Monday, February 8, 2010

The Devil and Mrs. Devine

The Devil and Mrs. Devine by Josephine Leslie
Cover Art by Lou Marchetti
published by: Pocket Books
Copyright 1974



Barely out of her teens, winsome Danielle
Davine was already an orphan and a widow.
No man on earth, it seemed, could be to her
what her loving father and handsome young
husband had been. Was she doomed, then, to
wither into joyless old age? "No!" whispered
a strange, uncanny voice, a voice that seemed
to come from nowhere, promising Danielle
perpetual beauty - in exchange for her im-
mortal soul ...

In this tale of romance that spans two centu-
ries, the author of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
tells of one woman's quest for the peace and
salvation that only the greatest love, human
and divine, can bring.

Danielle Devine is not the first twenty year old to dread the thought of withering into "joyless old age". In fact I remember crying about turning 23. But did I listen to a strange uncanny voice offering me perpetual beauty in exchange for my soul? No, of course not. But I can thing of nothing more romantic.

Josephine Leslie seems to have a real obsession with the whole ghost thing. A ghost helping you write a novel is a little less evil than trying to buy your soul but to each their own. This cover is signed by the initials RES but I have had no luck in tracking down any information the possible artist.


  1. i'm so glad i'm not the only one who hears uncanny voices...

  2. Spectergirl, I just wanted to say that I wish I'd found your blog ages ago, as I love -- love -- these gothic covers. Luckily, I found my way here from Silver Age Gold.

    I've added your blog to the list of links over on Dollar Bin Blues. I hope you don't mind.

  3. Jamie: Thanks! The blogs a great excuse to buy books I'll never read. It's always nice to know that there are actually other people who appreciate this stuff.

  4. I hear you. My girlfriend has talked me out of buying some of these more than once, as I already have too many books I'll never read. So your blog helps me satiate my need without jeopardizing my wallet. :)

  5. You hit me again. I do have this book, though I haven't read it yet. The cover on mine looks exactly like yours.

  6. Check out
    Offical Art of Lou Marchetti site. He was an Illustrator of a myriad of gothic romance covers, including the Phenwick Women series.

  7. Gothicart: Thanks! I love Lou Marchetti's work but didn't know this one was his. I covered him a little back in December 2009 and his Dark Carnival cover.

    Thanks for the information and I will get this entry updated!

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