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Old 12-01-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Dark Regions Press book announcement thread



Howdy folks, Chris Morey here from Dark Regions Press. This thread will be dedicated to talking about our books and announcing new ones. First off, if you're not familiar with our company here's a short intro:

Dark Regions Press has been publishing since 1985 and is an award winning press. We specialize in Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. We have published such renowned writers as Bentley Little, Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Arnzen, Elizabeth Massie, Jeff Strand, Harry Shannon, Jeffrey Thomas and many others. Dark Regions Press has had many Bram Stoker Award nominations and four award winning short story and poetry collections.


About our books:

Most of our books we sell in the following three editions: leather-bound Deluxe Lettered/Thirteen Hardcover signed by both author and artist with slipcase, Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks. We are also in the process of adding our entire catalog as e-books to the Kindle store.



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Thumbs up NEW BOOK: Our Lady of the Shadows by Tony Richards

Our Lady of the Shadows by Tony Richards, third entry in our ongoing Ghost House series!



Dark Regions Press is proud to announce the third entry in our ongoing Ghost House series, OUR LADY OF SHADOWS by Tony Richards! The book includes eight beautiful interior illustrations by artist Erin Wells. The book is currently available in our leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover edition with slipcase (signed by both author and artist and limited to 13 copies) and our 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition.

Click here to read more about or order Our Lady of the Shadows by Tony Richards!

In any other city in the world, the discovery of Mary-Jane Palmer's body floating in the river would have been sad, and disquieting, that was all. A four-line filler on the inside pages of the daily newspapers. A minor tragedy passed over like a dead bird in the road. But this was Paris, the river was the Seine, and because of that the proceedings were tinted with a vague gothic suggestion of romance. A small crowd gathered - middle-aged businessmen in their sleek, well-filled suits; art students and booksellers; a few tourists; a few old women with faces wrinkled like contour maps. The gendarmerie arrived and kept their siren going long after it was necessary, as though to add to the occasion. They walked around the body and gazed at it through squinted eyes.
L'amour, they muttered.
L'amour.
Until they turned her over.
And saw her face...

What is a ghost? Merely a disembodied spirit? You'll find plenty of those here, but there are other kinds as well. An entity created by a child's imagination. A mysterious pale figure on a bleak, deserted moor. A madman who is not dead yet but...

Tony Richards has been hailed as "one of today's masters of dark fiction," and has been penning supernatural tales for more than thirty years. Come with him as he voyages the world in search of the dark arcane. The jungled slopes of Penang, and Malaysia. The night-bound alleyways of Tokyo and New York. Everywhere that holds a shadow also holds a deadly secret and this book reveals them all, in a collection that includes the critically acclaimed novella Postcards from Terri and four brand-new stories, never seen in print before.

Watch the exclusive book trailer for Our Lady of the Shadows on our Book Trailers Page by clicking here!

Table of Contents

After Dark
Our Lady of the Shadows
Lightning Dogs
The Tappleworth Angel
The Brother
Hanako From Miyazaki
The Winter People
Streets of the City
Real Life
After the Storm
Postcards from Terri

Click here to read more about or order Our Lady of the Shadows by Tony Richards!

"Man, this guy can write. He has the power to introduce you all over again to the pleasure of reading good prose."
- Ed Gorman

"Tony Richards always turns in a first-class story."
- Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes

"A hell of a writer."
- Mario Guslandi, Horror World

"A terrific author. A unique and eloquent voice."
- John Pelan

"A terrific storyteller."
- Graham Joyce

"An amazing voice."
- James A. Moore


About the Author



Tony Richards is the author of five novels, six novellas and almost a hundred stories, and is the creator of two fictional towns -- Raine's Landing, Massachusetts, and Birchiam-on-Sea on the southern English coastline. His work has appeared in most major outlets of the supernatural and fantasy genres, and has been nominated for the Bram Stoker and British Fantasy awards. Widely traveled, he often sets his fiction in locations he has visited, and non-fiction of his has been featured recently in Cinema Futura and Horror: Another Best 100 Books. He is currently a full-time freelance writer, with more novels in the offing, and lives in London, England, with his wife.

