Archive for Cover Art

Tor.com have exclusively revealed Rod Duncan‘s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter cover today, with a design process piece from artist Will Staehle, as well as alternative covers! Jump over to Tor.com to see the full article, but for now, here’s the cover!

The Bullet Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan

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Apr
23

Cover Reveal(ed): Company Town

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Yesterday, io9 exclusively revealed the cover for Madeline Ashby‘s forthcoming (October 2014) standalone novel, Company Town. io9’s reveal also features an opinion piece by Madeline about the book, and it’s certainly worth a read – click right here to head straight to io9. But enough from me, and here is Erik Mohr’s fantastic cover for Company Town:

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

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Greetings loyal robotic readers!

It is a big day in the Angry Robot office today because we are bringing you a brand new cover! Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner is the second book in the Shadow Watch series and its predecessor, Night Terrors, has already claimed an army of fans.

If you loved Night Terrors check out the cover below and get commenting to let us know what you think!

Dream Stalkers by Tim Waggoner

DreamStalkers-144dpiA new drug – Shut-Eye – has been developed in the dreamland, and smuggled into our world. It’s addictive, and dangerous, and Shadow Watch agents Audra and Mr Jinx are on the case, preparing new recruits to deal with the problem.

Meanwhile, a wave of ancient, bodiless Incubi are entering the dreams of humans in an attempt to possess them and live new lives. Only the criminally insane would ever risk a confrontation with them.

Thank goodness, then, for Mr Jinx: clown, Shadow Watch agent, psychopath.

UK Print
Date: 6th November 2014

North American Print and Ebook
Date: 28th October 2014

Credit to amazing15 for another incredible cover!

We’d like to thank the following sites for taking part in our reveal, they’re all running Night Terrors giveaways so make to get yourselves entered!

Dangerous Dan’s Book BlogUpcoming4.MeI Hate 00 CriticsDraumr Kopa BlogTerror TreeCivilian ReaderCabin GoddessWorking for the MandroidThe Qwillery

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Apr
15

Miriam Black, rendered in ink and flesh

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Cam's Miriam Black tattoo - click to see it in all its glory!

Cam’s Miriam Black tattoo – click to see it in all its glory!

There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:

We asked her: why?

Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.

The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig - Artwork by Joey Hi-FiSurprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!

I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady! 

I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.

Thanks, Cam!

The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.

An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!

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SF Signal have exclusively revealed the brilliant cover of Carrie Patel‘s The Buried Life, wonderfully created by John Coulthart. They also have 3 copies (ebook or physical, winner’s choice!) of The Buried Life to give away; to enter, go to SF Signal for all the entry details.

 

The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

 

TheBuriedLife-144dpiThe gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation – Recoletta’s top-secret historical research facility.

When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs…

US & Ebook: 29 July 2014

UK & ROW: 7 August 2014

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We love a good cover reveal here at Angry Robot Books and we’re really excited about this one!

The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina is the second book in the Majat Code Series and the sequel to Blades of the Old Empire. We know there are a lot of you out there excited to read about the continuing adventures of Kara, so without further ado here is the cover!

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Beautifully created by Alejandro Colucci, we hope you love it as much as we do!

But we’re not the only people with something to say about the cover, Anna Kashina has written us an exclusive guest post on what she thinks about it!

Have a read below:

The Author, Anna-Kashina

Anna Kashina

I was delighted with Angry Robot’s choice to feature Mai on the cover of “The Guild of Assassins”. While he is not the point of view character, he is the focal point of the story, and his choices and actions drive the conflict and the plot. He is also my favorite character in the entire series, the one that makes the writing process so much fun. I could not be happier about the way the artist Alejandro Colucci picked on all these things in the cover image.

In the novel, Mai is initially described as “too good-looking to be trustworthy”, following on his descriptions from the “Blades of the Old Empire” as a man of iconic beauty, elegant and graceful. He is a superb fighter and a ruthless man. He has a dark side and not everyone in the story perceives him as a good guy. He also has a romantic side. All these contrasts are instrumental to the story. In the final cover image, the artist managed to relay all of that, and to add the extra down-to-earth touches that made this iconic man of my dreams look like a person in the flesh. He is handsome and elegant, but his clothes are also dusty and practical. His weapons are unique and beautifully crafted, but also heavy–and sharp. I love the way the artist relayed all of that.
Seeing this cover for the first time was thrilling. I felt as if my vision has been grounded into reality, the person in my mind acquiring substance. I believe this cover, showing movement and speed, featuring the central character everything revolves around, would create the right expectations for the readers, of a fantasy story with lots of action and romance (and hopefully, for some, a man to swoon over). This cover is also well in style with book I of the series and I can’t wait to see how well “Blades of the Old Empire” and “The Guild of Assassins” would look side by side.
So you’ve heard what we think, you’ve heard what Anna thinks, so now the only thing to do (apart from wait excitedly for the book’s release) is let us know what you think!
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Mar
14

Cover Reveal: The Shadow Master

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If you’ve seen our recent hints, you’ll know we’re pretty excited about this cover and revealing it to you. Craig had some fantastic promos created, and just to tease you before the big reveal, here’s a quick peek at them again:

 

The Shadow Master

July 2014

In a land riven with plague, in the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control – the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation.

