Welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish. What is TTT? Each week a topic is posted, and bloggers write their top ten of that topic. Simple, no?
This week’s TTT is all about Halloween! Any topic; favorite horror, scary books for kids, bookish halloween costumes, etc. I decided to post the Top Ten Creepy Covers!
Honestly, there’s not much that scares me (I’m the youngest of 3, older siblings and their friends tormented the fear out of me :P), so the entire horror genre isn’t that ‘scary’. BUT, there are a few exceptions: creepy kids and animatronics. I can’t stand animatronics, or costumes that involve a full body suit.
I did search around for awhile and find what I believe to be the Creepiest Covers. Have one I missed? Add it in the comments or post the link to your own TTT.
The Dreaming Jewels (aka “Synthetic Man”) by Theodore Sturgeon
This kid is abused by his father, gets a few fingers cut off, and takes his creepy jewel-eyed doll with him when he runs away to join a carnival. That’s 3x the creep factor right there, and just look at the doll! Not to mention the lizard-man in the carnival background.
The Worst of Eerie Publications by Mike Howlett (Editor)
I used to find these little comic books of Eerie Publications at flea markets and the like; they’re only around 6-7 pages each and are the comic world’s equivalent to cheesy B-list sci fi movies. But they’re still awesome-sauce for those who enjoy the campiness. A few years back Eerie Publications made this hardcover contemplation, and you’ve got to admit that it has the gore-esque creep factor going for it.
The Doll Who Ate His Mother by Ramsey Campbell
If you missed reading this one, well, all I can say is go back and give it a try. It’s not for everyone, but quite interesting; dead brother, missing arm, a bit of the supernatural thrown in; but let’s talk about that cover. I’ve said it before: Creepy Kids. Creepy baby dolls? It looks like a zombie baby trying to bite with it’s first teeth.
The Vivisector by Patrick White
The Vivisector is a physiological fiction instead of a horror. The main character is an artist that is able to ‘dissect’ things about people close to him, usually things they rather people not know, and use their misfortune as inspiration for his art. The cover, though, makes you think he becomes some kind of phsyco killer using pieces of his victims to create his art; kind of like the skin suit Wild Bill used in “Silence of the Lambs”.
Killer Clown: The John Wayne Gacy Murders by Terry Sullivan
Getting into the True Crime genre, how about that John Wayne Gacy? With all the clowns creeping around I’m sure his name has popped up a few times this year. The true creep factor of this cover is that the clown was REAL. Not a supernatural IT, Killer Klowns from Outer Space clown, but a man that volunteered at hospitals and such.
The Elf on the Shelf by Carol V. Aebersold
I had to save the creepiest for last. Just look at that thing! Its glaring eyes, its stupid little hat, not to mention the freaky pointed toes. That, and the entire reason behind the book is that the little bugger is sent to SPY on you, watching you at all times. Great job there Carol, making an entire generation of paranoid kiddos looking over their shoulder for creepy moving elf dolls.