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Oct 29

“You have to have a sense of humor, darling, to be alive. Even a bit mad. It helps to be mad.”
Peter Cushing

Welcome readers to a world of fear, pain, man-tigers, wizards, mind bending horror and damsels in distress. Here we have a collection of the scariest covers sent in by our followers, or should I call them… minions! mu HA HA HA HAAAAA!

Anyway, I hope people have a good Halloween weekend and if you are dressing up or at least watching the fabulous 1958 Hammer Horror version of Dracula, I hope you all have a great time.

I see Nicholas Cage is still 'acting'.Click for full image

Libraryman’s Art Direction: Ok, now this is a scary book right? Well, what’s better than skulls? Am I right? I want a big one though, yeah I don’t care that real skulls don’t look that big, what am I an anatomist?? Oh and a crab claw. Gotta have a crab claw.
Published 1987

Not known to many - Toads, a zombies best friend!Click for full image

Neil’s Art Direction: A flooded city burns in the background, they’ll be a rotting head in the water. Nah, thats not enough, lets add something else. A toad maybe.
Published 1993

Horns? No, our race call them crotch gougers. No idea why....MU HAHAHAHAHAHAA!

Graham’s Art Direction: This is a collection of horror stories by a world-famous author, so I really want you to go to town on the cover art. Try and capture the gothic-horror aspect: make the reader feel that these stories could be taking place right now in his own neighborhood. [looks at this quarter’s finances] Ah, never mind, we’ll just send them something from one of those sci-fi books that got canceled.
Published 1976

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.10 out of 10)
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13 Responses to “Scary Halloween Covers”

  1. Weirdmage Says:

    What’s that toad doing to that rotting head’s ear? That’s disturbing…or maybe it’s just me. -But it would explain the look of terror on the skulls face.

  2. Phil Says:

    Poor old Ray. Writes one book with spaceships in 1950, gets tagged with the science fiction label, then finds all his other NON-SF books plastered with irrelevant SFnal covers. At least The Small Assassin actually includes a baby, but it’s nowhere near as green, spiky or androidic as the on in the cover illo.

    Smith and Stchur (how one earth do you pronounce that?) get off lightly, methinks.

  3. SI Says:

    “Death is lust the beginning” ?? ewwww…..ewwwwwwwww

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Actually, the “Small Assassin” cover is recycled from the non-fiction book SKULL CAPS OF THE FUTURE: A Surgeon’s Vision of the Cranial Reconstructions of Tomorrow, by Dr. Eugene Fripp.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Down on the Farm,” is one of my favorite kinds of entries in the horror genre: Titles-That-Wouldn’t-Be-Scary-Without-A-Scary-Font. See also: The Mist.

  6. Dead Stuff With No Toad In His Ear Says:

    @Weirdmage—I’m afraid you’ve “nailed” it, so to speak. I found the toad’s rather blasé look unsettling, until I remembered, that’s how toads look about all aspects of life. Well do I remember a small frog screeching in terror as it was swallowed by a snake, yet no look of terror darted across its eyes…

  7. Kathleen Says:

    I want the next powerpoint presentation I have to see to use the Down on the Farm font

    “OFFICE RULES ON SOCIAL NETWORKING”

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    When the future news headline reads “SARAH PALIN SWORN INTO OFFICE”, it will be in that “Down On the Farm” font…

  9. JustinLeego Says:

    Rotting head is relevant to toad’s interests.

  10. Brian B. Says:

    Toad on rotting frog: “Thus fall all those who oppose Hypno-toad!”

  11. Brian B. Says:

    *Sighs* that is to say “toad on rotting head.” I really shouldn’t post while hung over…

  12. Mark V Thomas Says:

    Re: Down on The Farm…
    Was the Author smoking that farm’s product when writing this work…?
    (Sorry, but I can’t resist making a Fun Boy Three reference/in-joke here…).

  13. GDwarf Says:

    The Plague Chronicles are, I suspect, about the Biblical plagues of ancient Egypt in the modern world, so that guy is trying to swim in an ocean of blood while a frog pesters him in an unnatural darkness and suffering from malnourishment and skin lesions.

    I’m just wondering why they didn’t include the rain of fire and swarms of locusts, or did they think that that would just be too much?

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