Friday Face Off : ‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre

Funnily enough I thought this week’s theme would be much easier than it actually worked out.  The book I eventually chose was : The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

My covers:

I narrowed this down to the following:

My favourite is:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a icicles or snow

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

20th July -‘In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow’A cover featuring icicles or snow

27th July – “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”  – a cover that is steampunk

3rd August – “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – a cover featuring a starry sky

10th August – ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! – A cover with a mask

17th August – ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’ – A cover featuring a door ajar or closed

24th August – ‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers


4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


18 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre”

  1. sjhigbee

    Oh what a cool choice of book, Lynn! Yes… I struggled with this one, too:). But I completely agree with your choice – that ghostly figure wafting up the stairs immediately caught my attention and is by far the most effective and pleasingly detailed cover.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I could have used this for the staircase theme – but who knew this cover existed at that point!
      Lynn 😀

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  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    The one you picked it awesome and I like the one beside it too. I’ve never seen so many covers for this book before!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – there were lots more tbh – clearly the sign of a very well loved book eh!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I love the one you picked, this was an awesome choice! I found this theme to be a little tough too.

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  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    So, this movie scared the crap about of me when I was a kid XD

    I like your pick too, though! Creepy art style and the disappearing ghost adds a good touch.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a scary book and I enjoyed the early black and white movie – very atmospheric.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    I really like the house on the yellow cover, but I can’t figure out what the yellow thing in the middle of it is. I think there is an eye but the rest kind of looks like plankton from sponge-bob. If it weren’t for that thing the yellow would be my favorite. I think my favorite is the 6th one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I kind of figured that it was roots on the yellow cover – it looks like roots anchoring the house to the earth – but really, I’m not sure.
      Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    Great book! I never knew there were so many covers for it. The copy I read had the second cover and narrowly I think it is my favourite of these, although I really like the first cover too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, you can always tell a book that has blown up by the number of covers.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Carmen

    Among the ones you chose, I like the third on top, the one with the title in Spanish, featuring the turret in profile and the fog. It is very atmospheric. The black cover with the yellow eye is not so bad either; kind of spooky. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I liked the yellow eye cover too – unusual.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Greg

    Ooh spooky. I think I like the third and fourth ones a lot, but the one you picked as your favorite is a good one too.

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