Classic heartbreak songs meet Stephen King in these creepy covers

Heartbreak is a wonderful thing. You get a free pass to eat loads of chocolate, you find out if your tear ducts are still working, and nobody will blame you if you play melancholy music all the time. For graphic designer and illustrator Butcher Billy (opens in new tab), the soundtrack to heartbreak also provides artistic inspiration.

In his latest project, Butcher Billy has taken classic heartbreak songs and looks at the dark side of their lyrics. The result is a series of covers and vintage posters (opens in new tab) that reimagine tragic love songs as novels written by one of the masters of horror: Stephen King.

It's a fitting match really, seeing as heartache anthems are filled with images of staying alive, being torn apart and cannibalism. And Butcher Billy has realised his idea brilliantly with a series of images that channel a pulpy horror novel vibe, complete with a blocky serifed typeface, trashy tag lines, and an oppressively dark colour scheme. There's even a set of cardboard VHS sleeves to round off the collection.

Explore a selection of the covers below, and be sure to head over to his Behance page (opens in new tab) to see the whole lot.

Mmm, delicious heartache

Mmm, delicious heartache

Play this song. Listen to the lyrics. Be horrified

Play this song. Listen to the lyrics. Be horrified

Remember: Burying your feelings is the best way to deal with them

Remember: Burying your feelings is the best way to deal with them

These books would look right at home next to a Betamax

These books would look right at home next to a Betamax

Love makes you do strange things

Love makes you do strange things

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.