OK, today’s post isn’t exactly a reading recommendation, BUT, it could be a really fun display idea if you have a large collection from which to troll for books.

Take a close look at the covers below.  I spotted a print ad for Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry recently, and I immediately that knew I had seen that face before… on the cover of Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist.  (What can I say, I’m fixated on post-apocalyptic fiction.  Just getting prepared for the inevitable, folks!)

Is this not the same poor young man, relegated to the world of zombies?  Methinks it is.  Now, reusing cover art images is nothing new – this sort of thing runs rampant in Women’s Fiction (apparently, there are only so many legs and feet to go around…).  I’d love to start tracking them for future posts, and I know you’ve all come across them- so start leaving me some in the comments!  Thanks!

Eager to get started on that display right now?  Well it turns out I’m not the only one who thinks this is interesting – Sarah of Reading the Past has a gallery of “Reusable Cover Art” on her blog, which focuses on historical fiction!  Many of her finds feature famous images and artwork – and I’ll bet you’ve got many of these books in your collection.