Here’s the cover art for Cemetery Dance’s signed limited edition of Dark Screams, an anthology of 25 stories of horror and dark suspense from some of the biggest names writing horror today including Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Clive Barker, Peter Straub and many more. The stories were originally published by Random House as eBook mini-anthologies, so this edition is the first time these stories have been seen in print together. This limited edition also features full colour endpaper art by Alan M. Clark. You can see the full list of stories and authors and preorder the book, which is due out next year, over at the Cemetery Dance website.
Short, Scary Tales Publications recently announced the publication of Shadow Casting: The Best of Paul Kane, a collection celebrating the author’s twenty years as a professional writer, which gathers some of Paul’s best fiction and features an introduction by Muriel Gray.
As well as a fully cloth-bound trade hardcover and eBook editions there is a signed and numbered limited hardcover (signed by Paul, Muriel and myself) available, limited to only 200 copies, which will also include the film Confidence, based on one of his original scripts.
You can find out more about the book and order copies over at the SST Publications website.
The cover image was an early personal piece I did, so I’m thrilled to have found a great home for it after all these years!
My The Dollmaker image was featured on the cover of last month’s The Dark magazine (issue 16). The image was originally created for the cover of The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24.
The Dark is a monthly online dark fantasy and horror short fiction magazine, featuring both reprints and brand new stories, edited by Sean Wallace, and brought to you by Prime Books.
Yet another cover for a children’s book by Frances Hardinge for Amulet Books; I worked on A Face Like Glass at the same time as Fly By Night. The approach for this was more straightforward and it was decided at the start that the publisher wanted to have a mask as the cover image.
Here are sketches for possible mask designs.
Again it was decided that it would be better to have a lightly textured background instead. Even though the mask in the book is plain black with just silver painted brows and mouth, and we’d already taken some artistic license by adding the decorative swirl on the cheek, the publisher wanted to push this even further and have more colour and decorative embellishments on the mask.
Here is the final mask design and some alternative textures I tried out for the background.
This US edition of A Face Like Glass from Amulet Books will be out in May next year.
Here is the cover art for children’s fantasy novel Fly By Night. This edition will be published by Amulet Books in March next year.
This is the third Frances Hardinge book I’ve done the cover for, after Cuckoo Song and The Lie Tree. The Publisher wanted to keep to a similar design approach to those two covers, but this time wanted a lighter coloured background instead of solid black. We tried a solid colour first of all but it felt too flat so I then added some subtle background texture.
Here are some texture and colour variations I tried.
And here are some alternative ideas I proposed. The designer’s original suggestion was to feature an open book with ruffled pages that transformed into the silhouette of a goose flying away, similar to an M. C. Escher image.
Here’s my cover art for the latest issue of Cemetery Dance magazine which is a Joe Hill special double issue. The cover art was inspired by Joe Hill’s new novel The Fireman, which is reviewed in this issue. Besides this feature review there’s a modified excerpt of the novel, a never-before-published novella by Joe Hill and an interview with the author conducted by Bev Vincent, as well as the usual fiction, artwork and features. This double issue will be Cemetery Dance’s first ever oversized trade paperback version of the magazine (also available as a signed limited edition hardcover)and their first double issue since #17/18.
Here’s some more China Miéville artwork, this time for his forthcoming book The Last Days of New Paris, which will be published in January 2017 by Subterranean Press. The story is set in an alternate 1940s/50s Nazi-occupied Paris, in which the city is haunted by works of Surrealist art that have manifested in to real life and are roaming the streets. So there was a lot of interesting imagery for me to play with for the illustrations for this book! I’ve also done three interiors illustrations which I’ll post at a later date. The book is available for preorder now.
I originally had another idea for the cover as you can see in this sketch.
But as the US trade hardcover edition from another publisher also featured the Eiffel tower and a sepia toned treatment for the image, it was thought that this might be too close to that and we decided to go in another direction instead.
Dark Regions Press have launched their latest Indiegogo campaign for three new upcoming books of science fiction, Lovecraftian horror and weird fiction. These three anthology titles are: You Human, Return of the Old Ones and The Children of Gla’aki.
Each book is available in ebook, trade paperback and signed limited edition hardcover formats. There’s a range of backing options available to suit your budget, from just buying the books to campaign-exclusive bundles, custom short stories and artwork, editing packages and more. There’s also stretch goals that can be unlocked which will add colour illustrations to the books.
You can find out more about these books and support the campaign at www.indiegogo.com/projects/three-new-books-from-dark-regions-press#.
Subterranean Press’ limited edition of China Miéville’s This Census-Taker is now out. Here are my four interior pieces for it.