Writer of Horror Fiction

New Cover for Comes The Dark Re-Release from Permuted Press!

Well, it didn’t take all that long, and I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the new cover for Comes The Dark, the Permuted Press version.  It has already popped up on Facebook and has elicited some different reactions…one of which is ‘bad ass’, which I will take.  I’ll also accept the comments that this new cover perhaps doesn’t convey some of the emotional underpinnings of the tale told on the pages of Comes The Dark from some folks who read the book.  Artwork is a pretty subjective thing in general, and while this cover may convey a different message than the brilliant cover from Philip R. Rogers, this one does have some key elements in it that I think are critical to the story-the baseball bat and the revolver-two of the tools of two of the key characters in the book used to survive.  There are also other small details that I really love, too.

Yep, it is different, that is for sure.  Bold in some ways, less obvious in others (not a zombie to be seen!), but I think the publisher and I agreed that we were looking to go in a different direction.  Retain the continuity that was there with the original covers-each cover tells a piece of the same story-but at the same time, present it in a different way.  It should be mentioned that each book will be somewhat different than the originals, so the change in artwork sort of reflects that change.  This particular book has gained almost 40,000 words.  I know that this doesn’t change the actual story, just adds to its foundation, but it does make this, in effect, a new novel, so it needed a new outfit to dress it up in.

One thing I’ve learned is that cover art is that like the books they wrap around, it is perceived differently by each person who looks at it.  I’ve heard night and day reactions about different covers I’ve seen-someone loves it, another hates it for the same reason.  As for me, I’m thrilled that covers to my books elicit reactions at all-it is an honor to have something I’m involved merit attention.  Oh, and I think the new cover is pretty bad ass as well.  😉


4 responses

  1. I like the way the skull seems to be snarling. Very cool.

    August 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  2. I like the artwork a lot. Although I haven’t read your books (yet) what I like about it is that the skull with the head wound, as well as the weapons behind it, elude to action, without having to paint the viewer a picture (so to speak!) It hints at what the reader is about to experience without, without resorting to a cliche to hit them over the head with! So when will this edition be ready for order?

    August 24, 2012 at 1:32 am

    • Thanks Bob! The editing is completed and so the formatting needs to be done. I know it isn’t due out until 2013, but don’t have a specific release date. I am hoping for early 2013, as the two other books in the trilogy will hopefully follow in the same year.

      August 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

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