Speculative Fiction 2013. With Robots.

Speculative Fiction 2013 celebrates the best in online non-fiction – the top book reviews, essays and commentary of the year. The 2013 collection is edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James of The Book Smugglers.

Jurassic London

Yeah, so stuff like that needs a cover. A little retro. And with robots is always good start… loved working on this!

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Featuring contributions from, well, everybody… Abigail Nussbaum, Aidan Moher, Alasdair Czyrnyj, Aliette de Bodard, Alyssa Franke, Amal El-Mohtar, Ana Silva, Ann Leckie, Annalee Newitz, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Carrie Sessarego, Chaila, Cheryl Morgan, Chiusse, Chris Gerwel, Diane Dooley, E.M. Kokie, Emily Asher-Perrin, Erin Hoffman, Foz Meadows, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw, Jared Shurin, Jemmy, Jenny Kristine, Jim C. Hines, Joe Abercrombie, Jonathan McCalmont, Justin Landon, Kameron Hurley, Karyn Silverman, Kate Elliott, Leow Hui Min Annabeth, Liz Bourke, Mahvesh Murad, Matt Hilliard, Miguel Rodriguez, N.K. Jemisin, Natalie Luhrs, Niall Alexander, Nina Allan, Orem Chiel, Paul (Sparky), Phoebe North, Renay, Robert Berg, Sam Keeper, Sayantani DasGupta, Shaun Duke, Sophia McDougall, Stefan Raets and Tansy Rayner Roberts… Speculative Fiction 2013 hits the shelves in April 2014 with all profits going to Room to Read.

Go take a look!

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Fox Spirit Gets Saucy…

Love Hurts… But That’s The Way She Likes It.

Being asked to illustrate book jackets is always great… well, because then I get to read the story first. Awesome. And when Fox Spirit were kind enough to send a copy of Graham Wynd’s – Kate Laity’s, ahem – ‘Extricate’ novel my way, with the promise of kinky-crime-noir, well, who could say no?

Extricate is a violent tale of sexual obsession, unfolding on the dark streets of a nowhere town. Peter falls for Judy the instant he lights her cigarette, but she’s his best mate’s girl — and he’s already married. He decides to begin removing obstacles — starting with his wife. How far will he be willing to go? How far does lifelong friendship go when he finally meets the woman of his peculiar dreams?

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So a sizzling tale of crime, intrigue and sexual tension calls for the some hot dames courtesy of the wonderful world of pulp fiction. And with such a great legacy of visual art to call upon – Pulp Covers has a particularly cool selection – we ended up with one of these…

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Edited by the very foxy Adele Wearing, find out more about this sexy little number over at Fox Spirit Books! And if you’d like some more of the very talented Graham Wynd to read, you should really say hello to the mighty !

Vampires & Fizzy Pop & Art Passes…

Now With Extra Giraffes.
Den Patrick created one of these. Awesome work Den. The peculiar little guy is The Fizzy Pop Vampire. For the most part he steals lemonade, cupcakes and hunts about for a new set of teeth. Poor dental hygiene, you see.Hello Mr Fizzy Pop Vampire Vampires & Fizzy Pop & Art Passes...
You can read more about him on your iPad. He’s actually a children’s book. Oh, and he has a best friend call Keith. Keith is a giraffe.
Hello Keith The Giraffe Vampires & Fizzy Pop & Art Passes...There’s also some penguins involved but, anyway, concerns with loosing your travel pass, or credit card, are clearly always a huge worry for vampires. Erm, really. Ahem. So we thought a Fizzy Pop Vampire Travel Card Holder was just the very thing. And not to mention that I love drawing the tiny vampire.Obviously, having no idea what I’m doing, massive help was needed. Very kindly on hand was Matt JOnes aka Lunartik. Awesome. Templates arrive. Packaging instructions appeared in inboxes. And it kinda looks a breeze but managing to get your design down on a card holder, so the pass and the packing works – with a 3mm print bleed – involves a lot of Jaffa Cakes. Nobody will be impressed, right, if you inadvertently chop off a giraffes head.

But several weeks of burning the midnight oil later there’s three finished pass illustrations and a packaging design. The cards pop outta the card holder so, a bit weirdly, you need to come up with a plan so the card looks good in the packaging, when it’s pushed out and when the design is folded in half to make the holder. And, generally, I’m not used to folk needing to fold my artwork in half.

Well, Den is good, Matt approves, so The Fizzy Pop Vampire then goes to Berlin to get printed up. And I get to worry about missing giraffe heads until a huge box turns up from Germany. And… AND… they’re all okay. Passes work, no ghastly typos, full compliment of giraffes. Phew.

So here you go…
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Who’s sneaking into the kitchen? The Fizzy Pop Vampire of course. He’s stealing your lemonade. Watch out! And tiny, sweet toothed vampires can’t be trusted with cupcakes one bit.

But the little guy would just love to help keep all your cards safe. Really, he would. So now your can travel in style with these very cool Fizzy Pop Vampire Card Holder Wallets. They’re all ready to pop your pass into!

Designed for your oyster, business and credit cards they’re perfect for art lovers on the go and make a lovely gift.

Forbidden Planet

Now on sale at the Tate Modern, Satchi Gallery and Forbidden Planet right here. And if you fancy set of Series 5 Art Passes – there’s a Mr Fizz design in there too – you should go straight off to visit Mr Jone’s at lovely Lunartik Store.

A huge thank you to for ever patiently looking at stuff… and pointing out that lemonade shouldn’t be pink. Many thanks to Matt for sorting out dodgy design and much printing advice.

Hugs all round!

Lavie Tidhar. Tel Aviv Dossiers. And Tea Stains.

Into the city of Tel Aviv the whirlwinds come, and nothing will ever be the same.

Through a city torn apart by a violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people—a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman—must try to survive, and try to find meaning: even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city, and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true?

As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive, and is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?

A potent mixture of biblical allusions, Lovecraftian echoes, science fiction and contemporary culture, The Tel Aviv Dossier is part supernatural thriller, part meditation on the nature of belief—an original and involving novel painted on a vast canvas in which, beneath the despair, humour is never absent.

And it needs a new cover.

Well there’s almost too much good stuff to illustrate. Crazy-ass mountains appearing, spooky secret papers, Lovecraftian undertones, gods and psychotic firemen. Wow. But this is digital – the book is going to be spending a lot of time being a teeny tiny thumbnail – so something clean and clear with the graphics was required.

The brief was ‘secret dossier, anything you like’ and, if you take a little look, there’s a theme of swirly smoke running across a lot of Lavies’ covers… so swirly smoke. Lots of swirly smoke.

I tried to keep the title and author names really clear and liked the idea of there being a sinister, smoking folder of, well, who knows what weird stuff. Everybody was good with that – thankfully – but Mr Tidhar wanted the dossier to look rather battered about and used. So the picture of the folder got itself ‘photoshop tattered around’ and the idea of adding a tea/coffee stain came up.

Loved the idea and a lot of time has been spent weighing up the virtues of ‘coffee ring version’ vs ‘coffee splodge version’. Splodge won out in the end – huzzah, as I preferred that design – and nobody, erm, apart from me, was seriously going to go with the shocking pink.

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The Tel Aviv Dossier is available from Amazon righty here!

Available in Ebook

The Sphinx & The South Bank

There sadly weren’t any riddles involved – maybe if I’d have waited longer – but a little snapping walking home through London Town. I love that the sphinx is always waiting by the Thames. The second shot is the County Hall building on the South Bank… handily with some spooky, flappy birds… The Sphinx and Sinister Birds
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