"Throughout his illustration career Murray Tinkelman has distinguished himself by the uniqueness of his artistic voice. In the 1960's for example, he formulated an interesting method that applied colored inks and dyes to drawings rendered exclusively in line. Using this technique, Tinkelman almost single-handedly revolutionized the horror genre a decade later when his work began appearing on the covers of Del Rey's mass-market editions of books by noted horror author H. P. Lovecraft. Since the artist used an open crosshatch technique, his illustrations appeared light in tone, reminiscent of an old photograph that had faded with time. Contrasted with the fully rendered paintings of other paperback artists, Tinkelman's drawings looked so unlike traditional book cover art that they had an immediate and significant impact. In the case of the Lovecraft books, especially, which had been repackaged dozens of times before with the most dire and morbid of cover illustrations, Tinkelman's airy, often whimsical visions lightened the look of those books and no doubt helped to introduce them to an entirely new audience of readers."

Quote from Vincent DiFate, Science Fiction illustrator and author of Infinite Worlds

"I used to think that nobody could illustrate a Lovecraft story...Murray proved me wrong. He caught the feeling of fantasy behind the shudders, and gave it form and grace."

Quote from Lester del Rey, Science Fiction author and editor