They do seem to be gaining popularity in fantasy books though as a paranormal creature. They also seem to be on a surprising number of book covers. I thought this would be a hard topic, but it turned out to be rather easy.
I don't really have a whole lot to say about gargoyles though? So here are the covers!
Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted at Sugar & Snark. This week’s topic is:
Books Covers featuring Gargoyles
Four Roads Cross by Max Gladstone
Ok I’m not 100% sure that’s a gargoyle, but it appears to possibly be made of stone, and it’s got the weird face and wings, so I’m going with it.
The Spellmason Chronicles by Anton Strout
I really like the way the gargoyle looks in these, part man but still part stone.
Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
This is a fun, graphic-y cover.
Gargoyle Knight by William Massa
This one is interesting with how it shows the two sides of his face.
Briarcliff by Lorraine Beaumont
He looks so menacing but also so attractive, which I’m pretty sure is the point since it’s a paranormal romance. I also just love his wings.
Black on Black by J.C. Andrijeski
This one is attention-getting because it’s so bright, and it gives me a mysterious vibe.
Entwined Realms Series by Danielle Monsch
I know this is similar to the other one above, but I couldn’t choose between the two. I like the human-gargoyle crossover, and I especially like that he’s got the city and the moon behind him while crouching on a ledge, like a true gargoyle statue.
Vampires: The World of Shadows Illustrated by Various Authors
This one is true artwork, and it’s beautiful!
Spellfinder by Carmen Caine
I like this one for how kick-butt, urban fantasy it looks.
Of Shadow and Stone by Michelle Muto
This one is just a really gorgeous image. With the statues roaring and the girl’s hair blowing back, they looks so formidable, and then you have the contrast with the moon and the awesome font. I just love it.
And One That Cracked Me Up…
I also just wanted to share this one because when I was a kid, I read a lot of those Animal Ark books, and they all had titles like Kittens in the Kitchen, Pony on the Porch, Puppies in the Pantry, etc. So when I saw Gargoyles in the Attic, the first thing I thought of was how much more interesting my childhood would have been if this had been one of the books in that series :-P