This is for a haunted house horror novel entitled: BLOOD SEANCE. I am open to creative ideas that are different than what I am about to describe - the following is just the image I have in my head. Something stark and simplistic might also work. But, in general, haunted house novels usually have a house on the cover, so here we go:
The story takes place in the Pacific Palisades, a wealthy area of Los Angeles overlooking Malibu and the Pacific Ocean. The house is vintage, built in the 1930's, in the Spanish Romantic style. I've included several shots to help you get an idea. Think white stucco walls, red tile roofs, palms trees, archways. Very elegant. The house should look beautiful, but also ominous.
Hovering above the house, maybe blending with the clouds, is the ghostly face of a young woman - a Hollywood starlet from the 1940's who appeared in "B" horror movies. Blood Seance is the title of one of her films. She is gorgeous, with jet black hair and pale white skin. Large emerald eyes. Again, I've included a couple pics, but they are only for reference. The Sherilyn Fenn pic (05) is probably closest to how I visualize her. She is sultry and vampish, yet vulnerable. ** her face should be a faint image, almost transparent.
That's about it: Beautiful/creepy Spanish Romantic mansion overlooking the ocean, with a ghostly/gorgeous movie starlet's face hovering in the sky above, with a look of trepidation on her face.
As for the font: I prefer title on top, but I'm open to other designs. Tasteful lettering. Gothic. Classic. Ominous.
And the author name - IAN HENRY - along the bottom in a plain font with simple lines, preferably white in color.
Full jacket specs are 5x8 with a .84" spine.
If you are doing a front cover only and ratio of 1.5 or 1.6 is acceptable.
And once again, this description is a starting point. Creativity is welcome.
Thank you for participating in this. I'm really looking forward to it.