When I returned from BEA, a hardcover copy was waiting for me at home, courtesy of Viking Penguin and UPS. To my great surprise, it boasted the same headless woman from the British cover, meaning - I can only assume - that the gothic countryside look is no more. I do like the cover on the left, but am still a tad disappointed, as the original was so evocative and colorful.
Occasionally covers do change between the galley and the final version, but it's not terribly common, either. One can't escape the obvious conclusion: headless women covers sell books!
I've been back in Charleston for just over 24 hours now, still trying to unpack and clean stuff, and most of my mail hasn't even arrived yet. I hope to post something more substantial tomorrow.