Cover Wars Wednesday #1 – Horror Book Covers

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This Wednesday meme was started by BookisGlee and is basically a chance to gush (and rant) over covers for your favorite books. I’m doing it this week because the Top 5 Wednesday was all about authors you’d love to meet, and, uhm, I’m not a huge ‘oh my god! my idol!” type person. So… yeah, trying something new. I’ll probably aim to do this one once a month. Shake things up a bit. I’ve done something like this before with some well-known  covers versus the paperback covers (or paperback/kindle if it’s an indie author that maybe hasn’t had a hardback copy done yet).

Horror Book Cover Wars

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Synopsis: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page. – From Goodreads

Hardcover | Paperback

Bird Box Hardcover Illustration for Horror Book Cover WarsBird Box Paperback Illustration for Horror Book Cover Wars The hardcover version is by far, my favorite. Mainly, I think, because of the dark tones, and the fact that there’s actual birds on the cover. Sometimes, you know, you don’t have to reach for something obscure.|  The paperback version is okay, and the phone is actually a part of the story, but I don’t think it looks nearly as creepy or interesting as the first one does. Then again, maybe I’m just a fan of black and white starkness.

Who knows. What do you think?





Z-Burbia by Jake Bible

Synopsis: Whispering Pines is a classic, quiet, private American subdivision on the edge of Asheville, NC, set in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains. Which is good since the zombie apocalypse has come to Western North Carolina and really put suburban living to the test!
Surrounded by a sea of the undead, the residents of Whispering Pines have adapted their bucolic life of block parties to scavenging parties, common area groundskeeping to immediate area warfare, neighborhood beautification to neighborhood fortification.

But, even in the best of times, suburban living has its ups and downs what with nosy neighbors, a strict Home Owners’ Association, and a property management company that believes the words “strict interpretation” are holy words when applied to the HOA covenants. Now with the zombie apocalypse upon them even those innocuous, daily irritations quickly become dramatic struggles for personal identity, family security, and straight up survival.

Welcome to normal life in Z-Burbia! – From Goodreads

Paperback | Kindle

Z-Burbia (Z-Burbia #1) Paper back Illustration for Horror Book Cover WarsZ Burbia (Z-Burbia #1) Kindle Illustration for Horror Book Cover Wars Paperback wins, no question. While neither cover is particularly awesome, the paperback cover at least avoids the whole “It’ll sell better if we put a semi-hot chick on the cover.” It’s a zombie book. We really don’t need a female on the cover. Besides, the paperback version with the downtrodden looking zombies perfectly embodies the zombification of suburb living.

Your thoughts?

and finally…




Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Synopsis: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. – From Goodreads

Hardcover | Paperback

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) Hardcover Illustration for Horror Book Cover Wars Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) Paperback Illustration for Horror Book Cover WarsYet again, the Hardcover wins. Seems to be a trend with me, doesn’t it? I don’t see why they have to change up the covers, though, honestly. (Indie authors, is there something I’m not aware of regarding re-releasing or something?) The one on the left is stark, almost hi-def, and from the tonality it doesn’t let you know if he’s getting ready to turn into a zombie, if he is a zombie, or what. It’s perfect. The one on the right …mehhhhhhhh. Plus, could we please just stop emphasizing people are the real monsters? Bring back proper zombies! I miss proper zombies!

As usual, feel free to leave your thoughts! Or your links, if you participate in this!

12 thoughts on “Cover Wars Wednesday #1 – Horror Book Covers

  1. And I’ll be in a minority here and say I differ on the “Z-Burbia” cover, preferring the Kindle. Maybe it’s the memory of Kathleen Turner in the movie “Serial Mom” (1994), which makes the satire of the Kindle cover speak to me, or maybe I just find the paperback cover too gray and washed-out . . . though I get your point about this depicting the drabness of suburban life.

  2. I agree with you on the first two, but not on the last. I like simple covers, mostly without humans on. So the face/eye in the hardcover of the last puts me off. Though, i will agree with you that the line on the paperback is corny AF.

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