Creepy Book Cover Designs for Halloween

If you’re a horror book fan, you’re never going to guess who publisher Penguin got to edit and reintroduce book cover designs for six classic terror tales. That’s right, famous filmmaker and horror literature aficionado Guillermo del Toro has given his seal of approval to new Penguin book covers for the likes of “Frankenstein” and “The Raven.”

The Thing on the Doorstep

Book cover design for “The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories”

While the cover art was designed by Penguin art director Paul Buckley, del Toro selected the six titles. If you love to read horror books or simply admire stunning (and sometimes creepy) book cover designs, this series is a must-have for your bookshelf. They also make great fall or Halloween gifts for adults. Ranging from $22–$25, the books went on sale September 24.

The Haunting of Hill House

Book cover design for “The Haunting of Hill House”

The six titles are:

  1. “The Haunting of Hill House”
  2. “The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories”
  3. “The Raven”
  4. “Haunted Castles”
  5. “Frankenstein”
  6. “American Supernatural Tales”

Book cover design for “Frankenstein”

If horror stories aren’t for you, but book cover design is one of your passions, be sure to look out for new additions to the Drop Caps cover series that features illustrations from Jessica Hische.


Famous graphic designers from the aforementioned Jessica Hische to Paula Scher reimage the book cover for notorious tale “Lolita” in “Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl.” Intrigued? Pick up a copy from My Design Shop.

Lolita The Story of a Cover Girl

“Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl” book cover