Top 5 Creepy Book Covers

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Hello and welcome back! After Tuesday’s post about my top 5 Halloween reads, today I’m back with another top 5 list for you guys. This time I’ll show you those five book covers that for some reason completely freak me out. Normally these books wouldn’t be my cup of tea but I found their covers so creepy/appalling that I decided they deserve a place on my blog.

So, here goes. My top five list of the creepiest book covers in no particular order:

Top 5 Creepy Book Covers

  1. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
    This is actually my favourite one – and even though the cover looks quite scary, I love the overall effect. I love the bleak setting and the mysterious clouds in the background – it’s creepy but in a good sense. If I was in a bookshop and saw this book for the very first time, I’d no doubt stop and pick it up to read the back cover.
  2. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
    There’s something about those eyes, the guy’s pale skin and the redness around his eyes that makes this quite simple image pretty disturbing. Even though I don’t think I’d read the book itself, it still looks great. Also, Dust & Decay and Patient Zero (the author’s two other books) look similarly disturbing – but again, in a good way.
  3. They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon
    The eyes. And the mouth. That’s all.
  4. The Howling by Gary Brandner
    I love retro covers like this! I love those scratches on the wall and the fact that you can’t see the woman herself (apart from the fact that she’s screaming).
  5. The Vivisector by Patrick White
    Okay. Now this one is terrifying in a totally bad way. You won’t be able to see the details in the photo above but take a look at the original picture here. It’s just….. disgusting. It’s definitely enough to give me nightmares! Ugh. UGH! *shudders*

What do you think are the creepiest book covers of all time?

29 Responses to “Top 5 Creepy Book Covers”

  1. kit says:

    These are all pretty scary – the eye one is horrible! I was terrified of this book cover when I was a kid: – looking at it now, I know objectively that it’s not that scary, but it still reminds me of when I would hide it in my wardrobe so I didn’t have to look at it!
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  2. Petra says:

    The last one is really disgusting! It reminds me of A Clockwork Orange!
    But the first one is amazing, scary, but amazing! :)
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  3. I agree with the Replacement, I am totally in love with the cover. Another creepy book cover I saw recently is The Mall by S.L. Grey. I don’t know if it’s just my fear of mannequins, but this cover gives me goosebumps.
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  4. Natasha says:

    The Howling definitely raised my goosebumps! Great list.
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  5. Pragya says:

    EW! The Vivisector is really disgusting! I’m currently reading Rot and Ruin.
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  6. I really love the one for The Replacement. Every time I see it it makes me want to read it all the more. I should really pick it up for my Haloween read!

  7. I love the cover for The Replacement, although I don’t think it’s that scary. The rest are so creepy!
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  8. Kar A. says:

    Wow! The last one is really disgusting. I loved the first one. Pretty cool post!

  9. JennRenee says:

    Lots of creepy here. The Replacement is the win for me. a knife mobile is a definitely creepy.
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    • Vicky says:

      Agreed, that’s my favourite one as well. It’s a tiny bit creepy (but definitely not as much as some of the others) but still eye-catching and well done.

  10. Ellie says:

    AAAARGH! I Wish I hadn’t looked at The Vivisector…just wrong. Why would you buy a book that looked like that?! *cowers* ;)
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  11. I love the cover for The Replacement. :D It’s one of my favorites.
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  12. Alexia561 says:

    Very creepy covers! Interesting that three of them feature eyeballs. And I have to say that They Thirst is the creepiest! *shudder*
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  13. Juhina says:

    oh My God!! The Vivisector looks HORRIBLE! I cringe when i see it!! How can you read stuff like this Vik? ill be scared as hell! lol!
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  14. They’re horrible alright! I had the first two in a Top Ten list I did a while ago :)

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  15. Megan Nicole says:

    #5 is very definitely nightmarish!! It kinda makes me want to read it to see what it’s about, but then again I don’t want to read it because of the cover!
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  16. Great post Vicky! These definitely are creepy, I think the last one is the weirdest! My mushy brain can’t think of any right now though, lol! I do love a chilling book but it is so hard to find any good modern ones these days! Any recommendations?? :)
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  17. The Vivisector is the creepiest one for me! It’s making me feel squeamish just looking at it, so I doubt I’ll ever actually read it!
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  18. The Replacement: such a pretty cover! Unfortunately, I didn’t like the inside :p
    The other three are pretty scary, but the last one is… Creepy! Auw, it makes my eyes itch.
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  19. Lauren says:

    Oh wow! They are all soooo creepy. The last one is super gross and creepy. The Replacement cover is really creepy too. I think Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculier Children had a really creepy cover as well! Thanks for sharing.
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  20. Thank you for completely creeping me out! =P

    I would add Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted cover to this list. Quite creepy.
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  21. Ugh! Eye horror, that gets me every time.

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