I recently picked up the fantastic ABC Spookshow by Ryan Heshka. It’s a great little book, full of wonderful illustrations of a macabre alphabet. Even before I got to the first entry (A is for Apparitions, for those of you playing along at home), I knew I was going to love this book. As soon as I cracked the spine and saw the beautifully printed end papers, I admit it, I swooned a little.
End papers are the sheets of paper that are glued to the inside of the cover on a hardcover book. ABC Spookshow’s end papers show a scary cemetery scene, complete with bats, skulls, an owl, and a pumpkin. I was so charmed I began looking for other great end papers and stumbled across Nancy Stahl’s beautiful End Papers Gallery at Drawger. Currently there are 74 entries which Stahl describes as “end papers that could set the mind soaring with the knowledge and adventures that awaited you between the covers.” Indeed!