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
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?