Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Scariest Covers


Time to link up with the Broke and the Bookish again!

I have to say, I'm an epic wuss when it comes to horror. I rarely read it, I rarely watch it (except for Supernatural, which is more creep-tastic than full blown horror), and if I see the little red "HORROR" sticker on books at the library, I tend to give them a wide birth. That said, here are ten covers that I've come across over the years that have creeped me the hell out.

1. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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I had a Sherlock Holmes illustrated omnibus as a kid, and the Hound of the Baskervilles was on the cover. I can't find the exact edition, but the one I had featured an enormous dog with red eyes and glow-in-the-dark drool. I had to hide the dust cover whenever I read it otherwise I had nightmares. This cover is pretty terrifying too. 

2. The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
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I came across this one the other week while volunteering at a primary school library, and WHO THOUGHT THAT COVER ART WAS OKAY?? 

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Zombies give me the mega wiggins. I didn't even get to the first zombie in The Walking Dead before I had to turn it off, and I hid through most of Shaun of the Dead. This book is lucky it was hilarious enough to get me past the cover.

4. It by Stephen King
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One that I haven't read, but instead had the misfortune to pull off the shelf while picking up a copy of Salem's Lot. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE.

5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
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This is the Penguin Classics edition that I have, and I've always been completely freaked out by his pointy eyebrows. Especially when combined with that widow's peak hairline. 

6. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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This one is mildly creepy on its own, but when you add the content into the equation, it becomes downright terrifying. Do not read this book when home alone at night... *shudder*

7. Chain Letter 2: The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike
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Despite being an epic wuss about horror books, I LOVED Christopher Pike in high school. The stories weren't THAT scary, but the covers were pretty bad. (Now, they just look dated - check out that font!!)

8. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
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Another one that I had the misfortune to pull off the shelf at the library while trying to get at something else. That cover art combined with bad spelling? NOPE.

9. Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
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Yeah, we all know that Goosebumps books are hilarious rather than creepy in hindsight. But this cover, much like ventriloquist's dummies, is all kinds of scary. 

10. Pretty much anything by Richard Laymon
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His books seem to have been republished in the past few years with covers that are more stark and less busy, but there's something about the font and the imagery used on the covers of any 90s edition that just makes me shudder.

What are you reading this Halloween?

K xx

14 comments:

  1. Christopher Pike was my bridging horror author between RL Stine and Stephen King. I LOVED his books so much.

    I still can't handle that particular Goosebumps book, ventriliquist dummies freak me out!

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    1. Christopher Pike's books were THE BEST. And I don't blame you - they're terrifying!

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  2. Ventriloquist dummies give me the wiggins. Thankfully they're not that popular here or just not that creepy looking.

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    1. I think they're more popular in television/books than they are in the real world. Probably because pretty much everyone on earth finds them terrifying!

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  3. Some of these are on my list, too. I almost went with that Goosebumps cover, but opted to stick solely to adult books this time around.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-scariest.html

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    1. I had too many traumatic childhood memories to not include kids books!

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  4. Kirsti, check out this vintage cover for "Summer of Fear" by Lois Duncan. Nope. http://nevertravelled.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/summeroffear.jpg

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  5. The Meanest Doll in the World just made me LOL so hard. Some of the kids books now-a-days are just plain weird. Awesome picks! :)

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    1. SO MUCH. You should go read the synopsis for it on Wikipedia. It sounds INSANE.

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  6. I used to LOVE Christopher Pike as well. The funny thing about those dated looking covers is that it's the dated-ness that makes them look even creepier nowadays. And the nails on that creepy hand coming from the mailbox? Totally in style these days ;) Great list!

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    1. You're totally right - most modern covers seem to be really simplistic and clean. The 80s and 90s covers are cluttered and bright and SO MUCH CREEPIER!

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  7. Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine! I forgot all about them but I definitely went through short-lived phases with both. I just finished Orange is the New Black. Not horror, to be sure, but definitely scary and disturbing in its own way!

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    1. I think in both cases, the covers were always creepier than the stories...

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