Daily Archives: October 7, 2016

Friday Faceoff – Consumed by the darkness, it hides all our sins…


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week we are looking at covers featuring darknness and I have chosen Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, which I read back in 2013 and really impressed me – see my review here.


darkedenThis was the original hardcover design, published in 2012 by Corvus and adorned the book I’d read. I was struck then at the brooding beauty evoked by it.


darkeden1This offering was the paperback design, also released in 2012 by Corvus. It’s my least favourite of all the covers – far too cluttered with publicity puff, for starters. And I don’t think the black on white works half as well.


darkeden3This stunning cover was designed by Broadway Books in 2014 and is my favourite – but the others are also beautiful.


darkeden4This striking Polish offering, which cleverly echoes the original Corvus cover while putting its own spin on the design, was published in 2014 by Uczta Wyobraźni.


darkeden5This Hungarian cover, produced by Agave and published in 2016, is another beautiful and apt design which echoes the themes addressed in this powerful science fiction lost colony story.



This French cover is yet another eye-catching and memorable addition to this fabulous collection of covers, produced by Les Presses de la Cité in 2015. Chris Beckett must be sooo thrilled to have such a clutch of covers. Dark is definitely cool…