This week’s topic is top five creepy covers. This one is going to be short and sweet in comparison to my other entries, mostly because I am literally judging these books by their covers. Most of these I haven’t even read yet! I’m still going to read them eventually, I promise. Just not now… and not with the lights off.
Top Five Spooky Worlds
Ominous vibes? Check. Creepy, dark mansion that is definitely filled with spooks? Check. Tunnel deep into the ground giving me a major case of claustrophobia? Double Check.
This cover features almost everything you would need to create a spooky, ominous atmosphere (and to make me extremely uneasy). This definitely looks like a story that will keep me up at night. And it’s already in my TBR list, because I’m a fool like that.
I’m not entirely sure what it is about this cover that gives me the creeps. Nothing about it is obviously sinister; there’s no terrifying monster or silhouette, or anything that tells me a threat is around the corner. But this cover gives me a terrible sense of wrongness, and it makes me want to find out what happens even as I’m scared to find out.
Is it cheating to include this when it was on a list last week? Probably, but I still couldn’t exclude it (last time, I swear). This cover for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was the one I got my hands on, and it still makes me shudder.
Immediately, this cover tells me everything I need to know about this novella: a terrifying, supernatural monster straight out of Japanese folklore is here and I better hope it doesn’t have a taste for book bloggers.
I will absolutely see this image in my nightmares as soon as I read this story. Which I absolutely will, because it looks amazing.
I know what I said back in my first Top 5 Post – Horror/Thriller Tropes That Don’t Scare Me – about haunted dolls, and I stand by that statement. Possessed toys do not scare me, and I refused to be intimidated by anything I could drop kick over the nearest fence.
This, however, may be the one exception to that rule.
Maybe it’s the nostalgia of being terrified by the Goosebumps series anytime I could sneak one home from the library (stupid parents thinking they were too scary for me and being absolutely correct) but this cover was the first one I saw that truly scared me – even more than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!
Scare your kids with this book, just keep it away from me!
What are some of your favourite spooky/scary worlds? And more importantly, how would you make it out alive?! Let me know in the comments below.
Happy reading everyone!