Friday Face-Off: Dark and Forboding

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:

Longest Night
a cover that is DARK AND FORBODING

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

As soon as I saw today’s topic, my mind went immediately to The Only Child, a mystery-horror novel that manages to incorporate three of the greatest Gothic horror novels of the 1800s into one strange tale. I own the US edition, whose cover has always struck me as the epitome of dark and foreboding, and I was glad to see that the book had several other editions as well, so let’s take a look at some of their covers now:

From left to right:
Simon & Schuster (2017) – Sterling Mystery Series (2017)

Portuguese Edition (2020) – Serbian Edition (2017)


Ooh, tough choice this week. I love the Simon & Schuster cover, as well the equally ominous and bleak Sterling Mystery Series cover. But when it comes to causing pure uneasiness and dread, I’m going to have to go with the Serbian edition.

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

24 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Dark and Forboding”

  1. I love that Simon & Schuster cover. The mystery of the fog and that fascinating old building with the dark, bold figure walking below, and that sinister flock of birds circling above.


  2. I enjoyed this book and I think I would probably have to go for the Simon and Schuster but that may simply be because of the ‘familiarity’ aspect because that chair is definitely foreboding.
    Lynn 😀


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