Final image should be 1666 px W x 2220 px H (3:4 aspect ratio) at 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg/.jpeg format, with an RGB color pallet and no higher than 24-bit color depth.
This is the second of a three-book set, so for the sake of consistency please use the same font used in the first book, "Cinzel" (a free SIL Open Font License that can be found here: https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/cinzel). You can see the cover of the first volume here: https://www.amazon.com/Averoigne-Ar…B07SXRVTLD
For the byline, please include "Tribute Tales in the World of Clark Ashton Smith". I've included a sample title/author setup image below, as a rough guideline.
The original Averoigne stories were set in a medieval time period. The new Averoigne stories in this anthology cover time periods from the Roman era to modern day. I'd like this ebook cover set in the 1700s or 1800s rural France, to convey to the audience that these stories are in different time periods, later then the medieval era, but still mostly set in the past.
The atmosphere should be creepy and sinister, but more Dark Fantasy than Horror. Typical design elements in Averoigne art in the past have included castle ruins, cathedrals, forests, and swamps. Monsters featured in the stories include werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies, harpies, cockatrices, gargoyles, ogres, and giants. Villains of the more human variety include druids, inquisitors, cultists, and witches. See this webpage (https://bugensbooks.com/2016/07/30/…hronicles/) for images designed for a collection of the original Averoigne stories.
Keep in mind that as an ebook cover, buyers will see the cover first as a thumbnail image, so the main elements of the composition should be more or less visible at a small size.
Finally, DO NOT USE any of the sample images I've provided, as I do not have the rights to them. They are for reference and inspiration only. The one exception is the Map of Averoigne, which I have licensed the rights to. If you do use it, though, please give credit to the artist, Tim Kirk.