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.

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The Metanatural Adventures of Dr. Black

This was a fun book to work on. I had read some of Brendand Connell’s Dr. Black stories over the years and gotten to be friends with him. We talked about some of the things he was looking for, one of which was a geometric look to the cover art. I looked at different images, thought about different treatments. It occurred to me to look for ceramic wall tile, which led me to a moon-like tile by the Kenzan company. I played around with an image. Brendan liked it. A friend of his in Japan contacted the company and got permission to use the image.

Dr. Black, front-only.

Dr. Black, front-only

Dr. Black jacket.

Dr. Black jacket.

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Tachyon Morrow Collection Cover


Here’s a cover I did in 2006 for the paperback of James Morrow’s collection from Tachyon Press. Art by John Picacio


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Current Work

Here are some pages from a recent design, a new collection from Ian R Macleod.




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