The Creepiest Book Covers

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Happy birthday weekend to author R. L. Stine, whose Goosebumps series remains the stuff of our Halloween-loving dreams. His book covers equally scared, amused, and thrilled us as young readers — and not much has changed. Stine’s spooky formula is a hard combination to beat, but there are other creepy book covers that deserve mention when it comes to the scariest designs in the world of books. Here are just a few. Feel free to share your personal favorites on Twitter and Facebook.

R.L. Stine, Night of the Living Dummy

Stephen King, Night Shift

Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist

Peter Benchley, Jaws

Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Dare Wright, Edith & Big Bad Bill

Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (and the entire series of Scary Stories books illustrated by Stephen Gammell)

Patrick White, The Vivisector

Peter Straub, Julia

Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby

Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror

Chuck Palahniuk, Haunted

Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Clive Barker, Cabal