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For one of my what were YA thinkin? posts, I mentioned that frightening covers scare the ever-loving crap out of me. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean I avoid eerie things altogether. I can still appreciate a beautiful cover and be slightly creeped out at the same time.

Take, for example, Brian Keaney’s The Hollow People:


I have a soft spot for a beautifully illustrated covers, and The Hollow People certainly falls  into this category. Its lack of color, the swirling mist, and bright moon against the dark tower create a gnawing feeling of dread, a chilling sense of uneasiness. Its title, almost scrawled like a signature, sits in the black void of the design not to overpower the rest of the handcrafted illustration, but to dot it like an i.

Following suit in The Hollow People’s bewitching cover come its successors in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus series: The Cracked Mirror and The Resurrection Fields.


All three cover designs were crafted by the awesome illustrator Nicoletta Ceccoli, who designed both the US and UK covers (US covers are featured in this post). Her work is absolutely gorgeous, haunting and enchanting.

Bryan Williams