Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coffee & Breeze Talks Creepy Covers

With Halloween coming up next week, Carole and I are chatting about our favorite creepy book covers.  There are some really scary ones out there!
Carole: I like this new one for Carrie, for instance.  I feel like if I touch it, I’ll come away with stained fingers.  What more can you ask from a good old-fashioned horror story than a cover that bloodies you body and soul? 

Louise: Pretty icky! Okay, what about eerie clowns? Those guys are enough to make me swear off the circus forever. Surely the stuff of many a childhood nightmare! Leave it to Mr. King to scare the bejesus out of us.

 Carole: One of my all time favorites is not only scary, but clever to boot.  I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  It’s a truly unique and unsettling story and I’m anxious to read Hollow City, the next book in the series.  I’m gaga over Ransom Riggs’ use of old Victorian photos (delightfully weird, one and all) and I love the way he weaves these eerie images into his plot.  The photograph of the floating girl on the cover, the childish, vintage style of the title font, it’s magic!  I only wish I would have thought of it first.
Louise: That's one of my faves, too. And speaking of wishing...I always wished I had been the one to pen this epic thriller that completely changed the way millions of people look at the ocean. Yep. that's right...#JAWS. Do NOT go in the water. Just don't.
 Carole: Truman Capote’s masterpiece In Cold Blood has had many heart-stopping covers over the years, but I think this Penguin cover might be one of the most chilling yet.   The mix of real photography from the era in which the murder takes place combined with this particular back jacket quote just really creeps me out.  I read this book in seventh grade and it’s always stuck with me.

Louise: Very sinister indeed! I find the gory ones to be disturbing on a visceral level. Like this bad boy right here...the eyeball is particularly disturbing. Ugh.
Carole: How about this one by Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black?  I love me a good ‘ole disturbing doll head.  This cover is pretty, haunting, and it makes me decidedly uneasy.  Would I leave it lying face up on my nightstand?  Oh hell no. 
Louise: Yikes! She looks like the type that would call your name from porcelain lips that don't move!

Well, gang. It's been fun sharing our favorite creepy covers with y'all. Feel free to comment with some of your own faves. Don't forget - your reply will win you a #FREE ebook!!

1 comment:

  1. These are fantastic! 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Retold by, Alvin Schwartz & Illustrated by Stephen Gammell has a spooky cover & art throughout. And it's for children!