8.5 x 5.5 book cover (including back and spine) for the novel "CLUMP."
Subtitle: "An American Splatire" Author: S. Redman White
This is a challenging assignment and your creativity and imagination
are very important. The main character is a large, extremely muscular
man who has no head. He has a neck stump, out of which a tongue
protrudes - though that detail is probably unnecessary.
"CLUMP" is kept alive by unethical doctors, and turned into a YouTube
sensation when it's discovered that he can dance to beat-heavy music.
He becomes an entertainment sensation, loved by all. However, only his
handlers know that the brainless giant is homicidally dangerous if
touched, going into martial arts mode by reflex.
The book details medical mischief, the entertainment industry
(television and Radio City style stage shows with dancers), "big
religion" (think of the mega-churches of Dallas), and politics (in
which appearance is more important than substance). The book is really
a satire about all of these institutions using the character of CLUMP
as a jumping off point - so the cover should reflect that the novel is
not just about the man, but about our world and society.
The book is frequently violent and graphic, thoroughly R-rated, and
FUNNY in a black humor way.
With all of that as background, the cover should show CLUMP, the
character, in some form - this could be grittily photo realistic,
illustrated (even cartoonish), or anything in between.
The cover should convey humor, but also (if possible) a certain
element of physical threat (CLUMP is a scary guy, after all) and
Designs that are jolting or shocking aren't a problem, as long as they
aren't completely off-putting to potential readers. Probably good to
always include some note of humor.
It's also important to see CLUMP's actual body; he can be tastefully
naked or nearly so. His muscularity (no tattoos or other identifying
marks) should be intimidating; this is NOT the headless man you want
to get a beat down from.