New book interior, a collection by a writer I like a lot, who I was fortunate to have as introducer to my novel, The Painting and the City. Pages shown are from one of the first stories of his that I read. Available from the publisher here. Cover and interior art by Derek Ford.
Year’s Best Weird Fiction
Final installment of the award-winning series from Undertow Publications. Available for purchase here.
One Paperback, One Jacket
Both From TCU, and both kind of oily (fracking and a cult novel about the early Texas oil business).
A recent novella by Paul Di Filippo from PS Publishing.
Lee—Girls of the Golden West
This is the first book for a new client, Texas Christian University Press, a novel, Girls of the Golden West, by James Ward Lee. I designed both jacket and interior.
Lauck: Warm Center, Ragged Edge
Page design and layout for the University of Iowa Press, Jon K. Lauck, From Warm Center To Ragged Edge: The Erosion Of Midwestern Literary And Historical Regionalism, 1920–1965. The text was fairly straightforward, but half the book was an endnote chapter. Because there were so many notes (and presumably important), I had to balance readability with keeping them from taking up too many pages.
Shadows and Tall Trees, Vol. 7
Shadows and Tall Trees, Vol. 7 came out a few months ago, from Undertow Publications. It’s an anthology of new short fiction. I did interior design and layout.
Vince Haig did the swell cover art and typography. My wife, Rebecca Kuder, has a story in it. Because this is my blog and I can do what I want, I used her story for a sample of story opener and story spread. Please go order a copy of the book here.
The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Book interior for the University of Iowa Press. Ordering info here.
In The Lovecraft Museum
This is a novella I did for PS by Steve Rasnic Tem, with cover art by Jason Van Hollander and interior ornaments by Jason McKittrick (converted to graphics by Jason Van Hollander from photographs of McKittrick’s three-dimensional objects). This was the first book I designed and laid out using InDesign, after many years using Quark XPress.
You can purchase the signed or unsigned edition here.
New Work, Aickman’s Heirs
I finished a book for Michael Kelly’s Undertow Publications called Aickman’s Heirs. It’s a multi-author anthology of stories inspired by the work of Robert Aickman—a writer I very much admire. In his introduction, the editor, Simon Strantzas, describes it thusly: “a sampler of how Robert Aickman’s work has become a significant source of inspiration for contemporary writers.”
Designing a multi-author work is always challenging. Some stories had longer titles, some had section numbers, and two had epigraphs. I created a space for the story openers that would allow for two- or three-line story titles and epigraphs, but keep the first line (or first section number) of the story falling in the same place, regardless. I didn’t feel a need to try to capture the sense of unease and bafflement that fills much of Aickman’s writing; rather, I wanted something clean and clear.