Book cover wanted for short story collection

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Contest title


Book cover wanted for short story collection


Darkly Comic Book Cover Contest

Background information

Organization name

Six Slug Books

Description of the organization and its target audience

Publisher of fiction aimed at an alternative, independent, literary audience.


Entertainment & The Arts

Content details


Hello, I have a short story collection I am planning on calling "This Is Where It Gets Interesting" and am in need of a cover design which will include an image, my full name: John H. Matthews and the title.

I believe a photographic image would work best, though am open to ideas. I'm not looking for "cartoony" art work.

The cover image should attract attention and be recognizable when reduced to a thumbnail image size. Simple, uncluttered and elegant will work best.

Objects/situations will be preferred to people. If a person is included it's better that their face not be in view.

This is NOT a genre (occult, romance, horror, mystery, crime, etc.) book, so I realize the challenge here is difficult.

The cover can be humorous as much of my work has a playful side to it. It could also be more serious in nature, alluding to something off-center or extraordinary.

The stories range widely in subject and mood but here is the text I am planning for the back cover:

Psychics working at the DMV. Horror show hosts vying for superiority at the local fast food chain. A summer fest featuring chili that returns the dead to life. Miracle product gurus and a talking tornado.

You’ll find these strange and original stories in This Is Where It Gets Interesting, the new, darkly comic collection by John H. Matthews.

Delivering a world where the supernatural often collides with the everyday, these tales are insightful, twisted and hilarious.

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