Monday, June 08, 2009


Here's my new illustration for Stephen King's 'SALEM'S LOT. It'll be featured in the forthcoming massive art book KNOWING DARKNESS: ARTISTS INSPIRED BY STEPHEN KING. 'SALEM'S LOT is one of the seminal vampire novels of the modern era, and a book this famous comes "pre-loaded" in the audience's imagination with a lot of vampire visual tropes. I wanted to avoid those because we've seen them enough. It seems to me the book is much more than just a vampire novel. So no fangs or blood spatters here. Instead, my picture is simply about a house and a small, mundane town.

As for the book itself, it's gonna be an amazing volume. Contributing artists include Michael Whelan, Bob Eggleton, Bernie Wrightson, Don Maitz, Les Edwards, Drew Struzan, David Ho, Douglas Smith, and a ton of others. Essentially, this will contain the vast majority of King book cover art ever produced, as well as new works created especially for this edition. Centipede Press is the publisher, and if you remember the jaw-dropping LOVECRAFT art book they released last year, then you know the production values are gonna be gorgeous for this book. They're taking pre-orders right now. It's a limited edition, so definitely check it out! :)


Blogger ces said...

What a wonderful concept! And beautiful as always!

Time to go check out the art book.

9:59 AM  
Blogger ces said...

Ooh, $295 for the cheapest edition - no, I won't be buying this book, sorry.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Rhonda Parrish said...

How beautifully creepy!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Christopher said...

The thing I always liked about King (Salem's Lot in particular), is that no matter what's going on, there's always that underlying feel of something happening--no matter what is happening.

It's hard to explain, but this image is how I always viewed Salem's Lot.

Very cool!

1:25 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Hi, Christine -- Thanks very much! Centipede's LOVECRAFT book last year was absolutely stunning, and I suspect this King book will be at the same superior level, but I can can completely understand anyone having sticker shock. Especially in a tough economy.....still, I'm glad you dig it. :) Very appreciated.

Rhonda -- Thanks! :)

Christopher -- Really appreciate it. That makes me feel really good.

6:19 PM  
Blogger John D. said...

Excellent as always.

You know, at this level of consistency, it's only going to be news when you *don't* do something totally cool. :)

Keep up the great work!

8:59 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, JD! In that case, I'd rather not make news then....;)

7:32 AM  
Blogger Mair said...

LOL - I agree with John D...100% spot-on observation

7:00 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Mair. Very much appreciated. :)

12:02 PM  
Blogger ces said...

John do something not cool?

Not possible. No way.

He's much more critical of his work than us.

7:55 PM  

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