act 1 Hardcover variant – see details at Bleeding Cool article. The cover depicts a scene that could be Black entering Innsmouth/Salem.
Providence Act 2 Hardcover – Robert Black is in front of the titular Witch House, shown in Providence #5 P8,p1. Above is Hezekiah Massey, to the right is Mr. Jenkins, both of whom are introduced in that issue.
Providence Act 3 Hardcover – Robert Black, clutching Commonplace Book is shown in front of the “exit garden” suicide chamber.
Dreadful Beauty: The Art of Providence – This book, due out in July 2017, will feature a complete cover gallery, from The Courtyard to Neonomicon to Providence, as well as choice pages, designs and lots of unused, ultra-rare, and unseen art. Reflected in the puddles is the Red Hook church from the cover of Providence #2 (also featured in The Courtyard and seen in Neonomicon.)
Providence Complete Slipcase – Initially available via Kickstarter, the 5-book collection is now available on its own. The cover depicts, left to right: Johnny Carcosa’s mother, Willard Wheatley, Elspeth Waid, Tobit Boggs, Robert Black, H.P. Lovecraft, Johnny Carcosa, Garland Wheatley, Henry Annesley, King George, Increase Orne, and Shadrach Annesley. Black is copying Hali’s Booke into his Commonplace Book, as he did in Providence #6.
Kickstarter Premium covers:
- Gold Leather – The cover portrays Shadrach Annesley, Increase Orne, and Tobit Boggs – see Providence #3 P7,p4
- Ghoul Feast VIP – The cover portrays ghouls from Providence #7 (see four additonal ghoul covers)
- Pickman’s Necrotica – The cover image appeared in The Courtyard P21,p1. It depicts artwork based on that described in Lovecraft’s story “Pickman’s Model.”
- Visions – This, and the following two, are among a half-dozen original Burrows pieces that appeared in Alan Moore’s The Courtyard Companion. The depiction is similar to Aldo Sax’s aklo-fueled dream from Courtyard.
- Courtyard – This depicts The Courtyard protagonist Aldo Sax. Somewhat obscured behind his head is a headless, handless corpse whose chest is carved into a star-flower, similar to the murders described in The Courtyard.
- Wraparound Century – This again depicts Sax.
- Royal Blue Leather – see Gold Leather above.
- Platinum Leather – (not shown, but readers can guess what it looks like) Platinum is limited to 33 copies, and sold in a CGC 9.8 plastic slab.
Additional limited leather variant covers: (for sale via Avatar Press website)
- Death Black Leather Cover
- Blood Red Leather Cover