Jun 1, 2011

Covering Covers: Southern Gods - John Hornor Jacobs


Yeah, I didn't get YetiStomper Picks for June done today. Blame beach volleyball, dinner with friends, and Portal 2.

Instead, here are two versions of John Hornor Jacobs' upcoming horror novel, Southern Gods. One was made by Jacobs himself, the other by Night Shade Books' marketing department.

But which one is which? And which do you prefer?



I personally like the one on the left. What do you think?


Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music - broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio station - is said to make living men insane and dead men rise. Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil. But as Ingram closes in on Hastur and those who have crossed his path, he'll learn there are forces much more malevolent than the Devil and reckonings more painful than Hell... In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood.

Expect Southern Gods from Night Shade Books in August 2011.

18 comments:

  1. I'm digging the one on the right.
    kristi belcamino

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  2. I like both quite a bit, but prefer the one of the left, mostly because I prefer the typography there to the rather typical country music style of the one on the right.

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  3. See, I prefer the typography from the right, but the artwork from the left.

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  4. Both covers look cool to me. Hell, anything to get folks to read that book would be great.
    The one on the right seems to give more of a feel for the story.
    But, like I said, whatever gets folks into the book. Heard great things about it. Looking forward to reading it.

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  5. Left- more godly, for a more literal translation of "gods."

    Right- more intimate, for a more human feel.

    Both covers rock.

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  6. I personally really like both. If I had to pick one, I would go with the one on the left.

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  7. I'd go with the one on the left.

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  8. Love the Bleeding Cowboys font on the right, but overall prefer the left.

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  9. The one on the left is way better.

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  10. I'm liking the one on the left due to the fact that it feels a bit more "mysterious" than the one on the right. Also, it reminds me a little of some of the old Apocalyptic movies/novels from the 50's/early 60's...sort of a vintage feel. However, since I haven't read the story, I can't say for sure which one relates to it more. Good luck picking one, they're both cool.

    -Wulf (from K.A.O.S. Board)

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  11. I much prefer the one on the right. The richness of the colors draw my attention, whereas I might pass over the one on the left with a second glance.

    Deb

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  12. I'd go with the one on the left

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  13. Yes, the one on the left

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  14. I'm a fan of both, but the painting on the right, its rich colors, and the fact that it's the one shipping, I gotta go with it.

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  15. I like both. I want it to ship with a reversable dust jacket, one cover on each side, so I can alternate dayly.

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  16. Like the art on the left but the type font on the right. It's a bit hard to read the authors name on the left.

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  17. the one on the left....unspoken danger to come.

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