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Eight Spooky Books With Fantastic Covers

Eight Spooky Book Covers

Hello friends! We’ve been having so much fun here with our Spooky October posts and we hope you have been too. 🧡 We’re so-so pleased to present you with our second guest posters of the month, Caro from Book Cheshirecat. Not only is Caro one of our favorite bloggers, but she is also one of the nicest bloggers out there, so it was no question that we wanted her to guest-post for us. We’re really happy she accepted our invite and can’t wait for you all to read her post.

My Favorite Spooky Book Covers
by Caro @ Book Cheshirecat

Hello fellow bookworms 👻 I’m so honored that Vera and Sabrina invited me to do a Guest Post for their Spooky October post series ~ Thank you!! 🧡 I’m a big lover of Halloween and spooky books, so of course, I immediately had a post in mind! Today I want to introduce you to my 8 favorite spooky/creepy book covers ~ both from books I have read and loved as well as books still on my TBR. I know we all do judge our books a little by their covers and there’s nothing better than a spooky book with the perfect sinister cover to match 👀


 Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendra Blake)

I do love a classic spooky ghost cover!! I find that the grey/red color scheme works so well here to illustrate Anna (the black-haired ghost) and especially highlights the blood on her gown (which gives the book its title!). Plus you can see the haunted house as well! Anna Dressed in Blood is one of my favorite spooky stories about a ghost hunter and the vengeful ghost of a young girl he encounters! It also gives off major Supernatural vibes with the ghost hunting and scary vibes. 👻

Small Spaces (Katerine Arden) 

➽ This is the first book in a MG Horror series and by far my favorite out of the covers! The branches coming together to form the title and the spooky scarecrow in the foreground are such a clever design! I also l the pink/purple background with even more scarecrows and the school bus in between ~ it fits the story so well and has such a sinister vibe! Small Spaces is about an unlikely trio of kids on a school trip trying to escape evil scarecrows and dark magic! Each book in the series is themed around a season and the first one is dedicated to autumn!

The Wicked Deep (Shea Ernshaw) 

➽ The cover isn’t that spooky but perfectly atmospheric just like the book! I love the little illustrations of the thin branches, the moon, the raven, and the pentagram on the deep blue background, they give off major Hocus Pocus vibes! The Wicked Deep can be compared to Hocus Pocus, as it’s also based on a legend of three witch sisters being killed and coming back to haunt the town. There are magic, mystery, and twists, which is why I loved this book so much!

The Call (Peadar O’Guilin)

➽ There are several covers for this book and this is by far the spookiest ~ which is why I’m sad it’s not the edition I own. I LOVE the tree coming to form a hand that tries to grab the main character with the villain waiting below. Plus, the dark-green color scheme is gorgeous! The Call is one of my underrated favorites and about an apocalyptic Ireland in which teens get Called to the Fairy Lands where a brutal fate awaits them ~ unless they can manage to survive! Only 1 in 10 teens make it out alive and I loved the survivalist thems as well as the fantastic tension of the book!


The Girls Are Never Gone (Sarah Glenn Marsh) 

➽ Just looking at this cover is giving me CHILLS! The monstrous, ashen hand with long, sharp fingernails coming out of the water creeped me out from the moment this cover was revealed! The Girls Are Never Gone is about a young girl running a paranormal investigation podcast who gets involved with a mystery and potentially a ghost residing in a lake! This sounds super intriguing, especially the podcast element, so I’m looking forward to reading this!

The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass)

➽ I LOVE the composition of this cover, the main character wide-eyed and afraid in the middle and the ghostly hands reaching for him in the background is so chilling! I also love the white/greenish color of the ghost and title font. The Taking of Jake Livingston is one of my most anticipated releases and about a boy who can see ghosts. Usually, this works out fine, until he encounters a vengeful ghost intend on making his life hell …

Hide and Don’t Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories (Anica Mrose Rissi) 

➽ I saw that Destiny @ howlinglibraries liked this MG horror anthology and I definitely want to try it out for spooks! The cover is already brilliant: the dark monstrous figure climbing out of the (previously) locked trunk which seems to stand in a dark attic and the lettering all come together so well! I’m already spooked by the cover alone and I cannot wait to read the stories it contains! I don’t normally read Anthologies, but I’m ready to give this a try!

Thirteens (Kate Alice Marshall)

➽ Everything about this cover is perfect to me! I love the different colors involved and the illustration of the girls in the middle so much! The sinister background just makes it even more spooky. I love Kate Alice Marshall’s YA horror/mystery books and I’m excited to read some of her MG Horror! Thirteens is about three girls whose birthday is on Halloween and who keep seeing bad omens that no one else seems to notice 👀

Let’s chat!

Have you read any of the books Caro featured on her list? Did they live up to how fantastic their covers are? Have you ever been tempted to read a book because you loved it (spooky) cover?

15 thoughts on “Eight Spooky Books With Fantastic Covers

  1. The moment I saw Caro’s name, I knew Small Spaces was going to be on the list. 😁 I adore the series’ covers!
    Wow, I saw The Girls are Never Gone’s cover a couple of times but I saw something entirely different in it. 😅 But now I see why it’s creepy.
    I love The Taking of Jake Livingston’s cover, but I don’t know if I’d enjoy the book, so I’m looking forward to your review!
    Great post! 🥰

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    1. Glad to hear that you associate Small Spaces with me 🥺 ❤ The covers and books are SO good + perfect for Halloween 🎃 I was so creeped out by The Girls are Never Gone cover when I noticed the dead hand in the water 😱

      I’m currently reading The Taking of Jake Livingston, though I’m not sure what to think yet! Thank you so much, Morgan 🥰

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  2. Caro!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post with us on Wordy and Whimsical!! ❤
    This is such a creative idea, and I love the covers you chose! Anna Dressed in Blood is the only one I have read, but I remember really enjoying it! And you’re so right that it “gives off major Supernatural vibes”!
    I had never noticed the scarecrow on the cover of Small Spaces before you pointed it out and it’s so creepy :O
    I’ve never heard of The Call before, but it sounds so intriguing, and I am definitely going to have to read it one day!

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    1. Thank you so much for having me, Sabrina! 💕 I recently reread Anna Dressed in Blood and I still love it so much! The Supernatural vibes are so strong and I just love the whole ghost hunting idea, it’s always so much fun! 👻 I love the Small Spaces cover and the creepy scarecrow also fits perfectly within the story 👀 The Call is such a hidden gem! It’s so creepy and original!

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