Spooktastic Read is an event hosted by imyril, Lisa and Jorie from October 19th to October 31st. It celebrates the diversity of spooky stories: from gothic stories to cozy mysteries, to zombie and vampire books to thrillers and Lovecraftian tales, you are sure to find stories to spice up your month of October! 😀
Spooky books tend to have amazing covers so I thought it would be nice to showcase some of my favorites!
(Btw I had the excellent idea of Googling “best horror books covers” to see if I could discover some new covers and… don’t do that. It’s not an excellent idea after all.)
This novella is great but, I have to admit that the first thing that made me want to read it was this amazing cover. The choice of colors is amazing, the art is creepy and disturbing (especially when you realize that what looked like eyes at first are open mouths!) and it suits the novella perfectly.
You will see a lot of Tor.com books on this list but, what can I say? I do love most of their covers! 🙂
I can’t pinpoint exactly why I love the cover of The Ballad of Black Tom, it’s quite simple but the color scheme, the lone shadowed figure of the main character, the tentacles… it’s the right dose of mysterious and spooky!
I haven’t read Middlegame so I can’t say if the cover suits the story or not but, I find it very creepy. At first glance, it’s not that creepy but then you realize that it shows a “hand candle”, it’s quite unsettling!
The cover of The Dollmaker is very creepy, I mean dolls are creepy in their own rights but, doll body parts? That’s even worse! However, I love the art and the simple design of this cover. It suits the book well and even if it is spooky and weird, it’s also oddly elegant?
This cover might be too obvious to be one of my favorites since it literally represents a haunted house but, I still like it a lot!
It reminds me a bit of the cover of The Ballad of Black Tom, it’s simple but I like the creepy vibe of the cover and it suits the theme of the book perfectly (since it’s an anthology of haunted house stories). Sometimes, simple is the best! 🙂
Also, I know this post is about the covers and not the stories but, this anthology is very underrated and I highly recommend it. It features amazing stories from several of my favorite authors including Tade Thompson and Nina Allan. I’ve read Five Stories High years ago yet, I still think about some of the stories to this day.
Speaking of Tade Thompson, the cover of The Murders of Molly Southbourne is another great one from Tor.com. I like this cover because it’s original, chilling and because, it fits the story of Molly Southbourne, a girl who creates murderous clones of herself each time she bleeds, very well.
This cover is not just a bit creepy, it’s absolutely terrifying. 😨😨
I’m sorry but this is the stuff of nightmares! I usually find masks creepy but this cut-out of a pig mask on a cover? Wow, well done Ben Summers, I am scared. But also very intrigued by the book! Which is why I ended up buying a copy of it (though I didn’t buy a physical copy but the ebook. I don’t want to see this cover the whole time I’m reading it, I’m not crazy).
The vintage design and the spooky artwork make this cover absolutely gorgeous! This retelling of The Tempest has been on my radar for years but I have to confess that I first looked into this book because of the amazing cover. 😀
I have read or plan on reading all the books mentioned here, however, I can safely say that I will never read A Clockwork Orange. I know it’s probably a great book but, my mother made me watch the movie when I was 11 or 12 years old and I’m still traumatized by it now. One of my middle school teachers looked a bit like the actor who played Alex and, he scared me so much that I was unable to look at him in the eyes for the entire year. Yep, I will never watch the movie again and I don’t plan on reading the book either!
However, I have to admit that this cover is amazing and that it suits the story very well. I really like the fact that it represents the main character as already dead. I also like the cartoonish style, the colors, the font… everything work!
What do you think about these covers? Do you also find them creepy or am I a scaredy-cat? Also, have you ever seen A Clockwork Orange and, if yes, were you also traumatized for life? 🤣