Years ago, I'd wanted to attempt a cover for IT, the most terrifying novel I'd ever read, yet had always found excuses not to revisit.
When the feature film was released in September 2017, I found an image I wanted to use (but don't enjoy gazing at too long). The cover is based on the 'projector' scene in the film.
I think the cover speaks for itself, so the title is pushed back visually within the image and is two different but similar fonts; the drop shadows are each different opacities and each are moving in different directions (like the clown's eyes) and all of this purposefully adding further disquiet to the design.
King has several books which are frightening, yet the imagery written into the novels here have stuck with me for years.
Simple, minimal study for Universal Film Classic Monsters: Frankenstein and Dracula.
Pet Sematary (below) was yet another book that I wasn't too keen on reading in the wee hours. For my research on this cover, I found that most went for the cat jugular: A big scary, yellow-eyed feline and maybe even some tombstones. I wanted something a bit more macabre.
I am still not 100 percent on the type; the only thing I do like about it is the very bad kerning, which is intentional.
I enjoyed designing these, reimagining classic and newer titles. Perhaps putting these ideas to paper helps expunge all of the scary stuff.
(As these were only an exercise, images are paid or free stock. I do not own any of the source files.)