Friday Face-Off: Cars


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Ridin’ along in my automobile”
~ a cover featuring CARS

Mogsy’s Pick:
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

The villain of NOS4R2 is Charles Talent Manx, a predator who likes to prey on children by offering them rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith before spiriting them away forever into the otherworldly realm called “Christmasland”. Not surprisingly, many of the books’ covers either portray the aforementioned automobile with the eponymous license plate, and a few feature wintery or Christmas-y themes.

From left to right, top to bottom: Gollancz (2013) – Gollancz (2014) – Orion (2013) – William Morrow (2013)

nos4r2-gollancz-2013 nos4r2-gollancz-2014 nos4r2-orion-2013

nos4r2-william-morrow-2013 nos4r2-subterranean-press

Dutch (2013) – German (2013) – Portugese (2014) – Czech (2013) – German (2014) – Russian (2014) – French (2015) – Hungarian (2014) – Japanese (2014) –  Chinese (2015)

nos4r2-dutch nos4r2-german nos4r2-portugese

nos4r2-czech nos4r2-german-2014 nos4r2-russian nos4r2-french

nos4r2-hungarian nos4r2-japanese nos4r2-chinese


Choosing a winner this week was another toughie. I debated back and forth, waffling between several strong contenders including the “Most Familiar” (William Morrow), “Most Artistic” (Subterranean Press, always with their amazingly illustrated covers), “Most Frightening” (German edition, 2014), and “Most Badass” (Hungarian, 2014). In the end though, I had to hand it to the cover I felt fit the tone of the story best. The Portuguese cover with its creepy, washed-out-photograph effect wins here, featuring the Wraith creeping up on you as its owner hunts for his next victim, as he has done for decades. Anything can happen on the lonely road between this realm and the one beyond the veil, and you never know when Charles Manx will come calling.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?


18 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Cars”

  1. I love looking at all of these covers…so interesting. I think my fave remains the 2013 Golllancz but I also like the Czech 2013 as well. I have owned this since it was first released and STILL haven’t read it. It’s extremely sad I know. Great cover face-off!


  2. This was the first book that came to mind this week but I’ve not read it yet! Great choice! I like your pick too – it seems menacing somehow!
    My other choice this week was Christine by Stephen King but I settled on Chamber! I seem to have done something odd with my post this week – serves me right for messing around on the blog using my phone! I think I’ve deleted last weeks post and merged the two! Double doh.
    Lynn 😀


    • Yeah, something weird must have happened there! I did not see your new post pop up in my reader, so I headed on over to your blog manually. I commented and noticed that it was the same comment section from your post last week! Well, I’m glad you confirmed that something was wonky, I thought I was going nuts 🙂


  3. Tough one. I like the first one with the blue tone and what looks like tall grass, and also the one with the wreath. Are those skulls in the wreath? lol!!!


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