The Respectable Face of Tyranny: cover concept preview

The Respectable Face of Tyranny © Gary Fry/Spectral Press 2012 - artwork © Neil Williams 2012 based on an original photograph of Saltwick Bay by Philip Haigh © 2012

We here at Spectral don’t normally blog this late in the day, but we just had to show you the absolutely superb job that artist Neil Williams has done for the cover concept for Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny, the debut novella in the Spectral Visions line. It’s based on a wonderfully atmospheric photograph of Saltwick Bay (which plays a central part in the novella’s story) by local photographer Philip Haigh, a member of the Halifax Photographic Society (to whom many many thanks for letting us use it).  There are still a few final details to be worked out and added, but the idea is definitely there. For the moment, please feel free to just wallow in its cold, isolationist beauty….

Talking of Neil Williams, here’s a link to a blog he wrote recently about the inspirations behind some of the covers he’s created, including a couple of the ones he’s done for Spectral – you can read his fascinating insights here. I think Neil has a great future in the field, and I encourage anyone needing cover artwork or graphics to get in contact with him now – he’ll certainly do your work very proud!

5 comments on “The Respectable Face of Tyranny: cover concept preview

  1. Originally my image given to Gary. Maybe a slight nod in my direction also. Love what has been done with my work though. Philip Haigh.

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