The Full Dark, No Stars Covers That Might Have Been
by Brian James Freeman
If you’ve read Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King, then you know this is a book with a really dark heart, which made deciding on a cover image and designing that cover a serious challenge. A lot of collectors never get to see “behind the scenes” of the creation of a Limited Edition book, so I thought it would be fun to discuss how the cover artwork and design for our most recent Stephen King book came to be.
First, we needed an artist. After much discussion, and once we rejected the idea of going with an AC/DC “Back in Black” style dust jacket, we hired Tomislav Tikulin to paint the cover. We had been impressed with his work on other projects and we felt he would bring a fresh perspective to this particular Limited Edition. We told him we thought we probably wanted a wrap-around cover (artwork on the front and back) with the back cover somehow “showing the inner darkness” of the character on the front, but that was all of the instructions we gave him so he wouldn’t be limited by our ideas.
Tomislav spent weeks on the painting, showing us each stage and discussing ideas and looking for feedback and suggestions to nail the tone, and he has very graciously allowed me to reprint those different drafts on this page so you can get a better feel for the process of how the artwork was painted.
Here are some sample images from Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King:
Sample images by Glenn Chadbourne from “1922”
Sample images by Jill Bauman from “Big Driver”
Sample images by Alan M. Clark from “Fair Extension”
Sample images by Vincent Chong from “A Good Marriage”
Last year, several customers placed custom artwork orders with us for the “Glenn Chadbourne Haunts Your House” and “Your Zombie Family Portraits” by Glenn Chadbourne promotions. Everyone was thrilled with the results and we wanted to show off just a few samples of what Glenn came up with. Some customers ask Glenn to mix and match the ideas, so there were a few Haunted Families and Zombie Houses, etc. All in all, everyone had a ton of fun with these promotional offers.
You can click on these images to load the larger scan in another window, but please note that these pieces were so large we had to scan them in sections and then piece those sections back together so we could show them off.
Samples of Steve Gilberts’ artwork for Butterfly by Simon Clark
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by Simon Clark!
This page features just a few samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s interior artwork for The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two) by Stephen King. There will be HUNDREDS of illustrations in the final book, but we just wanted to give you a taste of what’s to come. More samples will be posted when the rest of the artwork is finished being scanned. Enjoy!
“One for the Road”
“In the Death Room”
“One for the Road”
“In the Death Room”
This page features just a few samples of Glenn Chadbourne’s original drawings for his personal signature sheet in the Slipcased Deluxe Artist Edition of The Big Book of Necon.
This artwork is available in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Ghost Music by Thomas Tessier. Artwork © Erik Wilson.
This artwork is available only in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Orangefield by Al Sarrantonio. Artwork © Glenn Chadbourne.
This artwork is available only in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden.
This artwork is available only in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Trick or Treat edited by Richard Chizmar. Artwork © Glenn Chadbourne.
Interior artwork from Bedbugs by Rick Hautala. Artwork © Glenn Chadbourne.
This artwork is available only with the deluxe Lettered Edition of A Chapbook For Burnt-Out Priests, Rabbis, and Ministers by Ray Bradbury. Artwork © Alan M. Clark.
This artwork is available only in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Night in Lonesome October by Richard Laymon. Artwork © Alan M. Clark.
This artwork is available only in the deluxe Lettered Edition of Cuts by Richard Laymon. Artwork © Alan M. Clark.
This artwork is available only on the traycase for the deluxe Lettered Edition of The Best of Cemetery Dance edited by Richard Chizmar. Artwork © Alan M. Clark.