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Robert McCammon eBooks from Crossroad Press

July 13, 2017

Crossroad Press have acquired the rights to publish the ebook editions of a number of Robert McCammon novels in all territories outside the US and Canada, which will be available from all non-US and non-Canada Amazons.

Mister Slaughter and The Hunter from the Woods are available now with more books from the Matthew Corbett series to follow as well as several other of McCammon’s books.

Crossroad Press publish both fiction and non-fiction for all ages over a wide range of genres from mysteries and thrillers to sci-fi and fantasy to new age and metaphysical titles, and include books by authors such as Clive Barker, Jay Bonansinga and Joe Lansdale.

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Station Eleven

July 5, 2017

This is my cover design for the Subterranean Press signed limited edition of Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apoccalyptic science fiction novel, Station Eleven.  It will be out in December but is available for preorder now.  Below is the full wraparound artwork for the dust jacket.

The Wickett Sisters in Hell

June 23, 2017

This is my cover art and design for author Stephen Houser’s first novel, The Wickett Sisters in Hell.  The story centres around Mardie Wickett and her estranged sister Mili Wickett, a brilliant former Scotland Yard detective, who although both now dead (one residing in heaven and one in hell) are brought together again by Lucifer when he finds a headless corpse on his own front porch.  Now they must put their differences aside to unravel this mystery of a murdered man slain among the damned…

The Wickett Sisters in Hell won Kepler’s Books & Magazines Crime Fiction Award and is published by Lionel A. Blanchard.  The book is out now in paperback and hardback editions from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s, the largest U.S. chain of independent bookstores.

My full designs for the hardcover dust jacket and paperback cover.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo – Cover Design Process

June 9, 2017

Above is my cover art for the YA fantasy book, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, by F. C. Yee for Abrams Books.  This one underwent quite a lot of development.  When Abrams approached me about this project, they already had finished cover art, but at the last minute that they decided they wanted to go in a different direction with it and wanted a new image.

The art director wanted to see sketches for three concepts; she sent me her quck roughs (which you can see below) for two ideas that I was to re-conceptualize in my own way, and also wanted me to come up with a third idea that incorporated the entire girl, silhouetted, and destroying the type.

And here are my roughs…

The team decided they wanted to go with the third approach and wanted me to develop it further.  They wanted to see some different options for the title type, something more modern-looking and less blocky, and to try some Chinese deco elements within the type itself.  For the figure, even though it was to be mostly in silhouette they wanted it to look like she was wearing a traditional private school uniform and they wanted a more subtle glow around her rather than the glowing ball of light with lightning surrounding her that I’d suggested in my sketch.

From here I proceeded onto the final art.  We’d discussed colour options and decided on a dark red background growing to a brighter more powerful red at the top with an orange glow emitting trhough the ‘Genie Lo’ type.  Here’s the original version I produced.

The art directors felt it needed some extra oomph and suggested adding some flat shapes and additional colour that would keep to the vibe of the image but brighten and freshen it up.  They also requested more cracks going through ‘Epic Crush’.  Here are different options I tried.

As you can see, it was also decided that ‘Of Genie Lo’ should be straight-on instead of in perspective as Sales was worried about the hierarchy of the type and that people would only read ‘Epic Crush’.  We were all set to go with the ‘glow’ version but after a meeting with the book buyers, where the cover was previewed, they wanted the image rejigged quite a bit – they wanted the figure to be much larger and more prominent on the cover, similar to some other titles that had been selling well; although we’d intended the figure to be silhouetted all along, it was now decided that she should be more rendered, with extra clothing detail so it’s clear she’s wearing a school-girl outfit; instead of the flame shapes they wanted to see a ‘power energy ball/lightning’ around the figure (ironically, like in my original sketch) as well as an extra power glow around her left fist; they wanted to see a different blue/turquoise colour option.

After a few more tweaks, including removing the patteren elements from the ‘Epic Crush’ type, the cover was approved.  Here’s the full final cover design again.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo will be published on August 8th this year, available in hardback and ebook formats.

TV Series Concept Art

May 22, 2017

A few years ago, a television production company approached me to do some concept art for them to help visualize some of the characters and mood of their pilot script for a series that was to be a X-Files-esque show, with more of a horror/supernatural leaning, set in the 1920s.  The horror elements were to be in the vein of Lovecraft cosmic horror/weird fiction rather than vampires or werewolves etc, and so they were after a vibe that was more dark and weird with a foreboding dread.

The show hasn’t been made but you can see my concept art below.

The Dark Magazine May Issue

May 8, 2017

The May issue of The Dark magazine (#24) features one of my images on the cover.  This image was originally for the cover of Lesser Demons by Norman Partridge.

This issue features two new stories: The Bone Beaters by A. M. Muffaz and Queen Midnight by Eliza Victoria, and two reprints: The Lark Ascending by Samantha Henderson and When We Taste of Death by Damien Angelica Walters.

The Dispatcher Interiors

April 26, 2017

I’ve just received my copies of The Dispatcher by John Scalzi from Subterranean Press, so it’s now out and shipping.  Here are the interiors I did for this novella.

Mightier Than the Sword

April 12, 2017

Cover design for another K. J. Parker novella, Mightier Than the Sword, available for preorder now from Subterranean Press.

Floaters

April 5, 2017

This is another piece of cover art I did for Thunderstorm Books which I worked on around the same time as The Nightmare Within artwork I posted last time.  This one’s for Floaters by Kelli Owen.

The Nightmare Within

March 24, 2017

Here’s the cover art for the new Thunderstorm Books edition of The Nightmare Within by Glen Krisch, which is out now.

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