Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Tentacles

 
 

Tentacles is kind of an odd topic for me to choose since I don’t read a whole lot of books that involve tentacles. What kind of books involve tentacles anyway? Books set out at sea? Maybe books about weddings if comedian Demetri Martin were writing them?

I’ve read a few books that had kraken in them, and one of them did in fact take place out at sea. I also read a couple of books in a series that occasionally had some sort of land tentacle creature show up and try to kill everyone.

But anyway! Regardless of my past reading experiences, I started noticing some really awesome covers with tentacles (seriously, I couldn’t even pick one favorite because so many are amazing), so I decided to make a post about it :-)


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

Books Covers featuring Tentacles

 
Dead Shift by John Llewellyn Probert | reading, books
Krakens and Lies by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari H. Sutherland | reading, books
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard | reading, books
Squamous with a Chance of Rain by Alexis Hall | reading, books
Blackout by Tim Curran
The Sailweaver's Son by Jeff Minerd | reading, books
First Watch by Peter Hansen | reading, books
Witch's Curse by Crissy Moss | reading, books+2
Dream Storm Sea by A.E. Marling | reading, books
The Sea Witch by S.J. Valfroy | reading, books
 

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The Sea Witch by S.J. Valfroy

 
The Sea Witch by S.J. Valfroy | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

I’ve always loved this cover. The deep purple is a gorgeous color, and I love the tentacles in her hair. It’s a good book too!

 

Dream Storm Sea by A. E. Marling

 
Dream Storm Sea by A.E. Marling | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

This one looks so fantastical and interesting!

 

Witch’s Curse by Crissy Moss

 
Witch's Curse by Crissy Moss | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

This one is just pretty.

 

First Watch by Peter Hansen

 
First Watch by Peter Hansen | reading, books
 

This one has a sci-fi look to it (idk if it actually is sci-fi or not) and has some nice artwork. Also, how is that guy so calm while being attacked by a tentacle monster?! Although, now that I look closer, one of the tentacles is in his pants, so… maybe that’s why he doesn’t mind lol.

 

The Sailweaver’s Son by Jeff Minerd

 
The Sailweaver's Son by Jeff Minerd | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

This one looks so action-y!

 

My Favorite #1:
Blackout by Tim Curran

 
Blackout by Tim Curran
 

I couldn’t pick one favorite, as I mentioned above, so I picked five lol. And I like this one because it’s kind of simple, a row of houses in a neighborhood, but the eerie look and the tentacles coming down is just so awesomely creepy!

 

My Favorite #2:
Squamous with a Chance of Rain by Alexis Hall

 
Squamous with a Chance of Rain by Alexis Hall | reading, books
 

I just really like the artwork and the colors on this one.

 

My Favorite #3:
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard

 
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

I LOVE the colors on this one. And the tentacles just look awesome.

 

My Favorite #4:
Krakens and Lies by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari H. Sutherland

 
Krakens and Lies by Tui T. Sutherland & Kari H. Sutherland | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

This one just has so much going on and is so cool looking. Love the artwork and the colors and everything.

 

My Favorite #5:
Dead Shift by John Llewellyn Probert

 
Dead Shift by John Llewellyn Probert | reading, books, book covers, cover love, tentacles
 

Well, it’s red and black, so of course I love it ;-) But it really is an awesome cover overall. That creature busting out of the building, and the silhouetted people with their hospital-equipment-turned-weapons, the blood splatter on the text—it’s just amazing!

 
 
 

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  1. chucklesthescot

    I love the colour on The Sea Witch…purple is one of my favourite colours for book covers. It’s just so vivid. Squamous is quite eyecatching too! Nice choices this week!

  2. Greg

    Awesome topic. My favorite is probably either Witch’s Curse (I just love the light blue, that would be a nice physical copy) or Blackout (which is just as creepy as it looks). I just finished Blackout and I recommend it if you want a quick, creepy read. I like the sea Witch though too (wouldn’t have even noticed the tentacles in her hair!) , and Carter Lovecraft I have to agree- those are the best LOOKING tentacles lol. the Menagerie is good too.

    Dead Shift I read last year but didn’t review it’s kinda freaky.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I feel like I might’ve seen Blackout originally on your blog but I didn’t realize you were reading it recently. It does seem like it could be a fun creepy kinda read. And yeah, the Carter & Lovecraft has the best actual tentacles, haha.

      Didn’t realize you’d read Dead Shift either! It does seem freaky, just judging from the cover.

