Tuesday, September 5, 2017
For a while now, the artisan elves over at Candlewick Press have been hard at work on the cover art for Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge.
And now, at last, I get to share it with you!
My story takes place in the French countryside, at the dawn of the 17th Century, more than 100 years before the tale we recognize now as Beauty and the Beast was written down in book form (first by Madame de Villeneuve in 1740, then retold by Madame de Beaumont in 1756).
My narrative imagines what the real story might have been behind the familiar fairy tale we all think we know. And the Gothic touches in this image evoke the dark, romantic mood of my story.
I've been extraordinarily lucky in all my cover designs. Just look at those three, cool Alias Hook covers over there to your right: The US edition from Thomas Dunne Books, the audiobook from Blackstone, and the original UK edition from Snowbooks, a symphony in gold foil-on-black.
This beauteous Beast cover carries on that tradition!
I couldn't be more thrilled! What do you think?