And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power – one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring – plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack…

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Cover art by Steve Stone.

{ click to see the full loveliness }

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Jan
23

More Awards Love at the Kitschies

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tumblr_static_kraken_galleon-100pxYou know that we love our books, and we know that you love our books (awwww, isn’t this sweet!). It’s also very gratifying when we’re told that awards committees also love our books.

The shortlists of the Kitschies Awards have just been announced, and Angry Robot are once again represented.

The Kitschies is an annual prize for books containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic” for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction” published in the previous year.

The shortlists are listed in full, below, but a shout-out to our nominees is in order, as this is our blog, and if you don’t like it we’ll just take our football and go home, and then where will you be? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Nominated for the Golden Tentacle (Debut) award is: Ramez Naam for Nexus - one of the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining books published last year!

Nominated for the Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) is Will Staehle for his cover to The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher.

Good luck to Mez and Will. We’ll be at the ceremony on 12th February in London to cheer you on! Good luck, also, to the other nominees (especially in the Red Tentacle race, in which we don’t have a horse. Or, you know… a book).

The Red Tentacle (Novel) nominees, selected by judges Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:

  • • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
  • • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut) nominees, selected by the same panel of judges:

  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
  • • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art) nominees, selected by judges Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli:

The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher, art & design by Will Staehle

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• Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi

Once again, congratulations to all the nominees. With over 230 books submitted by 57 imprints, it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted! (And how wonderful to see 3 regular Angry Robot cover artists and designers shortlisted for the Inky Award – Will, Amazing15 and Joey HiFi)

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Angry Robot’s Kitschie Awards History

Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (winner of the Red Tentacle)
King Maker by Maurice Broaddus (winner of the Golden Tentacle)
vN by Madeline Ashby (shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle)
Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes, Cover by Tom Gauld (shortlisted for the Inky Tentacle)

So that’s 6 books shortlisted in 5 years. We can live with that… :-)
(Well, 4 years if you consider the fact that we weren’t publishing for the first year of these awards!)

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Jan
07

The Annual Awards Eligibility Post

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As has now become customary, we’re listing below the books we published last year that are eligible for various awards. Being British, however, we’re doing it furtively, and we’re looking up every now and then to make sure no-one’s watching us.

As ever, this list is provided purely as an aide-mémoire, not as a list of recommendations – if you’ve read the works below and consider them to be award-worthy, the authors would be thrilled if you would consider nominating/voting for them. If you haven’t read them, they’re all available from your favourite offline or online store.

Here are the books we published in 2013* (covers are gathered together by artist, not by publication date – see artist list at the end of this blog post):

Nexus 125pxCrux by Ramez Naam 125pxThe Mad Scientist's Daughter 125pxBlack Feathers by Joseph D'Lacey, 125pxEmpire Of The Blood 125pxThe Lives of Tao 125pxThe Deaths Of Tao 125pxShe Returns From War 125pxThe Merchant Of Dreams 125pxThe Prince of Lies by Anne Lyle 125pxThe Bookman Histories 125pxThe Eighth Court by MIke Shevdon 125pxBetween Two Thorns 125pxAny Other Name by Emma NewmanAll Is Fair by Emma Newman 125pxHell To Pay by Matthew HughesThe Age Atomic, by Adam ChristopherThe Marching Dead 125pxThe Blue Blazes125pxThe Cormorant by Chuck Wendig -125pxA Discourse in Steel, 125pxThe Iron Wolves by Andy Remic 125pxiD by Madeline Ashby 125pxThe Big Reap 125pxThree by Jay Posey, 125pxSeven Forges by James A Moore, 125pxHeartwood by Freya Robertson 125pxPrince Thief by David Tallerman 125px

Wow! Look at what we made, ma!  Read More→

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Supernatural meets Men in Black in a darkly humorous urban fantasy from the author of Nekropolis.

We’re really excited about this cover reveal today and can’t wait to see what you think! From Tim Waggoner, author of the brilliant Nekropolis series, Night Terrors is the first in the Shadow Watch series, where nightmares are all too real…

So, on to the cover, which is by the fantastic Amazing15:

Night Terrors by Tim Waggoner

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Night Terrors

When you dream, you visit the Maelstrom. Dream long enough and hard enough, and your dreams can break through into the living world. So, alas, can your nightmares.

And who’s there to catch the dreams and nightmares as they fall into reality? Meet the Shadow Watch.

Pray you never need them…

File UnderUrban Fantasy [ Lords of Misrule | Living the Dream | Breaking In | I Make These Look Good ]

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Tim Waggoner

The Author, Tim WaggonerTim Waggoner is a novelist and college professor. His original novels include the Nekropolis series, Cross County, Darkness Wakes, Pandora Drive, and Like Death. His tie-in novels include The Lady Ruin series and the Blade of the Flame trilogy, both for Wizards of the Coast. He’s also written fiction based on Stargate: SG-1, Doctor Who, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the videogame Defender, Xena the Warrior Princess, and others. He’s published over one hundred short stories, some of which are collected in Broken Shadows and All Too Surreal. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal and other publications.

