Wednesday, June 22, 2011
New Book Cover Illo for for HPL's Literary Executor
Just did a cover for a book on RH BARLOW, Lovecraft's literary executor, who was also a writer of fiction and poetry and a studfent of Mexican anthropology etc. This is for Hippocampus Press, a very interesting outfit. They are presenting all of Lovecraft's letters to Robert E. Howard (with Howard's replies!) and similar books collecting all the extant correspondence between HPL and August Derleth, James F Moreton and many others. Along with tons of other weird fiction, critical analyses thereof and various eclectic goodies. Here is some info on them: "Founded in 1999, Hippocampus Press specializes in classic horror and science fiction with an emphasis on the works of H. P. Lovecraft and other pulp writers of the 1920s and 1930s. Working closely with the leading scholars in the field we offer unique, high-quality, affordable editions of these important works.
Hippocampus Press founder Derrick Hussey says, "I met S. T. Joshi in the mid-1990s and began to work for him as a volunteer typist on various projects. I soon joined the Esoteric Order of Dagon, an amateur press association devoted to H. P. Lovecraft. Joshi later remarked to me that if I cared to start a small press, he would give me permission to publish his annotated version of the Lovecraft essay 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'. I fairly leapt at the chance and began the process of forming Hippocampus Press."
The first image is my fictional mockup of the Barlow book in the form of an old Arkham House edition and the second is just the art. For the real book. I hope to have more things done for them in the near future, including possibly an illustrated edition of THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH which some have called Lovecraft's Lord of the Rings. Well actually I called it that, but so what? Sounds good.