Friday Face Off – Horror Cover

Friday Face Off is a meme created by Books by Proxy, now hosted by Lynn’s Books.

The idea is that you find different covers of the same book, dump them all into a gladiatorial pit, and see which comes out on top (Lynn’s explanation sounds much more professional). And since this week’s theme is “horror” I thought it’d be the perfect time to join in!

I wasn’t sure whether “horror cover” meant a horror novel cover or a horrific cover, but I went with the former interpretation.

And I chose Josh Malerman’s Bird Box because the Netflix adaptation is slated to drop before the end of the year. A few days before Christmas, to be exact. Because nothing says “holiday bonding” like watching a film about people turning crazy and murdering their friends and families.



Ecco Edition ; Turkish Edition ; Hungarian Edition

These three are all slight variations of the same thing. White typeface, grunge wood background, two birds. Well, I like grunge. And I like birds. And I very much dig the claustrophobic look of it all.



Thai Edition ; Ecco Reprint (paperback)

I dislike these ones for different reasons. The Thailand one just looks…strange. Blurry typography isn’t my favourite thing and I have no idea what anything on the cover has to do with the story. And  I think Eco Reprint gives the wrong impression that the book is a slasher horror or a domestic thriller.


Bird Box - harpervoyager uk.png

Harper Voyager UK

More grunge! And our blindfolded protagonist! And overall, it’s…okay, I guess?



Bulgarian Edition ; Special Limited Edition

I love the surrealism of both of these but the Special Edition is hands-down my favourite (and I’m super tempted to nab a copy).

I love everything about it. The blindfold grading into the river, the tree roots taking the place of Malorie’s hair, and the fact that it adds colour while still keeping that muted, gloomy look. It teeters between harsh and beautiful which, in my opinion, represents the story to a T.

Also, it’s a wraparound cover and the whole thing is just so brilliantly constructed:


Swoon ❤



Which cover would be your pick?

31 thoughts on “Friday Face Off – Horror Cover

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    Wow, that is all. Okay, maybe that isn’t all. That’s an amazing cover.
    This is a book that I’ve owned forever and I think have been too scared to read. I’ll have to pick it up soon though as I prefer to read the book before seeing the adaptation.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. jennifertarheelreader says:

    This is such a fun meme, and I love this post! I was getting into it thinking about which is my favorite, and when it came down to it, I feel the same as you. That one is the most emotive and artistic to me. I do not like the blurry words on a couple of the other ones- maybe because I already have a headache, but not my thing either. Loved this, Kathy! Happy weekend, my friend! ♥️

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  3. Alex Logan says:

    As just a front cover I like the Bulgarian one, but the full wraparound of the special edition is striking! And also a little terrifying. I know nothing about this book but just that art has convinced me it’d too scary for me to actually read.

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  4. Kristina says:

    Ouuuh the wrap around cover is so cool !!

    I do like the Ecco reprint; though I don’t have any idea of what this book is about x) So I can’t tell if it is fitting or not. also soooo many different covers !!

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