Things are getting darker as Halloween creeps closer. This month we’re looking at spine-chilling covers that combine eye-catching design with eerie images fitting for Halloween.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Real found photographs by the author are featured throughout the book and on the cover, setting the haunting mood for the novel. The basis for the novel started with the photographs the author collects; they are integrated throughout the story and represent the old photos the main character, Jacob, has inherited from his grandfather. The photographs lead him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island that was once home to a group of peculiar children, including Jacob’s grandfather.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Described as a “heartwarming story about friendship and demonic possession,” My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a supernatural thriller set in 1988, which the cover captures perfectly with its VHS homage.
The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
The cover for this collection of poetry perfectly captures the macabre tone of the poems but gives it an updated modern twist. There’s no better poetry to read on a rainy fall day than Poe’s. This collection features Poe’s “The Raven” and “Annabelle Lee.”
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Even the typeface is scary on this cover. The Girl from the Well is based on a well-known Japanese ghost story. A dead girl haunts her neighborhood, hunting down murderers like the one that took her life.
I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas
If the cover reminds you of H. P. Lovecraft, then the designer did their job: the novel follows a horror writer attending an H. P. Lovecraft convention called the Summer Tentacular in Providence, where a novelist is murdered. The writer sets out to solve the mystery, and find the convention is home to a great deal of strange people who hated the man who was murdered.
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
A supernatural ghost story, the cover for Mr. Splitfoot is distinct, modern and simplistic while also representing intricacies of the plot. Two timelines converge in this story of two women on a mysterious, Odyssey-like mission as they walk across the entire state of New York…as the two different chronologies both head toward the same danger.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
I love how this cover juxtaposes a lighter color scheme with the hint of something ominous through the splattered blood over the girl’s face. In Detroit, a group of people are brought together by the grotesque murder of a boy whose corpse is found combined with the body of a deer.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This cover is unique, but also can instantly be recognized as Dracula, with the bats, the haunting figure and the blood imagery. This is a Halloween classic and can also be an inspiration for a last-minute Halloween costume.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle was featured in last month’s Cover Love as well, but with a different edition. The haunting illustration for this cover depicts Merricat and Constance Blackwood with their cat, the hateful villagers looming behind them. The novel begins when Constance has just returned to the Blackwood castle after spending time in prison for the murder of the rest of the Blackwood family, who were killed from arsenic in the sugar bowl. Her younger sister, Merricat, must protect Constance from the villagers and their visiting cousin.
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