ste.durham11p got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Front cover design for debut thriller / survival horror novel
Check out ste.durham11p's Book cover contest…
S. R. Durham
S. R. Durham writes creepy books from his hillside hovel in the High Peak.
After falling into debt with a violent gangster, small time criminal Aaron visits his estranged grandparents' house with the intention to beg, borrow, or even steal in order to save himself and his mother. The tables quickly turn, and Aaron finds himself taken captive by his imposing grandfather and transported to a secluded estate where the rich pay to hunt those who’ve made similarly unfortunate mistakes. For the hunters, Aaron and his fellow captives are no longer human, they are merely prey. To survive, they must become as ruthless as their predators.
Horror and thriller fans
Context: In the human-on-human hunts in the book, the prey are dressed in tattered, worn tweed suits, bound and gagged, and forced to wear rubber masks depicting woodland animals (the protagonist wears a fox head, while another wears a doe, another wears an owl etc). Think a kind of hellish version of Toad of Toad hall. They're forced to kneel on the grass in front of a stately home, to be hunted by rich folks on horseback, who are dressed in traditional red hunting attire. Obviously a single animal head or other hunting imagery would be good too. Either way, single bold symbolic, rather than literal scenes. Aesthetics: I like the idea of white or black etching on a textured, neutral background, like the cover for Brian Evenson's Last Days. Those kind of old medieval wood block prints would be another reference. Any of these touchstones with strong, classic text would be amazing. Forest / woodland colour palette. Just something timeless, clean, and intimidating. On the other hand, something bright red with black font and bold, horror-style font. Something aggressive and violent, yet clean and bold. Either of these approached (or a combination) would be great.
What to avoid
No stock imagery, no cliched horror / thriller tropes (woods, houses, lonely people on roads. As little vivid colour as possible, with the exception of red (for obvious reasons)
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
ste.durham11p collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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