Oh how I have missed you! It’s been awhile and I’ve had a lot going on, but I wanted to take a moment to talk about VILLAINS because I wasn’t expecting to do the cover reveal this week and then Kevin went ahead and put it on the Superstars Facebook Group and the response was astounding!
I’m so glad you love this cover. I worked with Emma Michaels to make this amazing thing happen, and because you have called it the “best cover you’ve ever seen in awhile” I wanted to explain just how we managed to get that demon face crossed with steampunk thing going on.
Cosplayers. Well one in particular who has been attending Central Canada Comic Con since 2007 and is a professional make up artist from San Diego. He usually shows up incognito, doesn’t announce he’s there and we play a game afterwards where I go through all the official photos from C4, looking for which costume was his. They’re always so different it’s like playing Where’s Waldo.
I’m usually right, well except the one year I wasn’t right, he wasn’t on stilts, damn, couldn’t get those across the border.
The cover was based on an official picture owned by C4 of my cosplay friend, from a costume he did back in 2009. He doesn’t know it, but that costume became the basis of my character Tor, aka High King Tor. In The Ferryman and The Flame series we see Tor both in his demon form and in varying human forms, sometimes as an 18th century gentleman, sometimes resembling Adrian Paul of Highlander. He’s a shifter and a time traveler.
When I thought about what the novellas were all about it came down to the VILLAINS. Skeleton & Dust is the story of how Tor broke away from the other Valtanyana, created the Flames, and fought in a war against them. Lantern & Poison is Surrender from the Villain’s POV, Blood & Gold is Justice from the Villain’s POV. Light & Spark and Hunger & Smoke are two new novellas that happen after the end of Vulture. This theme of VILLAINS was so strong, I wanted to have one of those VILLAINS on the cover.
What better than a demon faced Tor?
Of course, we also wanted to show his steampunk elements, his gold-lightning eye, and I thought of this cover as being green for some reason. Emma worked tirelessly to combine and splice and blend two photos to make Tor look the way he does on the cover of VILLAINS.
And my cosplay friend is pretty happy he gets to be on the cover of my books.
And if you missed it, here’s the full wrap of VILLAINS
What do you think? Will you be picking up a copy of VILLAINS when it’s out?