Each week, following a predetermined theme, click here to see the list of themes for 2019, choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favorite.
This week is special, since there’s no specific theme – it’s a freebie. I thought I might just not post today, but then…I thought of the perfect book to use. I hope you guys like it!
This Week’s Theme:
“Feed me Seymour…” – Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors
—A cover that is 60s horror—
I’ll say that I haven’t actually read a lot of ’60s horror. I haven’t read much of horror at all. I’m also not super familiar with 60s aesthetic. As a decade, I’m more of a music buff than a book buff.
But searching through my Goodreads books, I found that I have read at least one book from the ’60s.
My book choice: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
It’s a great book. I classic, I would argue, in the sci-fi genre. It’s lighter on the horror in terms of guts and gore, but it is very scary, nonetheless. I remember reading this book and being utterly baffled and weirded out by it. I hadn’t read anything like it. To be honest, I think this is the first “horror” book I’d ever read. It’s definitely good, but not my favorite Bradbury.
I like both of these covers, the first because it’s aesthetically pleasing to me and it gives a very subtle, minimalist nod to the circus/carnival theme, the second because it’s the book I actually own and the first iteration of it I ever came across. I am not as fond of it aesthetically, but it has a nostalgia to it that makes me gravitate to it above others.
I feel like these two books capture the spirit of the book the least. I’m not even sure, with the first one, why it has what appears to be an old man in a hospital gown and looks like it’s set in space. The second one looks more like an apocalyptic show-down, rather than a demented carnival. Neither of these things have anything to do with the actual happenings of the book. At best, they include the merry-go-round.
I enjoy simplicity and clean lines. This book just hits all the main boxes for me: it’s minimalist, it’s got a pop of color, it’s a subtle connection to the book, and the font is popping! It’s definitely the run-away winner for me.
Thoughts & Thanks
Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let’s talk about it in the comments!