Industry Trends: Horror Covers

Industry Trends: Horror Covers

by Jennifer Silverwood, October 18, 2018

It’s that time of year, Halloween fans, for costumes, candy and hopefully, curling up with a great horror fic. While typically it’s the movies that get the most hype, we shouldn’t neglect our roots either. And most of these horror movies wouldn’t be what they are without the long tradition first established by Gothic fiction and the Penny Dreadfuls of the 1800’s.

Clive Barker once said, “Horror fiction has traditionally dealt in taboo… It makes monsters of household pets and begs our affection for psychos. It shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”

Everyone’s familiar with the works of Poe, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While it’s easy to pick out classic horror stories, modern horror has morphed and mixed with other genres. Gore and zombie stories, in particular, have seen a rise in the past decade. Because of this, we’re including a few subgenres that you might not expect. Enjoy the cover love and be sure to share which are your favorites in the comments below!

**The following releases come from either Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play or Barnes & Noble’s top 10 to 50 lists, excluding box sets. Links to product pages included.**

Modern Horror




Sub-Horror Genres (Thriller/Supernatural)


Thanks so much for visiting Najla Qamber Designs. Stay tuned for future Industry Trends posts. Next month, we’ll feature focus on the children’s book genre. Meanwhile, look out for our next Author Highlight, and a very Halloween post. Happy reading and creating, friends!



1 Comment

    • Jennifer Silverwood
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    • October 19, 2018

    I LOVE all of these, because I love the horror genre and Halloween is my favorite holiday ;) But my top favs are: Hunted, It, Melmoth, The Haunting of Hill House and Annihilation!

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