This week Entertainment Weekly ran a full page on the various covers of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. We know: Crazy, right? At first we didn’t understand why these foreign publishers would mess with a good thing—just look at our covers—but then we saw the British editions (intriguing …), the Polish editions (whoa…), the Spanish editions (holy…), the Hungarian editions (damn…wow)!
There are a few things you can’t see here: On those seemingly understated British editions, there’s a special sparkle in the paper. On the Polish editions, the designer has an author-photo-style image on the flaps, just like the author himself—but you’ll realize it’s all fair once you see the interior illustrations, too. The Spanish promotional package included a heat-sensitive postcard that appears all black and only reveals the art when you fondle it. (Also, don’t forget the video we shared with you recently—and yes, that was the last time you saw the word Aniquilación. Also don’t forget Jeff’s conversation with the Spanish cover designer here in Work In Progress.) And the Hungarians…can you say die-cut? Extraordinary.
Of course we still love Charlotte and Eric’s covers for our editions best—and Jeff says he does, too. And we choose to believe him—it’s in print!
Click here to see the full page at some kind reasonable size and to read Jeff’s commentary on the different editions.