long hard rainhanging in the willowstender new leaves

ancestorsthe wild plumblooms again

moving into the sunthe pony takes with himsome mountain shadow

Wytches #2, Jock. Scott Snyder’s Wytches is a frightening series, brutal and ecstatic in its style. This cover by Jock embodies the displaced, disorienting fright the comics promise, with a winsome dash of body horror to boot. It’s that sort of debasing terror that makes Wytches stand apart from similar stories.

One can ask: "what is still to be seen"

on all four sidesof the long gone shack

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home-grown lettucethe taste of well-watergreen

eyes in secret placesdeep in the purple middleof an iris

Sleep of Reason horror anthology, cover by Michael DeForge. Michael DeForge makes scary things. Michael DeForge gives me nightmares. What is that pink, veined stuffed elk monster? Is it the fallen steed of the naked green ghoul creature obviously fresh off a human liver binge?

a signat the fork in the road"fine dining"

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. You all remember this one, right? Some of the stories were sort of scary, sure, but what made them scarier was the pipe-smoking, clown-nosed, hill skull turning its crooked eye towards any child unlucky enough to see this book sitting on a shelf in the library.

moon setnow it's right – how it fitsHalf Moon Bay

Rosemary’s Baby, by Ira Levin. This is one of those late ’70s horror covers I can’t help but adore. I couldn’t track down the artist, but it was my favorite of the many editions that followed the original 1967 release. The subtle setting afire of the cross ties in directly to the quiet evil on display in this book, taking the form of a child whose understated malevolence grows as the story progresses.

spring rainthe willow stringsraindrops

Piercing, Ryu Murakami. OK, I’m pretty sure the image of a frightened rabbit about to be pierced by a horrific stabbing instrument can speak for itself. Try getting this one out of your brain.

winter coldfinding on a beachan open knife

Locke & Key: Clockworks #2. Though it was difficult to choose a Locke and Key cover for this list, being that Gabriel Rodriguez does not lack for scare factor and artistic acumen, this issue in particular really does the trick. Maybe because it’s not just a frightening image, but a heartbreaking one, in which a traumatized aspect of a central character’s personality is (quite literally) being tortured by what she fears most.

A standing prick has no conscience. -- English Proverb

It, by Stephen King. The cover of this iconic King novel may not be as grotesque as some of the other picks. But like the novel itself, it conjures the truly terrifying apparition brought to life within, a nightmare beast that feasts on the imagination (and bodies) of children. This image alone of the claw reaching up from the sewers as little Georgie’s paper boat approaches made me avoid sewer drains in my neighborhood until I turned 17. For real.