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.
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.
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 jacket.
Here’s a cover I did in 2006 for the paperback of James Morrow’s collection from Tachyon Press. Art by John Picacio
Here are some pages from a recent design, a new collection from Ian R Macleod.