Monday, July 09, 2007


I just turned in the final cover work for Michael Moorcock's THE METATEMPORAL DETECTIVE. This will be a hardcover release from Pyr, and it'll be in bookstores this October. Pyr mastermind Lou Anders just posted a nice detailed writeup about the book over at Pyr's blog. Check it out. The book chronicles the adventures of Seaton Begg and his arch-nemesis Count Zodiac the Albino (perhaps better known as the legendary Elric of Melnibone).

Funny thing happened at my wedding in March, about ten minutes before I got married: I was discussing the front cover with Mike, and he offered a comment that inspired me to create a separate piece of spine art for the book. So for your persual, above is the finished cover with art and design by me, as well as the final illustration sans type, and below, the spine art featuring Rose Von Bek. The spine art is designed to wrap partially around to the back cover.

This was a lot of fun, and it's always a pleasure to work on a Moorcock book. Now back to work over to do more interiors for another Moorcock masterwork, the forthcoming Del Rey release ELRIC: THE STEALER OF SOULS...


Blogger Charles R. Rutledge said...

That is fantastic, John. Can't wait. Is it okay if I post the cover at my blog? Want to tell everyone the book is coming out soon.

8:14 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, Charles --

Thanks very much! Sure, feel free to post the cover at your blog. Definitely happy to see folks spreading the gospel about all things Moorcock, and especially this next book of his.

8:54 PM  
Blogger vadis said...

that guy with the white hair looks like lucius malfoy on hp novels. his cold expression... greetings from a novelblog author ( Andry Chang. btw I'm linking to ur blog via pyr

7:55 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks for stopping by, Andry! I read the first Harry Potter novel, but I haven't read the others more for lack of time than anything else. I'm not familiar with Lucius Malfoy, but I'll look him up and see what you're talking about. Of course, in this case, the guy in the white hair on the METATEMPORAL cover is none other than Count Zodiac AKA the legendary Elric of Melnibone. :)

10:19 AM  

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