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The Queen of Bedlam Interior Art

August 29, 2014

Here’s some more interior art from another of Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett books, this time from the limited edition of The Queen of Bedlam, which is out now.

3_the highwayman

2_grace hester

1_the queen of bedlam


5_corbett versus dahlgren

The River of Souls Colour Interior Art

August 21, 2014

Here’s the colour art that appears in the The River of Souls limited and lettered editions only, which was out a while ago.

Endpaper art:

RS endpaper

Interior art for the main novel:

RS colour

Interior art for the bonus story The Scorpion’s Eye, exclusive to the limited and lettered editions:

SE colour


August 13, 2014


Here is a private commission I did to illustrate a short poem.  The overall concept for the image came from the client, including the idea to have the image in black and white except for the stuffing in pink.


Kept from going to the carnival with her sisters was Sandy,
A child who’d never know the joys of funnel cakes or cotton candy.

Disfigured was her face from the acid thrown by mommy one day,
Hidden away so the town wouldn’t find out was the game Mrs.Walsh did play.

And there wasn’t much to do but stay bundled in the attic’s cold air,
So one night she decided to make her own treat from an old teddy bear.


pink roughs

The Prisoner of Heaven Interiors

August 7, 2014

A few months ago I posted the cover and a few interiors from The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.  The book’s now out, so here are the rest of the interiors.

for fermin

cell 13

an angel who holds all the answers

And here’s the other four small duotone images used on the section divider pages.

poh duotones

As with the previous two books in this series, I created a ‘hidden’ image for the reverse of the dust jacket.  The last two were of covers for books mentioned in the stories; this time was slightly different as it was of the inscribed title page of The Count of Monte Cristo, which appears in the story.

the count of monte cristo inscription

The Shining Dust Jacket

July 30, 2014

Earlier this year Subterranean Press asked me to produce an extra piece of artwork for The Shining to be used on a wraparound dust jacket that would be sent out exclusively to those who had purchased the Limited Edition.

It was fun to get to revisit The Shining and create this extra image for it.  I thought it would be cool to make use of the fact that this would be a wraparound dust jacket and came up with the idea for an image which would have Jack chasing Danny down the corridors, in a way so that you would only see Jack on the front of the book, and Danny on the back.

run and hide

run and hide sketch


The Spectral Book of Horror Stories

July 21, 2014

spectral horror_design

spectral horror

Spectral Press are launching a brand new horror anthology series this year.  Edited by Mark Morris, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories is inspired by popular anthologies of the 1960s and 70s, such as the Pan and Fontana books of horror stories.  This first volume will feature 19 all-original stories by renowned authors in the genre such as Ramsey Campbell and Michael Marshall Smith.

Above is my final cover for this.  The brief was to come up with an image and design that captured the spirit of the old Pan Book of Horror Stories/Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories, but had a contemporary feel and that would establish an identity for this new anthology series in its own right.  I proposed a few different ideas for  potential images but this ‘kids in masks’ idea was the favourite – I liked the idea of playing around with traditional horror iconography such as skulls and tentacled monsters etc and combining them in a single image as disturbing masks on creepy children…  Below are roughs for potential compositions for this idea.

kids sketches

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be out in September and will be launched at the 2014 FantasyCon in York (5-7 September) with a mass signing session.

The Shining Small Interior Illustrations

July 15, 2014

As promised here are some of the smaller interior duotone illustrations I did for The Shining.

the playground_duotonethe elevator_duotonejack at the typewriter_duotonejack looking at the items in the basement_duotoneredrum_duotonescrapbook - overlook in decay_duotonehedge dog_duotonecats-eye mask_duotoneboiler pressure gauge_duotonelloyd_duotonedecayed woman_duotoneburnt hedge rabbit_duotone

Best New Horror 25

July 8, 2014

best new horror 25

the eternal editor

Here’s my front cover design for this year’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthology, which is the 25th anniversary edition.  The intention for the actual printed version is to have the title in gold foil with a gloss laminate.

Editor, Stephen Jones came up with the idea of the corpse-like figure of the lich surrounded by dusty old books and reading a large tomb with a screaming face – perhaps representing an editor cursed to sit there, still reading stories even after he’s dead and decayed!

As I’d provided the cover art for the previous five volumes of Best New Horror in the UK, I thought it’d be fun to work in a nod to this, so the eagle-eyed amongst you may have already spotted that the awards statues sat on the shelf are representative of images from each of the past four covers, and the image in the large framed picture is the one that was used for the cover of Best New Horror 20.

Best New Horror 25 will be out in the UK on October 16th through Constable & Robinson.

bnh 25 sketch

Interview with Lilja’s Library

July 1, 2014


I’ve just done an interview with Lilja over at Lilja’s Library, which you can read here.  Lilja’s Library is a Stephen King fansite that has all the latest news about King and his work, so it’s a website all fans of King should check out!


Red Kollection

June 30, 2014

RED_KOLLECTION_lrRed Kollection, a new collection of italian language Horror/SF short stories by Caleb Battiago is now out in Kindle format on Amazon.  It was recently revealed that ‘Cablet Battiago’ is the pen-name of Alessandro Manzetti, and you can check out his new website at

The cover art was originally done for the Cemetery Dance edition of Doctor Sleep.


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