Friday Face-Off: Doors
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:
“Knock, knock…who’s there?”
~ a cover featuring a DOOR
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
So I fudged today’s topic a little, since the theme actually calls for a closed or slightly ajar door. But being more general afforded me some better options, so this is my story and I’m sticking to it. At its heart, A Head Full of Ghosts is a possession story (a complicated one, but let’s just roll with that). It stars the Barretts, a seemingly average suburban New England family hit by hard times. When John Barrett lost his job, his wife Sarah became the soul breadwinner. Finances became further strained when their eldest daughter, fourteen-year-old Marjorie started getting sick, displaying symptoms of psychosis. Doctors, however, were unable to help. Reluctantly, the family decides to turn to the Catholic Church. A priest called Father Wanderly suggests that Marjorie could be under the influence of a demon. A TV production company was also contacted, and they in turn offer the Barretts a large sum of money if they will agree to be filmed for the exorcism.
Fifteen years later, the Barrett’s youngest daughter Merry, who was eight at the time, breaks the silence about what really happened.
Let’s take a look at the covers:
From left to right:
William Morrow (2015) – Titan Books (2016)
Bulgarian Edition (2016) – Italian Edition (2017) – Slovak Edition (2016)
Portuguese Edition (2017) – Hungarian Edition (2016)
Turkish Edition (2016) – Indonesian Edition (2017) – French Edition (2018)
Polish Edition (2016) – German Edition (2018)
Lots to choose from this time, and a few that are actually really good. My favorites are the Portuguese edition (I really love the cool effect of the light and shadows made by the doors in that creepy hallway), the Hungarian edition (which is unabashedly trying to be reminiscent of The Exorcist), the Polish edition (because that color scheme is very interesting to me), and the German edition (even though it makes the book look like it’s about a haunting). Ah, decisions decisions decisions. After going back and forth, I finally narrowed it down to a winner.
But what you do think? Which one is your favorite?