Friday Face-Off: Store or Market

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:

“Who will buy this wonderful morning?”
a cover featuring a STORE OR MARKET

Mogsy’s Pick:

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

I racked my brain this week for a cover featuring a shop or market setting, and the closest I could come up with was Grady Hendrix’s big-box furniture store horror which pokes fun at retail culture while offering a chillingly spooky experience. I had a great time with this novel and its memorable and quirky take on the classic haunted house story  which takes place in an Orsk superstore, the author’s razor-sharp parody of our real world’s IKEA.

There’s something strange about this particular Orsk store, though. Every morning, store employees arrive at work to find damaged and vandalized goods, not to mention the creepy “HELP” messages that randomly show up on everyone’s cell phones. To get to the bottom of this mystery once and for all, store manager Basil recruits our protagonist Amy and her fellow sales associate Ruth Anne for an overnight shift. Expecting to find some innocuous and mundane reason for all the strange things going on, they are totally unprepared for the horrors awaiting them on showroom floor in the dead of night.

Shall we look at the available covers?

Quirk Books (2014)

Blackstone Audio (2014)

Thai Edition (2017)


There’s no contest this week. The cover design and appearance of the Quirk edition is just so clever that I even made special mention of it in my review of the book. The fact that this book comes published in the shape and size of a glossy mail order catalog complete with product illustrations, descriptions, “coupons”, order forms, and other such features might seem like a gimmick, but hey, it works. The creepy face and hands in the picture frames further seal the deal. High marks for creativity and presentation.

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

27 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Store or Market”

  1. That last cover is like WTF? Great choice, I think this really fits the theme. And the original Quirk cover is definitely my favorite as well😁


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