The Friday Face-Off: The Staircase

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe

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!

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Doubleday – UK Cover

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Cover Art by Alessandro ‘Talexi’ Taini

Disney / Hyperion Books | US Cover

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud - US

Cover Art by Alan Ayers

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

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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.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

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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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15 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: The Staircase

  1. What an excellent choice of book, Proxy:). It’s on my TBR list when I finally get around to sorting out the Kindle Fire I was given last year as I have an audible copy of this one. You’re absolutely right – both covers are awesome, but I do think the US cover just edges it – I love the red tinge and the fact they are about to engulfed in the yukky green cloud!


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