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Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover: Numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes artsy end papers, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.

100 Signed and Limited Hardcovers: Numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, signed by the author, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and has a beautiful dust jacket.

Click here to read more about or order Our Lady of the Shadows by Tony Richards!


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Old 12-06-2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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Thumbs up NEW NOVEL: Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin

Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin, a brand new novel and Jim Gavin's debut with Dark Regions Press is in stock and ready to be shipped!



Dark Regions Press is proud to announce Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin, a new novel. The novel is currently available in our leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover edition with slipcase (signed by both author and artist and limited to 13 copies) and our 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition. The book is currently in stock and ready to be shipped!

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Most people would call Ty Trotter a loser. He lives off his vampire girlfriend, can't hold a job, drinks and smokes the cheapest stuff on the shelves, and is Chairman for Life of his own Pity Committee, spending all his free time getting drunk, watching late-night TV and feeling sorry for himself.

Most people would call Ed Ma a nerd. He lives with his parents and attends school part time. He doesn't have a job, doesn't talk to girls, doesn't know how to network, and doesn't know what he wants to do when he finally grows up. He does what his momma tells him and always tries to be a good son. He spends all his free time either at the gym or on the internet.

But while most people are asleep, Ty and Ed roam the streets of Atlanta, pushing the darkness back an inch at a time by any means necessary. You see, they hunt vampires, the parasitic undead that threaten the good people of the city. Ty snipes them with a big-game rifle, Ed cuts 'em down a sword backed up by kung fu power.

Maybe they really are losers. They sure ain't registered voters, college professors, or members of the Chamber of Commerce. But they are...HARD BOILED VAMPIRE KILLERS


"Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" is a rip-roaring, gun-slinging, ass kicking, Kung Fu, vampire and ghost extravaganza that does not disappoint and is a welcome addition to the genre. If you are tired of romantic, wimpy, depressing sparkly vampires look no further than Jim Gavin's exceptional "Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" to get your fill of vampires that are actually vampires...it might just be the most fun I have had reading a book this year." --Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

"Hard Boiled Vampire Killers" is about alliances formed under duress, and freaks and geeks uniting for a lofty purpose. Jim Gavin's spin on the material possesses spunk and Stamina in its verbal vigor, and fun fantastical frays... --Sheila Merritt, Hellnotes

"Pulp is alive and well in the heart and fingertips of Jim Gavin, With HBVK, Gavin comes out swinging, delivering a superior first novel. Explosive, demanding, and very rewarding." --Andersen Prunty, author of Morning is Dead

"Jim Gavin's Hard Boiled Vampire Killers is a welcome change from everything I have come to expect from the modern vampire story. It was also a bloody good time!" --Brian Knight from the introduction of Hard Boiled Vampire Killers

"Of all the young writers I've read recently, Jim Gavin has my favorite narrative voice. It's fresh, witty, biting, and moves with a dizzying speed that engage me like few others. His work is gritty and visceral, hearkening back to the detective novels of the 40's and 50's. I highly recommend his work to anyone who loves the power and majesty of well-crafted language." --D.A. Adams, author of The Brotherhood of Dwarves series


Click here to read more about or order Hard Boiled Vampire Killers by Jim Gavin!


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Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover: Numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes artsy end papers, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.

100 Signed and Limited Hardcovers: Numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, signed by the author, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and has a beautiful dust jacket.

About The Author



By day Jim Gavin works in the health care industry under a mild-mannered secret identity; but after hours, he drinks and smokes cigars and writes stories living the life and being the man he was meant to be. While raised above the Mason-Dixon Line, he prefers the Southern lifestyle and now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he and his wife sit under cypress trees and drink Hurricanes. They have too many dogs.

