The new Hard-noir and Splatterpunk story collection, Tenderloin Sud 5: Quartieri di Sangue, by Gene O’Neill and Caleb Battiago (pen name of Bram Stoker Awards nominee Alessandro Manzetti) is out now from Kipple Officina Libraria in ebook format in Italian. It contains the stories Broken Lady and Bruised Soul by Gene O’Neill and Kozmic Blues and Heretic Park by Caleb Battiago.
The cover art was originally created for Murder Was My Alibi by Arthur Darknell.
Here’s another of my Polish Dark Tower covers, this time for the third book in the series, The Waste Lands. I’ve already turned in the cover for the fourth book and hope to post the cover here shortly.
This is the cover for Monster Masters – I Segreti dei Maestri dell’Horror (Monster Masters – The Secrets of the Horror Masters), an Italian language horror literature essay edited by Alessandro Manzetti.
It will be published in paperback by Cut Up Publishing at the end of the month and will also be available in major Italian libraries.
The book contains the Italian versions of four horror stories by Richard Laymon, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton and Gary Braunbeck; 30 interviews with horror writers such as Peter Straub and Joe Lansdale; the chapter The Ghost Works by Stephen King from the Italian edition of the essay Stephen King Uncollected Unpublished by Rocky Wood; the shortlist of the 66 horror books to be saved from a new Great Flood.
It will also feature some of my artwork (the cover art was originally created for the Polish edition of Horns) and art by Paolo Di Orazio as well as new photos.
Here’s my cover for the new SF Masterworks edition of Limbo by Bernard Wolfe, to be published by Gollancz. The book won’t be out till April next year, but is available for pre-order now.
Originally we decided to try a more graphical approach and have the map on a solid white background (I also tried a few other colour variations) but afterwards the designer and editor asked for some distressed textures to be added around the edges of the image. I also originally created the figure and map straight on, but extended the image beyond the edges of the cover to allow for the image to be tilted in the layout, which was what was settled on in the final design.
Following on from last week’s cover reveal of the Polish edition of The Gunslinger, here’s my cover art for the second book in the Dark Tower series, The Drawing of the Three. Below you can see the larger versions of the tarot cards I created for the image.
Next up is The Waste Lands which I’m working on now…
For years now I’ve been doing covers for the Polish editions of a number of Stephen King books for Prószyński i S-ka. Recently, another Polish publisher, Albatros, asked me to design covers for new editions of their The Dark Tower series. Although I’ve worked on a lot of Stephen King books, I’ve never illustrated any from his Dark Tower series so it’s very cool to finally get the chance to work on these!
The publisher wanted me to come up with something different to the previous US and Polish covers for these books, and also wanted a slightly different flavour to the other Polish Stephen King covers I’ve been doing. For a lot of my King covers for Prószyński i S-ka, I used a limited colour palette with one overall colour, so one way I decided to set this series of covers apart would be to use two predominant contrasting colours for each cover; one colour for the background and another for the central image. To give this series it’s own distinct feel, I also suggested that the design could be made to look similar to a tarot card design, as tarot cards feature in the story, and I created a ‘tarot design’ border for them to use for each book.
So here’s the cover for The Dark Tower I, The Gunslinger, which introduces us to the main protagonist Roland, the gunslinger, and his quest for the Dark Tower. As this is the start of the gunslinger’s search for the Dark Tower, I wanted the positioning of the guns to very subtly bring to mind the shape of a tower.
I’ve just turned in the cover for book two of the series and will be working on the third cover soon so there’ll be more to follow shortly!
Here are my interior illustrations for Proven Guilty (Book Eight of the Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, which is out already from Subterranean Press. I recently finished the cover for the next book in the series, White Night and am currently working on the interiors for it so keep your eyes peeled for news on that.
Bram Stoker Awards nominee Alessandro Manzetti’s new poetry collection, Eden Underground, will be published in ebook format this July by Crystal Lake Publishing. You can watch a teaser trailer for the book here.
The cover art was originally used on the back cover of the PS Publishing edition of Horns.
Ukrainian publisher Book Club wanted to license the image that I originally created for Black House for the cover of their edition of Stigmata by Beatrix Gurion, but they wanted the image to be altered slightly in order to fit the book better, and so they asked if I could replace the house in the original image with a castle instead. Here is the revised image below.