Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Skulls (2)

 
 

I originally did a post about book covers featuring skulls roughly six months ago when it was the official topic of the week, but I kept finding so many great covers with skulls that I wanted to do it again! And something about a skull on a book cover just seems to automatically make it more interesting ;-) So here are some more awesome and gorgeous book covers for you all to enjoy!

 

 

Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted at Sugar & Snark. I went rogue this week, so my topic is:

Books Covers featuring Skulls

 
Brazen by Kelley Armstrong | reading, books
Charmed by Jen Calonita | reading, books
The Shotgun Arcana by R. S. Belcher | reading, books
Girl Over Paris #3 by Bond, Leth, Doyle, & Dalhouse | reading, books
Dreams of Darkness by Barry James | reading, books
Saint Death by Mike Duran | reading, books
Canyons by Gary Paulsen | reading, books
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | reading, books
Dracula (Spanish) by Bram Stoker | reading, books
 

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

 
Dracula (Spanish) by Bram Stoker | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

Of course I adore the red, black, and white, but it’s also just really pretty and artsy.

 

Darkchylde: The Ariel Child Saga by R. Queen

 
 

This one is just gorgeous, and she looks like such an interesting character!

 

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

 
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

This one looks so elegant.

 

Canyons by Gary Paulsen

 
Canyons by Gary Paulsen | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

This one is simple but attention-grabbing.

 

Saint Death by Mike Duran

 
Saint Death by Mike Duran | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

This one has some really fun art.

 

Mondragoran Chronicles by Barry James

 
Dreams of Darkness by Barry James | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
Realms of Shadow by Barry James | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

I just love the art on both of these, the skulls in the glowy magic look really cool, and he also looks like an interesting character.

 

Girl Over Paris by Gwenda Bond

 
Girl Over Paris #3 by Bond, Leth, Doyle, & Dalhouse | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

The walls made of skulls are a nice, detailed touch!

 

The Shotgun Arcana by R. S. Belcher

 
The Shotgun Arcana by R. S. Belcher | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

This character actually looks kind of terrifying, but it’s a really nice cover, and I love the font too.

 

Fairy Tale Reform School Series by Jen Calonita

 
Charmed by Jen Calonita | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
Flunked by Jen Calonita | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

These are so colorful and pretty and magical!

 

My Favorite:
Brazen by Kelley Armstrong

 
Brazen by Kelley Armstrong | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
Brazen by Kelley Armstrong | reading, books, book covers, cover love, skulls
 

Was there ever a chance I wasn’t going to choose this one as my favorite?! I LOVE the red, white and black, especially since all the colors are so stark and crisp and contrast so well. And it’s just a fantastic cover period with the wolf and the skulls and the blood! Update: It has been brought to my attention that there are two covers for this, so I’m including the human one too since they’re both awesome!

 
 

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  1. Greg

    Ah skulls. Perfect for October. :) My absolute favorite is probably Darlchylde, that one is amazing, although Brazen is avery close second (love the trail of blood). Skulls all over too… The Bone Witch would be next, I’ve loved that cover ever since I first saw it. I kinda like the Charmed and Flunked covers too, they’re fun and whimsical.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Right? October is definitely perfect for a skull post! I love that cover for Darkchylde too. Apparently it’s a also a comic by the same author, but now he’s making this book series version, or something like that. But Brazen is still my favorite! And Charmed and Flunked are definitely fun and whimsical and very attention-grabbing!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’ve kinda just started noticing and collecting book covers since I started doing this meme lol. If I know I have a topic planned, I bookmark any good covers I come across, so I already had ten when I put the post together. I love those covers too! And you’re right, they’re so cheery and bright, and normally skulls are used for dark things!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Right?! It’s the Spanish one, I found it while going through a million different Dracula editions trying to find a good cover for my vampire post lol.

  2. AngelErin

    Wow! You picked some amazing covers for this one! 💀 They are all amazing, but that Dracula one really takes the cake. I love how artsy it is.

  3. Lola

    I usually find skulls on the cover a bit creepy, but they sure make for some great covers as well. Oh I see a Kelley Armstrong book in there ;). I haven’t read that one yet, but I think it might be in one of the short story collections that I own. These novella’s of her that get published with this publisher always have two covers, I think this is the standard one and there’s one with him in human form as the limited edition, with the same colors, but I think the background is black in that one. I once won one of these stories, I think it was Forbidden and the artwork in the book was all white, black and red as well. It was a bit creepy, but did add to atmosphere, I wonder if this one has the artwork as well like that.

    Those fairy tale reform covers look so cute and magical. The character on the shutgun arcana cover does look scary with how he’s holding that skull. Nice picks!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol but the creepiness is part of the fun! Haha, yes, I think of you any time I come across one of her books because I know you love her writing. Huh, that’s strange that they get two covers, but you made me curious so I just looked it up and the human one is awesome too! I’m going to add it to my post. But I still like the wolf one a little better. It’s more striking somehow. And there’s artwork in one of your books? And it’s all white, black, and red? I think I need to read these, haha.

      They are so magical! I really like those a lot too. And I wouldn’t want to run into that guy on the Shotgun Arcana cover, that’s for sure. Thanks!