Just Before Dark is the fifth (of five) horror novels written by Bill Crider and published as by Jack MacLane. It was published by Zebra in November 1990, and the cover art is terrific in a disturbing if tongue-in-cheek sort of way. It is dark—a purple smudge for sky—and features a cold metallic junkyard piled high. It reminds me of the first thirty minutes of the film “Wall-E” with the added appeal of skeletons strewn throughout. The artist is uncredited.
The opening paragraph:
“Frank Castella remembered dying.”
I haven’t read any of the “Jack MacLane” novels, but knowing the general high quality of Mr Crider’s work I plan to remedy that very soon. All five of the MacLane novels are currently available as ebooks.
This is the fifth in a new series of posts featuring cover and miscellany of books I find at thrift stores and used bookshops. It is reserved for books I purchased as much for the coer art as for the story or author.