My second tag post in a month! The Halloween Book Covers Tag was originally created by Metaphors and Moonlight. Match covers to the topics for a bit of spooky fun. Thank you to Caro @ Bookcheshirecat for tagging me! I can already tell this tag is going to be a good time. I’m going to attempt to find really creepy book covers for all these. Most of these will be books I’ve read, but some will be ones on my TBR. Covers are linked to Goodreads.
I’ve been pushing Courtney Alameda’s Pitch Dark for years. It’s one of the few YA sci-fi horror books out there and take a look at that cover!
It took me far too long to find a cover with a pumpkin. I don’t think I read enough Halloween-themed books, but Raquel V. Reyes’s Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking along with the first book in this cozy mystery series is on my TBR.
One of my all-time favorite book covers is Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw. Look at it! It’s enough to give you nightmares.
SPIDERS, BATS, OR OTHER CREEPY CREATURES
This prompt was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but after trying to think of other creepy creatures I could include (having failed to find a spider or bat cover), I finally settled on mannequins. I’ve always thought mannequins were creepy, but Stephen Graham Jones took them to another level with Night of the Mannequins.
There were actually too many possibilities for this prompt, but I wanted to feature a book that I am really excited to read. S. Isabelle’s The Witchery sounds absolutely amazing and look at those witchy stares on this cover!
SEVERED BODY PART
There are numerous reasons why I find the cover for Junji It’s Shiver unnerving and the severed heads are only part of it.
My first cover that isn’t horror-related for this post. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find a cover I had read or was on my TBR with a full moon. So here we are looking at crescent moons on Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours. This book features many moon though and takes place during October.
Neill Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is the perfect novel for this time of year about a boy who lives in a graveyard. It’s also very tame, so those who don’t like horror can enjoy it.
I absolutely loved Isabel Cañas’s The Hacienda. Haunted house stories are classic and it’s always equally fun and scary to explore these kinds of stories. Maybe because haunted houses can literally happen to anyone.
I remember the first time I saw the cover for The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. The fear in the protagonist’s eyes! The ghostly hands reaching out! The spooky lighting! It’s perfect.
CLASSIC MONSTER (VAMPIRE, WEREWOLF, MUMMY, FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER, ETC.)
I am a fan of both versions of covers for Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. There is something very futuristic about this newest ones. I probably couldn’t guess this one was about vampires based on the cover though.
Literally could not find a single scary cover I had read or that was on my TBR with candy on the cover. And then I went to look for any cover with candy and this was the only one I could find. Thank you Tashie Bhuiyan for having the love interest in Counting Down with You have a thing for lollipops.
SOMEONE IN A COSTUME OR MASK
This was another prompt that was hard to find a horror book to match, but I ended up going with Janella Angeles’s Where Dreams Descend. It’s a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. I love the musical but even I have to admit the concept is kind of creepy.
ORANGE AND BLACK
I love when covers take on a whole new meaning after you’ve read a book. The cover for Kiersten White’s Hide gives you clues about what to expect, but doesn’t give everything away about its very intriguing premise.
I just had to include Daka Hermon’s Hide and Seeker cover. This might be a middle grade horror novel, but it has one of the creepiest covers I’ve ever seen. I love it so much.
Have you read any of these? Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you are interested in doing this one!