Looking to set an ominous mood? Look no further than the iron gate. I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure that it’s a scientific fact that anything written in wrought iron is 10x more spooky than if it were written on paper. Take a look:

See what I mean? Okay, bad example. Three recent books covers seem to understand this phenomenon much better than I:


School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari.


Rapacia: The Second Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye.

But there is another…


Ruined: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris.

Side by side:


The similarities are hard to deny. Confirmed Cover Controversy. I feel like there’s more of these. Any to add?

(Top Image: ‘“You’ll Never Walk Alone”, Shankly Gates, Anfield,+Liverpool