The 25 creepiest book covers ever

Nice, colourful book covers are all very well, but it's much more fun to do something dark, disturbing and distinctly creepy.

We've found 25 book covers that are ever-so-slightly sinister and unsettling. Some of them are obviously strange, others require a little more attention before that sense of unease starts to drift across you.

And all this before you even start reading; you'll be a mess by the end of the book.

  • The Vivisector

    The Vivisector

    Author: Patrick White Year: 1970 More details

    The Vivisector

    The Vivisector

    Author: Patrick White

    Year: 1970

  • The Replacement

    The Replacement

    Author: Brenna Yovanoff Year: 2011 More details

    The Replacement

    The Replacement

    Author: Brenna Yovanoff

    Year: 2011

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    Author: Bram Stoker Year: 1897 More details

    Dracula

    Dracula

    Author: Bram Stoker

    Year: 1897

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    Author: Bret Easton Ellis Year: 1991 More details

    American Psycho

    American Psycho

    Author: Bret Easton Ellis

    Year: 1991

  • The Brief History Of The Dead

    The Brief History Of The Dead

    Author: Kevin Brockmeier Year: 2006 More details

    The Brief History Of The Dead

    The Brief History Of The Dead

    Author: Kevin Brockmeier

    Year: 2006

  • The Millstone

    The Millstone

    Author: Margaret Drabble Year: 1965 More details

    The Millstone

    The Millstone

    Author: Margaret Drabble

    Year: 1965

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    Author: Stephen King Year: 1974 More details

    Carrie

    Carrie

    Author: Stephen King

    Year: 1974

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Author: William Peter Blatty Year: 1971 More details

    The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    Author: William Peter Blatty

    Year: 1971

  • Haunted

    Haunted

    Author: Chuck Palahniuk Year: 2005 More details

    Haunted

    Haunted

    Author: Chuck Palahniuk

    Year: 2005

  • Pick Your Victim

    Pick Your Victim

    Author: Pat McGerr Year: 1946 More details

    Pick Your Victim

    Pick Your Victim

    Author: Pat McGerr

    Year: 1946

  • The Fall of the House of Usher

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    Author: Edgar Allan Poe Year: 1839 More details

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    Author: Edgar Allan Poe

    Year: 1839

  • A Wolf at the Table

    A Wolf at the Table

    Author: Augusten Burroughs Year: 2008 More details

    A Wolf at the Table

    A Wolf at the Table

    Author: Augusten Burroughs

    Year: 2008

  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Year: 1866 More details

    Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Year: 1866

  • Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

    Goosebumps: Night of the Li…

    Author: R.L. Stine Year: 1993 More details

    Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

    Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

    Author: R.L. Stine

    Year: 1993

  • Ubik

    Ubik

    Author: Philip K. Dick Year: 1969 More details

    Ubik

    Ubik

    Author: Philip K. Dick

    Year: 1969

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for P…

    Author: Ransom Riggs Year: 2011 More details

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Author: Ransom Riggs

    Year: 2011

  • The House of Dead Maids

    The House of Dead Maids

    Author: Clare B. Dunkle Year: 2010 More details

    The House of Dead Maids

    The House of Dead Maids

    Author: Clare B. Dunkle

    Year: 2010

  • 1984

    1984

    Author: George Orwell Year: 1949 More details

    1984

    1984

    Author: George Orwell

    Year: 1949

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    Author: Peter Benchley Year: 1974 More details

    Jaws

    Jaws

    Author: Peter Benchley

    Year: 1974

  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

    Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith Year: 2009 More details

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

    Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

    Year: 2009

  • Sleepless

    Sleepless

    Author: Thomas Fahy Year: 2010 More details

    Sleepless

    Sleepless

    Author: Thomas Fahy

    Year: 2010

  • They Thirst

    They Thirst

    Author: Robert R. McCammon Year: 1981 More details

    They Thirst

    They Thirst

    Author: Robert R. McCammon

    Year: 1981

  • Black Eyed Children

    Black Eyed Children

    Author: David Weatherly Year: 2012 More details

    Black Eyed Children

    Black Eyed Children

    Author: David Weatherly

    Year: 2012

  • Edith & Big Bad Bill

    Edith & Big Bad Bill

    Author: Dare Wright Year: 1968 More details

    Edith & Big Bad Bill

    Edith & Big Bad Bill

    Author: Dare Wright

    Year: 1968

  • The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    The Girl Who Was Supposed t…

    Author: April Henry Year: 2013 More details

    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    Author: April Henry

    Year: 2013

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