E-book cover for 'Ballet of the Bones & Other Tales of Dread' 2013
This book is a series of inter-linked short horror stories, set in Victorian London, where skeletal puppets are performing biblical scenes. But there is a sinister truth to their creation.
For this series of books the author asked for the style to be reminicent of a 'Penny Dreadful', so that was the key inspiration. Penny dreadful covers are almost always black and white, and generally have a crosshatched texture because they were etchings. These were the features I put into my own style to make the covers.
Digital image created in Photoshop.