Lifting up horror and science fiction authors is the heart of Sci Fi and Scary. We devour the words and either rant or rave accordingly. Last year, we started giving some shout outs to artists who create covers that truly affect the reading experience before the book is ever opened. Let’s be honest, stories are important, and we all have stacks of books to read. Which book do you pick up first? The one with a rockstar cover. Here are our team members’ favorite covers from their 2019 reads.
Lilyn’s Top Cover Picks
Ghostland – Written by Duncan Ralston, Cover Art by Dean Samed
The vibrant colors and the old house set against the amusement park background arrest the eye and won’t let it go. I had heard great things about this book before buying it, but it was the cover that made me go Oh, My God! I need!
Dean’s website doesn’t appear to be working / his at the moment, but you can check out a profile with some of his work here https://www.diyphotography.net/dean-samed-uks-prolific-genre-cover-artist/
Grind Your Bones to Dust – Written by Nicholas Day, Cover Art by Daniele Serra
You probably already know from our first cover artists post that we absolutely love Daniele Serra’s work. He has probably the most distinctive style we’ve seen in genre book covers. It is always dark, moody, and engaging. This cover perfectly fits this book as well.
You can check out more of Daniele’s work at https://www.danieleserra.com/
Gracie’s Top Cover Picks
Hollow Heart – Written by Ben Eads, Cover Art by Ben Baldwin
There is nothing about this cover that doesn’t work well. It’s gruesome and strange and beautiful. It makes you need to read this book just to see why the artist went so wonderfully weird with it.
Check out more of Ben’s work here at http://benbaldwin.co.uk/?LMCL=uAPCuz
Ibitsu – Written by and Art by Haruto Ryu
Sometimes I like the stark black and white with a bit of colour. It can be very appealing and eye-catching
You can find more of Haruto Ryo’s work at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17568633.Haruto_Ryo
The Isle – Written By John C. Foster, Cover Art by Sabercore Art
This is just such a cool and unique image. It also made me wonder how on Earth lobster crucifying would be happening. It has such detail and it really makes you wonder what might lie beneath these waters…and between the covers of this book.
You can find other works by Sabercore Art at https://www.sabercore23art.com/copy-of-welcome-3
Muse – Written by James Renner, Cover Art by Elderlemon Design
I’m a sucker (pun intended) for tentacles and who can resist a tiny tentacle coming out of a mysterious box? The greens against the blacks make it really stand out.
You can find other works by Elderlemon Design at https://www.elderlemondesign.net/
Tracy’s Top Cover Picks
Rites of Extinction – Written by Matt Serafini, Cover Art by Scott Cole
Cole has delivered several great covers, but this one for Matt Serafini’s book is not only striking in its use of color, it does an amazing job of fitting the content of the book
You can find more of Scott Cole’s work at http://www.13visions.com/
The Same Deep Water As You – Written by Chad Lutzke, Cover Art by Zach McCain
While this may look like just another pretty cover, the Ophelia-like vibes of the woman hint at the darkness that is found within .
You can find more of Zach McCain’s art at https://zachmccainart.wordpress.com/about/?fbclid=IwAR2CAs7dzUpjN6pKE7mPVI275W2tdCUUfN-4IQNbIvr5-Ce-4cOJkQ8yCjQ
The Fearing series – Written by John F.D. Taff, Cover Art by Sabercore Art
Sabercore is back again and for good reason! If you check out their website you will see some fantastic art!
You can find more work by Sabercore at https://www.sabercore23art.com/copy-of-welcome-3
The Saturday Night Ghost Club – Written by Craig Davidson, Cover Art by
The Saturday Night Ghost Club cover has a very nostalgic feel to it that really captures that eighties ghost adventure stories essence. Like it could be an old favourite you run across in a box of childhood books.
You can find more of Five Seventeen’s work at https://www.linkedin.com/in/five-seventeen-77717613
We hope to continue to show support to cover artists so keep checking our info section and we will bring you as many as we can!
Lilyn G is the founder of Sci-Fi & Scary, and leader of the Coolthulhu Crew. She does book and film reviews for both genres the site focuses on. Her tastes run towards creature features, hard science fiction, and lots and lots of action. She also has a soft spot for middle-grade fiction that rears its head frequently.
Though no longer involved with Ladies of Horror Fiction due to other responsibilities and a too-full plate, she was one of the original 4 co-founders.
Feel free to chat her up on Twitter as long as you aren’t hitting her up to review your book.