By Shirley Li
Updated September 10, 2013 at 07:10 PM EDT

Filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro has produced a new scary series — of books. The mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and this year’s Pacific Rim partnered with Penguin Classics to curate the Penguin Horror hardcover series, featuring his favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stories.

“To learn what we fear is to learn who we are,” del Toro wrote in his series introduction, an essay titled “Haunted Castles, Dark Mirrors: On the Penguin Horror Series.”

EW obtained the exclusive cover art for each of the six books. Designed and illustrated by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the neon ink covers highlight significant imagery from each.

The series includes: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell (a Penguin Classics debut), Frankenstein by Mary Shelleyand American Supernatural Tales with stories by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and more.

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The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories


The Haunting of Hill House

The Raven

Haunted Castles

The Penguin Horror books go on sale September 24th.