Friday Face Off : any scary cover you like?


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 – I’ll be updating the list next week to include themes for 20202, 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 is:

For Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

Hopefully this week is easier than last week?  I can’t wait to see what you’ve all come up with.  This week I’ve gone for a whole mishmash of covers – I couldn’t choose one so I picked a few – see which one grabs you:

So difficult to pick a favourite but I do love the cover for I am Legend:

I am Legend

Which is your favourite?

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 that is predominantly grey

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


(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.


23 Responses to “Friday Face Off : any scary cover you like?”

  1. Carmen

    I liked cover #3 in first row. Something about that eye…

  2. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I actually can’t pick a fave – there’s so many here that are awesome. I’ve actually read I Am Legend some time ago. I am really creeped out by the cover of Broken Monsters so maybe that’s the one I’d pick if I had to do so. I actually got to participate today – thanks for making it easier!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that Broken Monsters cover is really something. Like a super creepy Mr Tumnus.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I love seeing all these scary covers together, and I have to agree, the cover for I Am Legend is pretty horrifying!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s just a great cover. There’s such a feeling of depth and it’s plain scary.
      Lynn 😀

  4. sjhigbee

    What a gruesome collection, Lynn:)). Some great covers here – there are two that particularly catch my eye. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes because I think it’s both terrible and beautiful; and The Family Plot because it’s left to the imagination to decide what is generating that golden glow behind the shut door… Have a great weekend, Lynn!

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You truly left the best for last! If you keep looking at that cover it might seem as if the monster is ready to jump out of the page… eeeek! 😀

  6. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the Kill Creek cover the best!!! I love the simplicity and boldness of it, but it still gives off a scary vibe!

  7. confessionsofayareader

    The Doll Maker cover freaks me out, so I need to go with that one. Anything with doll parts is creepy.

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    What a spectacular collection of horror novel covers! I confess a fondness for the one for Kill Creek. The one I see there for The Family Plot is pretty awesome too, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved that Kill Creek cover – and the book is so damned good. And, yes, I hadn’t seen that Cherie Priest cover before. It’s really very good.
      Lynn 😀

  9. waytoofantasy

    So many fantastic dark and horror covers here. I do love the one you picked. I still need to read that book too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s an unusual book, very moody indeed and nothing like the film. I think the ending is inspired which is another thing that really naffs me off about the adaptation.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Sci Fi Month 2019 – Engage! #SciFiMonth – Books, Bones & Buffy

    […] The Friday Face-Off over at Lynn’s Books is also geared toward celebrating SF this month. You can check out the themes that Lynn has chosen, and do join in if you want to! […]

  11. jessicabookworm

    Aw man, that cover for I am Legend is terrifying! :-O

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