Cover Battle: Which is the Best Cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

It’s been a while since our last Cover Battle qualifying duel, though if you want, you can still vote in the match between the American and British covers of The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord. By now, the Cover Battle of 2013, which will take place in November and December again, is starting to take shape!

This second qualifying battle is a very blue one! We present you with a “cover off” between Neil Gaiman and… Neil Gaiman! His newest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, comes out from William Morrow Books in the US today, June 18, and from Headline in the UK on June 20. Both copies happen to have magical covers. They feature completely different characters, but according to the book’s publicists, both covers fit the book perfectly. Here are the covers, followed by the blurb:



The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac—as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is the ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.


Unfortunately, finding information on the cover artists or designers has so far proven impossible. I won’t give up trying to discover who created these gems, though. Our Cover Battle is limited to English language covers, but here is another beautiful cover that I didn’t want to deny you. I believe this is the cover for the Hungarian version of the book.


So, which one of these amazing covers of The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the best? Your vote decides which shall feature in the Cover Battle of 2013!

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Stephan van Velzen
A 29 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he’s busy being a total geek for fantasy. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing too. Most of all, though, Stephan is just a crazy Dutch guy who enjoys doing things that people don’t expect.

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  1. I like them both, but I keep leaning toward the American cover. Though just by a little.

    • Stephan van Velzen

      Looks like most voters agree with you. I think the British cover is pretty dang amazing as well, though.

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