Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: scariest looking book covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic that the participants come up with a top ten list for.

Hey guys! This week's topic is supposed to be about scary book covers, but to be honest I don't know if any of my picks are downright scary. I think it's closer to creepy or ominous. But whatever, I really like them! They're in no particular order.

Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake
While the cover for the first book is also scary, this one is even more so. Anna is reaching out... to Cas? The reader? To be pulled out of hell? To pull you in? And do you see those fiery demons at the bottom reaching for her leg?

Lost Souls, by Poppy Z. Brite
Now this is definitely not YA. But if you want some early 90s feeling with vampires who are bloody monsters, some voodoo, and intriguing characters and writing, you should go for it! It's very explicit though.

Asylum, by Madeleine Roux
I haven't read it (yet) but it looks and sounds awesomely creepy! The picture looks like an old, worn-off photographs (there are photos in the book) or a tapestry that has been peeled off to reveal another layer. It reminds me a bit of the photographs that Francesca Woodman did inspired by Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters
Creepy, ghostly, ghastly, amazing. It's a wonderful story, but there were moments when I seriously felt a bit paranoid and very alone.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, by April Genevieve Tucholke
The cliffs, the waves, the pines, the figures. I really like it. It's dark and romantic, but there's a definite sense of impending danger. It suits the story very well.

Blackbirds, by Chuck Wendig
Again, definitely not YA! Lots of cussing, violence, sex. Which is perfectly okay for a horror novel. This cover isn't just awesome graphically - look at it more closely (make it bigger) and you can spot tons of tiny details in there that are from the story. Yes, a lighthouse, motel signs, hands... the more you look, the more you see.

Pretty When She Dies, by Rhiannon Frater
I admit I haven't read it yet, but I own it. What makes it creepy to me is mostly the colors, enhanced by the teeth and smeared lipstick/blood. It's simple but effective because it makes it clear that this is a vampire novel but that the focus won't just be on some sappy romance.

The Drowned Forest, by Kristopher Reisz
This one isn't out yet but the cover and description (girl jumps into pond and never resurfaces... but something else does) make me anticipate goosebumps!

Fiendish & The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff
She is blessed by the cover fairy, isn't she? These too aren't openly scary but definitely ominous and haunting. I loved The Replacement (never mind that it tore my heart out) and I hope Fiendish will be among my favorites as well once I've read it :)

This is it! I think there are most definitely scarier covers out there, but I like it if they're still somewhat aesthetic and I wanted it to be mostly books I've actually read. What do you think? And please link me to your post! I want to find some new scary books :)


  1. That's an awesome list! Asylum definitely wins!

  2. Great list, I am pretty sure I am going to have nightmares today.

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  3. The Replacement! <333 And it's my first time seeing the book Fiendish, but WOW. "She is blessed by the cover fairy, isn't she?" Definitely.
    Girl of Nightmares - I think she wants to pull ME to hell. Scary girl.
    Asylum&In the Shadow of Blackbirds - more creepy/crazy girls.
    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - every time I look at it, the BIG title distracts me, so I don't find this too scary or anything, but I'm intrigued by the two dancing (?) figures at the top of the cliff.
    Blackbirds - I really like all the little details on this cover

  4. Oh, these are great! Asylum and The Drowned Forest appeal to me the most (and I have The Replacement on my list this week too!). I like creepy much more than out and out gory, and these all are high on the creepy meter. Great list!

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  5. Great list!I've seen Asylum and The Replacement everywhere!And Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea sounds so intriguing!And the covers is just beautiful.Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  6. Asylum's cover is one of the creepiest! I haven't read it yet either because I've heard mixed things.

  7. Gah, you did pick some really scary book covers! :D A couple of those made my list, too.