Should We Judge This Book By Its Cover? Part 2

Brian Keene's Take the Long Way HomeBrian Keene has announced that his long out of print novella of apocalyptic horror Take the Long Way Home will be made available again soon through Deadite Press. As I did with Deadite’s re-release of Keene’s novel Urban Gothic, I thought it would be fun to show the book’s original cover side by side with the new one. The original is somber and eerie whereas the Deadite cover is OH MY GOD! MY FACE! MY FACE! Once again, two very different ways of selling the same book. Actually, the above shot doesn’t do justice to the new one, so click on over to Keene’s site for a better view.

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  1. ScaryTrue says:

    I don’t know the book, but I’d pick it up with the first cover. The second one makes me think it’s a story about a nasty car crash, which isn’t nearly as interesting as the Angel of Death.

  2. admin says:

    I have to agree. I think I’m leaning more toward the subtle covers. The extreme ones will certainly attract the hardcore horror crowd, but I bet it’s also going to scare off the more casual reader. Then again, these aren’t mass market paperbacks. I’d be curious to learn the marketing strategy behind this.

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