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TTT: Book Covers That Were Scarier Than The Book

This week was a freebie, but it was supposed to be a *Halloween* freebie, and as you all know, I don’t do scary books. Or even, really, Halloween.

I swear, I’m going to just take next October off.

But, in the spirit of the spooky, scary season, I present 10 book covers that are scarier than the books themselves:

10. Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
Even though this is a Stephen King book, it’s a pretty straightforward detective novel. But that cover? Tell me those two guys aren’t serial killers.

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
Look at her. But not too closely or she will steal your damn soul.

8. Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll
I don’t know…something about the black rose, sort of withered, and the scrawl of the review at the top…that scrawl was not written by someone who’s mentally stable, is all I’m saying.

7. Die Again, Tess Gerritson
This girl is about to go on a killing spree.

6. The Racketeer, John Grisham
Don’t blink or he’ll get you.

5. Dr. Knox, Peter Spiegelman
I wasn’t sure which of these skulls was creepier. What do you think?

4. Conspiracy in Death, JD Robb
Nothing to see here. Just an old-fashioned haunted house.

3. Tell No One, Harlan Coben
“Tell No One” is what echoes through the house. And that font. *shudder*

2. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
I mean, it’s a creepy-looking dude holding a skull. I’m out.

1. Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson
So, these robots were taking over the world, which IS kind of scary. But this dude looks like he could be chasing you through the woods.

Bonus Entry: Ok, I didn’t read Robogenesis, so I don’t know how scary it was. But those eyes…let’s just say I won’t be sleeping well tonight.

So, there you have it. Do you have a book cover that you think is scarier than the book? I’ll peek through my fingers at the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

31 thoughts on “TTT: Book Covers That Were Scarier Than The Book

  1. W-o-w, that Robogenesis cover is definitely the creepiest of the lot 🙈 I wish I could unsee those creepy eyes! Lol I totally agree about Miss Peregrine’s and Mr. Mercedes though—I didn’t find those books scary although Miss Peregrine’s cover is definitely spooky! Great list 🙂

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  2. Oh goodness, that is sooo true about Miss Peregrine’s Home. I never read the book thinking it was horror, and then I watched the movie… and I wondered for days at the mismatch. Haha. What a truly innovative spin on Halloween TTT post, this was fun!

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  3. Great take on a Halloween Top Ten. I read Mr. Mercedes and yes, the cover makes it look a lot scarier than the book. I agree all the Miss Peregrine covers are creepy, but the books are not. I read the first three.

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  4. Oh no! Those robots will freak me out completely! I loved Mr Mercedes man and the whole series. You are so right about Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children! I think she can really steal your soul.

    Clever clever post today. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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  5. I always find it disappointing when the cover is scarier than the book. I had this happen to me too a few times. One example was They Wish They Were Us! I thought that would be a good thriller mystery, especially since the description even made it sound like that. What I got was a straight up contemporary read with a mystery happening the background every 100 pages or so.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

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  6. What a fresh idea for a post! I’ve always thought that the illustrations on the cover and in the children’s book, In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz, were much scarier than the text of the book itself. But that’s what kids look at first.

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