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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories

July 21, 2014

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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.

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Best New Horror 25

July 8, 2014

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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

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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 www.alessandromanzetti.net.

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

Dead Beat Cover

June 24, 2014

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Here’s my cover design for the Subterranean Press edition of Dead Beat, the seventh book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series.  I just turned in the interior illustrations today, and should be working on the next book in the series later this year.  The book is available for preorder now but won’t be out till October.

British Fantasy Awards 2014

June 17, 2014

British_Fantasy_Society_-_logoThe shortlist for this year’s British Fantasy Awards has been announced, and I’m happy to be amongst the nominees for ‘Best Artist’.  You can see the full list of nominees here and the winners will be announced at FantasyCon 2014 in York this September.

More Interior Art From The Shining

June 12, 2014

Here are a few more of the large duotone illustrations I did for The Shining.  I’ll post some of the small duotone spot illustrations at a later date.  You can still see more of the interior art here and here.

jack finds the overlook scrapbook_duotone

the topiary_duotone

man in dog costume_duotone

jack pursuing wendy_duotone

Some Interior Art from The River of Souls

June 5, 2014

Here are some of my interior illustrations for The River of Souls.  These are all in the trade edition, but I also did a few extra illustrations, including some colour ones, that are exclusive to the limited edition only, which also features a bonus story, ‘The Scorpion’s Eye’

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French Edition of Snake Agent

May 29, 2014

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inspector chen

This is my cover design for the French edition of Snake Agent by Liz Williams, which is out now from L’Atalante.  Snake Agent is the first in a series of novels featuring the character of Inspector Chen, a detective in a near-future Chinese city who is in charge of investigations of a supernatural and mystical nature, which often brings him face-to-face with the denizens of Hell.  The French title, L’inspecteur Zhen et la traite des âmes, translates as Inspector Chen and the Trafficking of Souls and you can read a post about the book (in French) on the Atalante blog.

Some of my initial roughs:

snake agent poses

snake agent roughs

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