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Book Covers That Creep Me Out

October 31, 2017

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I can’t even believe that I’m only ONE month away from finishing the school year, but I honestly couldn’t be happier about it. By the end of next month I’ll be done and gone! I promise that I will be able to blog and read a lot, but for now I’m going on a mini hiatus because I have TOO MUCH studying to do because of final exams.

Top Ten Tuesday is about the only thing that I will be posting, so I deeply apologize. I promise it will be reverted very soon! 

 

Anyway, this week’s topic for TTT, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is a Halloween Freebie! And, see, here’s a short story that I’d like to tell you; We were supposed to come up with our own Halloween Idea for today, a freebie that is related with the spooky season! I absolutely missed that this was happening and actually believed that today’s topic was Book Covers That Creep Us Out. I checked the Top Ten Tuesday website and this is not even a prompt for any day of this month! 

 

-October 31: Halloween Freebie-??

 

The confusing part is that I truthfully remember reading that this was the next topic and jotting it down on my notebook to write the post later on. 

I wrote the entire thing, I found the covers and had SO much fun doing it, but always thinking it was the actual topic. I cannot understand yet WHERE on Earth I saw this topic and why I got confused! I swear that I saw this was today’s topic somewhere, but I cannot find the source anywhere!

 

HOWEVER, never I mind because this week is a Freebie! So I actually can do this topic! I would have liked to have written a much more interesting post for such a fantastic celebration and festivity, but this inconvenience has prevented me from doing it. As I’m writing this intro and update, it is currently 10:30 PM on Monday, which means that this has to go up on Tuesday, and I jUST figured out my mistake. I have no time to re-write anything, so I’ve decided to stick with this post. It is still a fabulous post that I loved to do, but I would have liked to have written something better for October 31st, especially since TTT fell right on this date this year!

 

Oh well, I hope you really enjoy this post and have fun staring as some creepy covers!

 

Book Covers That Creep Me Out

-IT by Stephen King

 

Synopsis: To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

 

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

 

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

 

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

This might be the only book I know something about. I know there is a clown that abduct children and that he was based on a real person… I think. Either way, this particular cover REALLY creeps me out. Clowns put me on edge already, but this story sounds like an actual nightmare. I wanted to go watch the movie with some of my friends, but the plan crumbled for some reasons and we ended up watching Kingsman (it was fabulous) with half of the people that had planned to go.

 

I don’t know if I would be able to watch it or withstand not closing my eyes during the entire thing. That wicked smile on the cover makes me think of really terrible things, and I absolutely would not want to pick this book (yet, at least).

Stephen King is an amazing writer, and I am super intrigued about many of his books. They all sound really interesting, and I am planning on reading something by him soon, but it will be a while until I get to IT.

The movie poster is also very creepy,!

 

-The Vivisector by Patrick White

 

Synopsis: Hurtle Duffield, a painter, coldly dissects the weaknesses of any and all who enter his circle. His sister's deformity, a grocer's moonlight indiscretion, the passionate illusions of the women who love him-all are used as fodder for his art. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience.

 

OMG, I cannot help but flinch every time I see this image! IT’S SO TERRIFYING. The title, also… This entire book cover already says so much about what the book will be about. This is one I know NOTHING about because I haven’t read the synopsis yet, but Vivisector does not sound appealing. **SHRIEKS** Ahhj I really despise this thing!

 

-Stung by Bethany Wiggins

 

Synopsis: There is no cure for being stung.

 

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she awakens, her world no longer exists. Her house is abandoned and broken. Her neighborhood is barren and dead. And there is a tattoo on her right hand. A tattoo Fiona doesn’t remember getting…but somehow she must conceal at any cost. Because humanity has been divided.

 

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded, while a select few live protected inside a fortresslike wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

 

And Fiona has awoken branded, on the wrong side of the wall, and…normal.

 

From the author of Shifting comes this remarkable reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where the sting of a bee, rather than the prick of a needle, can destroy the world.

I think that horror and thriller covers do a great job of conveying information about the storyline with their book covers. I will have to verify my hypothesis by reading the summary, but by looking at this cover I get a good idea of what’s the deal with STUNG. 

 

It’s probably about an insect that stings and spreads a contagious or terrible disease. I don’t like needles at all, so there’s no wonder why this book cover creeps me out. What the story seems to be like is terrifying, but I’m assuming that the insect with a needle is a metaphoric way of explaining the book. However, its literal meaning also scares me. What if there were insects with needle tails that fly around injecting stuff into your bodies?

Maybe this book is about the cover’s literal meaning. We should find out with the synopsis.

 

-Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 

Synopsis: The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....

 

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. 

 

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. 

 

Only it's different. 

 

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. 

 

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. 

