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Friday Face Off: Horror

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

This weeks theme: A horror cover

If you know me, you know I don’t do horror.  No Scary Movies, No Haunted Houses, and Definitely no Horror Books.  But I was also a really good kid in school and wouldn’t have dreamt of not reading an assigned book.  There were quite a few assigned books that fell into my definition of Horror:

  • Crime and Punishment
  • The Metamorphosis
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Jungle
  • Brave New World
  • Frankenstein
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I know its probably a stretch to call some of these “Horror” but they creeped me out enough that I included them!

My Choice: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde



Aionas 2016 | Nikol 2016 | Nova Fronteira 2014 | Simon & Brown 2011


CreateSpace 1886 | ePub 1886 | Lehtipaino Oy 1945 | Random House of Canada 1945


Turtleback 1982 | Hyspamérica 1982 | Livre de Poche 1980 | Parragon 1994


Signet 2003 | Penguin 2012 | Wisehouse 2015 | AmazonClassics 2017


Signet 1987 | Atlantic Publishing 2012 | Le Livre de Poche 1999 | ADC Publishing 2016


Giunti 2012 | Gramedia Pustaka Utama 2011 | Bambú 2010 | Createspace 2017


Headline 2007 | Nhã Nam 2014 | Kaplan 2006 | Makondo 2012


İletişim Yayınları 2014 | J.L.V. 2013 | Livraria Civilização Editora 2015 | Usborne 2010

There are 88 pages containing 2,625 editions of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde on Goodreads, so I just randomly picked covers that caught my eye.

Least Favorites:




Surprisingly I actually really like a lot of these covers, but these two are easily my favorites.  No matter how many times I scroll through these two just kept catching my eye.



I just love the way his face is obviously different on the two sides but the change is somehow subtle too.  I think it is really well done, and captures the story really well!

Which is your favorite? Do you agree with my choice? Let me know in the comments!!

29 thoughts on “Friday Face Off: Horror

  1. Oh, I definitely agree with your choice! Such a great and creepy book.

    I also enjoyed “The Thing on the Doorstep” by H.P. Lovecraft. It was doubly sickening for me because I had a friend at the time who had just ended a relationship with a very manipulative and scary woman. So the story was creepy in and of itself, and the timing was horrible!

    Take care,

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  2. I imagined Mr. Hyde much younger but if it captures the essence the best for you than I would agree. However, just to be contrary, the first row of covers are more pleasing to me Aionas 2016 | Nikol 2016 | Nova Fronteira 2014 | Simon & Brown 2011. I never knew you didn’t like horror. TBH me neither. I try.

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    1. I read the book probably 10 years ago so I don’t actually remember if he was portrayed as old or young but I always kind of pictured him as old? I really liked the 1st and 3rd covers in the first row!! But they just didn’t make the cut into the top 2 😂 I don’t even try when it comes to horror haha but its good to know I am not alone in disliking it!!

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  3. Wow- some of these I really like and others not so much. I think my faves are the Nikol 2016, the Lehtipaino Oy 1945, the Parragon ’94 Children’s Classic, and the Penguin 2012. The Atlantic one too, I think, for the misty feel.

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    1. The Nikol 2016 seems to be a popular choice this week but I wasn’t a huge fan of the circle. The Penguin 2012 was one of my favorites. I love the aesthetics of it but idk how well it really fits the book haha


    1. It makes sense to me that the covers aren’t super appealing because of the nature of the book 😂

      I think I read the Signet 1987 cover in High School, or something similar too it, but there are soooo many covers I didn’t include that it could have easily been missed!


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