Full frontal obscurity

In mid august, Sweden will be the eleventh country to release Those Who F0llow, under it´s Swedish name Det Hemliga Brödraskapet Från Wien(AKA Wienerbrorskapet, Gli Adepti, Követök, Wieniläisveljeskunta, Nasladowcy, Viedenske Bratstvo, Videnske Bratrstvo, Wienerbroderskabet, Viini vennaskondand and Les Adeptes.)

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bookshelf view

The Swedish release means that Those Who Follow now have been introduced to readers in more than half of the 20 countries that have bought the publishing rights – so far.

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Full frontal

So, what does Those Who Follow look like? A lot of things, obviously. Readers are different, markets are different, and what looks like a front for a crime novel in Oslo might look quite different in Warszawa, Prag or Copenhagen. As you can see from the picture to the right, there are a few similarities, though. France and Denmark have chosen a cover that I have loved from the moment I saw it. It´s the one with the staring eyes, made by the Danish designer Simon Lilholt. Finland and Slovakia are also thinking in similar ways, with a picture that captures the historic side of the novel – nazi researchers doing their terrible experiments. There is an underlaying brutality in those covers, that I believe captures an important side of the story. If you study them closely (as I have done) you will see that it is not the same picture, but they are probably from the same series. The Norwegian front (left corner, bottom) is also inspired by the parts of the novel describing racial hygiene and eugenics during the 30’s and 40’s.

So which ones do I prefer? Ha ha. Im not gonna tell. I love them all, of course, as if they were my kids. And – as with kids – some you adore from the minute you see them, some you love even more, when you get to know them.

 

A scary pleasure

Czech out this cover!

Skjermbilde 2016-05-26 kl. 10.12.36I must say, there is always a degree of mixed anxiety and pleasure each time I see a new cover for Those Who Follow. A book’s front is like the front page of a newspaper. No matter what’s inside, the cover is what turns you on. Or off.

Vídeňské Bratrstvo turns me on!

It was released by my publisher Host in the Czech Republic during the last days of May, and I have been looking forward to it for a long time. I was presented with the front already before Christmas, and just loved it. The illustration has an almost three-dimensional feel to it, and the colours sets a mood that I really believe describe what’s going on on the pages to follow.

And speaking of which. The visual expression from the cover is brought into the novel itself (se below). You can check it out here.

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