I watched the movie when I was little, and if you asked me what is one screen picture that scares the crap out of you, CORALINE comes to my mind on a flash. Neil Gaiman’s book is another one on this list I know what it is about.

Buttons, parallel worlds, fake moms… ALL OF THESE CREEPS ME OUT. There is not ONE story int he world that I consider to be more wicked, nefarious and insane. Gaiman is out of his mind. 

 

Unlike most of the books on this list, I think that I want to read this book at some point. It has to do with overcoming the enormous FEAR I felt when I watched the movie. 

It made me appreciate my parents (especially my mother) a lot. 

 

-Goosebumps Night of the Living Dummy by R.L. Stine

 

Synopsis: When twins Lindy and Kris find a ventriloquist's dummy in a Dumpster, Lindy decides to "rescue" it, and she names it Slappy. But Kris is green with envy. It's not fair.

 

Why does Lindy get to have all the fun and all the attention? Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She'll show Lindy. Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things. It can't be the dummy causing all the trouble, Can it?

I never read a SINGLE Goosebumps book, or I don’t remember to have done so. I read some terror and mystery, kid novels when I was little, but at that time I didn’t read many english books at all. So they were all books written by Spanish or Argentinian authors. I really loved them at the time, but I never read Goosebumps.

 

This cover, however, is CREEPY. Most of the Goosebumps cover are really scary, considering they are for kids. I don’t know how those children are able to get through so many of these stories! They are certainly stronger than I am now. I also read horror books as a little person, so maybe children are more immune to scary stuff than older people are. I don’t know. 

 

-Splintered by A.G. Howard

 

Synopsis: Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

 

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

 

There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

I think this is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, but this cover makes me think the main character is actually mad. It’s creepy to me and I wouldn’t want to read about a crazy heroine. I cannot actually account whether this is true (and it probably isn’t) because, again, I have read NOT ONE of the synopsises for these books. So I don’t know. 

 

But Wonderland is definitely a mad place, so Splintered must have to do with something like that. FUNFACT: The Dinsey, children’s movie of Alice in Wonderland CREEPED ME OUT as well. I never have and never will find it cute in any way. Watching it was like a nightmare, but I still wanted to go through that rush of adrenaline when they were streaming it on T.V. Basically, I tortured myself every time.

If there’s a movie with GREAT artwork and cartoons, it is Alice in Wonderland. All the madness of the Queen of Hearts. the Mad Hatter, The Smiling Cat, EVERYBODY was portrayed flawlessly. It creeped me out just as much.

 

-Der Patient (The Analyst) by John Katzenbach

 

Synopsis: 'Happy fifty-third birthday, Doctor. Welcome to the first day of your death. You ruined my life. And now I fully intend to ruin yours.

 

'You have exactly one fortnight, starting tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., to discover who I am. When you succeed you must purchase one of those tiny ads at the bottom of the New York Times front page, and print my name there.

 

'If you do not succeed, then . . . you will take note that the second sheet of this letter contains the names of fifty-two of your relatives. If you are unable to purchase the ad as described, then you will have this choice: kill yourself immediately or I will destroy one of these innocent people.'

 

Until the moment he opens the letter, New York psychologist Dr Frederick Starks has led a quiet and, so he believes, blameless life. He has no idea why he's being judged by this unknown tormentor a former patient - who then lethally begins to demonstrate the potential of his, or her, threats. As the layers of Starks's carefully constructed life are stripped from him, he quickly finds himself a powerless pawn in a psychopath's devious game of vengeance.

I must have a thing with eyes. I usually believe that a person’s eyes and their stare says a lot about their personality. Calm, sweet eyes make me feel comfortable, so the opposite of a pleasing stare, such as this one, scares me. I feel empathetic for this person who is probably SO freaked out, and I don’t like the feeling.

 

-Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

 

Synopsis: As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

 

Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past -- until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone -- it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls every year after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

 

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

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Forests have always frightened me, especially at night. Devilsih faces such as this one + a villanous forest DON’T combine nicely. THAT SMILE, tho!

 

-Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

 

Synopsis: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

 

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.

I read Three Dark Crowns by this author and LOVED it. This is why I want to read this other book by her as well. My library has it, so I can take it out anytime. When I read it, I’ll be making a brave effort because blood creeps me out and the main character doesn’t seem very nice.

I was literally petrified by the children’s movie Monster House, so I’ve never been fond of uninhabited mansions…

That is it for today, guys! I hope you enjoyed my selection of CREEPY YA covers! Honestly, I had so much fun. I discovered a lot about my fears, and I truthfully wouldn’t want to read many of the books on this list… Happy Halloween to ALL OF YOU! Leave a link to your TTT if you want to, I’d love to read your posts!

 

PS: I just finished reading all of the synopsis after writing this post blind and only basing myself on the covers… Holy God, they’re all incredibly interesting reads! I have to read them all!

 

 

 

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