Abduction: International Book Covers

  • Abduction (Original US HC, 1994)

  • Abduction (US TPB)

  • Abduction (Japanese TPB, 2000)

  • Abduction (UK TPB, 1995)

  • Abduction (Spanish HC)

  • Abduction (German HC)

  • Abduction (German PB)

  • Abduction (Italian HC, 1995)

  • Abduction (Dutch TPB, 1995)

  • Abduction (Swedish HC, 1996)

  • Abduction (Finnish HC, 1997)

  • Abduction (Italian TPB, 1995)


A selection of cover art from editions of Abduction published worldwide. The Italian softcover and the Finnish hardcover are arguably the most innovative, and the UK and Swedish the least. Though it is thought that Dr. Mack did not personally like the art on the US edition (nor the title, his working title having been The Alien Abduction Syndrome), the blue light is at least an accurate part of reported alien encounters. The cliche of an “open road to the horizon” appears in three covers — an image connected to aliens via the poster for Steven Spielberg’s 1977 film Close Encounters (whose aliens were based on descriptions-from-life provided by researcher Dr. J. Allen Hynek). The Italians, with their hardcover edition, maintained their reputation as fashionable dressers by depicting that even while being abducted one can still be stylish. The Swedish edition was bizarre in that the publisher sold the back page of the book (where the author’s contact information should have been) to a debunker who encouraged experiencers to take psychiatric medications.