READ THE BLOG, BUY THE T-SHIRT
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:29 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Wine and Rank Poison by Allyson Bird trade paperback edition now in stock!

We are happy to announce that one of our latest collections Wine and Rank Poison by Allyson Bird is now in stock and ready to be shipped in trade paperback edition. Read more here:

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Old 01-17-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
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Thumbs up NEW BOOK: The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits by Stephen Mark Rainey!

The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits by Stephen Mark Rainey!



Dark Regions Press is proud to announce The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits by Stephen Mark Rainey. The book is currently available in our leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover edition with slipcase (signed by both author and artist and limited to 13 copies) and our 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition.

Click here to read more about or order The Gaki & Other Hungry Spirits by Stephen Mark Rainey!


Strange Shapes hiding in the shadows cast by the moonlight. Eerie noises drifting out of the forest and rising into the night. The sound of inhuman footsteps approaching from somewhere in the darkness. A pair of gleaming eyes peering in through your window at midnight.

This is the nightmarish, haunted world you will enter in this new collection of 17 tales - including six never before published - by Stephen Mark Rainey, long time editor of Deathrealm magazine and author of such acclaimed works as Balak, The Lebo Coven, Blue Devil Island, The Last Trumpet, and Other Gods. Enter willingly...and prepare yourself for a chilling journey through some of the most frightening literary landscapes you have ever experienced.

"Stephen Mark Rainey has one those slow voices that slides up from deep inside and lulls his readers into a false sense of security, just before coiling his words around them and stealing their breath."
-- David Niall Wilson, Macabre, Ink; author of Deep Blue, The Mote in Andrea's Eye, and others

"The sheer variety of settings and Rainey's remarkable command of appropriate styles of and voices deserves amazed respect. The flat-out monster story, the ooze-slime-blob invasion, and others rise with new and eerie life from Dr. Rainey's lab table."
-- Robert M. Price; editor of Crypt of Cthulhu magazine, Chaosium's "Cthulhu Cycle" line of anthologies, and more

"Stephen Mark Rainey's works are the most disturbing kind. He gives us the lurking darkness, the scrabbling monsters that haunt our midnight, waking hours. Rainey is a nightmare-weaver."
-- Elizabeth Massie; award-winning author of Sineater, Shadow Dreams, The Fear Report, and many others

"Stephen Mark Rainey is a master at grounding horror and terror in a time and place. His stories are effective because he understands character, as well as the motivations of both his people and his monsters. And in a field often tinged with cynicism, Rainey shows us that monsters can also be fun. One of our best contemporary storytellers."
-- Scott Nicholson, author of They Hunger


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Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover: Numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes artsy end papers, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.

100 Signed and Limited Hardcovers: Numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, signed by the author, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and has a beautiful dust jacket.

About The Author



Stephen Mark Rainey is author of six novels, four short story collections (including OTHER GODS, from Dark Regions); and over 90 published works of short fiction. For ten years, he edited DEATHREALM magazine and has edited several anthologies. Mark lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife Peggy. Visit him on the Web at http://www.stephenmarkrainey.com.


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Thumbs up The Dark Thriller series begins with the new novel The Disappeared by David B. Silva

Coming on January 31st to DarkRegions.com is a brand new novel...



We are very excited to announce the beginning of a brand new imprint, our new Dark Thriller series. The first of the Dark Thriller books will be the new novel The Disappeared by David B. Silva, available to order on the DarkRegions.com website on January 31st of this year.

Click here to read more about The Disappeared by David B. Silva!

Ten years ago: Gabriel Knight, age 11, takes a bike ride to the park and becomes one of the ... disappeared.

When Teri Knight answers a knock at the front door, she discovers her son Gabriel standing in the doorway. Only it can't be her son. Gabe took a bike ride to the park ten years ago, at age 11, and became one of the disappeared. He would be 21 now and this boy ... this boy is the same age as Gabe was when he went missing. Except for the color of his eyes, he looks exactly like her son. He's wearing the same clothes her son wore the day he disappeared. He even refers to her as Mom.

