If you’re wondering why I didn’t include a picture of the cover with any of the Stories to Tell in the Dark series, it’s because I read them as e-books without cover art. The original print editions had something a bit more interesting, so let’s take a look at those:

We have an image of a spooky old tree at sunset, with Josef Stalin superimposed over the scene. This is almost certainly an illustration of “The Death Tree” although I don’t know what the Communist dictator has to do with it. Maybe the publishers decided to put a real scare up the kids by reminding them of historical events. I applaud that thinking, and I’m glad that (in my opinion) the best book in the series gets the best cover. Even though that’s not saying much either way.

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Disembodied floating head above a house, with a ton of smoke and/or ghostly shapes (it’s not really clear, due to the poor image quality; sadly, this is the only picture I could find) pouring out of a window. I would think this is supposed to be “The Vampire”, except Abby is young and this looks like a middle-aged woman. But then cover artists don’t necessarily read the books; they just have a brief from someone else who may or may not have read the book.

Bonus! It seems that “The Wrong Bus” was re-printed on its own as “The Ghost Bus”:

The cover actually looks somewhat creepy. There is a picture of a bus. There is the suggestion that ghosts might be present. It is completely relevant to the story!

Sadly, then we get:

A vampire, who’s used way too much Brylcreem, hides behind a tombstone in a cemetery. One of the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who is sneaking up on him. This bears absolutely no relation to any story featured in the book.

A clean-cut 90s boyband type is looking down at his hand, which has turned translucent and skeleton-like. Also, his face seems to have burnt off. This looks it should be “The Wrong Bus” (where a character starts turning into a corpse after being touched by a ghost) but … that story isn’t in this book, and had already been published in another collection from the series?

Unconvincing werewolf standing in front of a full moon, claws raised as if to say “Are you feeling lucky, punk?” The moon behind it looks like a halo and serves to give the bizarre impression of the werewolf as a saint in a Renaissance painting.

Zodiac Chillers #3 will be along soon, along with a couple of other bits and pieces I’d like to review.

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