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.
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’.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?