Cover candy: tasty and calorie free! I collect book covers—okay, and books, too—like some people collect shoes. Naturally, being a fantasy author, my tastes run toward fantasy covers. But not always!

The theme for this installment is “Black and White and Red.” I know, the title was a dead giveaway, but doesn’t that particular combination just scream for attention? Modern or classic, fantasy or horror, black-white-and-red draws my attention like a magnet to lodestone. And fantasy books do it right!

(FYI, I don’t actually read much horror, but I do find horror covers sometimes appealing…)

In addition to being just plain attention-grabbing, black and white illustrate a stark contrast. Since the cover says “contrast,” it suggests an unmistakable contrast in the story. Nothing is ever as simple or as demanding as black-and-white (and red).

As usual, I can’t vouch for the contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy! 

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Cover Candy #09: (Black and White and Re(a)d All Over)

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids

~Michael McClung~
Kindle pages: 298
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub date: November 28, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Artist: unknown (The cover has since been updated)

Cover Candy #09: (Black and White and Re(a)d All Over)

The Mirror Empire

~Cameron Hurley~
Kindle pages: 544
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Pub date: August 26, 2014
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Artist: Richard Anderson

Cover Candy #09: (Black and White and Re(a)d All Over)

The Unending

~A.D. Sands~
Kindle pages: 352
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub date: February 11, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Artist: Spiffing Covers

And then, because I said I didn’t always choose fantasy covers, I give you the United Kingdom version of My Sister’s Bones:

Cover Candy #09: (Black and White and Re(a)d All Over)

My Sister’s Bones

~Nuala Ellwood~
Kindle pages: 400
Publisher: Amazon Media EU S.á r.l. (UK edition)
Pub date: November 1, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Artist: unknown

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Which cover is your favorite?
What’s your favorite color combination on book covers?

Today, we're looking at cover candy that's black, white, and red. To me, that combination just screams for attention. And fantasy books do it right!