31 Days of October 31 Horror Book Covers

31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #28

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#28: The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty (Harper Collins, 1971 and beyond)

As a young child, this cover image ruined me. At 4 or 5 years old, I thought it was a real photograph of a real demon, and that if I stared at it too long, it would somehow come and find me. This landmark cover didn’t change much through the 1970s. But most likely, the publisher got too many complaints and obscured the image as you can see from below.

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31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #27

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#27: Weaveworld – Clive Barker (Pocket Books, 1988)

Not sure if this dude on the cover just won the lottery, or got kicked in the nuts…? Despite the questionable cover art, I dig the gold texturing. The novel itself is an epic of horror and fantasy.

Here’s the artwork under the front cover:

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31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #26

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#26 – Dead White – Alan Ryan (Tor, 1983)

An underrated novel that seeps under the skin with its deceptively simple prose. Evil, floating clowns arrive in a ghost caravan to get revenge on a small upstate town.

Check review here.

31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #25

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#25: Life Keeper – Mike McQuay (Bantam, 1984 – cover art by Alan Hashimoto)

In the 1980s Horror Boom, computers went mad and thought they were Gods.

31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #24

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#24: The Nebulon Horror – Hugh B. Cave (Dell, 1980)

Back in the 1980s Horror Boom, every child was possessed, pissed, or eating the souls of their elders.

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Soul Eater – K.W. Jeter (Tor, 1983)

31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #23

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#23: The Color Out of Time – Michael Shea (DAW, 1984)

I couldn’t think of a better cover to celebrate Friday. Electrified hobo with six-pack abs? Ridiculous and wonderful at the same time.

31 Days of Horror Book Covers: #20

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#20: Killer Crabs – Guy N. Smith (Signet, 1979)

Look out, Maryland.

Guy N. Smith was known for his no-nonsense books. Hence this title, and others such as The Sucking Pit and Slime Beast.