  3. Drangonfly

    I CRINGED when I saw your featured image LOL. Tentacles are looooong, slimyyyyyy, thingies that should have never existed. OMG only you K could find those great covers with… ugh… tentacles. Since I love my sistas, the witches, I’ll go with that one ;-P

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah tentacles are creepy, actually. It was even worse when I was trying to find a good picture to use, this was the least creepy one lol. But yes, this is proof of my cover finding prowess, that I was able to find awesome covers of something so gross ;-)

  4. Wattle

    Tentacles remind me of a rather traumatising fanfic I accidentally read once (the accidental part is that I didn’t know about the tentacles beforehand otherwise I would have read something else lol) so they kind of freak me out.

    But that cover of Krakens and Lies is seriously cool :)

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I don’t believe I’ve read a single book with tentacles, Kristen. I’ve never even seen any of these covers. But they are gorgeous. I think Dream Storm Sea is my favorite but it might be tied with The Sea Witch. See how I am?!? ;)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Actually, I’ve also read a book I didn’t mention in my intro that had a kraken shifter MC so there were lots of tentacles in that one lol (but none on the cover unfortunately)! But I agree, I love these covers. Both of those are so pretty!

  6. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Okay, I would have thought covers with tentacles on them would be really hard to find. Turns out I was wrong. Why are there so many covers with tentacles on them? Surely there aren’t that many ways you can include some kind of tentacle creature in a book? I feel like I need to go read some of these books just to see how they do it. I do agree there are some pretty awesome covers to be had, though. I’m liking the Lovecraft one, it’s subtle and interesting and I like it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’ve learned that it’s often surprising what is actually on a lot of covers or not. And a lot of tentacle covers are Lovecraftian horror books, it seems. Also books with krakens.

  7. suzanna

    Who’d have thought there would have been some seriously nice covers with the theme of tentacles!!!!!
    Not sure what’s going on with First Watch but it did make me laugh.
    Don’t think I could pick a favourite. The Sea Witch – for the colour maybe? Or the unexpected tentacles on Blackout? No, it’s too difficult.
    Great topic.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Seriously, they’re such a freaky looking thing, but the covers are so gorgeous!

      Lol I’m glad the First Watch cover made you laugh too.

      The Sea Witch does have great color. And yeah, the tentacles on Blackout are so creepy since the sky in a suburban neighborhood is just not somewhere that tentacles should be! Thanks :-)

  8. Lola

    When i saw the title for this post I thought what a fun and original topic that was for a cover characteristics post, but at the same time I couldn’t think of any covers with tentacles on them or even books with tentacles in them. Although now that i see your covers I do remember seeing The Sea Witch before, I think I even got it as a freebie if I remember correctly.

    I think kraken and Lies is my favorite of this one. It’s a nice cover to look at and I like the style fo the artwork. And the cover for The Sea Witch is a great one too, the tentacles are more subtle there, but I think it’s a well done cover. The tentacles on the cover for The Dream Storm almost look magical with the coloring used on that cover.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol it’s always surprising the things that are actually on lots of covers and others that seem like there would be lots but there aren’t. And yep, I’ve reviewed The Sea Witch and used it for other cover posts! It was free at one point, so you might have it.

      Kraken and Lies does have great artwork. And Dream Storm Sea does look really magical!

  9. verushka

    I still might be stuck on the point that there are so many covers with tentacles… or rather I should say, I didn’t even know this was a thing/Genre! You pick the best collections!

  10. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    This topic had to be done just for me right – haha. I LOVE tentacles and I have purchased many a book just because of them. I think my favorite one here is The Menagerie but it’s not just the tentacles, it the colors as well. I could add a few more to your list such as I Am Providence and the YA series by Jennifer Estap – although I forget the name. Great feature and I now have a few more to add to my wishlist!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Haha that’s too funny. I actually find them a bit freaky, but they do make for some good covers! I also love the colors and everything on The Menagerie cover.

      Oh, yes, I know which Jennifer Estep book you’re talking about! I do like those covers but didn’t think of that one. And the Providence one is simple but pretty!

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  12. La La in the Library

    Squamous With a Chance Of Rain has to be put on my list of weirdest titles! Ha ha. I loved the graphic at the beginning of the post. All I could think of when I saw wasps was an Addams family wedding. ?.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol I love weird titles. And I love that chart, haha. I don’t recall if I’ve ever seen the Addams Family wedding. Did they in fact release wasps? Lol.

  13. Laura Ruffino

    I’m a fan of mystery and feel the tentacles add a sense of secrecy and suspense. I personally have read The Sailweaver’s Son by Jeff Minerd. FANTASTIC book really for all ages. (action/sci-fi, fantasy) I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster reading it. I will have to check out these other books too. Dead Shift and Carter and Lovecraft covers have caught my eye.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Tentacles really do add a unique feel to book covers! I’m glad to hear Sailweaver’s Son is so good :-) Those other covers really caught my eye too, hopefully you’ll like them if you give them a try!