Growing up, bedtime meant two things: Turning on my night light. And turning all the scary book covers away from me. After making this list, I’m afraid that routine might be back for good. Here are ten terrifying horror book covers.

What's lurking behind the glass? Something terrifying, I'm sure.
What’s lurking behind the glass? Something terrifying, I’m sure.
Photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash.

Children to the Slaughter – Terrifying Book Cover #1

Your first terrifying horror book cover. You're welcome.
Your first terrifying horror book cover. You’re welcome.
Photo from Amazon.

Is this wide-eyed stare going to haunt me in my dreams tonight? Most definitely.

Need something else to fuel your nightmares? Your next horror book cover is coming right up!

The Horror! The Horror!Terrifying Book Cover #2

Your second terrifying horror book cover. You're welcome.
Your second terrifying horror book cover. The pleasure is mine.
Photo from Amazon.

The Horror” is right. This book cover is absolutely terrifying and I would like to scrub it from my retinas pronto.

Don’t ScreamTerrifying Book Cover #3

Your third terrifying horror book cover. Got a barf bag?
Your third terrifying horror book cover. Got a barf bag?
Photo from Amazon.

Funny. Screaming is the only thing I want to do right now.

Dark HallsTerrifying Book Cover #4

Your fourth terrifying horror book cover. I'm shaking, too.
Your fourth terrifying horror book cover. I’m shaking, too.
Photo from Amazon.

Get those chompers away from me. Please.

The Valancourt Book of Horror StoriesTerrifying Book Cover # 5

Your fifth terrifying horror book cover. Losing your head, yet?
Your fifth terrifying horror book cover. Losing your head, yet?
Photo from Amazon.

Don’t mind me, just searching for some batteries for my nightlight.

The Dark Horse Book of HorrorTerrifying Book Cover # 6

Your sixth terrifying horror book cover. That dude is pretty much me, now.
Your sixth terrifying horror book cover. That dude is pretty much me, now.
Photo from Amazon.

A skeleton clawing at my face? Yeah. No, thanks. I’ll pass.

Cold LakeTerrifying Book Cover # 7

Your seventh terrifying horror book cover. Got a life-jacket?
Your seventh terrifying horror book cover. Got a life-jacket?
Photo from Amazon.

Submerged in chilling waters with lord knows what lurking beneath? You better start swimming. Fast.

The ReddeningTerrifying Book Cover # 8

Your eighth terrifying horror book cover. Run away? Sure thing!
Your eighth terrifying horror book cover. Run away? Sure thing!
Photo from Amazon.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to lose a staring contest with this thing.

Carrion ComfortTerrifying Book Cover # 9

Your ninth terrifying horror book cover.
Your ninth terrifying horror book cover. Scared speechless? I am.
Photo from Amazon.

There’s something eerie about this one. Lingering.

The Wasp FactoryTerrifying Book Cover # 10

Your tenth terrifying horror book cover. Get your insect spray ready
Your tenth terrifying horror book cover. Get your insect spray ready.
Photo from Amazon.

I’m a simple human: I see wasps, and I run away like an Olympic athlete on Red Bull.


If you’re hiding in the comments, let me know which cover scared you the most!