Friday, October 20, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #16–Horror

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #16

For this week's Friday face-off, I figured I'd highlight something I picked up for the season: The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers! I've had my eye on this book for quite a while, so I'm excited to finally be checking it out. This book is a collection of connected short stories that all center around a play called "The King in Yellow" that supposedly drives anyone who reads it mad, which sounds super intriguing to me. And because it was written in 1895, there have been quite a few editions made, so let's take a look at some of the covers this book has. 

2010 Wordsworth | 2014 Portuguese | 2014 Italian

2014 ebook | 2015 Spanish | 2019 Kindle (Amazon Classics)

2014 Bulgarian | 2014 French | 2016 Independently Published Edition

2017 UK Hardcover | 2018 Ukrainian | 2014 Fall River Press

My choice(s):
I'm not sure I actually have a favorite from these, I think they all have some pretty interesting designs! The Fall River Press one feels most captivating, though. I love all the different interpretations! Which one(s) do you like best?


  1. I like how they all generally play into the yellow theme. The 2017 UK hardcover is really striking!

  2. I've never heard of this book, but I do like the Bulgarian and Portuguese editions😁