Friday Face-Off: Gravestone

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:

“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs”
~ a cover featuring a GRAVESTONE

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

My pick for this week is one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read. It’s also a Young Adult novel, though I’ve seriously questioned that categorization as I wouldn’t recommend this one lightly to just any young reader. Gruesome and graphic, if ever a movie was adapted faithfully from The Monstrumologist, it would earn a resounding R-rating.

Set in late-1800s New England, the story is told from the perspective of a 12-year-old orphan named Will Henry who finds himself apprenticed to an eccentric scientist named Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. Sounds innocent and harmless enough so far, right? But then Will finds out that Dr. Warthrop is a “monstrumologist”, or someone who studies monsters, and he’s about to find out exactly what the job entails. One night, the doctor is visited by a grave robber and is presented with a grisly find – the corpse of a girl with half her face chewed off. Even more disturbing, however, is the tiny fetus of an Anthropophagus creature found in her womb. Anthropophagi, which are monsters that feast on human flesh, are described as a race of mythical beings that have no head, so that their facial features (like their giant mouths filled with razor-sharp teeth) are instead located on their chests. Warthrop concludes that a group of these predators must have moved into the area, taking Will Henry along on his investigation to discover how the creatures might have reached America’s shores.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Simon Schuster BYR (2009) – Simon Schuster BYR (2010) – Saga Press (2015)
Simon & Schuster UK (2010) – German Edition (2012) – Korean Edition (2017)
Indonesian Edition (2016) – Persian Edition (2016) – Russian Edition (2014)





The winner I’ve chosen this week is the original 2009 Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers edition – not really because this cover is my favorite aesthetically or anything like that. It was, however, the cover which first drew my attention to this book. I still remember seeing it for the first time, and I have a distinct memory of myself leaning forward to get a closer look of it on my computer screen, thinking, “What in the hell IS that?” The book was featured in a Kindle Deals email at the time, and after perusing the publisher description, I went right ahead and one-click bought it. It’s not a decision I’ve ever regretted, because I love this book, and it’s all thanks to this one cover.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

29 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Gravestone”

  1. Yikes, that is messed up! I like the Simon & Shuster 2010 edition, with the graveyard, probably the best, but then the S&S 2009 and the Persian edition probably next.


  2. This is a series I do plan to look at and I have the first two or three on my ereader. Interesting selection of covers! i like the UK and Indonesian covers but the Russian one is the scariest!


  3. I remember reading this from the library years ago. I’m not sure why I never continued on. Hmmm,…may have to look into grabbing the rest of them. I think this would be a great movie or series – maybe someone should drop a line to Netflix. I hear they are wanting to focus a lot of science fiction and horror. Anyway, I think I like the Persian version. There’s just something about it.


  4. The one you picked would have been my choice as well: it’s a very powerful image that suggests much without being too explicit, unlike some of those covers where the Anthropophagi (eeeeekk!!!) are depicted…


  5. I love this book!!! I do agree with you bout the first cover catching my original attention. I like it best of the list. But… I own the second one, and it does look very nice on the shelf together with the rest of the series…


  6. Hmm, nice pick! There’s a lot of good ones to pick from this time, and I’m kind of torn between the 2010 Simon Schuster, as well as the German and Indonesian versions (I have a penchant for black and white covers haha)


  7. Wow, so many interesting covers for this one. Good pick, for a great reason too. The German one has such a nice black and white, Frankenstein’y vibe to it though. It has me mesmerized! 😛


  8. What an amazing range of covers! And erg… YA – really??? I won’t be recommending this one to my teenage granddaughter anytime soon! They are all eye-catching and worrying but there is something especially bothering about the Indonesian offering! Great pick, Mogsy!

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  9. Lol! Yea, I agree that it pushes the YA limits. And I think the movie would have to be R-rated to really fit the story because it’s so gruesome. It’s one of my favorite stories because of the themes it explores. I think it was well done.


  10. What a great pick – I like your choice but also the pencil style cover, middle row, middle book and also the bottom left – which I think is my favourite.
    Lynn 😀


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