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Best New Horror 24

June 25, 2013

best new horror 24

the dollmaker

Here’s my cover art and design for the next Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, number 24, which will be out later this year.  The brief was very open, but one of the suggestions the art director made was a dark fairy tale approach, which I liked and used as the inspiration and starting point.  In my initial idea, I had the girl with the witch’s shadow holding a fairy tale book, with various dead or damaged elements from different fairy tales scattered on the floor around her.  Editor, Stephen Jones had the idea of having her sewing a doll instead, with a drop of blood from her pricked finger, which we all agreed would make a striking, creepy looking image.

Below is the full wraparound cover design.

bnh 24_wraparound

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