In honor of spooky season, I decided to gather up some book covers with skeletons! If you regularly follow my blog, you may have seen a lot of these already, since I’m using a bunch of books I’ve read and a couple that I’ve used in other cover posts, like this Halloween Book Covers Tag, but there are a few new ones as well.
There are lots of hand bones and skulls, but also a few full skeletons. I even put in the effort to find a sensual skeleton for you all 😛
Anyone know of this book, I think it's horror, maybe an anthology, and I think there's a guy kind of tenderly holding a skeleton on the cover?
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@KitTheNameless) October 4, 2021
I’ll link the cover images to their Amazon US pages so that you can see them bigger if you want or buy them if you’re interested. (Using my affiliate links would help me make a bit of money, at no additional cost to you!)
So many of these are so amazing that I don’t even think I can pick a favorite. My favorites overall are Summer Sons, Harrow the Ninth, and That Dark Infinity. And I’ve always found the Someone to Share My Nightmares cover oddly compelling; he really is holding that skeleton so tenderly. But there is great art and/or eye-catching design on all of these. And there’s something about bones and plants that just go together so well, isn’t there? I mean, four of these covers have gone with that look.
This post is about the covers, buuuut, if you want some reading recs, I have to mention that Summer Sons is a fantastic book and one of my favorites of the year, with its messy queer characters, ghostly mystery, and sexual tension. I’ve also enjoyed Harrow the Ninth (queer sci-fi with necromancers, Gideon the Ninth is the 1st book), The Shotgun Arcana (Weird West with a whole cast of characters, The Six-Gun Tarot is the 1st book), Cadaver & Queen (sort of Frankenstein retelling), and Boys of Alabama (kind of queer coming-of-age literary fiction with a bit of supernatural). Dead Boys wasn’t quite for me, but it was an interesting take on the afterlife, and I haven’t read the other four, though I do really want to try The Seventh Mansion and possibly some of the others.
Let me know your favorite covers here, or if you know of any other great skeleton covers, or if you’ve loved any of these books!