The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher ‘hooks‘ the reader into choosing one book over countless others.
In my thirty-ninth installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature cemeteries on their covers.
Cemeteries lend themselves well to cover art. They are perfect to give an ominous feel to mysteries, thrillers, and horror titles.
And it IS October after all…
Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.
Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!
Reblogged this on Fictionophile and commented:
Since it is Halloween, I thought I’d reblog one of my previous Cover Love posts that I’ve recently updated.
This is a marvelous post! I love cemeteries (and yes, I know it sounds a bit weird…)
Then we are both weird because I love cemeteries too! Thanks for your comment.
I love how moody and atmospheric these covers are! Can I make a cover love suggestion? I feel like I’ve seen a lot of covers recently with people walking up stairs 🤷♀️
Ha-ha Nicole – that one is already compiled for a future part of Cover Love. You wouldn’t believe how many I have found that fit that criteria. Thanks for your comment and your great suggestion.
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These are wonderful, Lynne, especially since I love wandering through historical cemeteries.
I love to do that too Skye. The oldest gravestones have so much character and include interesting quotes and memorabilia, much more so than modern stones.
I agree there is a certain comfort, from the readers perspective, in the first glance of the book cover. The publishers generally make sure they present a picture that conforms with the genre. However looking at your examples I was not convinced with the cover “Out of The Deep I Cry” – Julia Spencer Fleming. The word ‘deep’ and gravestones clashed for me, the distant view of the lake didn’t help and was not clear, plus the red / white colours seemed more dystopian than mysterious / thriller.
I checked on Amazon – it looks like the publishers must have realised and have issued a new cover.
The colours are colder and we have a clear view of the lake from the view point of standing on a jetty. For me the title and picture combination, in this case, had the right effect of drawing me into the story immediately.
Just my humble observations on your great post.
Thanks for your thoughtful comment James. It turns out that you have spotlighted one of my favorite mystery series. I find your comment interesting. I checked my own bookshelves to see which cover I owned. It does indeed have gravestones, but they are nestled in deeper snow in a cemetery overlooking a blue lake under a blue-grey sky. I much prefer my cover.
Thanks for taking an interest in my cover love series.
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