If he is Gabe, how is that possible?

Why hasn't he aged?

Where has he been for ten years?

And why is he so weak and in apparent ill health?

Teri is struggling with each of these questions and barely getting to know this boy who has arrived so unexpectedly, miraculously at her door, when a team of armed men arrive at the house in search of the boy.

For Gabe and Teri the clock is now ticking - and time is running out.

Who are these men?

What do they want?

Is this boy really Teri's lost son, Gabe?

A dark thriller with a highly unusual and inventive twist.

Click here to read more about The Disappeared by David B. Silva!

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Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover: Numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes artsy end papers, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.

Trade Paperback: 6 x 9, has a beautiful 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and the first 100 copies are signed by the author.

About The Author



David B. Silva's short fiction has appeared in The Year’s Best Horror, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, and The Best American Mystery Stories. In 1991, he won a Bram Stoker Award for his short story, “The Calling.” His first collection, Through Shattered Glass, was published by Gaunlet Press in 2001. In 2009, Dark Regions published his collection of eleven new stories and one reprint, In The Shadows of Kingston Mills.

In addition, he's written eight novels, including The Disappeared.

He lives a subdued life in the surreal city of Las Vegas, where there are many stories still to be told...

Bentley Little says: "Combining the deft characterization of vintage Stephen King with the literary subtlety of the best of Ramsey Campbell, David B. Silva has for years been turning out stunning fiction that has never gotten the audience it deserves. In my opinion, he is one of the best damn authors working today."



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Old 01-28-2011, 10:27 AM   #7
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Sorry, these days, we only read Gnet fanfic around here.
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I was actually toying with posting something the other day until I got a look at the Literature forum and realised this, haha.
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Nah, fuck that noise. If you want to post something, post it. The parodies are a pretty new thing so it's not like featuring members is a prerequisite.
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cool. i leik the guiy in the hugh heifer constume. The bald guy and the other bald guy hangin out in the woods look STUPID tho, so i don't think they can be vary good aothors.

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The brand new novel The Disappeared by David B. Silva, first in our new Dark Thriller series is now available for preorder! Claim your copy now at:

The Disappeared by David B. Silva - a brand new novel!
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For the love of GOD get a better cover artist Mr. Bot.

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The Dark Thriller series continues with a brand new novel by William Ollie:



Dark Regions Press is excited to announce a brand new novel in the Dark Thriller series, Fifteen Minutes by William Ollie. The novel will be available for preorder on our website in March, but you can read more about the book via this link:

Click here to read more about Fifteen Minutes by William Ollie!

It is a ring, forged deep within the jungles of Ecuador, centuries ago.

Sixteen-year-old Simon had no idea what he was getting into when his mother packed him off to spend the summer at Granny's house.

A cat's eye ring with mystical powers.

The first thing he noticed was the hip clothing, the uncharacteristic sultry language and wild, futuristic hairdo. The second was the cool ring she wore.

The power to become another, to ward off an enemy by becoming that enemy.

Now his grandmother is dead, and if he hadn't killed her, he'd certainly had a hand in her demise. He should've been horrified at what lay before him, dismayed at the part he had played. But he was neither of these things. He was excited, elated, because what lay before him was not his dead grandmother, but a mystery as deep as the meaning of life itself, an adventure of a lifetime.

One he can't wait to embark upon.



Praise for William Ollie

"(The Damned has) Muscular prose brimming with confidence, the novel loaded with gloriously twisted scenes.
--Bryan Smith, author of Queen Of Blood and The Freakshow

"(The Damned is) A thoroughly riveting, fascinating novel."
--Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and The Haunted Forest Tour

"(Sideshow is) Lurid but memorable... a wonderfully weird conclusion as nostalgic as an old EC comic..."
--Publisher's Weekly

Click here to read more about Fifteen Minutes by William Ollie!



