From the end of the 1970s to the beginning of the 1980s, over a period of six short years, Eric Ladd painted several SF&F covers. Here is the only (!) information on him on the web that I could find: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?27207

His two best paintings are the covers to the first editions of Elizabeth A. Lynn's The Dancers of Arun and The Northern Girl. The German edition of Jessica Amanda Salmonson's Amazons! features an uncensored version (breasts uncovered) of the latter painting and is one of the most memorable fantasy paintings of my life, probably because I fist encountered it in my teens :-)

Does anyone know what happened to him after 1983? Is he still alive? Did he stop painting?


I knew Eric very well from 1978 to about 1990-91. I last saw Eric Ladd in the early 1990s. He had long dropped out of cover art, by the mid 80s, and went into more private and kind of abstract fine art work whilst he worked days for the State of Rhode Island on construction sites for the Division of Highways (I would say this was about 1993). I knew he was having some serious personal issues back then, and subsequently lost touch.


I met Eric around 1989-90 (I also met his sister who was the model for the cover of "The Northern Girl". At the time he was moving away from that type of fantasy art and more into bikers and flames, skulls type of thing. He had an awesome painting of Frodo and Sam on the steps of Cirith Ungol which I bought from him. It has been in my possession for over 25 years.enter image description here

  • Awesome! Thank you. What a cool sister to have! – user30564 Sep 14 '16 at 15:17
  • John, if I wanted to locate the current owner of the original painting for Northern Girl, how would I go about that? – user30564 Sep 14 '16 at 15:20
  • I would assume it belongs to the publishing company since they originally bought it from him. Unless it has been sold since then. The painting of Frodo and Sam was originally commissioned by Ballantine Books for the cover of "The Two Towers" but they never used it (their loss) – John Sep 15 '16 at 15:05

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