Friday Face-Off: Scary Freebie!
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:
“Any scary you like!”
~ HALLOWEEN FREEBIE
Halloween is almost here! To celebrate, I’ll be featuring the classics on Friday Face-Off for the full month of October. This week, we’re closing off the month’s spooktacular covers with one of the scariest books of all. Two years before it gave rise to the hit film adaptation, The Exorcist novel was published in 1971 by William Peter Blatty (who also ended up writing and producing the movie) after he was inspired by the events of a 1949 case involving the exorcism of a 14-year-old boy who was alleged under demonic possession. Here are some of the covers:
From left to right:
Harper & Row (1971) – HarperTorch (1994) – Harper Paperbacks (2011)
Bantam (1984) – Corgi Books (1999) – Faber & Faber (2000)
Italian Edition (1974) – German Edition A (2001) – German Edition B (2019)
Bulgarian Edition (2012) – Lithuanian Edition (2017) – French Edition (2016)
Spanish Edition A (1972) – Spanish Edition B (2007) – Georgian Edition (2017)
Polish Edition (2017) – Russian Edition A (2016) – Russian Edition B (2017)
Portuguese Edition A (2017) – Portuguese Edition B (2016) – Finnish Edition (1988)
There was one cover that immediately grabbed my attention, and that was the Georgian edition. There were many disturbing scenes in the movie, but the upside down crab walk that was cut from the original but added back into the extended 2000 version always gets to me.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?