Monday, November 14, 2011

Dark Days

November is a dark month, especially since daylight savings time made dusk arrive before dinner time. Thus the inspiration for this post. These covers stand out without the use of colour. Not an easy feat.

The first three centre around the theme of photography and use the black and white contrasts effectively.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children uses vintage photographs throughout to capture the imagination. 
by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books, 2011)

Click is one of my favorites. A strong black frame draws us into the lenses. 

Ten Authors contributed to this novel. 
designed by Phil Falco
(Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007)

by Kimberly Marcus 
(Random House for Young Readers, 2011)

by Sheila Kelly Welch (Namelos, 2011)

And a touch of colour in the last cover. What does it suggest to you? Is there hope that the dark days will soon be over?

Have you been drawn to any other book covers that don't rely on colour to attract? Let us know and we'll post some more.


  1. Take color out of the equation and you're more aware of line and form. These take advantage of that. They do suggest a bit of danger or sadness, too. Or film noir.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring the cover of my new novel. Helen Robinson at namelos deserves the credit for this design that reflects the tone and content of Waiting to Forget. I am a big fan of black and white art work, but, in this case, the addition of the green origami crane contrasts with the starkness of the rest of the scene and suggests a hopeful note.

  3. Hi Sheila; Good to hear we got the interpretation right. Nice to know you liked your cover too. Were you worried at all that the hopeful note would be left out of the cover?