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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing covers that feature a staircase.
The cover which immediately sprang to my mind was the first book in the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud, The Screaming Staircase; which, as luck would have it, almost always features a staircase!
Doubleday – UK Cover
Cover Art by Alessandro ‘Talexi’ Taini
Disney / Hyperion Books | US Cover
Cover Art by Alan Ayers
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I really love both these covers. They’re atmospheric, feature dramatic lighting and manage to express the tension of the illustrated scene.
The UK cover is dramatic and eye-catching, bathing the scene in an intense blue light, which casts shadows into the corners of the page. I love that the two figures in the foreground appear frozen in action as the eerie spectral figure appears at the top of the staircase, and that the typeface is clearly an integral part off the overall composition.
The US cover is simlarly dramatic but rather than using light, uses a thick green mist which clings to a staircase deep in shadow. The two figures appear primed to face battle, as an unsettling red light falls upon them and they hold aloft their weapons. Although I prefer the typeface on the UK cover, there is nothing to distract from the beautiful and bold illustration on the winning US cover.
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Next week’s theme is:
The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing
A cover featuring something from Greek mythology
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