I love the cover for The Fury – it’s the perfect fit for the book. Besides, every single thriller in the world has a silhouette of a running man on the cover, I think there must be some law about it! Creating the cover was an interesting journey, and here are some of the covers that almost made it!
This was one of the first designs I saw, and I thought it was pretty amazing. I loved the blue flames! I think the designer worried that people wouldn’t really get why there was a big hand on the book, which is a good point as I wondered that myself!
This one was good too, but the figure wasn’t dynamic enough. It looks a bit like he’s nipped into the woods for a wee and been startled by a cameraman…
I LOVED this one. That eye was so spooky! I thought we could also try it with a really terrifying face in the letters instead, but I’m not sure if it ever happened. If we’d gone with this design I would have insisted on a dye cut, with the letters cut out and a second cover put behind it with the face on. But alas that was just too expensive. It’s been done before as well… Shame!
Recognise this one? It’s the one the designer finally went for. I think it’s great – out of all of the designs it feels the most claustrophobic and dynamic, you really feel panicky at the thought of entering that tunnel! It needed a bit more work, but I’m glad we went with it! The weird thing was that the cover for The Fury is pretty similar to the US cover for Fugitives, which was released last month. They could be siblings!!
This one wasn’t as strong as the others, I thought. It looked like a man walking his dog through the woods. I did like the spooky atmosphere, but it wasn’t quite furious enough for a book called The Fury!
This was from the next batch, taking another look at the hand. I liked the fire, and it really fit in well with events towards the end of the book, but it still didn’t quite work. We were getting close, though!! After a little more tooing and froing, the designer came up with the final image. The tunnel… but with fire!!! It’s maybe not the most original image in the world for a thriller, but it promises exactly what you get in the book: excitement, drama, horror, panic, action, and fire. Lots and lots of fire.
Did you prefer any of the other covers? What would you have put on the front of the book? Let me know!