My email inbox must be a strange place to live.
And then my inbox delivered me a nice little gift the other day, the finished cover to ‘FREAKS!‘ – written by Caroline Smailes and Nik Perring, with illustrations by some dude called Darren Craske – and it’s due out in all reputable bookshops in Spring of 2012.
This, dear friends, will be my 3rd book to be published (after two Cornelius Quaint chronicles – ‘The Equivoque Principle‘ and ‘The Eleventh Plague‘ are still available to buy in most formats AND the 3rd volume ‘The Lazarus Curse’ (and possibly the 4th one too) will be out mid-2012 wrapping up the 4 part arc that I originally intended wayyyy back in 2006 or something. Would I write such a long arc again, I hear you ask – for which the answer is a resounding NO. Single volume stories from me from now on, thanks. I can’t be doing with all the waiting around.) Where ‘Freaks!’ differs is that not a word was penned by myself. No, I left that up to people better qualified and instead utilised the other string to my bow, which would be the drawing thing.
The book is very brilliantly described here: (link) so I need not add anymore other than to say that it’s been fun turning other people’s words into 2-dimensional representations. There are fifty stories in Freaks! and every one is accompanied by one of my pics. Some stories were incredibly easy to visualise, an instant snap image beamed into my brain – whereas others were a bit more of a challenge to bring to life. There are themes running through the short stories in that the characters are blessed/cursed with superhuman powers of differing impact and ability. These ain’t the type to dress up in lycra and defend their local communities; they are just normal people with abnormal abilities, and the stories that Caroline Smailes and Nik Perring have come up with are truly original.
Both of those two are successful authors in their own right.
Nik Perring is also very successful in the world of short story fiction, gaining an army of fans and excellent reviews for his debut collection of short stories ‘Not So Perfect’.
Nik’s website is here and he blogs frequently here.
And so to you, Mr Man and Mrs Woman, I present the front cover artwork for ‘Freaks!’.
Until next time – stay frosty, marines!!!