Friday Face-Off: Horror

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:

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear”
~ a cover for a HORROR novel

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Troop by Nick Cutter

For today’s topic, I chose…THE TROOPA scoutmaster and his troop of five scouts being abandoned on a small deserted island to fend for themselves against an unknown infection. This book kept me on pins and needles right up to the end.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Gallery Hardcover (2014) – Gallery Paperback (2016) – Headline (2014)


Czech Edition (2014) – Turkish Edition (2017) – German Edition (2014)


French Edition Denoël (2016) – French Edition Alto (2016) – Hungarian Edition (2016)



There’s something about the idea of being lost in an isolated place that strikes a primal fear in my heart. Knowing that no one can help you, or even hear you scream. That this book takes place in a sleepy little town off the coast of Prince Edward Island–a Canadian province known for its lush landscapes and gorgeous coastlines–is simply the icing on the cake. No contest, I just love the Headline edition for juxtaposing the bucolic setting with the horror of being trapped on and island surrounded by the stuff of nightmares. I love how this cover is both beautiful and frightening.

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

34 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Horror”

  1. Okay, I like your cover choice but the German Edition has a better font and is brighter and both covers have a Stephen King Blurb which I think is cool. So, apparently, it is scary as hell.


  2. I am having a hard time today

    I like the fog, but is there fog in the book?
    I like the lightning, but is there lightning in the book?
    THe French is cool, but there are no trees there

    The Hungarian is nice, but the title could look better

    So hard! I will go with yours


  3. Ooh I heard this one was a trip! The Gallery edition is probably my favorite- I love the misty look- but then the Headline and Czech covers as well.


  4. I like the Gallery hardcover for its simplicity but I also love the Hungarian cover. Great choice, this is a book I have a copy of but haven’t read.


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