View Full Version : Variant cover of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

Spaceman Spiff
05-05-2012, 09:51 PM

I'm a member of LibraryThing.com (social network site for book freaks) and when I was adding my new copy of the Scribner edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole to my collected books today, I noticed the options for cover image included a version I'd not seen before. It looks just like the Scribner edition, but is missing the tiger, the cage and the person holding the lantern.

Does anyone know what the source of this cover is? Is there a variant cover to the Scribner edition? Or is this a foreign edition? Or perhaps some kind of error/preliminary release of incomplete artwork?

(I'll try to add an image here. The cover I'm talking about is the 1st/left one. As you can see, it matches the Scribner cover (3rd one), but has no tiger, cage or person-with-lantern). (Ignore the "high quality" and resolution dimensions in the lower-right of each cover image).



05-05-2012, 10:12 PM
Very interesting.

05-05-2012, 10:19 PM

05-06-2012, 12:28 AM
Wasn't that the first artwork that was released/leaked? Some thought it was a teaser and others thought it was a generic placeholder image that would, in time, be replaced by the actual image of the cover.

05-06-2012, 12:28 AM
I'm pretty sure it's the early 'placeholder' artwork that was used when the book had just been announced.

*edit: what Neosatus said!

05-11-2012, 02:52 PM
Yes that initial cover was released early September 2011 (discussed here http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/showthread.php?9687-8th-Dark-Tower-Novel-The-Wind-Through-the-Keyhole&p=638359&viewfull=1#post638359 but the cover now is the final version, unfortunately). Personally, I preferred the "not final" version. You can compare the two:


Spaceman Spiff
05-11-2012, 06:17 PM
Thanks, Pablo!!

05-11-2012, 09:31 PM
Thanks, Pablo!!

Pablo, is TDT.Org Sr. Correspondent!!!! He's almost like Walter Cronkite!!!!!


05-12-2012, 07:49 PM
The original is a great picture... but I also like a good tiger. Swings and roudabouts I suppose. :) As a piece of art, the first is great, but I think for this story second has got to be the winner as it relates to the story.

05-14-2012, 07:06 AM
No one else prefers the first version?

05-14-2012, 07:14 AM
No one else prefers the first version?

Purely as a piece of art unrelated to the book, I think I prefer it to the other.

05-14-2012, 07:29 AM
No one else prefers the first version?

I loathe both. Haha. Sorry, I know that's not the answer you were looking for. I can't seem to be able to arrange the damn thing to fit anywhere on the shelf properly. That spine really stands out. UK editions are much nicer this time around.