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Six Scary Stories EBook Edition

July 19, 2016

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…and here’s the cover for the UK eBook edition of Six Scary Stories, published by Hodder & Stoughton, which will be out on August 25th.  It’s interesting to see how they’ve adapted my original artwork to fit their design.

Six Scary Stories

July 13, 2016

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This is the cover art for Six Scary Stories, a collection featuring six stories that were selected by Stephen King from a competition run by Hodder & Stoughton and the Guardian to celebrate the publication of his own The Bazaar of Bad Dreams collection.  He was so impressed by the quality of these stories that he recommended that they be published together as a book.

The idea for the cover art came from King himself and is inspired from the winning story Wild Swimming by Elodie Harper.

The book will be available in trade hardcover and trade paperback editions from Cemetery Dance on October 31st.  Hodder & Stoughton will also be publishing the collection as an ebook on August 25th in the UK and Commonwealth.

Freedom of the Mask Unused Idea

July 4, 2016

Here is a sketch intended for one of the Freedom of the Mask b&w interiors.  It was unused in the end as the publisher thought it was best not to depict any scenes of torture in the illustrations so I chose an alternative scene to illustrate.

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Freedom of the Mask Interior Art

June 27, 2016

freedom of the mask_designFreedom of the Mask, the latest installment in Robert McCammon’s Matthew Corbett adventures is now out from Subterranean Press.

The book is available in a number of editions: trade, limited and lettered.  In addition, there is a signed trade edition of which there are only 1000 copies.  The limited and lettered editions include an exclusive bonus novella, The House at the Edge of the World, as well as some interior art and endpaper art that isn’t in the trade edition.

 

Here are the b&w interiors I did to accompany the main novel.

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This is the colour interior that’s exclusive to the limited/lettered edition.

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These are the illustrations that accompany the bonus novella in the limited/lettered edition.

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And finally, here’s the endpaper art in the limited/lettered edition.

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Used Stories

June 20, 2016

USED_STORIES_LR2Used Stories, a collection of 5 stories from Poppy Z. Brite is now available in ebook format from Independent Legions Publishing.  This chapbook of previously uncollected reprints (originally published by Subterranean Press) includes the stories: Toxic Wastrels, Homewrecker, Essence of Rose, Nailed and The Goose Girl.

Cover image originally used on the cover of The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24.

Return of the Old Ones

June 10, 2016

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Here is my cover design for Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Horror which is coming from Dark Regions Press later this year.  It is edited by Brian M. Sammons and will feature stories of Lovecraftian and cosmic horror based in pre, during and post-apocalyptic earth. Orgininally it was just going to be a front cover image, however, after seeing the initial rough sketch, the publisher wanted to extend it into a full wraparound image to make it an even more epic-looking cover!

Return of the Old Ones will be launched by Dark Regions Press for preorder in a multi-book launch campaign in fall this year; you can learn more at DarkRegions.com.

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The Dark Magazine

May 25, 2016

TheDark_Template_Final3aforlightbackgroundssampler11near-220x340My Kids image, which was originally created for the cover of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, is featured on the latest issue of The Dark magazine (Issue 12, May 2016).

The Dark is an online dark fantasy and horror short fiction magazine edited by Sean Wallace.  This latest issue includes two all-new stories and two reprints.  Previous issues are also still available.

Lilja’s Library Marv’s Store

May 16, 2016

storbanner3Stephen King fansite, Lilja’s Library, has just opened it’s very own Zazzle store with various items available to buy, including t-shirts, mugs, iPad sleeves, iPhone cases and much more, all featuring the website’s very own mascot, Marv.

Marv was created back in 2006 by Glen Chadbourne for the new design of the site, and since then, has also graced the cover of the Lilja’s Library book.

I recently did my own version of Marv which is the version you’ll find on the products in Marv’s Store.  Go check out what’s available, and if there are any other products you’d like to see with Marv on, you can get in touch with Lilja himself.

 UPDATE: A second Marv store is now open over at CafePress with some items available that are different to those on offer at the Zazzle store.

The Lie Tree

May 10, 2016

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Here’s my cover art for the US edition of Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree.

I also did the cover art for the US edition of her previous book, The Cuckoo Song (which you can see here), and although this isn’t a sequel to it, the publisher wanted to keep the design of this one similar.  Art director Maria Middleton, suggested a few initial ideas: a big scary-looking tree, perhaps with swirls of lies around it; a piece of fruit, maybe an apple, with a bite taken out of it; a rotten fruit with lies scratched into the side of it.  With that as a starting point I played around with some rough sketches.

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lie tree roughs 3They liked sketches 1D, 2A and 1B and it was strongly felt that there should be some tree element in the composition, so it was suggested that we could try combining compositions 1D and 2A.

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Sketch A was chosen for the final composition.  Originally the apple was just red, but to push it further from the Twilight book cover image it was decided to add a little bit of green into it.  Here’s the original and another version with more green in it.

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The Lie Tree is out now and the US edition is published by Amulet Books.

Concept Art for Revival Movie Adaptation

April 28, 2016

I’ve been working with writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) on some concept art for his adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Revival.  Josh, a long-time Stephen King fan, has also been working on an adaptation of King’s The Stand, as well as an adaptation of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and X-Men: The New Mutants.  They are casting now for Revival and the movie should be shooting later this summer.

Here is one of the images I’ve done:

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And here are some rough sketches trying different camera angles:

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