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Cover Art: PLAGUE CITY

Just a quick drive by to show of some cover work by Jeroen ten Berge and Nicklas Gustaffson. Have some other work to get out before this one drops, but it’s on its way!

Upcoming: PLAGUE CITY

April 28, 2017 3 comments

Apparently, news of Stephen Knight’s death was greatly exaggerated.

Meandering its way across my eventual release spectrum like a slowly replicating virus is a work called Plague City, a novel about a very nasty bug that rips through New York City and the world just before Christmas. In the Big Apple alone, millions die a slow and lingering death, trapped in their homes, on the street, in the packed hospitals. A few people are immune, and one of those is Hank Elliot, commander of NYPD’s Precinct 19. After helplessly watching his own family meet their demise, Elliot decides he now has a new mission in life: to save the remaining survivors in NYC from the growing band of criminals that are hunting them down and killing them for sport, for slavery, or even for food. This is a work I’d started years ago, and finally returned to while wrestling with the growing monster that is These Dead Lands: Desolation and the audio book of its predecessor, These Dead Lands: Immolation. By the time it’s released, it’ll stand in at about 120,000 words, or around 300 pages.

But! I need help. I need a suitable death for the book’s villain, a thuggish criminal overlord named Pollard. This is where you folks come in…give me something awesome, and I’ll write it, credit you with it, and give you a role as one of the survivors who help Elliot do the final deed. And you’ll get a code for a free download of the Charges audio book. See, you won’t get nothin’ for somethin’! Leave your most treasured death in the comments, here or on Facebook.

Oh, before I forget. Cover art by Nicklas Gustafsson, cover design by the indefatigable Jereon ten Berge.

And Now, For Something Completely Different…

March 19, 2017 1 comment

…how about some Self-Contained Exploration Vehicle designs from none other than Singapore’s finest graphic artiste, the intrepid Marc Lee? This is to inform the cover art for the upcoming Earthfall 2, and I offer two pictures for you to contemplate.

First off, the initial draft, created with the simple guidance of “base it off a HEMT-T.” (And a HEMT-T is the acronym for Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck.)

Revisions followed, of course. Likely fearing a neverending circle jerk of “Well, yeah, but it’s really more like this…”, Marc responded with a series of potential uses for the rig:

Now of course, this doesn’t match what’s in my head, but what I see isn’t necessarily translatable into actionable artwork. What I see is something crossed between the Landmasters from Damnation Alley and the vehicle from Ark II. And if that isn’t an unholy union of absolute nonfunctionality, I don’t know what is. So I’ll just nod and accept Marc’s suggestions and go back to writing. Anyway, cover artwork is probably the only exciting thing about the writing process, so I hope you’ve enjoyed the glimpse into a rather desultory future.

 

 

Great Cover…

August 16, 2016 3 comments

…now if only there was a finished book to go along with it! With titles…

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…and without. Great work by Singapore’s finest, Marc Lee!

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But don’t despair! You can still join the adventure at These Dead Lands: Immolation and prepare for the next odyssey into the land of the dead!

 

 

 

More Evolutionary Coverness (?) for THESE DEAD LANDS: DESOLATION

May 10, 2016 3 comments

First off, a correction for a previous post on this topic. Below is one of the alternate covers that was presented of Hastings bailing out onto the train. Wolf and I discarded it, not because it’s bad or anything, but just because it wasn’t sufficiently dramatic. It is good work, though!

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Now, back on topic. We already agreed upon a format, and the next revision Marc sent to us is below:

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Good stuff, but the main character seems a bit out of scale, and unless the Chinook is drifting sideways, he’s kind of away from where he should be. Another guy was added, blasting away at the dead. But Wolf’s major problem with this: the stars on Old Glory aren’t right. But as you may remember from this earlier iteration, it’s generally all sorts of good.

Marc’s latest revision…

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…has a different sky, a modified aspect, more guys, guns, and zombies–and oh yeah, Hastings actually kicking the head off a zombie. That was an unexpected surprise, and if he can get enough brackish gore in there, it’ll be perfect! Flag modified, our crew chief is whipping out the pistol, and some neat-o spark effects thrown in for good measure. Wolf approves, and so do I, so this is the launching pad for the final.

Now…if only I could deliver my pages so Mr. Wolf can start his slice… 😀

 

 

Heading Your Way…

…in June… 🙂

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More Cover Goodness…THE RETREAT 4: ALAMO

April 28, 2016 1 comment

First hack at the cover for the upcoming The Retreat 4: Alamo by none other than the luminaire of all things graphic, Jeroen ten Berge! This is just the initial pass, and it’s still awaiting comments from Craig and Joe, but it’s looking pretty hot to me!

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And for fun, a little 3D popper as well, even though this won’t be released in print as a standalone:

Can’t really go into the details of the plot as of yet as this is Craig’s secret to reveal, but the battered and bloodied battalion finds itself in yet another tight spot!