Which Twisted Cover Do You Think Is Strongest?

We have done a number of Twisted50 vol 2 concept book covers and we would like your opinion on which you like most. Take a look at the six here and share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

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Leave your thoughts below...

 

001 - Hands and Eyes

002 - Scary House

003 - Zombies


004 - Reaching girl

005 - Face hugged

006 - Spooky corridor


007 - White eyes


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Comments: 67
  • #1

    Philip F. Webb (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:56)

    Number 2, spooky house does it for me

  • #2

    Leo (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:10)

    007 then 002--most original and directly horror-evocative images.
    004 and 006 not as horrific ;)

    Wouldn't go for:
    001- reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth
    003- image has been used for other horror projects eg 13Dark (though it's pretty cool and would be #1 choice otherwise!)
    005- reminiscent of Alien

  • #3

    Robbie Mori (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:11)

    Number 2 the spooky house, old school but effective. It works because your mind conjures thoughts of what's inside, rather than a more obvious photo.

  • #4

    Kathryn Hollingworth (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:15)

    I like number 2 - scary house the best.

  • #5

    Paul (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:26)

    5 or 7 for me!

  • #6

    Alex (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:26)

    2 and 3 are the best ones I think, creepy yet subtle.

  • #7

    Freya Eden-Ellis (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:29)

    I like no 2 (scary house) and no 6 (spooky corridor). I think I like the less explicit horror images because leaving something to the imagination draws you in and makes you curious. They are all effective though!

  • #8

    Rachael Howard (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:29)

    Facehugger. The minute I saw it I knew.

  • #9

    Tasbir Malle (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:33)

    No 2 does the trick!

  • #10

    Vera Mark (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:33)

    Personally, I like 006 best but that is because I am not a "real" horror writer / reader and this cover is more spooky than horrific (just like my own story).

    My vote goes to 004, reaching girl.

  • #11

    Jenny Kane (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:34)

    Number 2 or 6 - the others would actually put me off buying the book as they are a bit too much

  • #12

    Caroline (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:35)

    "White Eyes" is the most grabby for me. Very unsettling image. My second and third choices would be "Reaching Girl" and "Face Hugged", both very disturbing!

  • #13

    Lily Smith (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:35)

    2 or 6 for me, I prefer the less specific.

  • #14

    Alistair Canlin (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:38)

    3, or 7 both are rather old school, and that works for me. 3 would be most favourite, as it would probably alienate less readers on a website (or bookshelf)... I mean, we don't want to come across as a bunch of psychos.... do we?

  • #15

    Susan (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:39)

    002 Scary House appeals the most to me, second 006 spooky corridor although I find the room number signs distracting. 001 Hands and eyes.. I've seen it in a film

  • #16

    Jess Brown (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:40)

    2 or 6 from me!!

  • #17

    les grice (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:43)

    Number 7

  • #18

    Dan Ginsberg (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:47)

    I prefer covers 002 and 006. They both convey the theme of the book without going over the top visually.
    Implied horror is so much more effective than obvious, blatant shockers images.

  • #19

    Paul Green (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:58)

    Number 2 man approaching house with flock of birds hovering ominously. I want to know the story behind the image. Others are far too in your face.

  • #20

    Jane Badrock (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:08)

    Number 2. It'll stand out from the previous books too.

  • #21

    Rita Wheeler (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:24)

    1st - 001 - hands and eyes
    2nd - 005 - face hugger
    3rd - 006 - spooky corridor

  • #22

    Andy Perry (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:28)

    2 and 6 for me

  • #23

    Richie Brown (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:34)

    002 (Scary House) or 007 (White Eyes) are the best illustrations. Definitely not 005 (Face Hugged) as it is too redolent of 'Alien', nor 001 (Hands and Eyes) - too 'Pan's Labyrinth'.

  • #24

    Philip Trickett (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:38)

    Personnelly i would go for Number 6. Looks like a book you would actually pick up and it is original so you are not immediately thinking alien or pans labyrinth . It also gives an air of suspense and mystery which you need for stories with a twist. Got to say though that they are all very good.

  • #25

    Howard Ellison (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:39)

    Number 4, Reaching Girl. That's because I'm seeing a reaction, not a cause, so my imagination becomes engaged. Or, at a push, Number 6, Spooky Corridor.
    Blood and gore tropes transport me to the abbatoir, altogether too visceral!