About The Author



William Ollie lives in Orange Park, Florida, with a wife
and way too many cats. His online presence is maintained at
http://www.wmollie.com, and he invites any and all
comments to be directed there.

Fifteen Minutes is his fourth published novel.



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Oh just for the record regarding the comment above, I'm not a bot, and Wayne Miller is a damn fine artist.
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Thumbs up NEW NOVEL: Dark Surge by Gina Ranalli



We are excited to announce a brand new novel, Dark Surge by Gina Ranalli! You can preorder the novel now in our leather-bound signed by both author and artist Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover with slipcase edition.

Click here to read more about or order Dark Surge by Gina Ranalli!


Recently divorced Tess Waters is an attractive young professional woman and mother of Emily, her precocious six-year-old daughter. Tess cannot understand why her ex-husband, Josh, who obviously still cares for his ex and madly loves his little daughter, had to spoil their marriage by having a torrid affair with another woman.

There's certainly no love lost between Tess Waters and the "other woman"--Josh's now live-in girlfriend, the mysterious and highly sexual Gillian. Indeed, Tess assumes that her divorce has been caused by Josh following the compulsions of his..."lower" brain, rather than his primary one. Indeed, Josh does seem mesmerized by the beautiful Gillian, who seems to be able to anticipate and fulfill his every desire.

But, as the relationship between Josh and Gillian starts to become more serious, simmering tensions between Tess and Gillian, and resentments concerning raising Emily boil over. Suddenly, Tess' home begins to be subjected to a bizarre infestation of flies. The infestation quickly spreads and soon Tess and her daughter are fighting for their very lives and souls against a powerful supernatural force that seeks to destroy them. Someone's hiding a dark, deadly and ancient secret, and Tess' chance meeting with a small band of runaway teens living on the streets, one of who's a practicing Wiccan witch, seems to offer their only hope of survival. Can this strange alliance between street-teens and soccer mom be sufficient to defeat a relentless and implacable unearthly enemy and the nightmarish dark surge of ravening deadly insects under its control that threaten to engulf them all?


Praise for Gina Ranelli:

Praise For House of Fallen Trees:

"Genre fans nowadays have to turn over a lot of stones to find M.R. James, Robert Wise, Algernon Blackwood and Shirley Jackson's presence in their horror. Well, they need look no further than House of Fallen Trees."
- Garrett Cook for Withersin

"VERY creepy..."
- Dread Central

"It's practically screaming to be made into a movie. It has that good old-fashioned quality but doesn't tread into outdated territory."
- Jordan Krall, author of Fistful of Feet and King Scratch

"A creepy story with strong characters and a little early Stephen King influence."
- David Agranoff, author of The Vegan Revolution . . . with Zombies

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Suicide Girls in the Afterlife is weird and fun and hauntingly bittersweet. I read it in one evening and enjoyed it very much.
- Brian Keene, author of "The Rising" and "The Conqueror Worms"


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About the Author

A New Englander by birth, Gina currently resides in the emerald green heart of Washington State, where she enjoys consuming copious amounts of caffeine, playing with her animals and generally acting like a hyper seven-year-old.


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Oh just for the record regarding the comment above, I'm not a bot, and Wayne Miller is a damn fine artist.
Really? Cause this looks like shit:


Seriously, the image is not dynamic, the coloring is bland, the anatomy is off, and the face looks flat and lifeless. The title is your basic photoshop computer font and the tagline is laughable.

Everything is washed out and the bright lights in the upper-right corner draw the viewers eye away from what's actually important.

All in all, this is LAZY work at best. Epic Artfail. I hope you didn't pay him for it. Can you get the money back?

Also: since you're not a bot, I'll inform you that you're posting in the wrong forum. This is an advertisement thread, it should be in Shill.
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So you take a single example from his work and use it as evidence that he's a bad artist? Amazing. Following that train of thought, any musical artist who has a bad song/album is a bad musical artist, any director who makes one bad movie is thus a bad director.

