Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Book Covers

October 29, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 38 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. This week’s list is…

Scariest Book Covers

Now I have to confess, I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to do book covers that are scarily bad or those which are generally scary. I’ve decided to split the dif and do five of each. I actually haven’t read any of the books on my list this time, mostly because the covers are really scary. I like my paranormals to be a little more snuggly and less stabby.

The sad thing with the scariest (as in bad) covers is that the books are probably fantastic but potential readers will just walk away because they will get the wrong impression. Getting an effective cover design for paperback and e-versions can be expensive and I totally understand that self-published authors might not have the cash to blow on it. I found these on Lousy Book Covers apart from the first one which was on Goodreads. If you want to read about a published author’s journey through self-published waters (apparently this makes her a hybrid??) and the importance of a good cover, I suggest you check out Jennifer Harlow’s Idiot’s Guide to eBooks.

Scariest (as in bad) Book Covers


1. Gringa: In the Clutches of a Ruthless Druglord by Eve Rabi
Weird dreds on a crazy looking guy with tribal tatted oily abs and a beard and a photoshopped smudge in the bottom right doesn’t look too appealing. FYI, part of his hand seems to be missing. The lady looks fine in comparison.


2. Infinity by Sedona Venez
We have a wolf, pink high heels, a microphone, a spotlight, a raven and a guy with no face but odd muscles. There is so much going on and none of it ties together.

Wicked Chances

3. Wicked Chances by Sylvia Hubbard
His moobs are bigger than her boobs and there is distinct cupping action happening. He’s all like ‘what?’ and she’s all like ‘hmm’.

A Mischief in the Woodwork

4. A Mischief in the Woodwork by Harper Alexander
This would be a great cover if the disparate elements in the background were taken out and a more legible font was used. The girl’s dress into the brick wall is cool but it gets lost in all the ick.

Postwar Dinosaur Blues

5. Postwar Dinosaur Blues by Darrell Bain
The small dinosaur is in love with the big plane. I don’t honestly know what else to say.

Scariest (as in creepy) Book Covers

Anna Dressed in Blood

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Let’s face it, we have a small girl with blood on her dress and legs, facing a creepy house and everything in monochrome apart from red petals. I’m surprised they went for subtlety and left out the gash on Anna’s throat.

The Replacement

2. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
I’ve heard of the Sword of Damocles but this is just ridiculous. The only thing creepier would be if a hand was reaching up out of the pram.

My Soul to Take

3. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
At first glance this book cover didn’t seem that scary but then I looked closer. The model is simply terrified by the fact that “Twilight fans will love it”. Does anyone else feel like giving her a cup of camomile to calm her down?


4. Annabelle by Ruby Jean Jensen
A porcelain doll hanging from a noose has to be scary in anyone’s books. The fact that the doll has a half smile on her face creeped me out even more.

Flesh Eaters

5. Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney
I’m going to look at pictures of cute bunnies and kittens before I go to bed so I don’t have nightmares. I genuinely find this one scary.

So what do you think? Any covers that freak you out?


38 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Scariest Book Covers

  1. Hahah I love that you did scarily bad. SO agree with you on all those!!

    UM never heard of that Annabelle book but CREEPY DOLLS SCARE ME SO MUCH. There was this doll that my mom had as a child (that maybe her mom had) that was in our house in the guest room and back when my husband and I were dating we would sleep in there (my bed was super teeny) and THAT DOLL would seriously freak me out. I had to hide it and even doing that I still kept imagining scenarios where it came to life. lol SORRY FOR THE STORY. But thank God I am not living in the same house as that thing anymore!
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    • I know and that’s what is so unfortunate. I’m very superficial and will grasp books with cool covers first before checking out the blurbs on ones with bad covers.

  2. Oh lord the scariest as in bad made me giggle snort, and the cover with the porcelain doll -creepy. My niece wrote out her Christmas list for Santa already and # one on her list was books which made me deliriously happy but number #3 was, “for the porcelain doll in the guest room to be put in the closet, door shut and never opened again”
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    • Don’t blame her one iota although if it were me, I’d be afraid that the doll might be plotting something and trying to lull me into a false sense of security 🙂

  3. Ellie

    Annabelle looks pretty creepy, I don’t what it is about dolls in old dresses *shiver*
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  4. Yup, those first ones are pretty bad. I have one to add, though I don’t know if it counts anymore. On, the original cover for Under the Never Sky is still posted. It’s really terrible. They have a new, better cover for it, and have for a while, but for some reason no one’s changed it on goodreads. Anyway, great list! 😀 Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
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  5. So, the first thing I thought of when I saw the cover of Gringa was that it looked so much like the wedding night scene of Daenerys and Drogo on the TV version of Game of Thrones.

    And I don’t know what’s going on on that Annabelle cover, but that is majorly creepy.

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    • The author seems to have quite a collection of them. I can handle the expression but the oily abs with tats is what really turns me off.

  6. OMG, I love your picks! That one, GRINGA, is so cringe-inducing it’s amazing. Ahahahahahahaha. BEST LIST EVER. #awesome

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