The commission offered here is for a grim fantasy novel cover. Brimstone is a gritty werewolf fantasy, which includes real-world problems such as sexual abuse. Due to this subject matter, the novel is violent, sexually graphic, and dark. It is set in the Appalachian hills in 1912, and the protagonist is a 16 year old blacksmith who finds himself pitted physically, mentally, and emotionally against a living nightmare.
Brimstone will be published as two books (Part 1 and Part 2), so you must design two slightly different versions of this cover. Let us be clear: you don’t have to design two covers. The only things that need to change between the two versions are the words “Part 1” vs. “Part 2”, the spine width, and a tagline.
Brimstone will be offered in hardcopy and ebook, so both Part 1 and Part 2 will be required in both Lightningsource and Kindle formats. Non-royalty credit for the image will be given to the artist on the book’s interior. (Physical copies of Part 1 will be 5”x8”, 325 pgs +/-20. Part 2 will be 5”x8”, 365 pgs +/-20.)
[The year is 1912…]
Death is only the beginning.
The hellheart is not of this world. It was torn from the other side, and it has been trapped here for centuries. It has been waiting for one person, a young blacksmith in the Appalachian mountains.
It wants him, needs him in ways he does not want to understand. It took his father. It will take his girlfriend. It might even take his little brother from him.
The hellheart has been holding a grudge for thirteen generations, and only when it finally comes for him does Garret realize the truth.
He can’t beat it.
He never could.
There are two ways you can go about this design. The first way is to follow the directions below to create your own artistic interpretation of the basic image we want.
The second way is up to you. On occasion, artists are smitten with inspiration and can produce a well-fitted cover without guidance. If you have an idea that you just can’t get off your mind, we’ll take a look.
We recommend going the first way, so here it is:
The cover needs to look realistic (photo manip.) Free hand probably isn’t your best bet to win. The cover needs to be elemental, and the central device should be an iron rose (This is a key item in the story, symbolizing love, strength, brittleness and darkness.) Backgrounds and toning may vary. Blood may also feature on the cover. As for fonts, that’s up to you. We would suggest you keep the blacksmithing theme in mind during all of this. Fire, iron, etc.