Thursday, 16 December 2010

The scariest, goriest YA horror book cover yet?

Yesterday I happened to log on to Twitter just as my good friend Liz from My Favourite Books was telling @Egmontbooks about the book cover for a new book they have scheduled for May 2011. The conversation went something like this:

Liz: Dear @Egmontbooks - are you trying to scare the living daylights out of your readers with the new horror series you're doing??

Egmontbooks: Do you mean The Shadowing? It made two of our editors cry.

Liz: Really!? OMG! I saw the cover this morning and just couldn't believe it! Scary beyond belief. In other words: good job!

How could I possibly resist the temptation to ask if I could have a peek at said cover, which, by the way, is for a book called The Shadowing: Hunted by Adam Slater? I am happy to say my wish was granted, and I agree with Liz 100% - it is possibly the most gruesome YA horror cover I have ever seen (
in my opinion an accolade previously possessed by Simon Holt's Devouring). And I love it! And I could name a long list of teenage boys at school who will also love it and pick it up to red based solely on the cover graphic.

I am not going to post a picture of the book cover here for the moment, for fear of giving the squeamish amongst you too many nightmares. However, if you want to see the cover all you have to do is CLICK HERE. If you have any thoughts about this cover I would love you to leave a comment about it below. Is it a step too far or is it the kind of thing teenage boys love?


  1. Wooooaaah, my boys would LOVE it, and a couple of the girls, and me of course! ;-)

  2. LOVE IT!!! Boy will it draw attention :)

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  4. The Haunted House Kid
    By Matthew Gary Milam
    This book is worth the read. Unique story.