Title: The Monsters Between (Sub-Heading/Tag Line: A Tale From Between)
Author: MATTHEW STOTT (All Capitals)
This is a story with a dark fairytale tone. Childhood horror. The fantastical. Spooky. Think the work of Neil Gaiman.
Monsters Between concerns Molly, a plucky young girl (11) who must travel to a dangerous realm called ‘Between’, to rescue her mother and to defeat the monsters that took her. Between is a realm that exists between Awake and Asleep, full of monsters and danger. Between looks like a poor copy of the real world.
The Monsters Molly must defeat exist both in the real world and Between. In the real world they are Molly’s very elderly neighbours, Mr and Mrs Fisk. As children fall asleep, they steal them and take them Between. There they plant them in their garden, whereupon they change to look like half people, half tree/plants. The Fisk’s then tend to their people plants and feast on their souls.
WHAT IT SHOULD BE:
This cover should look like a visually memorable, best selling, fairytale fantasy. Again, Gaiman is a good yardstick. I have included a few examples covers from the genre, plus a film poster I stumbled upon that features a striking pic of a person/tree. Perhaps a picture along these lines could be the main feature of the cover?
Monsters Between will be the first of 3 novels that feature the Between realm, so Ideally the cover will have a look that can be adapted and used for each, just changing things like colour and/or the main pic.
As you can see from the pictures attached, covers featuring illustration elements as opposed to photo based elements tend to be the norm.
WHAT IT SHOULDN’T BE:
It should not look like an adult horror novel, despite having some scary moments. Creepy is fine, but not a harsh horror look. This is a fairytale fantasy, not Stephen King.
This will initially be for the ebook version, but I’ll still need a 6×9 300 dpi (or higher) cover for print and a PSD version so I can extract elements for use in different promotional tools, like Website banners.
Hopefully something in the above gumpf and pics has got your designery brain whirring. Feel free to follow what I have stated above, or let your mind take you where it will; I'm not a designer, you are!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.