Friday Face-Off: 60s 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:
“Feed me Seymour”
~ a cover featuring 60’s HORROR
Halloween is almost here! To celebrate, I’ll be featuring the classics on Friday Face-Off for the full month of October. First up, it’s everyone’s favorite murderous mama’s boy! Here’s a selection of some of the more interesting covers:
From left to right:
Robert Hale Limited (1960) – Fawcett Publications (1960) – Robert Hale (1975)
Portuguese Edition (1961) – Turkish Edition (1962) – Corgi (1977)
Warner Books (1982) – Dutch Edition (1982) – Pocket (1989)
Bloomsbury Publishing (1997) – Polish Edition (2008) – Spanish Edition (2010)
The Murder Room (2014) – Portuguese Edition (2015) – Georgian Edition (2016)
It was tempting to choose a cover with the infamous shower scene, but in the end I decided to go with the 1961 Portuguese edition because its classic horror/thriller film noir visual style is so iconic. I really like its simplicity as well as the use of the extreme close-up angle on the female character’s terrified face, which seems to be a popular design trope of the times.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?