Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Here's my recently-completed cover illustration for the forthcoming Steve Niles thriller A WORLD OF HURT. Niles is the co-creator of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. AWOH will be a major hardcover release this fall from Simon & Schuster. I'll update when I hear more about this one.


Blogger ces said...


I especially like the clouds. And the movement of colour, bottom to top, cool to hot, which draws the eyes upwards.

I don't think I'd enjoy meeting any of those entities!

10:31 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Christine. :) When I was doing this cover, the manuscript was still being written (which is not uncommon). So I'll be interested to see how well my cover illo reflects the finished novel....the author has a robust fanbase though, and I suspect his name alone will cause folks to pick up the book.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Awesome cover, John. It'll really stand out on the bookshelves...

I hadn't heard about this novel previously, and can't find any plot summary on Amazon, etc. Any more info you can give us please?



3:29 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, Jaime -- It's a good question. Truth be told, this assignment was a little unusual because not only was the manuscript still in development when I was commissioned (again, not uncommon), but even the TITLE changed from when I was first given the assignment. The inspiration for my cover art was my understanding that the Seven Deadly Sins play a key role in the book. I assume that's still the case. I don't think the publisher would've been so enthusiastic about my art if it misrepresented the novel, so I'm hoping that's the case. Steve Niles is a terrific writer, so I'm really looking forward to the finished book just like everyone else. :) When I find out more, I'll certainly pass it along. Sorry I'm not more help on this one!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

No worries, John. Definitely looks intruiging, and I enjoyed 30 days of night (graphic novel and movie) so it bears further investigation.

3:38 AM  

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