Am I following your logic here?

Here's his website, you'll see that he's actually very talented. I'd like to see you come close to making anything like any of his art?

http://www.mwaynemiller.com/

I wasn't aware that this should be in the Shill forum. If an admin wants to move it there that would be fine.

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Really? Cause this looks like shit:


Seriously, the image is not dynamic, the coloring is bland, the anatomy is off, and the face looks flat and lifeless. The title is your basic photoshop computer font and the tagline is laughable.

Everything is washed out and the bright lights in the upper-right corner draw the viewers eye away from what's actually important.

All in all, this is LAZY work at best. Epic Artfail. I hope you didn't pay him for it. Can you get the money back?

Also: since you're not a bot, I'll inform you that you're posting in the wrong forum. This is an advertisement thread, it should be in Shill.
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Dark Regions Press. You can get all 5 books in our best selling New ... Important announcement coming tomorrow regarding one of our best selling books!
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:33 PM   #19
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So you take a single example from his work and use it as evidence that he's a bad artist? Amazing. Following that train of thought, any musical artist who has a bad song/album is a bad musical artist, any director who makes one bad movie is thus a bad director.
So you admit that's a shitty cover then? Good. Because it is. I can give you more examples if you like, that one is just particularly heinous.

This is also fucking awful:


Seriously, LOOK at it. First of all there's NO background, just a Photoshop filter and a liberal use of the blur tool surrounding the head. The color choice is AWFUL, the slime green clashing HORRIBLY with the more muted reds and oranges (but especially with the purple background), there is NO framing going on, the picture just seems to stop at the edges. It doesn't feel self-contained, or even expansive, it just looks unfinished. On top of that the weight of the picture is thrown off, see that tiny little corner where she's disappearing? since it's only in the left hand corner (and lighter than the rest of the picture) it pulls the eye over to the corner and AWAY FROM THE BOOK.

That stupid assed "A" does the same thing, sloping away and throwing the eye at the bottom left corner. Guy WASTED tons of space at the top, and then jammed WAY too much into the bottom. LAZY.

Also, look at the shadows on the syringe and the shadows on her face, they're inconsistent, you would think by looking at her ugly mug that the light source is coming from the top left, but the glint on the syringe har it coming from the middle/lower right. The hand also doesn't seem to be holding the syringe, it's just sorta floating there, no sense of weight. It doesn't seem to belong in the picture, due to awkward sketching and poor color choice.

I could go on, but why bother? These are extremely sub-par and you know it.

Honestly the only cover that you have that is any good is the hard-boiled vampire killers, and I don't think it was drawn by the same guy.

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Here's his website, you'll see that he's actually very talented...

http://www.mwaynemiller.com/
I saw that, I googled his name after I read your post. The stuff there is certainly better than what you've got for your book covers, but still not particularly impressive. Honestly, it looks like he should be featured in an upcoming installment of WTF D&D (or maybe he has been allready, I see he does art for RPGs).

In any case, I didn't say he was a bad artist, I said he was a shitty cover artist, which he is. Dude clearly knows nothing about framing, or what makes a dynamic, iconic image, he just knows how to draw weird shit with a moderate amount of skill (seriously, there are artists on DA who can draw circles around him, and would probably illustrate your books for FREE).

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I'd like to see you come close to making anything like any of his art?
1) One does not have to be able to produce art that surpasses/matches another piece of art to accurately criticize it. A film critic does not need to be able to direct a better film than Michael Bay to point out why Transformer: Revenge of the Fallen sucks.

2) I'm not a professional visual artist, I'm a writer, but lets play this game:

Here's some art a buddy of mine did for my website:


Notice how much better this looks than the previous two, though the actual line work is much simpler. Notice the framing, the balance, notice how well the colors work thematically and how the text looks like a part of the picture itself instead of computer font slapped over a drawing. NOTICE how every piece of this is working together to create the proper FEEL, how it makes you curious as to what this play is all about.

