Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday again! And since we’ve basically dedicated this whole month to finding scary book recommendations, I think we’ll go with The Broke and the Bookish’s theme of book covers that gives us the chills!

Yash’s Picks:

1. Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural edited by Marvin Kaye:


The artwork is by Edward Gorey, and as it is with him, the cover has an odd sense of calm about it- which only freaks me out more, because who can relax when there are floating skeletons in the wind?! Ugh. Gorey and his stupidly talented, erm, talent? Just. Get out.

2. Dead Girls by Nancy Lee:


I love this book. It’s a short story anthology about all of these women who exist within and without “proper” society, whose lives are reveal and unravelled against the ominous backdrop of Pickton’s murders. Knowing what I know about the book, I think choosing a photograph of a real girl/woman (something I vehemently oppose on any other day) was actually a good move. Is she sleeping? Is she dead? Is she a victim? Is she waiting? Is she trapped? Is she just taking a nap while Yash slowly loses her mind?

3. From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell:


Yes, I am still reading this one. And it is still the most frightening thing ever. Basically, with the title (being a reference from one of Jack the Ripper’s letters) and the font of the title, you could put a unicorn in the background and it would still give me the shivers. If I’m perfectly honest, there’s something about the top hat and the grapes that irk me. Even more than this cover, here.

4. The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry:


Everyone lists this book as simply “young adult” and I just … No. Nope. Nuh-uh. It is straight up horror for me because life is unfair, and people are cruel and scary.

5. American Supernatural Tales edited by S. T. Joshi and Guillermo del Toro:


Yup, Guillermo del Toro is curating covers for a collection of Penguin’s horror classics. They’re all pretty cool covers, but I like the (almost) anatomically accurate heart the best.

Nafiza’s Picks

The first thing you ought to know is that I’m a bit of a chicken. Yeah, hush. So the following covers are not outright scary but they are suggestive and unsettling.

1. Servants of the Storm – Delilah S. Dawson
I’ve already shown this before in a Cover Wars post but this one scares the bejeebus out of me. It suggests a lack of control over your own actions and body. She’s  like a marionette whose strings are being pulled willy nilly.  *shiver*

2. Counting Backwards – Laura Lascarso
The novel itself is quite a good one dealing with a protagonist who finds herself in a home for troubled teens  with mental disorders. It’s a positive look at getting help of the psychological kind. The cover though is scary. Again, it’s suggestive of a whole different person who lives underneath our skin and does things we may not be aware of. Doesn’t that scare you?

3. Love Notes from Vinegar House – Karen Tayleur
The title suggests a romantic novel (though how Vinegar is romantic, I do not know) but the cover suggests ghosts. I bet you it features a ghost and not of the nice kind either. Yep, the synopsis reveals ghosts and the cover confirms it. I want to read this book so badly but it’s only available in Australia. Bah.

4. In Search of Goliathus Hercules – Jennifer Angus
Okay, so, the cover has a bug on it. I really can’t say anything else. I shouldn’t even need to.

5. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War – Clive Barker
This, I believe, is the paperback cover of the third book in the Abarat series. If you thought Christopher Carrion (the villain who carries pet nightmares floating in liquid in a funnel around his neck, I’m not joking) was bad, meet his mother who is probably the most nefarious evillest woman ever to walk the pages of a book. I’m just saying.


I can’t think of any. The thing is, I dislike horror and scary covers so much that I forget them. As soon as possible. So I actually can’t think of any at the moment. Sorry. (Er, or not sorry? Because I really don’t WANT to think about scary covers, that’s kind of the whole point of forgetting them.)


Covers don’t scare me! I laugh in the face of covers!

Although if you visit this site you will be handsomely rewarded with good laughs at the covers that do kinda creep me out a little, and there are ten of them!: