I like to get an E-Book-Cover, which works on all surfaces E-Books are read on.
The title is “Der Feldzug”. The author’s name is “Paul Schreiber”.
The story is about Buddleia (Buddleja davidii) conquering the world. This plant with the lovely purple blossoms has overgrown the earth completely.
Survived have only the crows, which are grown to the size of man, plus some humans.
Two males have accommodated themselves high up in the mountains in the station of a ropeway (Seilbahn) in Switzerland. It is a formerly touristic site with restaurant etc. The two men think they are the last people left on earth.
Then unexpectedly three women enter their dull life. One has a baby, which can be quite naughty and astonishingly already speak. This get-together evokes discussions about the lost world, but also individual fears come up. So it is practical, that next a psychiatrist shows up. Spontaneous psychoanalytic sessions are taking place.
Esthetically I see this e-book cover somewhere between baroque and Hitchcock. The typography of the title though should be clearly 2015.
One key scene is, when one of the men (Dichter) goes outside with the baby for a nap on a couch in the garden. The spot is sheltered by iron bars to protect it from the crows.
Before going to sleep they have some talks. The baby sits on his stomach. To that scene I give you a reading example (translated by me from German as good as possible):
The child rested on his stomach like a Baby Jesus on a baroque picture, sitting enthroned against all laws of gravity in Maria’s hands, all four extremities stretched out, with a world distant expression in its face. A mystery, how it kept its balance.
Dichter gets increasingly tired.
With a last glance he saw how the baby had lifted his arms and was waving. He believed to notice that there was magic dust flying from the baby’s little fingers. Then he fell asleep.
When he wakes up, it is a nightmare.
He sees the baby has moved out of the cage. The same moment he hears the ropeway getting started. A crow appears over the baby and grabs it. Above, the gondola drives by with the mother inside, looking down, emotionless. The crow flies off with the baby, and the shadow divides into two. Dichter realizes, that the crow has synchronized its shadow with that of the gondola, so it could approach unseen. Wicked birds they are, those crows!
That all sounds dramatic. But it is only dreamed, a produce of hypnosis! Overall the story is quite odd, with lots of gags and irony. The psychiatrist ends up tied to his couch!
On the cover of this e-book should be seen: The purple flowers of buddleia of course, a ropeway, maybe some blue sky and mountains around. A crow and / or a shadow would be nice, can also be only small in size or abstract. The baby? I don’t know. Better not, I guess. Or better yes? Maybe just a baby’s hand and magic dust… Maybe there are other good ideas.
No easy task. Looking forward to your work.