I require a cover design for a book entitled 'Place of a Skull', which is currently with a publisher in manuscript. Publication is due in spring 2013.
The book is fiction and can be categorised as psychological/mystery thriller with a historical background in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It is about a family torn apart by the Troubles, in which an IRA member executes his own brother for betraying their father. Their mother is a witness to the killing. She reveals to the killer that she is the one he should have executed.
The cover should reflect the darkness and tensions of the storyline. I have in mind an image which shows the execution in progress, witnessed by the mother. A more detailed word picture follows.
The image should show a patch of waste ground covered in rubble from demolished houses. In the background are blocks of flats of brutalist 1960s design. It is evening, a storm threatening. There are three figures in the image. In the foreground is a woman, the most prominent of the three figures. She is middle-aged, wearing a dark coat and headscarf. Hiddden by the remains of a wall, she is watching a secret paramiltary execution a few yards away. A man, blindfolded, his hands tied behind his back, is kneeling by a hole in the ground. A second man, wearing a balaclava, holds a gun to the back of his head. Neither of the two men is aware of her presence. her expression and attitude convey fear and horror.