A Possible Book Cover [book news]

Happy Fourth of July time of year to my American readers! I’m making a quick touchdown here before I zoom off again into my active imagination.

If you follow me at Facebook (sorry Google+ fans—I have been absent there for a while), you know I spent a full day (right up to midnight) last week working on a new cover for my Night of the Hellhounds novel (or mini-novel at around 200 pages). I went with an old-time dime-store look and feel. And the fonts mimic the ones used in the old King Arthur storybooks from my childhood.

Tentative Cover
Tentative Cover

I spent a lot of time working on the Rottweiler’s mouth. I tried to make it look like it was exhaling an angry bark, which when you watch dogs bark on film in slow motion, their cheeks billow out just before their jaws snap shut. I think I captured it well enough. And those vampire-like fangs look quite menacing.

Missing from the hellhound are its red eyes. I’m hoping for enough time to add them. But I can manage without them if I don’t have time.

Now it’s time to recheck my edits before I send it to my beta readers for another read through. They’re good at catching things I miss. I owe them a lot more than pizza, a thank-you, and a free copy of the final book.

Again: Happy Fourth of July! And to my writer friends working on books of their own:

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2 thoughts on “A Possible Book Cover [book news]

  1. Yow! That is one mean rottweiler! All your “attention to snarl” clearly paid off! 🙂

    Very cool design– it certainly conveys a sense of menace (to put it mildly).

    Enjoyed reading about the Rowellyns. My favorite food is sugar, too… 🙂

    “… wild and chaotic, prone to deity-like fits of rage…”– sounds like me working on an illustration that’s going nowhere fast!!

    Always impressed with your work, sir, especially the fact that you’re both a writer and an artist. Thanks for sharing your process!

    1. Steve Campbell

      It is always nice to hear from you, Mark … glad you enjoy my art and writing. I hope I do the Rowellyns justice when I finish this WIP.

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