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

Mogsy’s Pick:

Psycho by Robert Bloch

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?

30 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: 60s Horror”

  1. Whoa! The one with the woman I the bath tub is DOWNRIGHT CREEPYY! 😱😱😱😱 I too like the one you picked out. The other ones are just too…confused, in my opinion…


  2. What an excellent choice for this week’s theme:)). My favourite is the 1982 Dutch edition of the girl obliviously showering with the knife-wielding shadow looming over her. Apart from anything else, I like the fact it isn’t showing gratuitous amounts of flesh.


  3. So many awesome covers. I love this movie but have never read the book. I did enjoy the A&E series that used to run – Bates Motel, as well. I think my fave is the 2015 Portuguese edition. For some reason, I’m really loving the Portuguese editions today!


  4. Great choice😁 Wow, the covers are so varied for this book. But I guess with any classic you are going to get lots of different covers. I’m leaning towards the Murder Room edition, I love the bold simplicity, and that eye is perfect!


  5. Wow I feel stupid, I didn’t realize Psycho was a book. I’ve only ever seen the TV series Bates Motel and enjoyed that though. Cover wise I think I quite like the black and white one with the eye, it’s really striking. One of the others actually freaks me out a little 😅


  6. Oh, what a thrill! I like your version but I am partial to the shower scene even though I’ve never seen the movie. The Dutch Edition (1982) OR the all-black Georgian Edition (2016) with the house and walkway delivers a bang for your buck for me


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