Everything about the design I recieved was incredible. The entire process of working on it from start to finish was just such an easy experience due to their fast response times, as well as their insane talent and creativity. I loved working with them, and can't wait to do so again.
- Mark' G
Mark did a great job and made all the changes I asked for. I am thrilled with my cover!
A pleasure to work with.
How mrtestaples started their book cover journey
The Case of the Giant Carnivorous Worm
Thomas E. Staples
Fantasy, Fiction, Crime
The Case of the Giant Carnivorous Worm is a comedy-horror novel, with both crime and fantasy elements in a "monster-of-the-week" structure. It is loud, bombastic, and ultra-violent.
The target audience would be young adults and upwards, appealing to anyone that finds horror and fantasy novels interesting.
Book cover type
The retro style cover and colour palette works great here.
A more modern take on the hammer horror cover.
I like the centralised aspects of the cover, and the modern, slick take at a horror cover.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
I am looking for a cover that can not only fit into the horror genre (fantasy horror), but also portray a sense of fun without being either silly or goofy. By having a more simplified design, the two main characters -- women both in their mid-20s, one of which is considerably shorter than the other -- can appear without much detail, perhaps appearing as silhouettes encompassed by the more detailed giant worm that the title is derived from; the more alien-like/disgusting the worm looks, the better.
It would ideally have the appearance of a more retro, hammer horror-esque cover; I have included some examples of what I am referring to within the attached files. Although, I would be interested in covers that can provide a more modern take on a similar design brief. I would also like it if key elements of the cover appeared more centralised. Do not oversexualise the cover.
I am open to a range of colours.
The dimensions for the book are that of a standard novel size, 6" x 9", and the spine is 10mm without accounting for bleed, which would make it 13mm.
Also, due to the book coming first in the series, I would like a cover that could have it's style carried forward into forthcoming works; something that I would love to work with the designer on in the future.
What to avoid
Avoid the use of stock images where possible, or the use of photorealistic visuals.