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Best New Horror 25

July 8, 2014

best new horror 25

the eternal editor

Here’s my front cover design for this year’s Mammoth Book of Best New Horror anthology, which is the 25th anniversary edition.  The intention for the actual printed version is to have the title in gold foil with a gloss laminate.

Editor, Stephen Jones came up with the idea of the corpse-like figure of the lich surrounded by dusty old books and reading a large tomb with a screaming face – perhaps representing an editor cursed to sit there, still reading stories even after he’s dead and decayed!

As I’d provided the cover art for the previous five volumes of Best New Horror in the UK, I thought it’d be fun to work in a nod to this, so the eagle-eyed amongst you may have already spotted that the awards statues sat on the shelf are representative of images from each of the past four covers, and the image in the large framed picture is the one that was used for the cover of Best New Horror 20.

Best New Horror 25 will be out in the UK on October 16th through Constable & Robinson.

bnh 25 sketch

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