  • #26

    Mike Roscoe (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:54)

    Number 5 is my fave. Only because Alien. However I reckon that won't happen. I'm bored of zombies, so I reckon no2. The house. Simply because who knows what will happen.. You've got basement, attic, secret rooms, history, back garden. My imagination would run riot. So. If that helps??

  • #27

    Paul D (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:56)

    002 (love it) or 003 (2nd choice)

  • #28

    Ben Lacey (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:05)

    Face hug looks most twisted, rest look classic horror.

  • #29

    Andrew Baguley (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:13)

    1. Face hugged, Alien connotations notwithstanding.
    2. Scary House, civilian, could be you, the reader, stumbling into trouble.
    3. Hands & Eyes, a crazy LSD flashback. Or is it real?

  • #30

    Patrick Ryder (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:27)

    The hands on the eyes sent a shiver down my spine. Effective and unusual.

    Possibly go with 005 in second place.

  • #31

    Jonathan Boon (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:56)

    I think the #2 or #6 classic underrated and befitting of the content.

  • #32

    Phil Town (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:06)

    No. 2 - The house
    Subtle, and covering various potential bases: haunted/dangerous house, sinister birds, mysterious man, and general spooky feel.

  • #33

    K.J.B. Rickards (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:20)

    My personal opinion - favourite to least:-
    No 6
    No 2
    No 3
    No 1
    No 5
    No 4
    No 7

  • #34

    Emma Pullar (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:30)

    #2 Scary House

  • #35

    Amanda Webster (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:34)

    I still like the 1st one - Hands & Eyes. 2nd favourite is number 5 - Face Hugger - and 3rd favourite is number 7 - White Eyes.

  • #36

    Gordon Slack (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:44)

    They are all good in themselves but:

    Ones I prefer:
    7 White Eyes - shows real horror. Then 4 Reaching Girl. Then 2 Scary House.

    Not so keen on:
    1. Hands and Eyes - looks like del Toro and slightly comic.
    5. Face Hugged - suggests the theme is Alien.
    6. Spooky Corridor - atmospheric but not horror - maybe sci-fi.

  • #37

    Jade S Bokhari (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:45)

    Wow! Torn between between:
    3 / Zombies
    4 / Reaching Girl
    6 / Lonely corridor
    If I had a gun to my head then, 4/Reaching Girl. Got a lovely B Movie/retro feel to it.

  • #38

    Carrie Wachob (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:48)

    These are amazing. Talented artists. I like them all, but the 001 and 005 made me stare the longest, wondering WTF is this creepy thing that I'm looking at with my eyeballs?? Hands & Eyes is really something, and that ability to draw and keep someone staring might come in handy online as people contemplate whether to buy the book!
    001 (Hands and Eyes) favorite
    005 (Face Hugged) second favorite
    002 (Scary House) third favorite

  • #39

    Chris (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:54)

    I like number 1, as it is very Clive Barker, and thus encompases the range of story styles incorporated in the book, and Number 6 as again it is non-specific; all the small doors could be indicative of all the different tales. The others make the contents seem to be of one style only (zombies etc)

  • #40

    chris (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:00)

    Oh! they are room numbers - I thought they were small doors (like lockers or the doors to the body cabinets in an autopsy room! Maybe not that one then

  • #41

    Steve (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:16)

    3, then 2. Or maybe 2, then 3, if 2 was more contrasty. 5 is very striking.

  • #42

    Eileen Wilson (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:16)

    Hi Chris,
    My favourite to least favourite. 3, 6, 2, 5, 4, 1 Shiny eyes, scary!
    Kind regards
    Eileen

  • #43

    Karen Davison (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:47)

    I like 002 and 006. Both covers draw you in and create a feeling of intrigue. Spooky and atmospheric, rather than disturbing.

  • #44

    Fiona Hunnisett (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:52)

    2 or 5

  • #45

    Dean Marriner (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 19:58)

    2 or 3. Given the popularity of ‘zombies’ I could imagine this one being popular

  • #46

    Christopher Stanley (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:01)

    #2 promises danger and scares without giving the game away - my favourite.
    #6 is a close second - although not so obviously horror.
    Isn't #4 the cover of the Twisted vol.1 audiobook?

  • #47

    Alison Clapham (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:11)

    My favourites are 003 Zombies and 005 Face Hugged - I guess 005 is the more twisted of the two - but then I might be biased as my tale has a “being eaten by something unpleasant” theme...!