That is what a graphic should do, establish interest in the particular piece of writing. It should grab the reader's eye and be an extension of the work in question.

Here's another example:


That's a postcard graphic for my play Snow White Zombie Notice the clever use of negative space to create snow white in the glass coffin, notice how that same color is repeated both in the "coffee stain" mist and the moon, giving the piece balance and unity. Notice how the black gradually bleeds from straight black, to crosshatching, and into the stars in the text?

Honestly dude, based on your covers, I wouldn't buy either of those books. They look so sloppy and lazy and amateurish that I inevitably will subconsciously ascribe those qualities to the text without reading a single word. Pretty much any other normative reader will do the same.

Look dude, your boy 'aint the worst person to ever wield a #2 pencil, but he's clearly phoning this stuff in, or if not him, than the graphic artist you hired to color/format these covers is. Our Lady of Shadows, Fifteen Minutes, and Dark Surge are similarly terrible. Your banner at the top of the OP looks like it belongs on a Magic:the Gathering card. The first three books (Pain, Wine, and Beneath, from the OP) aren't too bad, but they are SHAMELESSLY aping Dave McKean.

Look I appreciate you guys doing the small, independent publisher thing, I really do, but you aren't doing yourself any favors with cover art like this, and really it's not hard to find good artists, cheap. Hell, my boy did it for chump change (which was GREAT as I was poor as hell at the time)

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I wasn't aware that this should be in the Shill forum. If an admin wants to move it there that would be fine.
I doubt it'll be moved if he hasn't already, the Admin here pretty much just deletes the occasional spammer and stops us from talking smack about Blueblood.

You might find people here more receptive to your press if you actually tried to be a part of the community instead of just exploiting the forums as free ad space. Your books DO seem to line up with the aesthetic around here.
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You know what? Let's look at another one of mine:


SOOOOOO much better. That Gaki-chick was hurting my eyes.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:53 PM   #21
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i donn't know WHAY ur talking about Desanan. Chris_Morley is an F-in SWEET artist. look @ this guy:



God is srsly P-O'ed an he's gonna get that spindly dude who burned down the castle's factorly an LIGHT HIM ON FIRE.

Chris_Morley: Cann u draw a picture of VEGETA throwing a fireball @ a bunch of ORCS lead by Sub-Zero? I wil pay.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:59 PM   #22
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #23
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Hey smart guy, if you're gonna try to interject in an argument, you might wanna actually read the argument. I hereby declare you are officially labeled a moron. As you might see if you scroll up, I'm not the artist.

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i donn't know WHAY ur talking about Desanan. Chris_Morley is an F-in SWEET artist. look @ this guy:


God is srsly P-O'ed an he's gonna get that spindly dude who burned down the castle's factorly an LIGHT HIM ON FIRE.

Chris_Morley: Cann u draw a picture of VEGETA throwing a fireball @ a bunch of ORCS lead by Sub-Zero? I wil pay.
Despanan, really? You're trying to talk about bad art, then you throw that piece of garbage Afterall out there? An image of a cloudy sky taken from Google images, darkened then some shitty line drawings and text slapped on top. Boy oh boy, you sure showed me. I have to admit, that Snow White Zombie is just incredible, looks like it took the twelve-year-old who drew it at least two class periods to sketch that out. Truly impressive. You clearly have a strong grasp on what makes good art.

But getting back to the point of this thread, the trade paperback edition of Wolfhunt by Jeff Strand is out, first 100 copies by author, read more about it here:

Horror novel Wolfhunt by Jeff Strand
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:49 AM   #24
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okkay, my mistake. He WILL still draw me vegeta right? i can ppay.

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:05 AM   #25
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Wait... did Desp just troll a bot into achieving sentience?
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