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And Welcome Back: Stories by Dave Thompson Kickstarter

April 21, 2015

saint darwins spiritualsBack in 2008 I did a cover for Murky Depths magazine; the image was based on one of the featured stories, Saint Darwin’s Spirituals by D.K. Thompson.  A year later I got to illustrate another of Dave’s stories set in the same world, for yet another Murky Depths cover.  Now Dave, who’s not only an author but also an audiobook narrator and podcaster (he was the former co-editor and host of the fantasy fiction podcast, PodCastle), is getting set to publish his debut collection of short stories, and has launched a Kickstarter to help him do so.

The collection, entitled And Welcome Back: Stories, will include at least nine reprinted stories, a brand new story and the first ever printing of Annnnd Welcome Back, which you can listen to for free on Dave’s website.  Amongst these stories will be three from his Saint Darwin’s universe (which I’m keen to revisit!) – a fantasy steampunk world filled with all manner of monsters, where Charles Darwin has invented goggles that lets the wearer see ghosts.

The Kickstarter was just launched last week and has already reached it’s funding goal.  However, there are still a number of stretch goals Dave is aiming to reach (one of which would allow for me to do a brand new piece of cover art for this collection) and there’s still another 23 days left for people to back the project.  So if this sounds like your kind of thing, do make sure you head over to the Kickstarter page and check out the large range of rewards available for levels of pledges ranging from just $5 to $500 or more.

20th Century Ghosts Revisited

April 15, 2015

It’s been a while since my last post as it’s been a busy month for me.  I’ve been hard at work on a whole bunch of new artwork for PS Publishing’s 10th Anniversary Edition of Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts short story collection.  The book will be out this year in time for FantasyCon in October, and ordering information should follow shortly on PS’s website.

I did the cover art for PS’s original editions of 20th Century Ghosts so it was cool to get to revisit the book after all this time.  For this 10th anniversary edition there will be trade and deluxe versions and I’ve been commissioned to do a number of pieces, each based on a different story from the collection.  So it’s been a blast getting the chance not only to work on the book again, but to be able to more fully explore and play with the cool imagery from Joe’s stories.

The original edition of 20th Century Ghosts was the first cover I did for PS Publishing; in fact it was one of my first book cover commissions, so it’s also been about ten years since I started working as an illustrator.  The collection also features the story You Will Hear the Locust Sing which was the first thing I was ever asked to illustrate, and which appeared in The 3rd Alternative magazine.  That is one of the stories I’ve chosen to illustrate for this new edition, and this time I’ve taken a completely different approach to how I illustrated it last time, so it was a lot of fun to work on.  But you’ll have to wait to see what I did for that one…!

In the meantime here are a couple of other finished images, which are planned as the wraparound cover pieces.  The first is based on the story, Pop Art, and the second is based on the title story 20th Century Ghost.  I’ll post more images for the book when I can.

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Some Working for Bigfoot Interior Illustrations

March 20, 2015

Following on from my cover reveal of Working for Bigfoot last week, Subterranean Press have now posted four of the six interior illustrations I did for it on their website.  Check them out below!  The book is available for preorder now.

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Working for Bigfoot

March 9, 2015

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Fans of The Dresden Files should check out Working for Bigfoot, a collection of three novellas set in the world of the Dresden Files, which look in on wizard, Harry Dresden, at different points in his career, when he’s been hired by a Bigfoot to help out his son.

I just turned in the finished b&w interior illustrations last week and the book is due to be published by Subterranean Press in June.

Hellfire & Damnation III

March 2, 2015

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Here’s my cover art for Hellfire & Damnation III, a collection of short stories by Connie Corcoran Wilson themed around Dante’s Inferno and the 9 Circles of Hell.  It’s the follow-up to 2012’s Hellfire & Damnation II, which I also did the cover for, and is available now in paper and kindle formats.

Shadows Over Main Street

February 22, 2015

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Here’s an interior illustration I did for Shadows Over Main Street: An Anthology of Small-Town Lovecraftian Terror.  The anthology features twenty stories and poems and includes a foreword by Ramsey Campbell, as well as artwork by various illustrators.  It’s published by Hazardous Press and is available now in ebook and paperback editions.

The Shining Auction for Haven Foundation Fundraiser

February 10, 2015

Following on from last week’s post about the remarqued copy of Doctor Sleep up for auction for the 2015 Haven Foundation Fundraiser (which has now been sold), another book I’ve remarqued has just been put up for auction for the fundraiser on ebay.  This time it’s for the Subterranean Press Gift Edition of The Shining, including the limited chapbook of sketches I did for it, which is also remarqued.  There are already a number of bids and bidders and the auction ends on Monday so be sure to check it out here.

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2015 Haven Foundation Fundraiser

February 3, 2015

Stephen King fan site, TheDarkTower.org, have started their 2015 Haven Foundation Fundraiser.  Up for auction on ebay is a US Trade 1st edition of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, featuring sketches by both me and fellow artist Erin Wells (who provided interior illustrations for the Cemetery Dance edition).  You can check out the auction (with photos of the book and sketches) here.

The Haven Foundation was originally founded by Stephen King, and is a national, non-profit organization making grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe.

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Blue World

January 29, 2015

As promised, here’s the cover art for Blue World.

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This is an expanded edition of McCammon’s classic short story collection including three newer, previously uncollected stories.  It will be available in both limited and trade paperback editions.  Exclusive to the limited edition are a few interior illustrations I did; you can see a couple of them below.

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Subterranean Press are offering a special trade paperback set featuring Blue World, They Thirst and The Hunter from the Woods, each signed by the author.  This special offer is only limited to 350 sets.

Robert McCammon Trade Paperbacks – They Thirst

January 23, 2015

Subterranean Press are planning to start releasing trade paperback editions of Robert McCammon’s novels this year.  I’ve been working on a couple of covers for these; here’s the first one, for his vampire novel, They Thirst.

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Initially I proposed showing a vampire on the cover (see sketches below) but the publisher wanted to go in a different direction and wanted me to do something with the castle instead, partly because there are already a lot of vampire covers out there, including earlier editions of this novel, and also because they wanted to highlight the epic feel of the book, which a close-up of a vampire might not get across as well.

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As Subterranean Press are intending to release a number of McCammon trade paperbacks they wanted me to give the cover design a ‘branded’ look that can be carried forwards to other books.  They also wanted the author’s name and title to appear prominently at the top and bottom of the cover respectively, similar to the McCammon paperbacks of the 80s/90s.  So I had to take all this into account when designing the image and type layout.

I’ll post the cover I did for Blue World, which will also be released as one of these trade paperbacks, next week.

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