  • #48

    Juliet (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:46)

    The corridor. It is interesting and quietly unnerving.

  • #49

    Maggie Innes (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:52)

    My vote goes to number 6 first (spooky corridor) then number 7 (white eyes)...

  • #50

    KT Parker (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:02)

    1st choice: N°1 hands and eyes
    2nd choice: N°2 scary house
    3rd choice: N°5 face-hugged

  • #51

    R Bravo (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:16)

    2 and 6 give out the eeriest vibes, but 4 is the winner for me

  • #52

    Kim L. Wheeler (Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:18)

    2, 6 or 1. All the designs are great but the one which freaked me out the most was when I clicked on the link and saw the multicoloured clown at the top of the page staring back at me! :0

  • #53

    Claire Rye (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:01)

    Face hugger and white eyes are the most disturbing for me but i think scary house is more commercial .
    They are all pretty awesome though..

  • #54

    Charles Harris (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:04)

    Hi Chris - some good covers here but for me the top left is by far the strongest. Then, I'm always interested in characters. Bottom right is very generic (see Private Eye's coverage of book covers). But then maybe generic works for some people. #2 is OK but I feel I've seen it before, as with some of the others. I prefer a cover that stands out from the crowd. #1 for me.

  • #55

    Rebecca Gransden (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:56)

    005 drew my eye immediately, but I like 006 also

  • #56

    Diann Beck (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:39)

    It's a toss up between Hands and Eyes and Face Hugged. All the other covers, while terrific artwork all, seem like they've been done before. I'd have to go with Hands and Eyes as the first choice. It's unique but creepy and dares you to try and look away.

  • #57

    Ashlee Renz-Hotz (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 15:21)

    #2 - Best - Classic, but still leaves a lot of room
    #6 - Might actually be the best if you leave the "Ward" off the signs.
    #1 - Fantastic image, but no one can touch Pan's Labyrinth or the horror you feel when first seeing that character. Too much past history. Maybe if it wasn't the eyes, but nose or mouth held away from blank face?
    #3 - Great, but have connotations with the white eyes

  • #58

    Sheila McGill (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 20:40)

    First. Scary House - #2 - prompts a scary story in itself!
    Second #6.
    Then Finally #5 ...
    Brilliant artists all round.

  • #59

    Helen Lloyd (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:49)

    Scary House favourite closely followed by Spooky Corridor.

    Have fun one and all.

    Helen.

  • #60

    Ben Marshall (Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:51)

    I do like hands and eyes the most but I feel I've seen it before, Pan's Labyrinth maybe. Otherwise the subtle ones, number 6 first then number 2. Number 4 I also like but the others are too living dead-esque for me which is not representative of a number of stories. Also, I'd perhaps feel self conscious reading a book with such a cover on a tube or bus, in particular number 7 - like horror porn. But all that said, great artwork and so many views you can't go wrong.

  • #61

    G X Todd (Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:42)

    Definitely 002 - Scary House for me. Understated but very atmospheric.

  • #62

    Doug van der Walt (Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:44)

    No. 1,3 & 5 are too derivative
    No 4 & 7 would both make good 'companion' covers that fit with Twisted50 vol.1. I prefer no.7, since pulp fiction is supposed to be nasty and mean.

  • #63

    Miletha (Monday, 20 November 2017 12:41)

    6 and 2, probably. These offer something more subtle - less 'in your face' - yet say so much.

  • #64

    Jacky Dahlhaus (Monday, 20 November 2017 13:29)

    001 - Definitely twisted
    002 - Spooky, but not twisted
    003 - Only zombies
    004 - Freaky, but not twisted
    005 - Weird and horror, but more leaning toward aliens
    006 - Definitely for the twisted
    007 - Horror at it's best, but twisted?
    So, I guess my choice is either 001 or 006 :)

  • #65

    Tom Nolan (Monday, 20 November 2017 13:54)

    Definitely No 2 Scary House. The others have a sort of spoofy, Sean of the Dead feel - apart from No 6, which isn't as scary as 2.

  • #66

    TR Guest (Monday, 20 November 2017 15:02)

    002 or 006 are my favourites - I think they're the most atmospheric, and not too specific to one horror sub-genre

  • #67

    Lee Betteridge (Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:15)

    I think 005 is the most striking image, but it’s links to everyone’s favourite xenomorph makes it unusable. 002 is what I’d go for.