He teaches composition and creative writing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University’s Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Tim Waggoner online:
Tim’s website
Tim on Twitter
Tim’s Facebook

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Book Info

The first book in the Shadow Watch series

UK Print
Date: 5th June 2014
ISBN: 9780857663689
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663696
Format: Small (Mass-Market) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 27th May 2014
ISBN: 9780857663702
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Other Books in This Series:

2. Title TBC (Spring / Summer 2015)

Other Angry Robot Books by This Author:

The Nekropolis Saga

1. Nekropolis (August 2009)
2. Dead Streets (March 2010)
3. Dark War (June 2011)
Omnibus: The Nekropolis Archives (May 2012)

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Usually we start these cover reveals with some preamble, but not this evening (although this is kind of a preamble, isn’t it?) because we’ve just got a few words for you:

Joey Hi-Fi. Marianne de Pierres. Cover. Read More→

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Dec
02

Cover Reveal: Morningside Fall

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Tabitha, over at My Shelf Confessions, released the cover for Jay Posey‘s Morningside Fall over the weekend, and I’m excited to show you this, Book Two of the Legends of the Duskwalker series. Tabitha is also running a giveaway so be sure to head over to My Shelf Confessions, short-listed in our recent Team Robot Blogger Awards, and enter! Read More→

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Nov
19

Book Cover Fun – the winners!

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About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.

The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here. Read More→

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Nov
13

Cover Reveal: Last God Standing

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Creator. Ruler. Stand-up Comic…

 

We’ve been super excited about Michael Boatman‘s Last God Standing since we first read it in acquisitions, and even more so after we were able to shout loud and proud about our latest author, but the excitement levels are pretty high now with this cover. Last God Standing is the “ultimate in divine comedy” and we’re eagerly awaiting its release next year! But less of me, and more of the cover:

Last God Standing by Michael Boatman

Cover: Chris Moore

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Last God Standing

When God decides to quit and join the human race to see what all the fuss is about, all Hell breaks loose.

Sensing his abdication, the other defunct gods of Earth’s vanquished pantheons want a piece of the action He abandoned.

Meanwhile, the newly-humanised deity must discover the whereabouts and intentions of the similarly reincarnated Lucifer, and block the ascension of a murderous new God.

How is he ever going to make it as a stand-up comedian with all of this going on…?

File Under: Fantasy [ Gods Behaving Badly | Power Struggle | The Way He Tells ’Em | Simply Devine ]

The Ultimate in Divine Comedy…

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Michael Boatman

 

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

© 2013 Drake Photography HD, New York

Michael Boatman spends his days and nights pretending to be other people. For a living.

He’s acted in television shows; China BeachSpin CityARLI$$Anger ManagementInstant Mom,The Good Wife, films; Hamburger HillThe Glass ShieldBad Parents, and Broadway plays.

After many years in his chosen profession he’s decided to chuck it all and seek his fortune as a writer. (Just kidding. He secretly dreams of changing the world as a talkative mime.)

Michael Boatman Online:
www.michaelboatman.us |
@MichaelBoatman on Twitter |
Facebook |
IMDB.com

 

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Book Info

UK Print
Date: 3rd April 2014
ISBN: 9780857663948
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Mass-Market Paperback
R.R.P.: US$7.99 / CAN$9.99

Ebook
Date: 25th March 2014
ISBN: 9780857663962
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

 

 

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Oct
22

Book Cover Fun – A Competition

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We love our authors, dearly. Especially when they do weird and wonderful things like this:

The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

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(And no, we’re not sure why the covers are staggered like that – let’s just pretend it’s a deliberate design choice, and forget all about it).

Anne has recreated all three of her Night’s Masque books using Playmobil toys. See the full set here.

So we’ve decided to steal the idea honour her genius and run a competition.

What we’d like you to do:

Choose any Angry Robot book cover (they’re all there – over to the right and down a bit) and make your own version of it in the same way as Anne. You can use toys, people, masks, animals, trees, fish fingers – whatever you like. We’ll feature the winners on this page.

Stuff you need to know:
1) The cover should be a recognisable recreation of one of our covers.
2) Send your cover to us on a CD at the following address: Yeah, right! Email your image as a .jpg or .gif (RGB, not CMYK, please. If you don’t know what that means, just send it – it’ll be fine) to: INCOMING @ ANGRYROBOTBOOKS.COM
3) Closing date for entries: Midnight (wherever you are) on Wednesday, 30th October.
4) Q: “Do you mean midnight going into Wednesday, or midnight at the other end?”
A: Ah, you, know – whatevs.
5) Q: “No, I really need to know…”
A: {insert big, dramatic sigh} “OK, then – you can have until midnight coming out of Wednesday, and into Thursday.”
6) Anyone can enter, from anywhere in the world. Even if you’re a member of the Angry Robot team, or if you’re an Angry Robot author (though you probably won’t win), or if you’re a badger.

The Prizes.
Dunno, yet – we only just thought of the competition. Stuff from around the office, probably (books, audiobooks, stuff like that). The prize is hardly the point, is it? I mean, come on! Some people – sheesh!

 

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