21 Books with Psychedelic Covers

Picking up a book in the 1960s and 70s was a real groovy trip, and that was before cracking it open. Harlan Ellison and Philip K. Dick were at the height of their game, and far out science fiction was as popular as ever. Imaginative stories set in fantastical universes opened the door to creative book design, resulting in mind-bending covers depicting beautiful supernatural women and optical illusions bursting with every color in the spectrum.

While most of our selection is indeed vintage sci-fi, a gallery of psychedelic book covers isn't complete without the quintessential tale of the decade that gave birth to The Yellow Submarine and the Summer of Love. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe chronicles Ken Kesey's iconic drug-fueled bus trip across America in the 1960s. The Milton Glase cover depicts Kesey's band of Merry Pranksters - the ragtag crew that adopted the author as their pyschedelic leader.

Magazines and paperbacks weren't built to last, and as a result many of these editions are hard to find today. Take a trip back in time with these psychedelic book covers, and tell us about your favorites in the comment section below.


Psychedelic Book Covers

The Singing Citadel by Michael Moorcock The Singing Citadel

Michael Moorcock

Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison Deathbird Stories

Harlan Ellison

The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein The Puppet Masters

Robert A. Heinlein

Over the Edge by Harlan Ellison Over the Edge

Harlan Ellison

Electric Forest by Tanith Lee Electric Forest

Tanith Lee

Jondelle by E.C. Tubb Jondelle

E.C. Tubb

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny Lord of Light

Roger Zelazny

The Lotus Caves by John Christopher The Lotus Caves

John Christophe

The Game-Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick The Game-Players of Titan

Philip K. Dick

Mayenne by E.C. Tubb Mayenne

E.C. Tubb

The End of All Songs by Michael Moorcock The End of All Songs

Michael Moorcock

The Oracle, Issue No. 5, 1967 The Oracle

Magazine Issue No. 5, 1967

# Approaching Oblivion

Harlan Ellison

The Butterfly Kid by Chester AndersonThe Butterfly Kid

Chester Anderson

Which psychedelic book covers did we miss?