Thursday, June 23, 2011
My friend Jonathan Curwen, who hails from the worst neighborhood in San Francisco, has finally got around to publishing his weird-ass novel Knife Lake. I'd be a terrible friend if I didn't mention that it was available on Smashwords.com in every ebook format imaginable. And, in a characteristic gesture of sweeping beneficence, Cur has decided to make it a FREE download for the next 2 weeks.
To obtain: go to smashwords.com, put Knife Lake in your cart, and enter VE46K (not case-sensitive) in the coupon code box. Click on the totally awesome cover art below to get started.
Warning: this is a weird-ass book, and has plenty of disturbing images, bloody scenes, and shapeshifting demons. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
And yes, I did design the cover.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
(Side note: the Halo video games are an UTTER SHAMELESS RIPOFF of the Ringworld concept. Shame on you, Bungee! Thieving button-mashers! Shame!)
In designing Cur's cover, I took some advice from Robert Swartwood and made the author's name and title big enough to be visible in a thumbnail. Ebook covers are a different game: people aren't picking up a physical object--they're looking at a few pixels on the screen. So bigger is better, until proven otherwise. The design of my own cover for The Rifle Carousel went through a few iterations before this concept sank in. (By the way, Carousel just got its first five-star review from someone I didn't bribe.)
On the literary front...reading Knife Lake got me to wantin' to write some old-fashioned horror again. Perhaps sometime in the near future, I'll sit down and bang out a novel in a couple of weeks, like Michael Moorcock did in his pulp days. I've got this idea about a troll w/infinite powers of physical regeneration becoming an underground performance artist...or perhaps something less risky, like a softcore Twilight-esque adolescent vampire romance. It would probably sell better, God knows.