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Subject: Question about Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper (starts with Over Sea,
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 3:00 PM ET
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Sorry, this is sort of a random question.  I read the (excellent) dark fantasy series called the Dark is Rising when I was a child 20-odd years ago.  I remember one of the books had avery dramatic illustration of the Black Rider coming out of the forest astride his skeletal horse. 

For reasons too long to explain, this particular illustration is meaningful to a friend of mine who has committed suicide, and I'm trying to locate it as part of my personal memorial to him.  Does anyone remember which book of that series this illustration appears in, and/or which printing edition?

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 8:23 AM ET
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Hi Naiche,

I think the illustration you are referring to is actually from the cover of The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander.  The older edition had a yellow border, and a young boy in the foreground watching a rider come out of the forest.  The rider is a man with a skull head, and antlers.  Does this sound right?  I hope it helps!

Vicky

 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 8:24 AM ET
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Oops.  Okay, I read your post AGAIN...and I saw skeletal HORSE, not man.  I think that's on the cover of "The Dark is Rising"...I'm sorry!  Blame it on only one cup of coffee so far today! ;)

Vicky

If you go to www.fantasticfiction.co.uk, you can search by author.  They post book covers, so that might help.  I wish they would post covers from various editions! But anyway, this may help jog your memory.

Good luck!

 



Last Edited on: 1/26/08 8:27 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/7/2008 3:23 PM ET
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You might be thinking of Silver on the Tree (http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~aahobor/Lucy-Day/Images/Covers-50/Silver-on-the-Tree.jpg) or The Dark Is Rising (http://media.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2007/oct/scooper/oldcover200.jpg)

 

Both images are by David Weisner.