Been quiet around here, eh? Well, rest assured, I’ve been busy. I was working with Dr. Curt Herr, professor of Gothic and Victorian fiction at Kutztown University to produce a cover for his latest collection of an 1800’s “Penny Dreadful” titled: “The Black Monk; or, the Secret of the Gray Turret”. “The Black Monk” is apparently a delightful little tale about a Benedictine Monk who sells his soul to Satan and is involved, along with other characters in Brandon Castle, in a mysterious secret in “The Gray Turret”, a tower whose door has been locked for centuries….
Anyway, Curt approached me because of the cover work I did for a previous book of his (Dene Hollow), and said he wanted something that was an old horror comic feel to make the book seem attractive and accessible to new readers (Victorian fiction can be daunting). I first worked up the cover art that featured the Monk and the Gray Tower…something that evoked mystery and sinister purpose. Here it is:
Then, it was my task to put together the cover design, including some portraits done in classic comic style representing the main characters. After some back and forth, this is the result: