Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cover art seduction

One of the things I was constantly drawn back to with Megan Abbott's The Song is You was the cover art. Heck, is it good - strong, evocative image and great design. It cries out, 'pick me up and take a browse' - 'go on, you know you want to'. Donna Moore's Old Dogs is another great, striking cover. Much better than the generic, air-brushed and hazy photo covershots that adorn many bestselling novels. I'm having a good think about The White Gallows cover design at the minute as I due to liaise with the designer in the next week or so, and so far I'm really lacking in ideas. Hopefully something will emerge over the weekend.

I know they say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but I'm wondering - how many of us are actually influenced by the cover? I know I bought my first Malcolm Pryce novel purely because the novel screamed 'pick me up' across the bookshop. What book covers have seduced you? And did the book live up to the cover?


Mack said...

Megan Abbott's Bury me Deep has wonderfully seductive cover that matches the content of the book.

Donna said...

I love all Megan Abbott's covers, plus Eddie Muller's, and all the Hard Case Crime ones. Anything that looks noir :o)

I'm glad you like the cover of OLD DOGS - thank you. I love it. It was especially done by a very talented artist called Julie Zarate. I really want the original picture for my wall :o)

Rob Kitchin said...

Yeah, the Hard Case books are hard to beat - I'm also a sucker for the noir covers.

Dorte H said...

I agree that Megan and Donna´s books have great covers.

My review of today, Death in the Truffle Wood, is also delicious and very suitable for the rather unusual book.

kathy d. said...

I like the cover of "Old Dogs" so much.

Usually, I don't buy a book because of its cover; I read the inside blurb and the back quotes.

I choose based on the story, its theme and main character.

But this cover is great! I might break my own rules on this book.