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The Winter Tree

December 6, 2018

Appropriately for this season, here’s my wraparound cover for The Winter Tree by Mark Morris, published by Bloodshot Books.

The Winter Tree was actually the first novel that Mark wrote, back in the mid-80s, and has never been published until now.  As such, and with the book being a typical, fun, schlocky mid-80s horror novel, the idea for the cover design was to make it look like one of the horror paperbacks from the glory days of the 1980s, and furthermore to make it look worn and battered, like a well-loved paperback you might fiind in a used bookstore.

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New Website Now Online!

November 22, 2018

I’ve launched my new online portfolio so please stop by to check it out!

If the new website doesn’t load, and you still see the old website, you may have to refresh your browser or clear your browser cache.  Or alternatively you can access it at vincentchongart.myportfolio.com.

Broken Angels

November 14, 2018

Back in 2008 Subterranean Press published their limited edition of Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon.  Now ten years later they’ll finally be releasing their edition of the follow-up novel, Broken Angels.  As with Altered Carbon, besides the cover design, I also did a number of interior illustrations which you can see below.  Broken Angels is available for preoder and will be out in December.

The Halloween Children: Czech Edition

October 31, 2018

As a Halloween treat, here’s the cover for the Czech edition of The Halloween Children (Děti Halloweenu) by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss, out now from Carcosa.


Happy Halloween!

BOO!

October 19, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, here is the reveal of the poster I created for new horror movie BOO!

Written by Luke Jaden and Diane Michelle, it’s the feature film directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Luke Jaden.  The story centres around a torn suburban family that refuses to heed the warning of a Halloween prank left on their doorstop, causing a malign supernatural force to be unleashed upon them.

BOO! had its world premiere recently at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and will receive it’s international premiere at the Soho Horror Film Festival in London on 10 November.

You can read more about Luke and all his projects below.

LUKE JADEN // FILMMAKER
In Detroit, there is a force to be reckoned with and his name is Luke Jaden. A visionary on the rise who’s eyes are set on the horizon in search of stories to tell. Possessed by the artistic spirit of the city, Jaden continues his trek towards his sought after dreamscapes. Jaden is a twenty-two year old film- maker and one of the co-founders of VENUS + MARS and LSD FILMS, a collective focused on telling sophisticated and beautiful stories. Jaden’s feature film directorial debut BOO! is produced by Au- tomatik Entertainment (Midnight Special, Insidious, Sinister, Loving) starring Rob Zabrecky (A Ghost Story), Jaden Piner (Moonlight), Aurora Perrineau (Equals), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Charley Palmer Rothwell (Dunkirk) and Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Most recently, Jaden wrapped principal photography on MY PRETTY PONY, a short film based upon a short story by Stephen King starring Tobin Bell (Saw) and Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place). Throughout the years, Jaden has directed a variety of short films such as WOLF WHO CRIED BOY starring the Oscar®-nominated star Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and Dwight Henry. Jaden also directed KING RIPPLE starring Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Short Term 12, Straight Outta Compton) and THE LISTING written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) starring Erin Cummings (ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club) and Rob Zabrecky.

This Dark Chest of Wonders

October 5, 2018

Here’s my wraparound cover art for This Dark Chest of Wonders.  This book by Andy Burns celebrates 40 years of Stephen King’s The Stand, telling the story behind King’s epic novel and looking into its various incarnations on screen and comics.

The book will be published by Cemetery Dance late this year but is already out of print.

Shining in the Dark Swedish Edition

September 20, 2018

Back in April a Kickstarter was launched to fund the Swedish edition of Shining in the Dark; not only was the project fully funded, but they reached the stretch goal to allow me to do some brand new cover art especially for the Swedish edition.  And here is the finished cover.

Below you can see the original version I created which included a skull at the top, which I removed to allow more space for the title to go over.  The designer was able to make the tentacle that originally went into the skull, interact with the title type, which was a nice little touch.

I worked closely with Hans-Åke Lilja, the editor of the anthology, on the concept for the cover.  Lilja had the idea to do an image that was in the same setting as the image that I did for the original US edition but from a different point of view – either from the main character, Marv’s point of view, or from behind him so we get to see what he is looking at, which had to be something scary…

I thought it was a cool idea to link the two covers in this way.  It seemed to me that it would be important to still show Marv on the cover as the book is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Lilja’s Library, which he’s the mascot of, and Lilja agreed.  So initially I was thinking we shouldn’t do it from Marv’s point of view, but go with a view from over his shoulder so he would still be seen in the image.  However, doing it this way we wouldn’t get to see Marv’s face, so I then came upon the idea that we could do it through Marv’s eyes, and one of the things he was looking at would be a mirror, allowing us to see his face reflected in it and therefore still have him represented on the cover.  Rather than a normal mirror I thought it could be a black mirror, and his reflection would be subtly different, giving him black eyes.  And various creepy things would be emerging from the mirror.

Lilja had also wanted to add a Swedish touch to the cover and had the idea to incorporate a Swedish edition of a book into the image somehow that Swedish fans would recognise.  Lilja was able to get permission from the Swedish publishers to incorporate some of their Swedish covers into our image in this way so I included a row of books on top of a mantelpiece which include the Swedish editions of Stephen King’s The Shining and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s X: The Last Place.

The Swedish edition of Shining in the Dark, titled Varsel i mörkret, will be out this year from Apart/Swedish Zombie.

Il Letto Rosso

September 6, 2018

My image, The Minister, which was originally created for the Polish edition of Revival, but was ultimately not used, has finally found a new home on the cover of Il Letto Rosso by Nicola Lombardi.

This Italian language novella will be released this month from Independent Legions Publishing.  You can preorder at the special price of €12.00 until the 9th September (usual price €14.00).

Walking With Ghosts

August 24, 2018

Here is my wraparound cover art for the forthcoming collection of short stories by Brian James Freeman.  Walking with Ghosts is available to order now from PS Publishing and will be out soon.  You can find the full list of contents here.

The Bone Thief Interiors

August 14, 2018

In addition to the cover art I did for The Bone Thief I did ten small black and white interior images that were used as chapter heading illustrations.

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