This truly chilling cover not only hints at the fractured nature of its main character Norman Bate’s psychological disturbance, but it also suggestions the violence he perpetrates whilst believing he is his own possessive mother. It does all this with one simple slash through the main body of the title.
A chaotic green jungle that looks as if it might have been drawn by a school boy, the cover of the iconic book Lord of the Flies is a perfect tribute to the novel. In the foreground of the cover the different groups of boys are represented, with some boys’ depicted setting about their own business whilst other “biguns” troupe along hand in hand with the “littluns.”
A demonstration of pure genius how the dot of the i is isolated from the rest of the letters. From the solid black writing juxtaposed against the white background to the black outline box drawing a line of separation around the whole book, this covers screams out the theme of the book.
The Penguin Classics version of this cover tells the interesting, surreal, sad and happy story of the enigma that is Benjamin Button. The image, a simple black silhouette of an old-fashioned perambulator with the legs of an old man protruding from the basket, is symbolic of everything a reader can take from the story. Its birth and death, old and young but most importantly and as symbolised by the pram – it’s about the journey.
The deep black ocean of the background, the bone coloured title above the blood-red writing, the unsuspecting swimmer about to be consumed by the enormous beast from below. Need we say more about this cover depicting the tale of man’s most primal predator?