Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Thirteen: Horror & Halloween

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a semi-regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

For the thirteenth edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to take a look at the covers of the Horror genre in honour of Halloween’s upcoming arrival on Thursday! With that in mind, I’ve tried to compile some of the spookiest, creepiest, most beautiful and haunting Horror covers I could find. And it was no easy task! The Horror genre is woefully under-represented in novels aimed toward young adults, and the majority of those created for the adult fiction market are hardly what one could consider pleasing to the eye. All that said, I hope those I’ve chosen to highlight are a serviceable selection of some of the best covers the Horror genre has to offer.

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite horror covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

7 responses to “Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Thirteen: Horror & Halloween”

  1. I, Lucifer is such a stunning cover with the two subjects at hand.

    I really like the new cover art for the Penguin Horror series curated by Guillermo del Toro and The Raven is my favorite! This is rather old school, but the cover for Frank Luria’s Lady Sativa is one of my faves: http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n4/n22304.jpg.
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  2. Katie says:

    I love how you grouped these by color – very cool! And black/red seems to be a popular color combo for horror novels. Makes sense, I guess – looks sinister. 😉
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  3. I really like the cover for Perfume and the blue covers in general. Some are super creepy!
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  4. Leanna says:

    Oooh! I love how these are grouped by colour too. I love horror (psychological, not gory!) and I’m always looking for more scary reads! I really like the US cover for Dr. Sleep. We have a different cover over here. When I first say the Miss Peregrine’s cover it really creeped me out!

    One of my fave horror covers is from way back. It’s a cover for Whisper of Death by Christoper Pike and has always really freaked me out! This is the cover: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1554096.Whisper_Of_Death
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  5. I love these! I’ve seen quite a few before, but there’s also a few that are new discoveries to me. The cover for Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is one of my all-time favorites. I was obsessed with Lois Duncan’s books in middle school, so I’ve read Down a Dark Hall, but I’ve never seen that cover! It’s much better than the thrift book editions I’m pretty sure I’ve read. I also really love the cover you found for the edition of Dracula(SUCH deep color!), and the I, Lucifer cover.

  6. Your Judge a Book feature coincides with tomorrow’s TTT post. I see a few that I looked over when choosing my top ten. I can’t read scary books.. they’re just too scary lol. And with those covers? Eep! That Asylum book is probably the creepiest looking to me.
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  7. That cover for Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters makes me laugh every time I look at it!
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