1978, you could still publish books with covers like this and
have them stocked by all major retailers. It goes without saying
that this collection of Richard Matheson stories - first published
in 1961 - doesn't contain anything that resembles this. Gorehounds
would've felt cheated, and any new readers who might've been
impressed by Matheson's subtle, creepy and dark short stories
probably wouldn't get past the outrageous imagery.
volumes were slightly more subtle...