Friday Face Off :  “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.”


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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

 “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

I could think of plenty of books for this weeks theme so hope it’s been relatively easier this week for everyone than in the past couple.  The books I’ve gone for Is We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – which is an excellent read.

Here are my covers this week – I didn’t go for all of them as there are quite a lot:

My favourites :

That middle cover with the scratched out cat feels positively sinister.

I think my favourite is:


I say ‘I think’ because I do like the black and white one and this Penguin one doesn’t really feel sinister – but I like it anyway.

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week –  A cover featuring pirates

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


9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.

15 Responses to “Friday Face Off :  “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.””

  1. Christopher | Plucked from the Stacks

    I always look forward to these posts, and I’m so glad that you chose We Have Always Lived in the Castle this week— one of my favorites! The scratched cat one is deliciously eerie, so I’d probably pick that one. Though the Penguin Classics one you chose is charming in its own way. Really, there’s not a bad cover in the bunch.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, agreed, they’re all good covers – and I also love this book.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, some pretty bleak and creepy covers here. I like the one you chose, even though it’s got that “standard classic” look because it adds a much needed splash of color!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do tend to really like the Penguin covers, and yes, creepiness is very appropriate for this book.
      Lynn 😀

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  4. sjhigbee

    What a varied selection of covers – I wouldn’t have gone near the creepy black and white offerings even as a child when I was more adventurous in my reading than I am now:). And I’m not drawn to the cat one, either – I like the cover where the mother and daughter are gazing out of the castle window. But a really good choice for this week’s subject. And you’re right – it was a far easier task finding an appopriate cover!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I liked this week’s theme – so many books to choose from.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I think I might have a copy of the second book, and I love it cause it’s so darn creepy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Which is perfect for this particular read I think.
      Lynn 😀

  6. cherylmahoney

    That is such a creepy book (as only Shirley Jackson could write) and I love all the chilling covers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some great covers for this book – difficult to choose just one – and such a good book.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That creepy cat in the middle cover looks like nightmare material… 😉

  8. waytoofantasy

    I really need to read more Shirley Jackson! I’ve only read her story ‘The Lottery’. I love that one with the black and white line drawing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      We Have Always Lived in the Castle is such a good book – I highly recommend it.
      Lynn 😀

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